Bee Vectoring's BVT reduces botrytris in strawberries

Mr. Ashish Malik reports: BEE VECTORING TECHNOLOGIES CONFIRMS SUCCESSFUL LARGE SCALE US COMMERCIAL DEMONSTRATIONS ON STRAWBERRIES
 
Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. has provided successful, verified results from large commercial-scale demonstrations of its proprietary crop production system, with strawberry growers in Florida.
 
The demonstrations were conducted in the Plant City area of Hillsborough County, Florida, the main winter strawberry growing region in the US which produces around 20 million flats of strawberries on 11,000 acres every year. Three influential growers who combined, control about 30% of the production in the region, expressed interest in gauging how the BVT System, consisting of a bumble bee hive with proprietary dispenser technology through which BVT's proprietary plant beneficial microbe BVT-CR7 is delivered to crops using bumble bees, could improve the productivity of their farming operations and how it could be incorporated into their crop production practices on a commercial scale. The demonstration fields were assessed for both (a) control of botrytis gray mold, a costly disease in strawberries which causes the fruit to rot and reduces the shelf life of berries, and (b) the ability to improve marketable yield.
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Calavo Growers, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2017 First Quarter Results

First Quarter Highlights Include:
Revenues Climb 11 Percent to $226.6 Million from $204.6 Million—A New First Quarter Record
Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG) Segment Revenues Rise 29 Percent and Gross Margin Increases over 60 Percent from Last Year
Gross Margin Edges Upward to $21.9 Million from $21.0 Million
Net Income Totals $5.2 Million—$6.0 Million After Adjusting for Non-Recurring Operating Expenses—Versus $6.3 Million Last Year
Looking Forward:
 
Company Reaffirms Outlook for Double-Digit Increase in 2017 Revenues and Gross Margin and Record EPS
Forecast for RFG Segment Revenue Growth Exceeding 20 Percent and Significant Gross Margin Gains Will Lead Company Performance in Fiscal 2017
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Ceres Licenses Bioinformatics Technology to KWS

- Crop development group to evaluate Persephone for its global product segments

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Sept. 29, 2015 -- Ceres, Inc. (CERE), an agricultural biotechnology company, today announced that KWS SAAT SE, a global seed developer with operations in over 70 counties, will evaluate Ceres' Persephone bioinformatics technology under a license agreement.

Originally developed for in-house use by Ceres, the Persephone system allows researchers to organize, store, access and explore a diverse array of DNA-related information in much the same way online mapping programs allow users to explore geographic regions and locations.

"We look forward to working with researchers at KWS to demonstrate how Persephone can help deliver complex genomic information directly to its diverse product development groups," said Tim Swaller, Ceres Vice President of Genomic Technologies.

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Legumex Walker Announces Sale of Special Crops Division to The Scoular Company

CAD$174.6 Million Transaction Value to Legumex Walker
Legumex Walker to Wind Up Operations and Return Net Proceeds to Shareholders

WINNIPEG, Sept. 14, 2015 - Legumex Walker Inc. (TSX:LWP.TO) ("LWI" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement ("the Agreement") with The Scoular Company ("Scoular") pursuant to which Scoular has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of LWI's Special Crops Division for CAD$94 million plus the amount of net working capital at closing, on a cash free debt free basis, paid in cash.   The sale represents a CAD$174.6 million transaction value for LWI, based on LWI's working capital as at June 30, 2015. The actual purchase price and transaction value are subject to working capital and other adjustments in accordance with the Agreement (all figures are in Canadian dollars).

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Ceres Awarded Patent for Innovation in Soybean

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 27, 2015-- Ceres, Inc. (CERE), an agricultural biotechnology company, has been awarded a U.S. patent for a genetic sequence derived from soybean, covering uses of the gene in areas such as research, product development and plant transformation. The company believes that its gene is useful in regulating key biosynthetic processes that are the target of a class of commercial herbicides. Ceres plans to offer other seed companies a commercial license to the innovation, including an opportunity for exclusivity in certain crops.

Richard Hamilton, President and CEO of Ceres, said that the company is currently evaluating the potential market for this gene among soybean seed companies and the use of its patented invention in the development and production of improved soybean varieties.

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