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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Strawberry growers in Spain move out of soil

The consumption of soft fruit is on the rise globally, as well as the cultivation of it. Unfortunately one of the main issues in horticulture in general, water, is of even bigger concern in the cultivation of strawberries, which is often done in the open field, and it's a popular crop in water scarce regions.....

Rijk Zwaan opens Seed Quality Center

Dutch-based vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan officially opened a new location in De Lier, the Netherlands on May 18. This new Seed Quality Center (SQC) creates more room for growth and the application of new testing and research techniques related to seed quality.The SQC was officially opened by the.....

New commercial aeroponic systems

Pure Grows Aeroponics are launching three new product choices, Commercial Aeroponic System, Intelli Tissue Culture Clone Nursery and a 40 Foot Smart Grow Aeroponic Container.“We keep a close eye to what our clients require for their cultivation needs and aim to meet these requirements with the latest, proven.....

A statistical overview

Fruit and vegetable sector in the EU

This article describes the fruit and fresh vegetable sector in the European Union. A range of agricultural data from a number of Eurostat agricultural statistics (farm structure survey, annual crop production statistics, agricultural prices, agricultural economics accounts) are used, in addition to trade.....

Cora Seeds over tomato flavour

"Stop complaining, start explaining!"

Thinking that genetic research and varietal renewal concerning table tomatoes only has the objective of extending produce shelf-life and making fruits more resistant to the main biological or environmental issues, would be a mistake. "Many complain that tomatoes are now less flavourful, but maybe the entire.....

Australia: Sundrop Farms looking for investors

Investec has been hired by the $200 million mega-greenhouse operator Sundrop Farms to test the appetite of outside investors wanting to sit alongside majority shareholder, private equity firm KKR.KKR ploughed $100 million into the facility a couple of years ago and Sundrop Farms is now out looking for extra.....

Russia: Sverdlovsk greenhouse project enters second phase

“We are planning to introduce step-by-step governmental support and to pay special attention to the development of agriculture in the Ural. The Ural federative district has all the capacity for providing itself with high-quality organic produce”, announced the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian.....

Simple ways to master lighting in your greenhouse

Who says growers can only rely on the sun for light?It may seem obvious, but light is hugely important to bringing up crops. Depending on where you live, dealing with light levels can be a serious challenge, whether it’s making sure your plants have enough of it during the long, dark winter, or making sure.....

Half of Dutch production of greenhouse vegetables goes to Germany and the UK

Greenhouse vegetables are good for nearly half the total export of all fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the Netherlands. Onions are the most important product regarding quantity, but the major greenhouse products, tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers, are next.Regarding quantity, exports of the three.....

May 29, Mandurah

Australia: Exploring future growth opportunities for horticulture cropping

The benefits of growing fruit and vegetable crops in controlled, sheltered environments to boost food production in WA will be the focus of an industry forum in Mandurah later this month.The Protected Horticulture in WA Forum on 29 May is being hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional.....


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Energymore »


Why do some fruits and vegetables conduct electricity?

Many of us know the science experiment involving the ever-popular pickle or potato battery. Now of course there are many types of electrical conductors. These include traditional electrical conductors, such as the copper and silver wires that are used to run electrical currents in homes and buildings, and.....


Fertilizersmore »


UK: Grants for peatlands restoration

A new injection of £10m of government money will help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands.Peat bogs and fens are important habitats that provide food and shelter for wildlife, help with flood management, improve water quality and play a part in climate regulation......


Breedingmore »


Rijk Zwaan opens Seed Quality Center

Dutch-based vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan officially opened a new location in De Lier, the Netherlands on May 18. This new Seed Quality Center (SQC) creates more room for growth and the application of new testing and research techniques related to seed quality.The SQC was officially opened by the.....


Machinesmore »


US (FL): High school students build robot that farms vegetables

Students at Estero High School just finished a two-year project building two farm robots that will be able to grow vegetables from seeds. But students say this is more than just a cool science experiment.“Unlike humans where humans get tired and sweat out, Farmbot runs 24 hours a day,” said Tom Malestein, a.....


Product Infomore »


Why people are flocking to this avocado-only restaurant

Avocaderia, branded as the "world's first avocado bar," opened in New York City in April of 2017 to great fanfare following on the heels of the millennial avocado trend. The bar serves items like avocado burgers, avocado smoothies and avocado chocolate mousse and plans to add 20 locations over the next four.....


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Hidden in lorry-load of lettuce

Spain: South Dublin gang gets €3.4 million in cannabis confiscated

A south Dublin drugs gang, has been the main mover behind a €3.4m drugs shipment that was found hidden in a lorry load of lettuce. New details of the massive Spanish seizure emerged yesterday.Four Irish men and a Romanian national are in custody in Spain after 170 kg of cannabis was seized in a Garda.....


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May 21-June 3

British Tomato Week extended to fortnight

British Tomato Week is back, but this year it’s not just one week but two.British Tomato fortnight runs from 21st May – 3rd June. Once again Glinwell will be supporting the British Tomato Growers Association in spreading the ‘British is Best’ message.Look for the Union Jack symbol on tomatoes in shops to.....


Substratesmore »


Strawberry growers in Spain move out of soil

The consumption of soft fruit is on the rise globally, as well as the cultivation of it. Unfortunately one of the main issues in horticulture in general, water, is of even bigger concern in the cultivation of strawberries, which is often done in the open field, and it's a popular crop in water scarce regions.....


Organicmore »

Spain: Almeria wants to double the greenhouse acreage devoted to organic crops

The province of Almeria currently has more than 2,600 hectares of greenhouse acreage devoted to organic cultivation (about 10% of the total greenhouse acreage) and the sector has become fundamental for producers, who expect to reach 5,000 hectares in the next five years.The manager of the Association of.....


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EFSA reviews glyphosate residue levels

EFSA has completed its review of the maximum levels of glyphosate that are legally permitted to be present in food. The review is based on data on glyphosate residues in food submitted to EFSA by all EU Member States.The maximum residue levels (MRLs) are set to ensure that consumers continue to be protected.....


Healthmore »


More than 100 types of herbs, throughout the year

Parsley, basil, mint and rosemary are herbs everyone knows, but do you also know santolina, anise hyssop or common salsify? Besides conventional herbs, there’s more and more interest in culinary herbs with varied flavours.Common salsify, also called oyster plant, has this name due to the salty flavour of its.....


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May 29, Mandurah

Australia: Exploring future growth opportunities for horticulture cropping

The benefits of growing fruit and vegetable crops in controlled, sheltered environments to boost food production in WA will be the focus of an industry forum in Mandurah later this month.The Protected Horticulture in WA Forum on 29 May is being hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional.....


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Twice as much fruit and vegetables in the average AH shop

We call it "our garden", says Said Belhassan, the Fresh Unit Manager at Albert Heijn (AH). He is referring to the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the renovated AH shop in Genderenplein in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp. It was opened on Wednesday. Here, the philosophy behind the biggest of the changes - a.....


Vertical farmingmore »


New commercial aeroponic systems

Pure Grows Aeroponics are launching three new product choices, Commercial Aeroponic System, Intelli Tissue Culture Clone Nursery and a 40 Foot Smart Grow Aeroponic Container.“We keep a close eye to what our clients require for their cultivation needs and aim to meet these requirements with the latest, proven.....


Medicinal productionmore »

Thailand looking to legalize MMJ

On Tuesday, Thailand’s interim cabinet approved the first-ever bill to allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The bill would also decriminalize hemp, kratom and opium for medical research. It will now be forwarded to the National Legislative Assembly for deliberation.The proposal marks a swift.....


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