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CGMMV resistant varieties discussed at online event

On Wednesday March 24th, the De Ruiter team had the pleasure of inviting all French cucumber partners to an online event dedicated to the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) and De Ruiter varieties that have CGMMV resistance.

Approximately 25 participants from the different cucumber branches (growers, advisors, cooperatives) attended this event, mainly from Northern region but also from South of France. The webinar was divided into three parts: cucumber seed production, CGMMV resistance in cucumber varieties and the presentation of De Ruiter’s CGMMV resistant portfolio.

Georgia, the new De Ruiter variety with CGMMV resistance

In the first part of the event, Emilie Froussart (Field Quality Improvement Scientist, Bayer Crop Science) presented on CGMMV, its symptoms on both plants and fruits and its transmission cycle. Then, Leslie Gadal (EMEA Supply Excellence Manager Cucurbits, Peppers & Eggplants, Bayer Crop Science) detailed the different steps and checks developed within Bayer Crop Science to guarantee the production of De Ruiter seeds and the sustainability of its seed production sites.

In the second part of the event, Francois Bertrand (Plant Pathology Scientist, Bayer Crop Science) presented the CGMMV resistance in cucumber. Participants had the opportunity to discover the different trials implemented within Bayer Crop Science to assess the CGMMV resistance of De Ruiter varieties and improvements that have been achieved through breeding.

To conclude, Maxime Coqué (Market Development Segment Lead Glasshouse EMEA/APAC, Bayer Crop Science) presented the full De Ruiter portfolio of CGMMV varieties for Summer and Autumn crops. Davida was the first De Ruiter variety with CGMMV resistance that was launched in France in 2018. Davida is a variety with high yield potential that produces high quality fruit. It has already convinced growers in France and in Canada under traditional cropping systems. The second variety to be presented was Garpo, the powerful and generative variety which is already a reference for high wire growing. This season, Bayer Crop Science launches Gerogia, the newest De Ruiter variety suitable for both traditional and high wire crops. Georgia has a high yield potential with one of the best behaviours against CGMMV in the market.

For more information:
Lucile Fort
Clementine Crombez
Adeline Guirriec

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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