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text 2019-07-04 10:12
Biotech Seeds Market Growth Assessment, Segmentation, and Global Demand

The global biotech seeds market is subject to witness a substantial growth due to the growing need for improving overall agriculture productivity to sustain ever-growing population across the globe. Biotech seeds offer higher resistance to insects and fungicides, thus driving market demand in the past few years. Incorporation of biotechnologies in agriculture sector such as seed enhancement technologies is expected to favor market growth over the forecast period.


Seed enhancement technology has led to development of biotech seeds, which are gaining widespread attention for their capability to confer greater disease resistance in seeds. Biotech seeds enhances seed vigor, thus modifying seed emergence capabilities. Globally, market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.87% in the forecast period, providing numerous opportunities for market players to invest for research and development in the biotech seeds market.


Use of biotech seeds offer advantages such as higher nutritional content, higher yield and improved quality of crops. Above-mentioned factors are expected to fuel market demand over the forecast period. Furthermore, higher approval rate from regional as well as international authorities regarding use of biotech seeds is predicted to favor market expansion across the globe. Increasing adoption of biotech seeds from Asia Pacific region, particularly in developing economies such as India & China for improving overall agriculture yield to sustain ever-growing population is projected to stimulate market growth over the next seven years.


Furthermore, increased number of patents granted by India & China in biotech technology is immensely contributing to market growth in the region over the past few years. Growing importance towards improvements in quality of seeds for incorporating various production methods and crop protection strategies is estimated to drive market expansion over the next seven years. Biotech seeds not only serves as delivery mechanism for plants but also enhances plant genetics.



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Other advantages of biotech seeds include protection against diseases & fungicide, and longer lifecycle of seeds. These actors are significantly contributing to high-end market demand in the recent years. Biotech seed are also used to enhance germination rate and offer uniformity, thus overcoming seed dormancy. Biotech seeds are hydrated in a specified manner, thereby providing enough water to initiate the metabolic processes of germination.


The market is broadly categorized into four major segments based on the product type such as soybean seeds, corn seeds, cottonseeds, and canola seeds. The soybean seeds is considered as one of the rapid growing segment in the biotech seeds market with substantial revenue generation in the last few years. Growing popularity of the soybean seeds segment is attributed to the increasing demand from Asia Pacific region and higher market penetration. The corn seeds segment has also witnessed substantial growth owing to the rise in the demands for biofuels.


The market is divided by region as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa. North America has shown major growth in recent years owing to the rise in the implementation of latest technologies, favorable laws & regulation associated with the use of biotech seeds, higher approval rate, rise in the level of awareness among farmers, increase in the number of research & development activities in the region and existence of well-established infrastructure.


Asia-Pacific region is predicted to hold major market share in the biotech seeds market with massive growth in forecast period. Countries such as India, China and Singapore are leading the Asia-Pacific market with increasing agricultural activities to sustain ever-growing population, rising disposable income, growing number of patent regarding incorporation of biotech seeds, and significant investment by leading industry players considering potential growth opportunities in the region. The key players in the biotech seeds market are Bayer AG, The Dow Chemical Co., KWS SAAT SE, Limagrain Group, Inc., The Monsanto Co., and Syngenta AG.


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text 2019-06-07 09:20
Amaranth Seeds Market Challenges, Growth Opportunities, and Research Report

 07 June 2019, The global amaranth seeds market is expected to grow exponentially during the forecast period. Amaranth grains are commonly cultivated species in agriculture. They are similar to quinoa. Amaranth seed is highly productive as the plant is capable of yielding a high amount of seeds giving out six generations per year under favourable climatic conditions. It is free from gluten that causes potential damage to the internal human body.


Amaranth seeds contain lysine and hence they are a complete source of protein as all the vital amino acids are present. As compared to other grains, the protein content in the seed is more than 10%. Amaranth seeds or grains are consumables and so are the leaves and flowers.



