‘Bring US Plant Patent in line with Plants Breeders’ Rights’

“On September 2011, President Barack Obama of the United States (US) signed into law the most comprehensive change to the US patent law in over 60 years, the America Invents Act (AIA). The … [Read more...]

‘Breeding of petunia and echinacea also next thirty years relevant’

Jian Ping Ren - photo: PanAmerican Seed kll

On the question What crops will be relevant and important over the next thirty years? from Greenhouse Grower’s editor Laura Drotleff mentions breeder Jian Ping Ren from PanAmerican Seed … [Read more...]

‘Unpaid hobby breeding’

Kelly D. Norris

“I feel there are two kinds of plant breeders entering the market today. There are those coming of out graduate school looking for jobs in the industry, which aren't plentiful. They end up … [Read more...]

‘Universities require funding to do groundwork in breeding’

Ockert Greyvenstein

“Technology developed and implemented by the major food crops is likely to be implemented in floriculture crops to help with breeding progress”, expects Ockert Greyvenstein, Ph.D. Candidate … [Read more...]

Netherlands is getting far behind

Prof. Richard Visser - photo: Wageningen UR / Guy Ackermans

“There might be fewer foreign breeding companies, but they are bigger than the companies in Netherlands.” Dutch professor Richard Visser states this in an article which is published in the … [Read more...]

‘Almost all breeding companies mix in same bowl’


Polish horticultural journalist Alicja Cecot interviewed for the magazine Floraculture International Japanese breeder Ushio Sakazaki. He bred for Suntory Company among others the Surfinia, … [Read more...]

Why the industry is so obsessed with breeding new plants?

Geranium Rozanne - photo: Blooms of Bressingham

“Why the industry is so obsessed with breeding new plants”, asks Alistair Lorimer from Blooms of Bressingham in an interview with Guus Wijchman (newPlantsand- Flowers). “Before we move away … [Read more...]

‘Independent breeders remain critical part of our industry’

Matthias Redlefsen - photo: Benary

“Over the past six years, the number of seed breeding companies for the professional bedding plant market has undergone a substantial consolidation. Major players that had been institutions … [Read more...]

Ready market for early birds among new varieties

Graham Spencer - photo: Plants for Europe

“People are looking for things that flower early. There is not a great deal that's looking colourful early in the year. There's a ready market there and that's one area for breeders to look … [Read more...]

Market launch versus scientific publication

Professor Chien-Young Chu - photo: newPlantsandFlowers

Scientists need to publish their scientific studies in order to get higher up in the ranking of a university. However, scientists working at the Department of Horticulture of the National … [Read more...]