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Plant Reproduction

Patents and trademarks: My plants broke the law

Patents and trademarks: My plants broke the law

To be offered patent protection, a seed variety must not have been sold in the U.S. for longer than a year, or elsewhere for longer than four years. The variety must also reproduce reliably and be distinct.

January 02, 2013 12:00 am
Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

Grafted veggies are next season's celebrity seeds

In many of the seed catalogs arriving soon in mailboxes, the headliners will be grafted vegetables, in which one or more different varieties grow from a single rootstock. Tomatoes seem to be the grafted transplants most frequently offered, providing greater disease tolerance, bigger harvests…

December 20, 2012 12:00 am
On the road to the Holy Grail of agriculture

On the road to the Holy Grail of agriculture

Right now, farmers have to buy new hybrid seeds each year to ensure that each season's harvest is as vigorous as the last. But a new method of cloning seeds holds the potential to change all that.

March 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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