July 9, 2014
Bouquets of IP
For centuries, people around the world have bought bouquets of tulips to celebrate the important events in their friends and families lives — from wedding anniversaries to the birth of a child. In fact, each year more than 3 billion tulips are produced by ornamental farmers to meet the needs of flower shops worldwide.
Anyone who has given or received these beautiful flowers knows that they are an extremely delicate flower that can be easily damaged or tarnished. For growers, a small insect attack or slight mishandling during harvest can turn a perfect flowers into unusable harvest. Varieties that are easier to cultivate and can resist pest damage are highly valued in the industry, which is why researchers are investing significant time and financial resources to provide them to farmers.
Learn more about these tulips and the intellectual property that makes them possible in our IP in Ag Innovation Series: Tulips infographic.