Volume 4 Issue 3 – Testing – Crucial for the Survival of any Seed Company
Throughout the seed value chain, there is a lot of testing going on. There is testing for seed quality, germination, variety identity and purity, pests and diseases, for distinctness, uniformity and stability and other forms of testing. And we’re not only testing the seeds, but also soil and other parameters. This issue explores why we test. Does the variety live up to the standards that we have collectively agreed upon, standards the farmer and grower expect to find in the seed bag? Variety testing provides validation that the whole seed value chain meets user needs. Such procedures also contribute to further improving the quality of the product. Ultimately, testing is required to stay in the business.
Volume 4 Issue 2 – Brexit – What Does it Mean for the Seed Industry?
With the UK leaving the EU, the time has come to find out what will happen to agriculture and how this break up will affect the seed sector. It is clear that basically all plant varieties – which are currently being sold in the UK – are enjoying Europe-wide plant breeders’ rights (PBR) as issued by the CPVO. The departure of the UK may result in the sudden loss of intellectual property rights for all these varieties, with potentially disastrous consequences. Not knowing what will happen with this and other seed and agriculture related issues has already started to affect investment decisions as seed companies are now filing for separate UK PBR on top of their EU PBR to ensure the fruits of their investments will receive adequate protection. Having clear legal frameworks and harmonisation between those various legal frameworks is now, more than ever, a clear goal, regardless of a countries political affiliations.
Volume 4 Issue 1 – Melon Breeding in Europe
We are faced with a vast amount of new requirements, so it is clear that we need to find and apply better solutions to deal with these requirements. Such solutions often stem from innovation, and the plant breeding and seed sector has seen numerous ground-breaking innovations that have saved the lives of billions of people. The European seed sector continues to create new plant varieties that are key to Europe’s agricultural productivity, sustainability and food security.
Over the past two decades, several ground-breaking innovations were added to the plant breeder’s toolbox, such as CRISPR-Cas, oligonucleotide directed mutagenesis (ODM) and many others. These techniques are improvements and refinements of traditional breeding methods and are used to optimize yield, plant health and nutritional quality. However, the current regulatory framework and especially its a-synchronicity pose a major concern to the European and global seed trade and overall food security. In this issue, European Seed continues to explore the need for innovation in plant breeding and the seed trade.
Volume 3 Issue 4 – Biodiversity and Food Security
Biodiversity is crucial to plant breeders to create the new plant varieties needed to face the challenges on this planet. They create the diversity themselves or access it through various channels, such as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Having the vital diversity at their disposal increases the options and inputs that breeders and researchers need to adapt our food crops under changing production conditions. In this issue, European Seed explores the importance of diversity for plant breeders and makes the link to food security and hunger.
Volume 3 Issue 3 – Recruitment and Retention
A company’s performance depends largely on the fit between people and jobs and it needs to take talent management as an instrument of organizational transformation very seriously. Organizations should make human capital a part of their strategic planning and decision-making. This issue of European Seed looks at how different companies engage in the battle for human capital, and where young people can go to study plant breeding.
Volume 3 Issue 2 – Innovation Policies
As a result of innovation in the plant breeding and the seed sector global agricultural output has been able to keep pace with a rapidly growing population. The adoption of higher yielding crop varieties has been key to this result. Specifically for Europe, genetic crop improvement added over €14 billion to the EU’s GDP since 2000. This issue of European Seed looks at the vital need to enable innovation and at various policies how to stimulate that in the plant breeding and seed sector.
Volume 3 Issue 1 – The Future of Biotech in Europe
Biotech crops have long been a controversial issue in Europe with many countries forbidding GM production, but with the continent relying heavily on the import of GM feed. This issue of European Seed looks at how some European countries go about successfully growing biotech crops within their borders. We also take a look a plant breeding innovation and how current regulations in Europe are stifling such much needed innovation.
Volume 2 Issue 3 – Produce & Protect
The seed industry is united in its view that strong and effective intellectual property protection is crucial if we are to foster an environment where innovation and investment thrive. This issue of European Seed looks at some of the work stakeholders in the industry are doing to preserve and promote intellectual property, as well as communication and outreach programs in the seed industry to help improve the image of seeds and agriculture.
Volume 2 Issue 2 – Brave New World
The global seed industry is facing many changes and challenges as we race to feed the earth’s growing population. European Seed explores some of the research and initiatives underway to address this need, as well examining some of the regulatory hurdles the European seed industry faces.
Volume 2 Issue 1 – Evolving the Industry
The European seed industry is facing many changes and challenges. In this issue of European Seed we take a look at some of the new policies and programs being implemented both at the association level and industry-wide to help keep the European seed industry competitive. This issue also features Part One of a two part series on the Nagoya Protocol and takes an in-depth look at plant breeding innovations in the tomato sector.
Volume 1 Issue 1 – Trade and Technology
In this issue of European Seed we examine the on-going challenge of low-level presence policy, and how harmonised phytosanitary regulations could open doors for the seed industry. We also take a look at tools available to to help plant breeders navigate protected traits and varieties as well as exploring the impact of the ban on neonics on the seed industry.