September 2020

September 2020

Understanding the Long-Term Impact of Human Actions

Sustainable Agriculture in the EU - Part 1 Almost 50% of the EU territory is covered by farmland (both arable land and permanent grassland) leaving...

Introducing Agriculture and the Seed Industry of the Republic of Serbia

Agriculture is a very significant branch of the Serbian economy, contributing about 19% to the Gross National Product. Serbia has 6,246,000 ha of agricultural...

Post-COVID-19: “Je suis Biotech!”

Nature favours the strong; science protects the vulnerable. The 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has reminded humanity just how vulnerable we are and how important...

A Balanced Framework of IP Protection for Plant Related Innovations

Resolving the question whether plants exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes can be patented. By Szonja Csörgő and Dominic Muyldermans On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged...

Are We The Bad Guys In The Biodiversity Debate?

Biodiversity has been simmering on the societal and political agenda for a while but came back with a blow in April. The Biodiversity Strategy...

Nadorcott Case Should Prompt UPOV to Improve PVR System

The European Court of Justice decision in Nadorcott case C-176/18 exposes loopholes in the provisional protection and the protection of harvested material under the...

Celebrating 25 Years of CPVO

Part 2 - Looking At The Hot Topics The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), in Angers, France, is tasked to administer the EU system of plant...

Changing Rules for Seed Breeding Products Destroys Legal Certainty. But Above All, it Destroys Trust

Innovation is a key component of any reliable policy to tackle challenges and paves the way for a sustainable future. Europe has had problems...

EU Must Stop French Interpretation of Mutagenesis Plant Breeding and Preserve Common Market for Seed

By Petra Jorasch and Garlich von Essen  The Common Market is one of the cornerstones and success stories of the European Union. Clearly, this can...

Draft French Decree on Mutagenesis Breeding, Consequent Draft Lists of Banned Herbicide Tolerant Rapeseed Varieties: A Saga History Of Interpretations

A legal challenge to the French interpretation of EU Directive 2001/18/CE on GMOs In December 2014, nine NGOs challenged the transposition of the EU...