Responding to an increasing need to promote the importance and understanding of seed innovation, members of the American seed industry recently announced the formation of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA).
Wheat, from breads and pastries to beer and pastas, is an integral part of diets. Farmers produced about 730 million tons of wheat globally in 2014. It serves as the staple food for more than 35% of the world’s population – around 2.5 billion people – according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization.
Kansas State University wheat scientists have completed the first study of a chromosome in a tertiary gene pool and have called it a breakthrough in exploring wheat wild relatives for future crop improvement.
France's Vilmorin confirmed on Tuesday it would look at Syngenta's vegetable seeds business if the Swiss company were to sell but stressed that the benefits were not obvious and the price might be too high.
Syngenta announced additional actions in North America to transition its wheat breeding to the development of hybrid varieties. The next step is that Northern Seed, LLC will acquire Syngenta’s triticale program including the Vernon, Texas, site.
American Takii, Inc. one of the world’s preeminent vegetable and flower seed companies, has pledged a gift of $100,000 toward the $2.5 million fundraising goal set to establish an endowed chair position at the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC).
USC introduces its new U-Batch Seed Treater. It’s capable of treating most types of seed ranging from grass to soybeans, its versatility makes this treater perfect for primary treatment, over-treatment, powder application or cover crop blending.
Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company, announced that KWS SAAT SE, a global seed developer with operations in over 70 counties, will evaluate Ceres’ Persephone bioinformatics technology under a license agreement.
By International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium
Wheat farmers have reason to celebrate, as the Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics (CTAG2) project is about to step up its contribution to the global effort to decipher the wheat genome, led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). The expected outcome is a new generation of wheat cultivars with higher yields and better resistance to stresses.