Amaranth seed market is driven by rise in food processing industry and increase in use of organic ingredients in medicinal cosmetics. In addition, rise in health benefits and antioxidative properties for skin, contributes to the rising demand in the market. Easy availability of the product and rise in use of amaranth in health and cosmetic products is more likely to propel the market growth during the forecast period.



Package segment for amaranth seeds market comprises bagged and canned. By end-user, market comprises greenhouse and farmland. By distribution channels, the market is segmented as online stores, retail stores, super market and specialty stores.


Geographical segmentation for the market spans North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. North America and Europe market accounts for a significant market growth during the forecast period due to rise in consumer awareness, ease of availability and extensive use of amaranth for medicines. Asia-Pacific regions are likely to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period owing to intense use of amaranth speeds for cooking and medicinal purpose.


The key players profiled in the amaranth seeds market report are Syngenta, Enza Zaden, Bejo, Bayer Crop Science, Limagrain, Monsanto, Rijk Zwaan, Takii, Nongwoobio, Denghai Seeds, Jing Yan YiNong, East-West Seed, Huasheng Seed and Sakata.


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review 2019-06-06 11:57
The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
The Taste of Apple Seeds - Katharina Hagena

When Iris unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house in the country, she also inherits the painful memories that live there. Iris gives herself a one-week stay at the old house, after which she'll make a decision: keep it, or sell it. The choice is not so simple, though, for her grandmother's cottage is an enchanting place where currant jam tastes of tears, sparks fly from fingertips, love's embrace makes apple trees blossom, and the darkest family secrets never stay buried, but instead pulsate in the house's nooks and shadows. As Iris moves in and out of the flicker between remembrance and forgetting, she chances upon a forgotten childhood friend who could become more.






Iris is informed she's been left the family home in Bootshaven, Germany, after the death of her grandmother, Bertha. Iris decides to give herself one week to live in the house and decide whether to keep or sell the place. Not an easy decision for our Iris... while she remembers a certain enchantment about the place during her childhood years, she acknowledges that the land also holds plenty of painful memories for the family. 


What I particularly loved about my job was rooting out forgotten books, books that had been sitting in the same spot for hundreds of years, probably never read, covered with a thick layer of dust, and yet which had outlived the millions of people who hadn't read them.


Iris, now a librarian (there are a number of Shakespeare references woven into the story), thinks on how the house has been minimally maintained all these years as Bertha slowly wilted away in a nursing home under the weight of progressing dementia. During her stay this time around, Iris learns long-hidden stories about the family, one being that of Aunt Inga. Inga, almost from birth, seemed to have the ability to shoot currents of electricity from her fingertips... but it wasn't really much of a gift for her, as it ended up hurting anyone who touched her. She also couldn't ride bicycles because of the metal and couldn't listen to radios because they'd only produce static noise around her. 



Later, I moved on to collecting words and mining the crystalline realms of hermetic poetry. But behind all this collecting was the same craving for magical, animated worlds in sleeping things. When I was a child I had a vocabulary book where I kept special words... they were listed under the following categories: "beautiful words", "ugly words", "false words", "contorted words", and "secret words". Under "beautiful words" I had written: rosy, fragrant, pitter-patter, banana, mellifluous, foxglove, lullaby. The "ugly words" were: scrotum, gurnard, moist, crabby. "False words" angered me because they pretended to be harmless but in fact they were nasty or dangerous, like "aftershock" and "growth". Or they pretended to be magical, like "marigold" and "kingpin," but were disappointingly normal. Or they described something that wasn't clear to anybody: no two people would picture the same color if they heard the word "crimson."


The "contorted words" were a sort of hobby of mine --- or perhaps an illness. Maybe it amounted to the same thing. My favorite animals included the "hippotatomus", the "rhinosheros" and the "woodspeckler". I found it funny to "hoover over the abyss" and loved the line from Richard III that went "now is the discount of our winter tents." I knew what "antidisestablishmentarianism" was, but what was "pantyfishersentscaryrhythm"? I fancied it could be a menacing drumbeat to which one might retrieve one's knickers from the lake.


