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Industry News – January 2014

Industry News is geared to seed professionals and delivers the people, industry, business and product news you need to know. Submissions are welcome. Email us at·news@issuesink.com. People News Syngenta has announced...

Accelerating Innovation

New developments in seed-applied technologies are fostering sustainability while helping more farmers achieve agricultural success. The recent consolidation in the global seed industry has...

Cattle Producers Drive Oklahoma Wheat Breeding

Dual-purpose varieties for grazing and grain provide farmers and ranchers flexibility for in-season changes. There is more to the value of wheat than the value of its grain. In some...

Breeding a Better Peanut

Breeding new varieties of this popular snack to please the industry is no easy feat. Peanut butter. Peanut oil. Dry roasted. Honey roasted. This list barely scratches the surface of all...

Winter Breeding Programs in South America

Winter breeding locations accelerate varietal development. When the growing season in North America comes to its annual end, plant breeders, like sun worshippers everywhere, pack their bags and head south...

Should Researchers Engineer A Spicy Tomato?

The chili pepper, from an evolutionary perspective, is the tomato's long-lost spitfire cousin. They split off from a common ancestor 19 million years ago but still share some of...

Fertilizers’ Impact On Soil Health Compared

In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied...

Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

With bee pollinators in decline and pesky crop pests lowering yields, sustainable and organic farmers need environmentally friendly solutions. One strategy is to border crops with wildflower plantings to attract...
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World Status

Status Australia Key research and development information was taken directly to hundreds of potato growers and other industry members across Australia in 2013, in a successful year of R&D-related activities...
Changing the LLP Landscape

Changing the LLP Landscape

National seed associations around the globe now have a new tool that can be used to work with governments on implementing low-level presence policies. The seed industry is increasingly global,...

More Money Needed for Sequencing Wheat Genome

More financing needed so the full genome of bread wheat can be sequenced. Sequencing the wheat genome has long been considered an insurmountable challenge. World demographics, however, have left society...

Ben Mansfeld’s Friends Think it’s Funny he Works in Pickling Cucumbers

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with Michigan State University pickling cucumber breeder Ben Mansfeld to chat about his work in making cucumbers more...

Ancient Crop Makes New Inroads

In the United States and around the globe, sorghum has become a viable option in the consumer food, pet food, livestock feed and ethanol markets. Although sorghum is considered an ancient...
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World Status

An in-depth overview on the global seed industry. From a newly developed tomato variety in Argentina to progressive workshops on safety assessment of genetically modified crops in India. Status Argentina Argentine...

Exploring the New World of Wheat

Researcher Curtis Pozniak is at the forefront of helping discover the genetic intricacies of a major global crop. A map is the greatest of all epic poems — its lines...

Researching to Infinity and Beyond

With endless knowledge just a click away, how can we engage students to get excited about making their own discoveries? What’s better than growing plants on Earth? Here’s a hint:...
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Unlocking the Full Genetic Potential of Plants

Since 1995, the genomes of nearly 50 plants have been sequenced and thanks to advances in technology, the rate at which these sets of genetic instructions are being deciphered...

Mastering the Data Layer

THE MODERN TRACTOR IS MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY SOPHISTICATED THAN THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE THAT WENT TO THE MOON. THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AG SECTOR ARE STAGGERING, SAYS THIS GERMANY-BASED FUTURIST. The...

The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon Were Using Cocoa 5,300 Years Ago

Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use ever found. It predates...

Year of the Rose

Origin: China Family: Rosaceae Genus: Rosa Uses: Fragrance, fresh flowers and floral, and gardens Common Classes: Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbing, Landscape Fun Facts: As the U.S. National Flower, there are more than 150 rose species. It takes 10,000 pounds of...