Meiosis at Fruit Focus 2018

Meiosis attended the annual Fruit Focus event at NIAB EMR at East Malling, Kent, UK on 25th July, where we enjoyed a brisk time meeting friends old and new at our stand.  Overall visitor numbers seemed to be slightly down on last year, possibly because of the very hot weather.  Our stand was in a different location this year, in a corner near the WET centre, and some visitors commented that they couldn’t find us !  Sorry about that – we’ll ensure that we are easier to find next year.

We had fruit samples of MallingTM Centenary (from the EMSBC) and Magnum (from Marionnet) strawberries, and Paris raspberries (also from Marionnet) on the stand for everyone to taste. Fruit of the new EMSBC everbearer MallingTM Champion was also available to try, and we received favourable comments on all the varieties.  MallingTM Champion and the new late June Bearer MallingTM Allure will be launched in 2019 but small quantities of plants are already being produced to order – please refer to the variety details on the Meiosis website for the names of licenced propagators.

Tony Holden and his team of APHA plant health inspectors shared our stand again this year, and discussed the major pests and diseases of berry crops with visitors, and also provided provided visitors with details of how plant health inspections and certification works in the UK.

Dr Mark Else and his collaborators in the WET centre offered very interesting tours and talks on managing water efficiency technologies in strawberry production, which was particularly relevant given the drought conditions being experienced in the UK and many other berry-producing regions.  Water saving is not the only benefit derived from the use of these technologies, as plant health, crop yield and fruit quality can all benefit from the precise management of water and fertiliser.

Meiosis Team

Magnum wins again at the Taste of Kent Awards


As part of The Taste of Kent Awards, we are pleased to announce that the variety, Magnum has won the strawberry category of the Garden of England Champion tastiest soft fruit competition.

The entries were judged on taste alone by both industry professionals and members of the public at this year’s Kent County Show in Detling. This is the third time in the last four years that Magnum has won the competition.

The variety, bred by Marionnet SAS in France, has been widely recognised for its excellent eating qualities.

Congratulations to John Myatt & Co from Mockbegger Farm in Rochester for maintaining the high standard of his production.

Meiosis Team


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Delphy International Soft Fruit Event

On 26th of June Meiosis attended the Delphy International Soft Fruit Event in the Netherlands, which focussed on practical demonstrations of various berry crops such as strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and red currant. The event was held over three sites: Thwan Van Gennip, Genson and Verkuijlen Groente & Fruit. During the day various demonstrations and company presentations took place, including trials of  plant strengthening products on raspberries, an innovative crop covering system, and the opportunity to see several interesting new strawberry varieties.

Thank you to Willem van Eldik and the Delphy Soft Fruit Team for organising this interesting event!

Meiosis Team


Krasnik – Berry Trends

We attended the Conference and the Trade Show in Krasnik for the first time.

Krasnik is a very popular region for raspberry growers in Poland because of it exceptionally fertile soil.

Although it took place at the same time as Fruit Logistica, the conference organised by Dr Pawel Krawiec  attracted speakers from abroad (Ukraine, Serbia, Great Britain) and was well as many attendees.

Meiosis Team



Haskap – the fifth berry?

Last week, representatives from Meiosis attended the 2017 Haskap Conference in Poland. Growers, propagators and researchers from Europe and Canada came together to share knowledge and experience of the crop.

Haskap variety ‘Aurora’, photo credit: Meiosis Ltd.

Haskap, otherwise referred to as ‘Honeyberry’, is the fruit of Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica. It is considered by some to have potential to become the ‘fifth berry’ after strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. Berries are an elongated tear-drop shape and have a dark blue skin. Their flavour can range from tart to quite sweet depending on the variety. The high content of health-promoting compounds, such as anthocyanins and anti- inflammatory iridoids, make this fruit attractive to growers and consumers alike. Time will tell whether this new crop will find a place in the European market.


International Strawberry Congress

The third International Strawberry Congress took place last week and was hosted by Coöperatie Hoogstraten cv in Antwerp, Belgium. The theme of the congress was ‘Strawberries on Demand’ which provided a particular focus on supplying quality fruit to the consumer and exploring innovative technologies to help growers meet rising demand for fruit.

These ranged from utilizing molecular techniques to improve the breeding process to robotic pickers to combat the deficit of seasonal workers. Over 4 million tons of strawberries are produced globally. As we improve our understanding of the health benefits of these fruits, we can expect consumer demand to increase. 

Our knowledge of strawberry cultivation is likewise expending to improve, yields, extend the season and boost berry quality. After a successful congress we are looking forward to being a part of many more years of future growth in the strawberry industry.

– MS


Magnum wins at The Taste of Kent Awards

The Taste of Kent Awards 2018, organised by Produced in Kent, has begun with the first category, the Garden of England Champion tastiest soft fruit and cherry, judged at the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show at the Kent County Show, Friday 7 July.

Magnum took first place in the strawberry category, produced by John Myatt & Co of Mockbegger Farm, Rochester. Magnum is a June-bearing strawberry variety, bred by Marionnet SCEA. It produces large, high quality berries with a sweet flavour.

The Taste of Kent Awards have been running since 2004 and are recognised as the outstanding annual showcase for Kent food and drink producers. The awards promote a wide range of categories and are open to all food and drink businesses across Kent. 

Ready, Set, Fruit!

Fruit Focus is just one week away and preparations are being made here at Meiosis. You can find us on stand 46 where you will be able to sample berries of Malling Centenary, Magnum and other varieties. We hope to see you there on the 19th of July!

-The Meiosis Team

Promising Primocanes

These top quality primocane raspberries from Marionnet were spotted at one of our Kent trial sites last week. Deauville presents a deep red berry which is both pleasantly glossy in appearance and flavourful to eat. Berries produced Paris are bright with large drupelets and the plants looked high yielding. The fruit of Versailles comes cleanly away from the plug and displayed a consistently large berry size and good flavour.


Welcome to the website!

Meiosis is pleased to present to you our new and improved website. We hope that this will be an excellent resource for years to come. Please feel free to check out our Membership page if you would like to find out how to become an Associate Member with Meiosis. If you have any queries or comments we encourage you to visit our Contact page and get in touch with our office – we’re here to help.

-The Meiosis Team