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FFAR: International Leaders Discuss Next Frontiers in Indoor Agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is bringing together leaders from 26 businesses, seven universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and two trade associations to identify opportunities for indoor agriculture to contribute to more productive, sustainable urban food systems. KeyGene, one of…

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How sweet can it be: insights in the Stevia genome

Obesity is a global health issue affecting millions. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) plant produce steviol glycosides, which are 200-350 times sweeter than sugar but contribute no calories. The food industry has a very positive outlook on the opportunities for Stevia ingredients in zero or calorie-reduced products. Consequently, the Stevia ingredient market is…

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Sequence Of Stevia Plant Genome Revealed

KeyGene is proud on its contribution! Below the press release of PureCircle about this great achievement: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, scientists have completed the sequencing of the stevia plant genome. Lead scientists from PureCircle Stevia Institute and KeyGene have unveiled this major breakthrough in research showing the annotated, high-quality genome…

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KeyGene tackles brain overflow

Prophyta magazine has published a special edition around the ESA 2017 entitled Focus on Europe. In this edition an article is published about KeyGene’s virtual reality breeding tool. Introduction: A human brain can only process so much information. Selection in a greenhouse filled with hundreds of plants is donkey work. And yes, there are graphs,…

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Will Europe embrace precise plant breeding or further frustrate innovation?

On September 19th an interview with KeyGene’s CEO Arjen van Tunen about regulation on precise plant breeding technologies was published in the EU Parliament Magazine. “We urgently need legal certainty to support innovation in plant breeding in the EU” You are invited to read the the full interview: Will Europe embrace precise plant breeding or further…

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Flower Power! KeyGene delivers natural rubber for world’s first green bike tyre

Last month during the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen (GER) the first bike road tyre made of dandelion rubber; the Fortezza Flower Power, was showcased by Vredestein. This innovative road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions, the result of a joint initiative called DRIVE4EU, co-financed by the European Union. KeyGene, partner…

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Explore partnership with KeyGene for co-development innovative plant-based protein crops

For more than 27 years KeyGene positively contributes through the products of its clients to more tasty, nutritious and sustainable produced crops. Partnering for growth is in our DNA, using the next generation, cool and innovative plant breeding technologies. To attractively drive the availability of commercial varieties. With the unprecedented global growth and increasing consumer…

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This tiny country feeds the world: how the Netherlands has become an agricultural giant

National Geographic published a story in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. KeyGene’s CEO Arjen van Tunen talks about Dutch firms being among the world leaders in the seed business. ‘Dutch firms are among the world leaders in the seed business, with close to $1.7 billion worth of exports in 2016. Yet they…

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Nanopore meeting NL

KeyGene is co-organizer of the Nanopore NL meeting hosted at UMC Utrecht by Wigard Kloosterman (UMCU), Thomas Abeel (Delft University) and Hans Jansen (Future Genomics Technologies) on October 17th, in Utrecht. The latest developments will be shared by Oxford Nanopore and users will share their experiences on wet-lab as well as on analysis of this…

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High-tech for better crop varieties

The Government of the Netherlands recently published a brochure, presenting a brief overview of the role of Dutch companies, policymakers and researchers in the development of quality seed and seed sectors globally. The Dutch seed sector enjoys a global leading position. Dutch seed companies operate on a global scale. The Dutch government, too, is very proactive in providing…

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