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Collaborating to create resources for greenhouse Camelina

“Our field has changed dramatically from when I was growing up,” says Seth Polydore, Postdoctoral Associate in the Data Science Core Facility. “The important thing is that I keep growing as a scientist and building my skills. I want to latch myself on to the important projects that will have an impact on the world.” During Seth’s time at the Danforth Center, he has begun doing just that.

Since joining the Data Science team two years ago, Seth has collaborated with Toni Kutchan’s team to develop genetic and phenotypic resources for Camelina sativa, a potential biofuel crop and platform for producing other high-value compounds. “For a long time, Camelina has been underdeveloped as a potential crop species,” explains Seth. Camelina may not produce as much oil as other crops, but it makes up for it in many other ways. It produces lots of seeds under low water conditions, it grows well in sub-optimal soils, it can be used for animal feed, and it’s a novel source of industrial oil. “The research on Camelina is still preliminary, but we are generating resources that could be useful for future researchers,” says Seth.

“It has been an amazing project to work on, converting a plant into something that can be scientifically useful,” says Seth. “It has been really interesting to do all the steps from getting the DNA in these plants to looking for traits of interest.” As part of the project, Seth and the team evaluated various techniques to understand the Camelina genome. “Camelina has a complicated genome, so we had to be sure the results were the best they could possibly be,” explains Seth. Once the group has sufficient genetic data, they will look at phenotypic data to see if they can analyze hard-to-measure traits of interest with image-based methods.

“This project has given me lots of opportunities to grow as a scientist,” explains Seth. “Now I have practical experience with two different emerging fields, which will make me a more competitive scientist.”

Seth values the expertise of his teammates at the Center: “Working with other members of the Center is a cut above all the other collaborations I’ve ever had. It is a hands-on, open environment here.”

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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
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