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Stinking for sex
Wilbert Hetterscheid has discovered about sixty new Amorphophalli in the course of his career, making him the undisputed leading world expert in the weird and wonderful world of th...
Intelligent mould cuts off defences
It's easy for moulds to infect plants and animals. The moulds discharge a protein that makes fragments of its own cell wall unrecognizable to the immune system. This reported Wagen...
Deadlock over GMOs continues
The approval procedure for cisgenetic and transgenetic plants will not be relaxed, VROM minister Huizinga ruled during the summer vacation. New guidelines are needed to iron out th...
PPO tests double glazing in greenhouse
Double glazing can save market gardeners a lot of energy, without lowering the harvest. This hypothesis is being put to the test by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in a new g...
Plant breeding law relaxed
Dutch plant breeders are to be allowed to develop new breeds with characteristics that have been patented by other companies, following a ruling by the lower house of the Dutch par...
Jatropha not booming business in Mozambique
Two years ago western investors were queuing up to start up plantations of the biofuel crop jatropha in Mozambique. But all the plans fell through due to the credit crunch and plan...
Plantum is setting up top consortium for plant breeding
The association of plant breeding companies, Plantum, has set up the Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) for propagation materials.
Zinc switches found in plants
Geneticists have discovered two gene switches in plants which enable better zinc intake. This paves the way for plant breeders to reduce malnutrition.
Better armed to fight potato blight
Stocks of genetic material for potatoes with sustainable resistance against phytophthora are now available, says plant breeder Evert Jacobsen. He is, however, not allowed to conduc...
Wageningen Potato Centre launched at Westmaas
Wageningen UR's experimental farm in Westmaas is going to profile itself as the Wageningen Potato Centre. Increasingly, manager Marcel Tramper and teamleader Thie Arend Brouwer ar...