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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Bees capable of learning feats with tasty prize in sight

They may have tiny brains, but bumblebees are capable of some remarkable learning feats, especially when they might get a tasty reward, according to two studies by University of Guelph researchers.

PhD student Hamida Mirwan and Prof. Peter Kevan, School of Environmental Sciences, are studying bees’ ability to learn by themselves and from each other.

In the first study, published in February in Animal Cognition, the researchers found bees capable of learning to solve increasingly complex problems.

The researchers presented bees with a series of artificial flowers that required ever-more challenging strategies, such as moving objects aside or upwards, to gain a sugar syrup reward.

When inexperienced bees encountered the most complex flower first, they were unable to access the syrup reward and stopped trying. Bees allowed to progress through increasingly complex flowers were able to navigate the most difficult ones.

“Bees with experience are able to solve new problems that they encounter, while bees with no experience just give up,” said Mirwan.

She and Kevan consider the study an example of scaffold learning, a concept normally restricted to human psychology in which learners move through increasingly complex steps.

In a second study recently published in Psyche,the researchers found bees learned by watching and communicating with other bees, a process called social learning.

Mirwan made artificial flowers requiring the bees to walk on the underside of a disk to get a sugar syrup reward. These experienced bees foraged on the artificial flowers for several days until they became accustomed to feeding at them.

To see whether other bees could learn from the experienced foragers, Mirwan confined inexperienced bees in a mesh container near the artificial flowers where they could observe the experienced bees. When the naïve bees were allowed to forage on the artificial flowers, they took just 70 seconds to get the reward.

Control bees that had not observed the experienced bees could not access the syrup.

“Social learning in animals usually involves one individual observing and imitating another, although other kinds of communication can also be involved,” said Mirwan.

“They could try for up to 30 minutes, but most gave up before then.”

In a final test, Mirwan placed experienced bees in a hive with naive bees. When the naive bees were allowed to forage on the artificial flowers, they gained the syrup in just 3.5 minutes.

Behavioural scientists usually assume that observation and imitation are at the heart of social learning, but social insects such as bees can also transmit information through touch, vibration and smell.

The researchers said the communication method used by the bees is still a mystery.

“We can’t quite explain how bees that had never even seen an artificial flower were able to become adept so quickly at foraging on them, but clearly some in-hive communication took place,” said Kevan.

“It suggests that social learning in bumblebees is even more complex than we first expected.”

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Agriculture and Food News — ScienceDaily

Pink Lady America & Bob’s Red Mill partner for tasty gluten free treat

Pink Lady America & Bob’s Red Mill partner for tasty gluten free treat

When the marketing arm behind the Pink Lady® Brand Apple went looking for a new partner matching the quality of its apple, it didn’t have to look any further than Milwaukie, Oregon and Bob’s Red Mill.
   
“We’ve been focusing on Valentine’s Day for several seasons with a major stress on giving a loved one a gift box of Pink Lady® Brand Apples,” says Alan Taylor, Marketing Director, Pink Lady America LLC (PLA), headquartered in Yakima, Washington.


   
“But with a recent Scripps Networks Interactive’s Great American Country Lifestyle report showing apple pie as the number one dessert and by a wide margin (66%!), we decided to move in a different direction this year especially if we could find a partner known for its quality.”
    
What PLA discovered in Bob’s Red Mill is a state-of-the-art milling, packaging and distribution company which does make pie crust mix. However, it’s just one selection in a product line which includes whole grain flours, cereals and baking mixes, as well as a full line of gluten free products.
    
In business over 30 years, employee-owned Bob’s Red Mill does its milling, testing, packaging and distributing for thousands of units all under one roof. They also do factory tours.

“We didn’t need to know anything more,” Taylor says. “This would be a perfect fit starting with the pie crust mix so we contacted Cassidy Stockton.”
   
“Cassidy Stockton is the Social Media Manager at Bob’s Red Mill and a big fan of the Pink Lady® Apples, and was immediately on board with a program involving our complementary products.”
    
It was agreed the best way to start the partnership would be to involve social media and to provide the best and most delicious way to put the products together for a Valentine’s Day treat.
   
“Actually, we liked the idea so much we decided to kick off our partnership with a recipe for a Pink Lady® treat for the remainder of February and into early March,” Taylor says. “And yes, it uses Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix but through the magic of Sarah House in Bob’s test kitchen, it forms the foundation for a Pink Lady Tarte Tatin.”
   
So, they will be co-promoting a recipe bringing Pink Lady® Brand Apples together with Bob’s Red Mill wheat free, gluten free and dairy free pie crust mix. With the recipe including two pounds of Pink Lady Apples, Bob’s says it will be “Easy As Pie.” All that’s required is to “Mix It, Chill It, Roll It, Fill It and Bake It.” And at the end, “Enjoying It!”
   
Pink Lady America and Bob’s Red Mill will be using the Bob’s Red Mill blog to get the word out on the co-promotion along with their Facebooks, websites and extensive email lists.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Cassidy and Bob’s Red Mill in what we see as just the first step in a really tasty collaboration,” Taylor says. “Bob’s Red Mill has a lot of other products also working very well with Pink Lady® so everyone can look forward to even more ‘deliciousness’ in future seasons.”
 
For more information:
Alan Taylor
[email protected]
or
Cassidy Stockton
[email protected]

Publication date: 2/14/2014


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Gallery: Fancy Food Show Presents Tasty Trends

NEW YORK — The Summer Fancy Food Show hosted over 2,400 companies from 81 countries, and 24,000 attendees here at the Javits Convention Center June 30-July 2. A bourbon boom, the upscaling of everyday condiments and snacking innovations were just some of the trends spotted by SN.

Photos and captions by Georgina Thermos

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