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Syngenta to launch modified Sweetelle with ToBRFV resistance in 2022

Syngenta’s Sweetelle snack tomato variety can be found in many greenhouses. Arthur van Marrewijk, technical product development specialist at the breeding company, looks back on the past Sweetelle season full of, among others, virus and energy challenges and has news: a modified Sweetelle will be launched on the market in 2022. The variety will be available for trials and if all goes well, all productions can be moved over in 2023.

Syngenta has been able to maintain its market share with Sweetelle in very turbulent times, Arthur says. “The variety is an important one in the Benelux in terms of acreage. In recent years, Sweetelle has consistently proven to be a very reliable variety, even in the ToBRFV context. Meanwhile, North Africa’s growing production is becoming a serious competitor, especially in the winter months.”

On the market, Syngenta hears that Sweetelle’s plants suffer from Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), but that the fruits remain virtually unaffected. “This allows the crop to be finished without major production damage, ultimately resulting in a very reliable product for the supermarket.”

The demand for Sweetelle from the sales market is also high. The reliability of the variety is recognized and appreciated, much to Arthur’s satisfaction: “Sweetelle is very crunchy and tasty. It is the perfect healthy snack that has become a standard for many consumers. Supermarkets love Sweetelle for its incredibly long shelf life.”

New variety
Nevertheless, the end is in sight for Sweetelle, and this is entirely due to ToBRFV. Arthur points out: “What is very positive and crucial to know for growers, traders, and supermarkets: in 2022, there will be a modified Sweetelle variety with ToBRFV resistance. Thanks to the technology used, we expect this variety to be just as reliable and to have the same strong characteristics as Sweetelle. The variety will be available for trials and if all goes well, all productions can be moved over in 2023. The variety will continue under a new name for registration reasons.”

More varieties with resistance
From 2022 onwards, Syngenta will introduce more resistant varieties in all segments. The aim is to have the entire range converted to ToBRFV-resistant varieties in a few years’ time. The company is using conversions in current and upcoming varieties, among others, to come up with solutions for growers and the industry as quickly as possible. “By stepping up the process, we will ensure that new life is breathed into already proven varieties, but this time with the resistance that everyone is waiting for!”

Arthur: “The ToBRFV crisis threatens to cause huge changes in the market. For us, it causes enormous shifts in budget and capacity. ToBRFV has priority and everything is being done to stabilize resistance in every variety. This could mean that even problems in other crops have to be tackled differently or have to wait.”

Of course, Syngenta also continues to look beyond. “We must not lose sight of future developments. New flavors, shapes, more uniformity, more resilient plants, and so on. We will keep working on the future!”

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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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