Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety shared his enthusiasm for open discussion on the potential of gene editing during his speech last week at CRISPRcon, in Wagenineng, The Netherlands on 20-21 June

Five examinations offices are conducting a project that aims to integrate molecular data into DUS testing in durum wheat.

An alarming report early this year from European climate researchers, published in the renowned journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), questioned the climate resilience of modern wheat varieties (htt

Plants are unique organisms. They can produce sugars just from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. Biologists estimate the total number of plant species to be about 250000.

On 23 April, 22 European business organisations jointly signed a letter calling upon member states and the European Commission to initiate a legislative change tha

Brussels, 23 April 2019: 22 European business organisations jointly call upon member states and the European Commission to initiate a legislative change that provides innovation-friendly rules for plant breeding.

CRISPRcon: Conversations on Science, Society and the Future of Gene Editing returns on June 20-21 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to advance broad dialogue on whether and how gene editing technologies should make the transition from the lab into society at-large.

The Euroseeds Congress 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from 13 to 15 October 2019.

All the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), their supervisors, partner organisations and external board advisors involved in the EIPIN Innovation Society, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project, met on March 12, 2019 in Brussels for the

The fifth international "Fascination of Plants Day" 2019 will take place on May 18, 2019 across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

Rest in peace plant breeding innovation

MEP Christopher Fjellner is organising an event entitled "Rest in Peace Plant Breeding Innovation in the EU after the ECJ Ruling?" on Wednesday, 6th of February 2019, from 16h30 to 18h30 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Roadmap will help to make food crops “future-proof”

Wageningen University & Research is working within the CropBooster-P EU project on a roadmap to make agricultural crops future-proof.

On December 5, 2018, in an oral hearing on a patent on pepper plants, the European Patent Office declared the new rule 28(2) invalid[1] paving the way again for patents being granted on plants obtained by essentially biological processes.

This OECD report provides an in-depth assessment of structural changes in global markets for seed and biotechnology based on new data on market concentration across a broad range of countries and crops, and considers potential policy responses.

Press statement - Brussels, 28 November 2018

Today, the Agri-Food chain coalition held an event in the European Parliament to look at the contribution of the agri-food chain to achieving the SDGs.

UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy starts in October 2019 and is now open for registration


From 7-9 October ESA European Seed Association held its 2018 Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain. This year’s event has set a new record of presence!

Less than two months ago the Court of Justice of the EU has concluded that organisms obtained by newer forms of mutagenesis are subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive.

Brussels, 25 July 2018: The European Seed Association sees today’s Court of Justice ruling in

A new article on the latest plant breeding methods will be published on the next issue of BIO-SCIENCE LAW REVIEW.


ESA is recruiting a Manager Public Affairs to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium


Job description:

Bresov postcard

Launch of 4-Year EU Research Project BRESOV

The multidisciplinary project aims to link researchers, vegetable producers and consumers


The second FOOD 2030 high-level event is taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on 14-15 June 2018 during the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council.

The ESA Secretariat is glad to be participating in the ISF World Seed Congress 2018 in Brisbane, Australia, from 3-6 June.

More than 1000 seed industry professionals gathering to discuss the global issues facing the seed sector.

On May 23rd, the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ (Plant ETP), in collaboration with MEP Jasenko Selimović and MEP Julie Girling, organised the workshop “Pl

Stakeholder consultation launched by EU-funded project ‘Farmer's Pride’

ESA is looking for a Research Assistant to assist in the supervision of field trials for a Horizon 2020 project ESA is a partner in.

Interested in Intellectual property and innovation?

Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and work with EIPIN-Innovation Society!


Plant breeding innovation is essential for sustainable agriculture. It is a natural step to help us ensure food quality, reduce crop loss and food waste, and address tomorrow’s agri-food challenges.

Brussels, 23rd April 2018 - A coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain launched a joint EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing in Brussels today.


Towards a harmonized implementation and a common understanding of the Plant Health Regulatory framework for seed in Europe.


On 23 November 2017, the ESA Secretariat took part in the Agri-Food Chain Coalition (AFCC) event ‘Innovation is good news – opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain’.

ESA European Seed Association held its 2017 Annual Meeting from 8-10 October in Riga, Latvia.

Ahead of the European Commission’s conference on Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture on 28 September, the European seed sec

Plant breeding innovation is essential for sustainable agriculture. It is a natural step to help us ensure food quality, reduce crop loss and food waste, and address tomorrow’s agri-food challenges.

ESTA factsheet preview

ESA has just published a new set of factsheets to explain the importance of ESTA, the quality scheme to ensure the safe treatment of seed against pest and diseases.

Last week, UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated the fourth class with a session in Davis, California.  Over last two years, during the six sessions held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands;  Angers, France;  Gatersleben, Germany;  Gent, Belgium;  Almeria, Sp

Fresh focus needed on sustainable food, jobs, growth, and innovation


Brussels, 29 June 2017 - European Seed Association welcomes restriction as bringing legal certainty and supporting breeders access to genetic diversity

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