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“It was love at first sight with this cherry tomato”

“I’ll never forget the day I first put that tomato in my mouth,” Page-Mann said. “Visually, it’s so darling. The shape is just endearing as well. The flavor and the texture — it’s so creamy and so sweet — it’s really the best of all worlds.” Looking a bit like a tiny apple, the meaty, blocky and yes, vividly gold and bronze striped Cherry Ember — seeds for which are now available through Fruition Seeds — may be born and bred of the Finger Lakes.

Because, as Phillip Griffiths said, “Quality of food is the same as quality of life.” Griffiths is associate professor of horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca.

In the United Kingdom, Griffiths studied genetics at the University of Nottingham — “Where Robin Hood is from,” he joked — and received his master’s degree for his work with rye grass at the University of Wales. He came to the United States and in the 1980s earned his doctorate working with tomatoes in Arizona and Florida, before coming to Cornell. He earned tenure in the early 2000s and was granted the flexibility to work on passion projects through the Friday Afternoon Project as a result.

That meant a return to tomatoes; or rather, to work toward producing a better tomato. “After tenure, I got more interested in the heirlooms and a lot of the variations in shapes and colors,” Griffiths said. And when it comes to cherry tomatoes, their functionality.

Fruition Seeds in Naples is selling Cherry Ember cherry tomato seeds, but seed starting is not easy, according to founder Petra Page-Mann. “It’s important to learn to ride a bike with someone who loves you, knows you’re going to fall off and is going to be right there to say, ‘You got this!’” Page-Mann said.

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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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