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Today May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity 2017. Proclaimed by the United Nations, this day aims to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

52 countries worldwide celebrated this year’s Fascination of Plants Day on 18 May.

The first PINTO update of 2017 has been concluded and more than 200 varieties and about 20 patents have been added to the system!
 

On April 28 the High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published an independent Explanatory Note on ‘New Techniques in Agricultural Biotech

ESA answered the public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Plant breeding and seed companies work closely with farmers, providing them with innovative and efficient tools. Farmers need today advanced tools to cope with major challenges.

You can now register for the ESA Annual Meeting which will take place on 8-10 October 2017, in Riga, Latvia.
We are looking forward to welcoming you there!
 
 
 
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The governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) adopted a new International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on 6 April 2017.

ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu) is recruiting a Technical Manager Variety Registration and Seed Marketing to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium

ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu) is recruiting a Manager Public Affairs to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium.

 

On March 29nd, the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP), in collaboration with MEP Jasenko Selimović and MEP Julie Girling, organised the workshop “

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) is a joint initiative created in 2014 representing 13 leading industry associations across the agri-food chain, united in their call for sustainable, solution-orientated and innovative policies that benefit the EU and beyond.

Together with other 14 associations, ESA is proudly a partner organisation of the EIPIN project.

18 Associations released a common statement on Comitology.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program offered since 2006 with classes in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The 18th of January marked not only the conclusion of the International Year of Pulses, but also the celebration of the second Global Pulse Day.

According to research consultancy HFFA Research, the European Commission decision of 2013 to largely restrict the use of neonicotinoids resulted in severe economic losses for the European oilseed sector and also had clear negative environmental impact.

The Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) appointed Roxane Feller, Secretary General of IFAH-Europe (International Federation of Animal Health-Europe) as its new Chair today.

8 December 2016 - The fourth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ will be held on May 18th 2017.

The Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato, developed by The International Potato Center (CIP) and Harvestplus, is one of the best inventions of 2016, according to the Time magazine.

Press release: 4 November 2016, Brussels

The Commission clarifies that plants obtained by essentially biological processes should not be patentable under EU law.

ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu) is recruiting a Technical Manager Variety Registration and Seed Marketing to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium

 

The European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu) is recruiting an Assistant Administration and Communication to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium.

Today the European Parliament approved in second reading the new regulation on protective measures against pests of plants. The Council vote took place in July, and Member States expressed their support for the agreement reached with the other Institutions in December 2015.

ESA held its Annual Meeting on 9-11 October in Rome, Italy.

The European Commission’ DG RTD and DG AGRI organised a conference entitled “FOOD 2030” on 12-13 October in Brussels, where about 500 participants met to discuss research and innovation for

ESA held its Annual Meeting on 9-11 October in Rome, Italy. This year’s event again set a new record of attendance.

On the 7th of October the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament will celebrate the International Year of Pulses with a meeting, organised in collaboration with Italian research institutions, entitled "The Inter

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Garlich von Essen at SESVanderHave Innovation Centre

A new Sugar Beet R&D research centre, the 'SESVanderHave Innovation Centre (SVIC)', was inaugurated in the presence of 250 customers and leading scientists from around the world last week in Tienen, Belgium.

European research organisations call upon the European Parliament to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to condemn physical attacks on scientists

Press Release: A new version of GlobalGAP, the world's leading farm assurance program, entered into force on July 1st with two new crop-based control points that ensure produce traceability and compliance with Intellectual Property (IP) laws.

ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu ) is recruiting a Technical Manager “Plant Breeding and Variety Registration” to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium

Agriculture faces many challenges ranging from climate change to rising food demand due to population growth.

Press Release - Brussels, 8 June 2016: The European Parliament’s vote of 7.6.2016 on an initiative put forward by its Committee for Agriculture and drafted by MEP Anthea McIntyre (ECR, UK) disappoints the European plant breeding sector.

On June 2nd, the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP), in collaboration with MEP Jasenko Selimović, organised the workshop “Food and Nutritional Security” at the European Parliament.

ESTA Agents map

ESA’s quality assurance scheme for seed treatment and treated seed, the ‘European Seed Treatment Assurance’ (ESTA), continues expanding its position as a true EU standard with a sixth National Agent.

ESA initiated a Thunderclap Campaign to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2016. You can view and support the campaign at: http://thndr.me/q5cHwb

 

ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu) is recruiting a Manager Plant Health and Trade to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium.

 

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The Polish Seed Trade Association P.I.N. celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 21, 2016 in Poznan (PL).

Today is World Intellectual Property Day 2016!  The European seed industry relies on Intellectual Property to protect plant breeders' interests and  their ability to  innovate.

ESA cooperates with and supports the Seed Association of Ukraine (SAU)  to ensure a competitive seed sector in the wider Europe.

Today and tomorrow (April 4-5, 2016) ESA is organising a workshop entitled "How to act under the EU ABS regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol?" in Brussels.

Annual Meeting 9-11 October in Rome, Italy
 
 
As from today, you can register for the ESA Annual Meeting which will take place on 9-11 October 2016 in Rome, Italy.
We are looking forward to welcoming you there!
 
 
 

Brussels, 15 March 2016 - A newly published study on the socio-economic value of plant breeding in Europe demonstrates strong positive impact on growth and employment, as well as environmental protection and biodiversity preservation.

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Biotech patents must not extend to plant products from classical breeding