Although it’s only a small part of the group, the good market for New Zealand apples contributed to the positive results of BayWa. The German multinational achieved a turnover of 8.3 billion euro, slightly more than in the same period last year.
A group of five industry members have joined together to challenge last week’s directive by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for nurseries and orchardists to contain and/or destroy tens of thousands of apple (Malus) and stonefruit (Prunus) plants.
Novelty and health benefits play a major role in influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions and are often controlled in the plant by a family of proteins called MYBs. Understanding how these work could result in new fruits and vegetables on the supermarket shelves.