Biotech patents must not extend to plant products from classical breeding

Crop protection solutions are urgently needed in the EU to preserve safety and diversity of agri-food products.

Gerard Backx and Shakeel Bhatti at the ESA Annual Meeting in Vienna

At the Annual Meeting 2015 in Vienna, the European Seed Association handed over a voluntary financial contribution of 300.000 EUR to the FAO Interna-tional Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources in Food in Agriculture (FAO IT).

Garlich Von Essen

The Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty takes place in Rome, from 5 to 9 October 2015.

Voluntary benefit-sharing

We have just launched a new sub-topic on our website under the name “Voluntary benefit-sharing activities of the European seed sector”.

Seed is at the origin of all our food. Every seed is packed with potential and every crop is unique. How are ESA’s crops present in your daily life? From seed to plate, send us your pictures and stories! Your favourite crop can take you to Vienna!


Tree of Life EXPO 2015 Milano

Agri-Food Chain Coalition presents how innovation can fuel a strong and competitive EU agri-food sector to Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan


Agri‐food chain Roundtable for Plant Protection

Agri-food chain Roundtable for Plant Protection raises concerns for the sector

Speak Up For Seeds in Italy

On the occasion of the celebration of the "Fascination of Plants Day", the Italian Seed Association - Assosementi - and the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Bologna have organized on 22 May a conference on the theme: "The plant research for innovation in agriculture."

Working out ABS


Special offer for ESA Members: Register before 15 June 2015 and get 100€ off your registration fee!