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Seed Today 02/20/2020 16:14
The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is pleased to announce that Professor Wenbo Ma will be joining our team as Senior Group Leader in July 2020. Professor Ma is distinguished for her contributions to our understanding of both plant immunity and microbial pathogenesis and her reputation as a leader in the field of plant-microbe interactions. She is currently Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Ma uses the study of effector proteins– which are delivered by pathogenic microbes into host plant tissue during infection –to understand the mechanisms by which pathogens overwhelm their hosts to cause disease.
Seed Today 02/20/2020 16:11
Microbes have a well-deserved reputation as trouble makers. Invisible to the unaided eye, they cause disease, spoil food, and threaten our crops, houseplants, and gardens. Long before microbes were discovered, their harsh impacts on health were postulated by people like the ancient Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro. He warned against living near swamps because the unseen creatures breeding there could cause disease. In 1675, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek observed microbes under a microscope and provided the scientific evidence to confirm Varro’s suspicions. But not all microbes foster death and disease. Different species of Lactococci and Streptococci make cheese with characteristic aromas and textures. Symbiotic rhizobia colonize the roots of.
Seed Today 02/20/2020 15:22
Genetically modified, insect-resistant Bt crops do not have harmful effects on beneficial bugs in farmers’ fields, two new scientific papers published this week have shown. These add to the environmental case for GM technology, because by controlling crop pests in a very targeted way using insecticidal proteins (Bt) expressed in plant tissues, farmers can reduce broad-spectrum insecticide sprays and thus protect wider farm-scale biodiversity.
Seed Today 02/20/2020 15:20
Clean Seed has been collaborating with J Assy to adapt, develop and prepare the Singulation Meter technology for Clean Seed. To integrate the J.Assy meter into its Seed Sync™ software platform, Clean Seed has developed a proprietary motor drive and control system, the combination of which will provide unparalleled flexibility to the farmer. The J.Assy Singulation Meter will dovetail with Clean Seed’s variable rate volumetric metering cluster as a feature of the new SMART Seeder MAX-S™ being introduced in 2020 by the Clean Seed Norwood Joint Venture.
Seed Today 02/20/2020 15:17
Maize is a staple food all over the world. In the United States, where it’s better known as corn, nearly 90 million acres were planted in 2018, earning $47.2 billion in crop cash receipts. But, under the effects of climate change, this signature crop may not fare so well. As the world tries to feed a population skyrocketing to nine billion by 2050, that has major implications. So, what can we do about it? The answer might be exotic. A multi-institutional team led by University of Delaware plant geneticist Randy Wisser decoded the genetic map for how maize from tropical environments can be adapted to the temperate U.S. summer growing season. Wisser sees these exotic varieties, which are rarely used in breeding, as key to creating next-era va.
Seed Today 02/20/2020 15:09
A Cornell professor is collaborating with European partners to engineer maize – the largest staple crop in the world – with desirable traits, from resistance to disease to climate resilience. Wojtek Pawlowski, associate professor of plant breeding and genetics, has been studying the mechanisms of genetic recombination for 15 years. Now his lab, part of the School of Integrative Plant Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is partnering with scientists from the University of Hamburg and French biotech company Meiogenix. The startup is investing more than $1 million to fund a multiyear project with the goal of developing technologies to enable targeted genetic recombination on maize chromosomes. The Meiogenix leadership team.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 16:26
Front Range Biosciences® ("FRB"), a technology provider for the breeding and production of new plant varieties and seeds in hemp, coffee and regulated cannabis industries, announced today their partnership with Coastal Greenhouses, dba Ivy Acres. Under the agreement, Coastal Greenhouses has been appointed as an authorized hemp plant production nursery for Front Range Biosciences and will exclusively distribute FRB hemp varieties.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 16:23
A research collaboration led by The University of Western Australia has created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better quality and more abundant pulse crops. The researchers from UWA’s Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding developed the pulse-breeding platform to allow seeds to develop faster by rapidly accelerating the plant life cycle.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 16:17
Cold, wet weather that slows growth across rice fields causes more sleepless nights than farmers can afford. Vibrance® RST seed treatment helps restore peace on the farm by protecting young crops from the rice seedling disease complex. New from Syngenta, Vibrance RST offers four modes of action to promote even emergence and systemic protection of seedlings from disease.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 09:56
When emerging plant pathogens go undetected, they have the potential to negatively affect food industries, conservation efforts, and even human health. And, just like emerging human pathogens, such as the 2019 novel Coronavirus, emerging plant pathogens need to be diagnosed as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading. Genetic sequencing technologies are powerful tools that are used for the early detection and precise identification of pathogens; they have shown great improvement over the past 20 years. Using these novel technologies, scientists can identify pathogens down to their distinct DNA sequences, without the time- and labor-intensive need to grow pathogens in the lab. Scientists at Virginia Tech are taking advantage of this t.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 09:51
Equinom, Ltd., the leading seed breeding startup, announces it has closed its Series B round of funding of $10 million, led by BASF Venture Capital, Germany followed by Roquette, France; and Trendlines Group, Israel. Equinom’s current investor, Tel Aviv-based Fortissimo Capital, also participated. Equinom’s non-GMO technology shapes the future of plant protein by designing smarter seeds via fast-track, technology-driven breeding methodology that harnesses natural genetic variation in plants. Leveraging an innovative business model, Equinom supports the entire supply chain and collaborates with top-tier food companies to bring products to consumers. Smart seeds are more nutritious than traditional commercial varieties, featuring protein and
Seed Today 02/19/2020 09:47
One, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five. Over and over and over. That’s the dull routine of any researcher or student tasked with counting weed seeds. But just like technology has made many things in life faster and easier, relief may be coming for seed counters as well. A team of researchers at the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, and North Carolina State University set out to see if a piece of technology, called a computerized particle analyzer, can be used to count weed seeds. Their results are promising and show the analyzer accurately counts seeds. Matthew Bertucci, a scientist at Arkansas, says seed counting is a tiring yet important fact of life in their research.
Seed Today 02/19/2020 09:39
Seeds may appear lifeless as they lay dormant in the soil, but inside each little capsule is a complex biochemical machine waiting for the right time to spring to life. A new study led by UC Davis researchers investigated how climate conditions may play a major role in regulating the timing of plant life cycles. The most critical first step in a plant’s life is germination is the process of a plant sprouting from a seed. For a baby seed, timing is everything. To maximize their chances of survival, seeds should germinate only when the environmental conditions are just right.
Seed Today 02/18/2020 15:09
S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pasture Genetics Pty Ltd., the third largest pasture seed company in Australia. The acquisition will expand and diversify S&W's product offerings in Australia and follows S&W's other recent initiatives in the country to become one of the leading suppliers of elite seed genetics to Australian farmers. Pasture Genetics' seed product portfolio includes alfalfa, medic, clovers, vetch, forage cereals, as well as pasture and other grasses. Its proprietary Goldstrike® seed coating technology, which can address rhizobia inoculation and extend shelf life, is believed to be a key market advantage for the company.

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