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Most Recent ISSA News

Fruit DNA Identification Scheme 2018

Historically fruit identification has involved visually eye balling a fruit and trying to determine its identity from this. As there are 000's of varieties this is an error prone process and is largely dependent on the level of expertise of the identifier. Advances with DNA fingerprinting now allows us to identify fruits more quickly and more ...

The Sozo Exchange continues.

The Sozo Foundation​ is based in Vrygrond, Cape Town, where 80% of low-income households are food insecure. To help combat this the "Eden" program was designed to help communities address these levels of food insecurity. Last year Francisca came to Irish Seed Savers as part of the program to learn about our community work and ...

Seed Diversity and Access

We were delighted to be invited and take part in the 1st European Community Exchange (ECE) on Seed Diversity and Access in Barcelona. There is an urgent need to promote active networking and reflection by diverse social actors working on issues of seed conservation, diversity and access. Watch the short video below to see what ...

joint statement on new EU seed legislation


Ban fracking in Ireland

The Irish government are allowing gas companies to test for possible locations for "fracking" operations in the west of Ireland. Fracking is fracturing of underground shale beds by high-pressure water. It involves disruption of rock causing earth tremors and toxic chemicals are used which then seep into water courses or are released into the atmosphere. ...


Please see the attached WORD article from Italy's national newspaper LaStampa. A Turin magistrate has had senior managers from Bayer and Syngenta charged with spreading chemicals (Clothianidin) that kill bees - on the grounds that this threatens the national economy of Italy. He has already ruled that they are 'culpable' - i.e. they have to answer ...

The year of the bumblebee by Rosemary Mason & Palle Uhd Jepsen

A lovely lady sent in a couple of books for us to read, it was quite an eye opener for me and I thought that someone out there may be interested to in what the Bayer cropscience group are making these days. This is a direct excert from the book ‘The year of the bumblebee’ by ...

Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling

Alejandra Paganelli, Victoria Gnazzo, Helena Acosta, Silvia L. Lpez, and Andrs E. Carrasco* Laboratorio de Embriologa Molecular, CONICET-UBA, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paraguay 2155, 3° piso (1121), Ciudad Autnoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2010, 23 (10), pp 1586–1595 DOI: 10.1021/tx1001749 Publication Date (Web): August 9, 2010 Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society * Corresponding author. Phone: +5411 5950 ...

Delivery of Graft Request – 3

If the young grafted tree: Flowers or begins to form fruit… The same caution still applies to your young tree: Do not handle the upper portion of the tree above the graft union, it is still too weak and vulnerable. The below photo sequence should provide a useful guide: Pinch out all flower buds as shown above. ...

Pat Malone – A member of the ‘land use’ group, talks about his involvement in the first eco village in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary (recorded on 25th May 2008 – Biodiversity show day):

Basically, I’ve been a commercial grower myself and have spent ten years battling with hybrid varieties, trying to make sense of growing food and the battle of producing food. Irish Seed Savers have opened my eyes.  They are here collecting all these varieties. Why would they bother their hat? How long does it take to prove ...

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