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Apollo Green to distribute Humboldt Seed Company clonal cannabis genetics to Germany, Portugal and Australia

Humboldt Seed Company (HSC), California’s leading cannabis seed producer, has announced a partnership with Canadian-based Apollo Green to make eight breeder cuts available to researchers, licensed commercial cultivators and home growers in legal markets worldwide. This first-to-market clonal genetics release is a significant milestone and will expand access to distinctive, high-quality cannabis genetics in both established and emerging global markets including Germany, Portugal and Australia.

The curated, breeder-verified selection includes pioneering triploid genetics, such as OG Triploid and Donutz Triploid alongside the legendary cult classic Blueberry Muffin. Also available are All Gas OG with a THC content of 21 per cent and four high-THC strains in the 30-35 per cent range: Golden Sands, Guzzlerz, Jelly Donutz and Orange Cream pop. These selections represent the top .01 per cent of HSC’s extensive California pheno-hunting program.

Exports will begin in May under Apollo Green’s Canadian federal cannabis license. All shipments have Canadian phytosanitary certification, ensuring plants have been inspected, and are clean and free of pests.

Apollo Green to distribute Humboldt Seed Company clonal

The center addresses growing farmer demand across the EU for biological seed treatment solutions providing best-in-class service and application support for its customer.

Syngenta Seedcare is strengthening its focus on biologicals and extending its leadership in seed treatment with the opening of its first biologicals service center at The Seedcare Institute in Maintal, Germany.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the center addresses growing farmer demand across the EU for biological seed treatment solutions providing best-in-class service and application support for its customers. Syngenta Seedcare currently operates 18 Seedcare Institutes with more than 120 experts globally. Additional biological service centres are set to be added to more Seedcare Institutes in future.

The biologicals service center in Maintal offers specialized expertise to support the application of new biological seed treatments. These include extensive competence in microbiology – from understanding the viability on-seed and in-mixture with other active ingredients, the ability to develop assays for all microbial products, to expertise on the handling of sensitive biologicals throughout the process. It will also provide value-adding services, including advisory on water quality and recipe compatibility, on-seed survivability measurement, guidelines for storage, handling and cleaning, and specialized training on proper stewardship of biologicals.

Biological seed treatment solutions ensure healthy crop establishment, by safeguarding plants from pests and improving their ability to access available nutrients – right from the beginning of life. Only tiny amounts are necessary to coat the seed, helping increase soil health and protecting biodiversity and the environment. However, the incorporation of living organisms can present new challenges to developing biological seed treatment solutions, which will need to take into account factors such as biological compatibility and on-seed survivability.

“Our leadership in biological innovation and seed treatment is built on our ability to constantly enhance and adapt our service offers,” said Jonathan Brown, Global Head Seedcare. “This new biological service centre enables the successful use of biologicals as seed-applied solutions through shared practical knowledge and resources. As the industry collaborator of choice, we look forward to launching new solutions together with our partners.”

Syngenta Seedcare offers a broad portfolio of biological seed treatment solutions, comprising the EPIVIO™ range of biostimulants for healthy crop establishment; ATUVA™ to promote nutrient use efficiency for soybean and legume crops, and NUELLO™ biofertilizers that leverage nitrogen fixation and promote soil health.

The center addresses growing farmer demand across

This is the company’s largest single investment in its Crop Protection business in Germany.

Bayer significantly strengthens its commitment to innovation in regenerative agriculture with a EUR 220 million investment in research and development (R&D) at its Monheim site. This is the company’s largest single investment in its Crop Protection business in Germany since the founding of the Monheim campus in 1979. The new Product Safety complex with labs, offices, and a greenhouse area offers space for approximately 200 employees. Its principal focus will be on developing the next generation of chemicals for a sustainable future and enhancing the environmental and human safety of Crop Protection. The new facility will boost Bayer’s efforts to become a major contributor to regenerative agriculture by developing and bringing to market new Crop Protection solutions which have even better environmental profiles than those currently available and will play a key role in significantly reducing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

“Looking into the future, we must radically transform today’s farming systems and switch to regenerative agriculture practices that produce more with less, while restoring more. There is a high demand for pushing beyond established standards in safety to unlock breakthrough innovation and Crop Protection solutions with better environmental profiles,” said Dr. Robert Reiter, Head of R&D at Bayer’s Crop Science Division.

