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Breakthrough in debate on patents in plant breeding

BRUSSELS, Belgium: It was never the European legislator’s intention to grant patents on products of essential biological processes. This is the tenor of an interpretation of the Biotechnology Guideline of 1998 presented by the European Commission on 3 November of this...
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Sardinia Cashes in on Flower Power with New Cut Botanical

CERNOBBIO, Italy: Twelve Energy’s brand new cut foliage Smeralda Green Show is set to wow floral wholesalers and retail florists alike and will give any floral arrangement an eye-catching flair. True rose connoisseurs wouldn’t bat an eye at roses that are completely...
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Persuasive Petals

by Ron van der Ploeg NAALDWIJK, The Netherlands: Potted roses on retail shelves that are a feast for the senses. Launching at different European supermarkets is the distinctly Dolc’ Amore® brand combining – amongst others – superior genetics from Danish rose...
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Update on the Nagoya Protocol and its EU implementation

by Philippe de Jong* BRUSSELS, Belgium: The Nagoya Protocol, signed in 2010, aims to ensure that the country of origin of the planet’s genetic resources, gets a fair share of the benefits of that resource when it is researched or developed. This article provides a...
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The chaos has arrived

by Thomas Leidereiter HAMBURG, Germany: In the 2014 CIOPORA Chronicle published by FloraCulture International, the author predicted: “… the envisaged revision of the EU trade mark system is highly detrimental to legal certainty and, consequently, to the interests of breeders...
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What’s behind Komet Sales’ stellar growth?

MIAMI, USA: Launched a few years ago, Komet Sales is a web-based solution for flower companies where growers, importers and wholesalers can connect and manage their operations efficiently. When someone like Peter Moran the CEO of SAF (Society of American Florist) proclaims...
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Video goes behind the scenes of fully automated Chrysanthemum production in China

BEIJING, China: In order to highlight the benefits and uses of a fully automated Chrysanthemum production process, Dutch automation expert Hoogendoorn released a video which offers an exciting behind-the-scenes look at one of China’s major Chrysanthemum growers, Beilangzhong...
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What will it take to wake up ‘the sleeping giant’?

IRAPUATO, Mexico: By means of three webinars about horticulture in Mexico, the Dutch Embassy in Mexico d.f. and Ideavelop have supplied tons of information about vegetable production, ornamental production and agro parks in a country that grows with an average rate of 1.2...
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