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The Greenery, James Hutton Limited to partner and breed redcurrants

James Hutton Limited and The Greenery are expanding their partnership. They’re going to breed redcurrants together. This program aims to result in new, improved varieties. These will be made exclusively available not only to The Greenery. This Dutch cooperative’s growers and its clients should benefit too.

The Greenery is constantly trying to develop new products and varieties. And in doing so they create new opportunities for their growers to surprise consumers. The partnership with James Hutton Limited in the United Kingdom is in keeping with one of The Greenery’s goals.

It wants to develop new soft fruit varieties. The emphasis is on flavor, shelf-life, and yield. The Greenery already works with groups like the American breeding company Plant Sciences and the Italian Sant’Orsola. The James Hutton collaboration focuses on developing new, exclusive redcurrant varieties.

Breeding programs

James Hutton Limited is the James Hutton Institute’s commercial subsidiary. As such, it’s set up several breeding programs. These are for fruits like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants. It also collaborates in cherry and fly honeysuckle research. The Greenery is also involved in this. All aspects of soft fruit genetics and agronomy are extensively studied. The James Hutton Institute’s scientists and breeders are doing this work. This research supports these Scottish breeding programs.

The James Hutton Institute had been testing black and red currants as far back as 1952. That’s led to the establishment of a very extensive collection of genetic material. It continues to be maintained. Researchers are also looking at white and pink berries and other interesting kinds of berries. The emphasis is on flavor, appearance, cultivation robustness, climate resistance, shelf life, and yield.

Meeting the chain’s demands

James Hutton Limited’s Dr. Dorota Jarret considered the collaboration a great opportunity for James Hutton Limited. “Based on current trends, it makes perfect sense to invest in new varieties. And even revitalize existing crops. That’s so they can meet the chain’s needs. This is growers, retailers, and, of course, consumers.”

“The Greenery’s already a partner in the James Hutton Limited blackberry breeding program. We’re delighted to be working closely with such a company. They recognize the value of research and innovation. It’s a chance to work closely with redcurrant growers affiliated with The Greenery too.”

“It’s probably going to be two to three more years before promising redcurrant varieties emerge. But, the project has a five-year duration. And, in that time, we expect to identify leading families and lines. These can be further developed into varieties. That’s very exciting,” adds Dr. Jarret.

Pooling mutual knowledge

The Greenery is continually striving to create new products and, thus, opportunities for its farmers. Klaas de Jager is an agronomist who works with James Hutton Limited from The Greenery. “Products are identified as potentially meeting the program’s results.”

“As soon as that happens, The Greenery lends supports. That’s with field trials at selected growers.” Anton van Garderen grows redcurrants in the Netherlands. He’s proud of the collaboration with The James Hutton Limited in the new redcurrants varieties breeding research.

“The Greenery and James Hutton can strengthen the soft fruit sector. That’s in terms of product range and appeal. They can do so by pooling their mutual knowledge. The James Hutton Limited partnership will provide Greenery growers with opportunities. They can exclusively market new, tasty varieties. And so differentiate themselves the standard varieties,” Klaas concludes.

For more information:
Klaas de Jager
The Greenery Growers
Tel: +31 (0) 653 842 402

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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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