The investment is also a clear commitment to Europe as a base of operations as well as one important cornerstone of Bayer’s Future Concept for Germany. “Even in times of economic uncertainty, we are laser-focused on innovation and future technologies,” Dirk Backhaus, Head of Product Supply at Crop Science, pointed out. “We have a long track record of investing into research, development, and production of safe chemical products for agriculture, and we’re eager to leverage our world class expertise in Germany to shape the future of regenerative agriculture here and around the world. The new facility at our Monheim site is a shining example of precisely that: Investments in future technologies, modern facilities, and, most importantly, our people.” Over the past three years, Bayer has invested EUR 180 million at its Dormagen site, with a focus on expanding production capacities for modern Crop Protection.

 The opportunity to invent better, climate neutral and environmentally benign Crop Protection products is huge and aims to strengthen Bayer’s global competitiveness. As such, this investment also reflects Bayer’s commitment to the innovative capacity of Germany and Europe. The anticipated construction period of the new Monheim facility will be around 3 years. Full commissioning is planned for 2026.

The new R&D facilities will be an important cornerstone of Bayer’s new innovation approach for Crop Protection. Already today, Bayer’s product portfolio ranks very well in terms of environmental impact. But the company is strongly committed to reducing it even further and pushing beyond established standards.

“With our new disruptive innovation approach – what we call CropKey – we are now designing molecules instead of selecting them,” said Rachel Rama, Head of Small Molecules at Crop Science. “This is based on a discovery concept which allows us to create solutions based on the predefined safety and sustainability profiles that go above and beyond current standards.” Data science, early safety screenings, modeling and artificial intelligence are crucial elements that enable our top scientists to create the next generation of Crop Protection, taking advantage of massive amounts of data and machine learning and setting a new benchmark. “With our investment in Monheim, we are now building a new data powerhouse in a high-tech work environment that will be highly attractive for our researchers and future top talents.”

The new innovation approach to Crop Protection is also clearly aligned with Bayer’s sustainability commitment to reduce the environmental impact of Crop Protection products by 30% by 2030.

This is the company’s largest single investment

Icos Capital Fund IV will be focused on new and emerging technologies in the areas of sustainable industry, decarbonisation technologies, circular economy, and sustainable food systems

Nouryon, a global speciality chemicals leader, announced that it will invest in Icos Capital Fund IV, a collaborative venture capital fund connecting corporations and financial institutions with start-ups that have a potential for fast growth. The investment strategy of the Icos Capital Fund IV will be focused on new and emerging technologies in the areas of sustainable industry, decarbonisation technologies, circular economy, and sustainable food systems.

“At Nouryon, we are focused on offering innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers,” said Philip Clark, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Nouryon. “Our investment with Icos provides Nouryon with an effective way of screening a very large number of start-ups and emerging technologies that are in and adjacent to our key end-markets with a focus on accelerating sustainability.”

Nouryon’s corporate partnership with Icos Capital goes back to 2017 with its original investment in Icos Capital Fund III, which has enabled several strategic partnership discussions and insights into innovation critical to Nouryon.

Icos Capital is active in the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and Germany, with activities across Europe. Icos Capital Fund IV will expand its geographic reach to other parts of the world, including North America, and its corporate partners will play an important role in setting the fund strategy, as well as identifying and evaluating the start-ups.

Icos Capital Fund IV will be focused

The plant will process 300 tons per day of paddy straw at max. capacity to produce 33 TPD of CBG using 8 digesters of 10,000 cubic meters.

Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri inaugurated Asia’s largest CBG plant in Sangrur. The Plant has been commissioned with an FDI investment of Rs 220 crore (approx.) by Verbio AG, one of Germany’s leading Bio-energy companies. 

