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EUROPEAN-SEED.COM I EUROPEAN SEED I 35 INDUSTRY NEWS TAILORED TO SEED PROFESSIONALS INDUSTRY NEWS DELIVERS THE PEOPLE RESEARCH BUSINESS AND PRODUCT NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW. SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME. EMAIL US AT NEWSISSUESINK.COM. PEOPLE NEWS Phenome Networks a software-as-a-service plant breeding management and analytics soft- ware provider announces that seed industry veteran Jean-Michel Meunier has joined its advisory board. Meunier will utilise his exten- sive RD and product management experience to help Phenome Networks further refine its product and market strategy in order to help seed companies of all sizes improve their breed- ing and variety processes using next generation informatics according to the company. Meunier is an industry veteran with 42 years of experi- ence in seed businesses in Europe the Middle East Africa North America and Asia across 50 countries and three major seed groups based in the Netherlands Denmark and Japan he held various marketing and RD roles at a regional and worldwide level. In the last 18 years he was with Sakata a world leader in breeding and producing vegetable and ornamental seeds and vegetative cuttings. The European Seed Association www. is recruiting a Manager Plant Health and Trade to work full time at the ESA General Secretariats office in Brussels Belgium. This position will work closely with the ESA membership and as part of the ESA Policy Team under the guidance of the sec- retary general to whom heshe will be report- ing. The manager shall establish ESA as a key interlocutor for all relevant plant health administrations be the spokesperson of the EU seed sector on phytosanitary matters and assure multiplication of European activities at international level as required. Interested can- didates should send their CV including salary expectations to and mark it with ESA Manager Plant Health. The application deadline 27 May 2016. United Kingdom crop research organisation NIAB has appointed Dr. Alison Bentley as its new director of genetics and breeding. Bentley joined NIAB in 2007 and currently leads its trait genetics research programme. She succeeds Professor Andy Greenland who is retiring from the position he has held since 2005. Bentley has a strong interest in the genotype x environment interactions controlling complex traits and in the application of genomics in the breeding of high yielding climate resilient cereals. She has worked on a range of projects within NIABs flagship wheat pre-breeding programme including research on characterising flower- ing time response and the exploitation of novel genetic diversity and genomics tools for wheat improvement. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra a renowned sci- entist of molecular genetics and genomics is the new Secretary of Indias Department of Agricultural Research and Education DARE and director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research ICAR. ICAR is the worlds largest network of crop specific research institutions spread across India that forms a unique national agricultural research system including State Agricultural Universities SAUs. Mohapatra has previously worked as a researcher at the ICAR National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology NRCPB director of National Rice Research Institute formerly CRRI and director-cum- vice chancellor of Indian Agricultural Research Institute IARI in New Delhi. BUSINESS NEWS Hazera recently completed the move of its RD center including laboratories breeding greenhouses and offices into its new head- quarters in itsBerurim site Israel. At the same time the company is investing in the northern Netherlands in a new RD center for breeding crucifer crops Brassicas and radish. The pro- ject is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017 at an investment of over 8 million euros. We are happy to have completed the process of improving the companys RD infrastructure in Israel and uniting the great majority of the companys activities in Israel under one roof in BerurimRami Dar CEO of Hazera said. The companys processing plant remains located in south Israel Sderot. The new RD center contains all the very latest facilities and tech- nologies in the field of breeding vegetable varie- ties enabling Hazera to improve its new product development processes while attaining maximal efficiency. InVivo has signed an agreement to acquire through its holding company InVivo AgroSciences Bioline a subsidiary of Syngenta specialised in the production and marketing of biological control agents and in particular macro-organisms active against insect pests in fruits vegetable and flower crops. By joining forces Bioline and Biotop a long-standing InVivo subsidiary working in biological pest control will become a truly global player in a high-potential and fast-growing market.Strengthened by its long-standing know-how with its subsidiary Biotop the acquisition of Bioline will enable InVivo to build the capacities required to develop a significant activity in biosolutions. As part of its regular portfolio review BASF is refocusing its plant biotechnology research portfolio and will restructure its plant science operations. The company will adjust the site footprint of its plant biotechnology research and development network in North America and Europe and intends to reduce approximately 350 positions140 positions in North America and 180 in Europe. Currently approximately 700employees work in plant biotechnology RD. Research and field sites in Research Triangle Park North Carolina Ames Iowa Berlin and Limburgerhof Germany Ghent Belgium and Brazil will be kept but are planned to be reduced in size. The field testing sites in Kekaha Hawaii as well as the sites in India and Puerto Rico will