Victory declared in Strawberry Wars

A federal jury has ruled in favor of the University of California in its lawsuit with two former UC Davis strawberry breeders and the private breeding company they created with UC-owned plants. A separate jury is expected to decide issues related to damages at a later time. About time. It’s been quite a ride.

Strawberry Wars forever

You know how the strawberry breeders who left the UC Davis programme a couple of years ago and set up a private company sued the university for access to the material they developed? Well, it turns out the university is now counter-suing them. I like this bit especially from the SFGate piece which brings us …

Nibbles: Avocado rising, Cynobiofuel, Ginseng in situ, MGIS, Strawberry breeding, Maca biopiracy, Certification

The avocado was once quinoa. Cyanobacterium found in an algal collection at the University of Texas in Austin will save us all. You need the cops on your side if you want to save American ginseng. Banana genetic resources get a new website. Peace breaks out in UC Davis strawberry dispute. How did maca get …

Nibbles: Prof Brian Cox is cool, GRAIN vs Gates, Fragaria law suit, Central Asian fruits, Ecoagriculture, Forage breeding risk, WPC 2014, Nutrition trifecta, MSB funding, European seedsters support IT

Final Human Universe episode features Svalbard Global seed Vault. GRAIN objects to where Gates Foundation spends its money. Nobody much cares. Latest on that UC Davis strawberry breeding programme debacle. Yes, bears do shit (apple seeds) in the woods. And some context. A conference for the hippy in all of us. The dark side of …