Hail hits basil crop

Hailstones the size of golf balls have seriously damaged the basil crop in Genoa, Italy, according to reports. Up to 80% of the crop has been lost in parts, growers say.

Giant satsuma

Tesco launched a giant satsuma into its stores last week. Resembling an orange in size, the giant satsuma is a Japanese-bred variety that retains the easy-to-peel trait of its smaller cousin.

GM spuds

German agriculture and industrials firm BASF has applied to trial two varieties of genetically modified potatoes in the UK. BASF says the potatoes are more resistant to the problem of late blight and their introduction could save £2bn of lost crop globally.