Marcel Bruins

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Marcel Bruins studied plant breeding and plant pathology at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and received a PhD for the research he did in Fusarium resistance in wheat. After that he worked for 10 years at plant breeding company Seminis Vegetables Seeds as manager Plant Variety Protection. In 2007 he became Secretary-General at the International Seed Federation (ISF) and guided the ISF into the modern era of communication, and greatly increased the service to its members. After seven successful years at ISF, he started as an independent consultant in the seed business. He led the Secretariat of the International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC) through a phase of transition and continued working as their Scientific Advisor. Besides being the Editorial Director of the ‘European Seed’ magazine, he has been helping profit and non-profit organizations in the seed and grain sector with their questions on the seed industry and their ever-increasing regulations, plant breeding, plant breeders’ rights, intellectual property, trade facilitation and international outreach.

How to Improve Seed Movement Around the World – Part 1

A Deep Dive into the Multilateral Systems Approach WHY IT MATTERS: Moving seed around the world can be a headache. One of the major hurdles...

Cracking the Tombstone – Did Common Sense Prevail?

Lo and behold, the long-awaited draft regulation for new genomic techniques (NGTs) is out. On the 5th of July 2023, almost five years after...

Gen Who? Gen. Z!

One of the main characteristics of Generation Z is their native use of technology. This generation was born into a world of peak technological...

War Impact on Ukrainian Fields & Agriculture Photo Reportage

The Russian invasion of Ukraine started on 24 February 2022, and will not be over anytime soon. Many would say it already started on...

Europe’s Third Economy is Changing Course

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A Collaborative Source for Plant Breeding Innovations

European Seed magazine meets up with Andreas Popp, Head of Global Intellectual Property – Biotechnology, from BASF, one of the nine founding members of this...

Agricultural Crops Licensing Platform (ACLP) now launched! 

European Seed magazine meets up with Andreas Popp, Head of Global Intellectual Property – Biotechnology, from BASF, one of the nine founding members of...

How One NGO is Lifting Farmers Out of Poverty

Why it Matters People in Africa are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. And it is difficult to provide them with food...

Bridging the Seed Gap

Why it Matters People in Africa are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. And it is difficult to provide them with food...

From Boomers to Zoomers

Social generations are groups of people (also called ‘cohorts’) who were born in the same date range and who share similar cultural experiences. And...