Wageningen University and Research Centre

Plant Life about melons, apple scab and big data


The main article in the January issue of Plant Life is titled 'Understanding melons' and Sander Peters, bio-informatics scientist at Wageningen UR, is interviewed about the '100 Melon genome project'. Also scientist Jürgen Kohl tells about the Select Biocontrol method and you can read about the workshop 'Data-driven innovations in the agri-food industries', on 18 and 19 March in Wageningen.

In 'Understanding melons' you can read about smart new combinations of state-of-the-art molecular techniques mean that breeding programmes can be accelerated dramatically. DNA sequencing data can already be associated directly with important hereditary traits such as disease resistance, taste and shelf life.

Testing new biological plant protection products for effectiveness and practical feasibility. A naturally occurring fungus codenamed ‘H39’ might be the long-sought biological defence against the dreaded apple scab.

Over the years, international scientists have composed a virtually infinite collection of information in databases. The workshop Data-driven innovations in the agri-food industries on 18 and 19 March in Wageningen, wants to show how small and medium-sized companies can develop innovations based on already available data. Read it in ‘We know much more than we think’.

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