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New platform for licensing of plant breeding traits



No doubt sparking renewed debate over intellectual property rights and plants, the International Licensing Platform (ILP) was launched on Friday. Members of the new association say it aims to improve global access to and use of plant breeding traits for vegetables.


According to Greenhouse Canada, the participating companies include Agrisemen, Bayer, Bejo, Enza, Holland-Select, Limagrain Vegetable Seeds, Limgroup, Pop Vriend, Rijk Zwaan, Syngenta and Takii. A report by VILT, the Flemish information center for agriculture and horticulture, said the ILP will hold 60% of the world market of vegetable seeds in its hands.


A press release published by Netherlands-based hybrid seed specialist Nunhems, a subsidiary of Bayer CropScience, said 11 companies from Switzerland, Germany, Japan, France and the Netherlands, worked together to establish the ILP “with an aim to provide plant breeders around the world with faster, more efficient and cost effective, guaranteed access to crucial plant breeding traits that are currently covered by patent claims by ILP member companies.


“The ILP provides a straightforward, easy way for vegetable breeders to license the traits they need at a fair and reasonable cost so they can bring new products to the market that meet demands from growers and consumers. The members of the ILP will make all of their patents related to vegetable breeding traits accessible to their fellow members under the conditions of the ILP,” it said.


Monsanto said it applauded the initiative but is not a member. “We believe both the ILP and our new licensing program enable a technology exchange that will foster agricultural collaboration and innovation thereby increasing the variety and quality of vegetable seed products available to growers,” said Marlin Edwards, chief technology officer at Seminis, a vegetable seeds subsidiary of the company.


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Takii Seed soon celebrating 180 years and worldwide recognition

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After nearly 180 years in business, Takii Seed, which describes itself as the oldest seed company in the world, continues its obsession with quality. “It is a great opportunity for us to bring Japanese fresh products focused on taste into European culture because the first thing growers ask about in Europe is yield,” explained Erik Vesseur, sales and marketing manager for vegetables at Takii Seed Europe. Takii Seed’s main products are: brassicas, onions (short, medium, long, yellow and red), rootstock and tomatoes.  Proud of its local achievements, Takii Seed is well-known for its fresh produce in Japan, where 70% of the tomato and aubergine and 60% of the carrot varieties are bred by it. Takii’s global footprint is also impressive, with a presence in ten foreign locations. Takii´s expertise in breeding, production, sales and marketing are the ideal ingredients that have produced successful varieties such as Export Tomato “Takumi F1” (suitable for loose or truss harvest) and “TRF1098”. Both these vigorous varieties have been developed for winter production in the Mediterranean region (Spain and Morocco) and carry the benefit of resistance to TYLCV.  The firm has also introduced in Europe the well-known pink Japanese tomato, which delivers a delicious taste. And its Momotaro tomato variety combines its pink colour with its identity.  Takii’s mild-flavored brassicas with a sweet-peppery punch add a special touch to salads and have the advantage of being available year-round. Furthermore, the brassica varieties are specially adapted to processing by harvesting machines.  CV