GM trial scrapped 

BASF has backed down on plans to grow GM potatoes on a trial site in East Yorkshire this year, despite securing permission. It said it may use the site in the future. 

Euro veg voice 

José García Gómez, president of Spain's Milafruit, has been made president of the European Fruit and Vegetable Processors Organisation, which lobbies Brussels on behalf of canners, freezers and preservers. 

Cucumelon sells 

A cross between a cucumber and a melon called a pepino has gone on sale in Selfridges and sold out. The sweet-savoury fruit is a native of South America, but growers in France have started producing it under cover.