Nunhems Netherlands b.v., currently a subsidiary company of Bayer (soon a subsidiary of BASF), specializing in vegetable varieties, has paid USD 119,083 to the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund, equaling 0.77% of seed sales of ten varieties of vegetables commercialized using germplasm made available by the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN) and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) of Germany through the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty. [links added]
A hugely important milestone for the Treaty and the whole plant genetic resources conservation community. Hopefully the first of many such announcements.
The latest on the very troubling Xylella outbreak in olives is that you can spot infestation from the air before it’s obvious on the ground.
The new research, published in the journal Nature Plants, demonstrates the first way to spot infected trees months before signs are visible to farmers. The scientists analysed more than 7,000 olive trees in 15 Italian groves over two years, both tree-by-tree on the ground and from the air.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International has just put its Seed Conservation Directory of Expertise online. It “contains information on individuals, facilities and expertise related to seed conservation, focused on plant species of wild origin.”
If you’re not on it, and you think you should be, fill in the form.