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Sugar Rush: What it Takes to Develop a New Sugar Beet Variety

Of the worlds sugar production, about 20% comes from beet sugar, with the other 80% produced from sugar cane. According to the FAO, in...

In 20 Years, What Will the Cucumber Look Like?

Companies are innovating to create cucumbers that will have the traits needed to meet the future. As the breeding manuals say, the challenge is not...

Building a More Resilient Cucumber

Cucumber is plagued by numerous pests and diseases such as powdery mildew, CVYV, CYSDV, downy mildew (DM) and several others. Bal says they are...

The Cucumber: Not So Simple

The period in a country when there is little news (often the period when its government is on holiday) is called the “silly season”...

Barley Breeding Update

Checking in on the latest challenges, goals and innovations being used by major breeders of this diverse crop Many around the world may not know...

Festulolium: The Best of Both Worlds

Festucaand Lolium are two of the most valuable grass genera, which both have complementary characteristics that are regarded as very useful agronomic attributes. In...

Health? Nailed it! A Deep Dive Into Broccoli Breeding

Loved by some, revered as a ‘superfood’ and loathed by others. That’s broccoli, an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering...

Ever Heard of Purple Tea?

Tea plants are native to East Asia, and probably originated in the borderlands of north Burma and southwestern China. By annual per capita consumption...

Starch Trek: What it Takes to Breed a New Potato Variety

Of the top 10 food crops in the world, potato comes in at the third place, and is also the number one non-grain food...

No Need for Luck! Breeding Clover is all Science, Art and a lot of Hard Work

Who knew that the cute clover, so easily found in meadows around the world, can have up to 56 leaflets! At least, this is...