Puri, said that this plant in Sangrur is just the beginning of India’s master plan for a CBG-based rural economy and that the CBG is the need of the hour, and Government is taking all steps to promote the ecosystem around it.

The Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plant is a step in achieving objectives of the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme, which was launched by Government of India in October 2018 to establish an ecosystem for production of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) from various waste/ biomass sources in the country. The scheme aims to empower and unleash the rural economy by supporting farmers, increase India’s domestic energy production and self-sufficiency and also reduce the air pollution, and help India lead the world toward a clean energy transition. Apart from this plant, 38 CBG / Biogas Plants have been commissioned under the SATAT initiative.

The CBG Plant at Sangrur, is spread across an area of 20 acres (approx.). The plant’s present production is about 6 TPD CBG, but soon this plant will process 300 Tons Per Day of paddy straw at max. capacity to produce 33 TPD of CBG using 8 digesters of 10,000 cubic meters.

Sangrur CBG Plant shall provide direct employment to 390 and indirect employment to 585 people, it will also reduce stubble burning of 40,000 – 45,000 acres of fields, translating into an annual reduction of 150,000 tons of CO2 emissions. 

The plant will process 300 tons

It will be the second time Case IH has been involved as exclusive tractor supplier – as it has been at the same leading event in Belgium and the Netherlands.

PotatoEurope returns this year on 7th and 8th September as a landmark event and key meeting point for the potato industry. Back in its 2018 role as exclusive supplier of tractors and telehandlers, Case IH will perform extensive practical demonstrations as a highlight of the trade fair, held on the Rittergut Bockerode estate near Hanover, Germany. Case IH tractors will once again inject some Red Power into the fair, at its machine demonstrations both on the field and behind the scenes. More than 30 Farmall 100 C, Luxxum, Vestrum, Maxxum, Puma and Optum AFS Connect tractor models and several Farmlift telehandlers will represent the brand at this year’s PotatoEurope.

“Our enthusiasm for this trade fair has taken on a whole new dimension this year. We need to acknowledge how fragile global supply chains are, and I don’t just mean the semiconductor shortage from the Far East. Not least the continuity of supply of agricultural products may be affected by rising costs, falling prices and the war in Ukraine. For us, this means that the performance, efficiency and precision of our machines and our precision farming solutions are more important than ever,” stresses Dr Daniel Fischer, Head of Marketing at Case IH Germany.

Solutions for a wide range of challenges

This will be the fifth PotatoEurope held on the Rittergut Bockerode estate. It will be the second time Case IH has been involved as exclusive tractor supplier – as it has been at the same leading event in Belgium and the Netherlands. “We see this increasingly popular trade fair as an excellent opportunity to showcase our high-performance machinery under practical conditions in front of an expert crowd. Optum, Farmlift, Vestrum and indeed all our models have the same qualities; high efficiency, a relaxed working environment and maximum precision for the most varied tasks that are now essential skills in modern farming. These are just a few key elements that we as a manufacturer can offer, to ensure continuity of supply to Germany and Europe despite the current situation – not only in potato production but other areas, too,” says Dr Fisher. 

It will be the second time Case

VertiFarm, a new business event is set to address all aspects of sustainable cultivation methods

Under the banners of Growing & Processing, Retail & Pharma and Start Ups & Investors, VertiFarm is set to address all aspects of sustainable cultivation methods between 27 and 29 September, 2022. This challenging subject area for our futures has great potential for conquering new markets across the world. As a new meeting place, the international show dealing with next-level farming and new food systems offers suppliers, producers and distributors the optimum starting point for intensifying business relationships, establishing new contacts and raising awareness for sustainable food production among the general public.

Visitors to the show will obtain a detailed overview of controlled production systems for vegetables, fruit, salad crops, herbs and microgreens as well as fish, insect breeding and cultivation of medicinal plants. VertiFarm provides solution tactics for global challenges such as crop failures, food supplements, security of supply, energy efficiency and urban sustainability.