The "secret words" were the hardest to find, but that was not surprising. They were words that behaved as if they were entirely normal but in fact harbored something quite different, something wonderful. So the opposite of the "false words." I was comforted by the fact that the sports stadium at our school was home to a sweet-sounding holy man. His name was St. Adium and he was the patron saint of word games.


Iris also revisits various family legends and secrets and the stories of how her grandparents got together (the convoluted love story there... something of a ... what? quadrangle? lol), how her parents fell in love (the uniquely introverted way two shy people formed a bond), even her own love life. Iris has to work through some somewhat messy emotions of her own when she finds that a childhood friend, Max Ohmstedt, is now one of the lawyers involving in the estate settling process. Max has a certain boyish charm to his character, even in the way he professes horniness! 


Translated from the original German by Jamie Bulloch, this little story is STUFFED with characters! Just trying to keep track of the aunts is chore enough! If I have this right: We start with sisters Bertha and Anna. From there, a generation later, we meet Bertha's kids -- Harriet, Inga, and Christa. Christa is mother to main character Iris, Harriet becomes mother of Rosmarie, a cousin of Iris' who dies, leading Harriet to join a religious order, don beads and change her name to Mohani. 


A shared process of forgetting was just as strong a tie as a shared process of remembering. Perhaps even stronger... and I realized that not only was forgetting a form of remembering, but remembering was a form of forgetting too.


How true were the stories people told me, and how true were those that I stitched together myself from memories, guesswork, fantasies, and eavesdropping? Sometimes fabricated stories became true in hindsight, and some stories fabricated the truth. Truth is closely related to forgetting; I knew this because I still read dictionaries, encylopedias, catalogs, and other reference books. In the Greek word for truth, aletheia, the underworld river Lethe flows covertly. Whoever drank from this river discarded their memories as they already had their mortal coil, in preparation for the realm of shadows. And so the truth was what was not forgotten. But did it make sense to look for the truth where there was no forgetting? Didn't truth prefer to hide in the cracks and holes of memory? I couldn't get any further with words.


The Taste of Apple Seeds is a rich story with lots of slow-moving detail, giving the reader the sense of going through a memory chest. It's mostly enjoyable but at times can leave one feeling a bit tired out by it all. What mainly keeps the reader invested are all the questions the plot raises, namely the breadcrumbs of clues and details regarding the story of Rosmarie and her mysterious, traumatic death in the house. 


The wounds came with the house; they were part of my inheritance. And I had to take at least one look at them before I could stick the plaster of time back over them.


While a touch of magical realism is woven into the plot, the kind of magic discussed isn't so much that of witches, fairies and such... but more in the lyricism of Hagena's wordplay itself, the way she describes a kitchen scene or a night at the lake... the magic of nature itself, human or environmental. Ultimately, the story ends up being more about family bonds and secrets... how a house can be the vessel of generations of secrets and scandals, but does the strength of those secrets --- the consuming, sometimes detrimental need to keep them locked away --- come from the moment of perceived offense itself OR how much stock we ourselves invest in them over the years, maybe in connection to other unpleasant history within a family? Is that skeleton in the closet really as bad as we've made it out to be, all these generations later?



opening quote from The Taste of Apples

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review 2019-04-17 18:37
Seeds of Revenge, Wendy Tyson
Seeds of Revenge - Wendy Tyson

I really enjoyed this mystery. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This is the 3rd in the Greenhouse Mysteries Series. These seem to get better as I go along or it's just that I'm getting into the characters more. These could be read alone but I think you would enjoy them more if you read them in order. This was another hard to put down story. I read late into the next morning on this. It pulled me into the story fast. A lot of action in this one, coated with a lot of snow as you get closer to the holidays. It was well worth the read. (less)

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