Other key subject areas are automation and logistics, variety development, cosmetics and oils, crop protection and fertilisers, climate and lighting systems, energy production and efficiency, and research and education. Interested visitors will be able to familiarise themselves with all facets and approaches concerning sustainable food production. The conceptual sponsor behind VertiFarm is the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF), the world’s leading non-profit organisation supporting and promoting the sustainable growth and development of the indoor/vertical farming movement.

High-calibre supporting programme for the VertiFarm launch

The programme accompanying the show continues to take shape and will be updated continuously over the coming weeks and months. Companies, institutions and other industry players are welcome to help shape it – proposals concerning subject matter areas of technology, new food systems, financing, business models and consumer acceptance, AI, robotics and automation are welcome to be submitted before 29 July 2022: Call for Papers.

Retail Day programme – supporting retailers and resellers

In cooperation with the North Rhine Westphalia & Westphalia-Münsterland Trade Association, the retail trade’s climate protection initiative is set to add a Retail Day to the VertiFarm line-up on 28 September 2022. It will start with brunch and go on to highlight the potential of vertical farming for the food trade, followed by a guided tour of selected suppliers at the show. From around noon, panels and expert talks will get underway addressing the key topics of planning law, urban development, energy efficiency, sustainability, regionality, ROI, economic viability and best practice.

VertiFarm, a new business event is set

The priority areas include sustainable energy technologies, environment and clean technologies, biobased economy, bio-based materials for different applications, food and agri tech

Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) Dr S Chadrasekhar stressed aligning the priority areas with the scientific importance of India and Germany at an online webinar conducted as part of the outreach activity to promote the recently launched call for proposals for International Research & Training Group between DST and DFG. 

The priority areas include Sustainable Energy Technologies (generation, conversion, and storage), Environment and Clean Technologies, Biobased Economy, Bio-based materials for different applications, food and agri technologies, technologies for advanced manufacturing and Integration of AI and Machine Learning in all domains.

Prof Dr Katja Becker, President, DFG, German Research Foundation, highlighted that the programme will be a beacon for Indo-German partnerships. It will create strong research collaboration through a bottom-up approach to address global challenges.

SK Varshney, Head, International Cooperation Division, DST, suggested that this programme will not only achieve a larger objective but also train and build capacity among the scientist and researchers in a way that will be instrumental in facing other scientific challenges of the future.

Dr Katja Fettelschoß, Deputy Head of Division Research Careers, DFG, hoped that this new platform will build a long-term partnership between India and Germany and that the participation of young researchers in this programme should be promoted.

Over 80 participants from universities and institutions from both countries were present in this online webinar of IRTG and discussed their queries with the officials from the International Division of DST (Dr Rajiv Kumar, Scientist-E) and DFG (Martin Roatsch (Research Careers, IRTG Team, DFG) about the details of application process under joint IRTG call.

The priority areas include sustainable energy technologies,

Through this, joint research, knowledge sharing and innovation will be promoted between academic institutions of both countries and practitioners including farmers

Initiatives have been taken between India and Germany on agroecology and sustainable management of natural resources. In this regard, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze signed the declaration in a virtual meeting.

Through this, joint research, knowledge sharing and innovation will be promoted between academic institutions of both countries and practitioners including farmers. The transfer of technology and scientific knowledge will be promoted by encouraging exchanges, partnerships and research collaboration with the private sector. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development intends to provide up to 300 million euros by the year 2025 for financial and technical cooperation for projects under this initiative.

Germany will provide coordinated support for this lighthouse initiative, supporting the agro-ecological transformation process in India through the Technical Cooperation Project. For the changing agenda of agroecology, the two countries envisage the establishment of a joint research centre supported by financial cooperation to develop and share cutting edge knowledge with practitioners from India, Germany and other countries, while facilitating value-added technology and scientific transfer.

To oversee the implementation, a working group will be set up with the concerned Ministries, namely, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and NITI Aayog.

Through this, joint research, knowledge sharing and