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Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Japan: Year-round bell peppers from Hokkaido

On February 20th, a ceremony took place to mark the first shipments from the bell pepper greenhouse operated by Saladpaprika in the Hokkaido city of Kushiro, Japan. The greenhouse will maintain fresh, safe and secure supplies of domestically grown bell peppers for a Japanese market that is reliant on imports.....

New roof cleaner fits below outside screen installation

With increasing wages and decreasing availability of skilled people, automation has become an important factor at greenhouse projects. Also outside maintenance work is subject to automation these days, in developed industries, but also in countries where high tech greenhouse development is just taking off.A.....

Last chance to register for IOBC Grower Sessions, June 7, Niagara Falls:

Canada: Interact with specialists to boost your biocontrol

"A scientist and a grower walk into a bar..." If you want to know how this story ends, now is the time to register for the Grower Session at the upcoming IOBC meetings in Niagara Falls. This event is an unique chance to interact with more than 100 biocontrol researchers and industry representatives from all.....

EFSA report: Highest MRL exceedance rates in broccoli samples

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has released a new report with analytic data of residues contaminants in fresh produce in EU member states. According to the report, 97.2% of the 84,341 samples analysed in 2015 were free of quantifiable residues or contained residues within the legally permitted.....

Pelemix opens Chinese branch office and warehouse

Chinese indoor growers are facing serious challenges of low yields and poor quality due to lack of proper crop rotation management. According to Pelemix, the introduction of soilless hydroponic technology in general, and the use of coco coir in particular, is the only way to turn around this challenging.....

2.8 hectare expansion for Van Duijn:

Dutch eggplant grower invests in new acreage to counter competition from Spain

Last year, the eggplant acreage in the Netherlands shrank slightly, resulting in some space in the eggplant market. The Dutch van Duijn brothers have space for expansion. Currently, their greenhouse in Oosterland is being expanded with 2.8 hectares. "It will be a modern greenhouse that meets all the latest.....


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Spain: Geothermal deposit for greenhouse air-conditioning discovered

The company Cardial has reported the discovery of a geothermal deposit at 490 metre depth in the fields of Níjar, in the Spanish province of Almeria.The firm, which is promoting a project for greenhouse air-conditioning in Níjar using geothermal energy, has reported in a note that the deposit has an average.....


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Earth Alive admitted to Global Soil Partnership

Earth Alive Clean Technologies has been admitted to the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.“I am pleased to announce that Earth Alive is continuing to take on a leadership role in the business community in the area of microbial fertilizers”,.....


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Australia: Bush tomato named one of top 10 new species

A recently discovered bush tomato plant in northern Australia has been named in the 2017 top 10 new species list by the International Institute for Species Exploration.While specimens of the plant have been collected for many years in the Northern Territory and Kimberley, it has only just been formally.....


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New roof cleaner fits below outside screen installation

With increasing wages and decreasing availability of skilled people, automation has become an important factor at greenhouse projects. Also outside maintenance work is subject to automation these days, in developed industries, but also in countries where high tech greenhouse development is just taking off.A.....


Product Infomore »


Koppert Cress launches Zallotti Blossom

Zallotti Blossom is the latest addition to the Koppert Cress collection. Zallotti Blossom is a decorative branch with multiple small purple flowers of the African basil plant, which strongly tastes like basil and mint.The name basil comes from the ancient Greek word ‘Basileus,’ which means ‘king’ or ‘regal.’.....


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Edible ink allows invisible label printing on fruit

Australian company, Digital Ink Technologies new POLYtrust edible UV invisible and visible inks offers a unique way to label fruits and vegetables. The ink allows the company's printers to use the polymer thermal inkjet technology which sticks directly onto fruit & vegetables and can not be easily rubbed.....


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US: Tour de Fresh aims to place 50 more salad bars in schools

With two months left in their fundraising efforts, riders of this year’s Tour de Fresh cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, are focused on raising at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country through the Salad Bars to Schools initiative.This year’s.....


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Dutch Plantin tests emission of water and fertilizers

After positive results in 2016 in a pepper crop, Dutch Plantin continues this year with 2 crops of cucumbers. In the peppers they installed their ‘washed type’ coir bags Double Layer. These were buffered and washed prior to the trial started in a closed system. Sodium was around 3-3,5 mmol/ltr during the.....


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Bringing biodynamic agriculture to Kenya?

I was brought up by my single mother after my father’s death in 1964 when I was only two years old, the fifth and last born child of my dear parents Andrew Musiko and Clementina Namukuru Musiko, at Khushinoko Namulungu-Mumias, the present Kakamega County, in Kenya, East Africa.I got interested in farming as.....


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Ron Voorberg, Foothill Greenhouses on use of CGMMV protocol:

"If you don't jump on it quickly, CGMMV can easily get out of hand"

“I don’t know how exactly, but we got a little bit of mosaic virus in the greenhouse. Things like this can get out of hand if you don’t jump on it quickly. That’s why we want to stamp it out immediately”, says Ron Voorberg of Foothill Greenhouses, a 6 hectare cucumber greenhouse in Ontario, Canada. Ron.....


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EFSA report: Highest MRL exceedance rates in broccoli samples

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA has released a new report with analytic data of residues contaminants in fresh produce in EU member states. According to the report, 97.2% of the 84,341 samples analysed in 2015 were free of quantifiable residues or contained residues within the legally permitted.....


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Researchers use computer game to help children choose healthier snacks

A simple brain-training game could help children choose healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables instead of chocolate and sweets, according to a new study. Children who played a seven-minute game devised by University of Exeter psychologists made healthier choices when asked to pick foods afterwards. The.....


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Philips LEDs celebrate Dutch Giro victory

Philips Lighting announced that its lighting was used to bathe the Dutch embassy in pink to celebrate Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin’s victory in the Giro d’Italia 2017.Photo credit: Víctor Sokolowicz/ Embassy of the Netherlands in Rome, ItalyPink is the color of the jersey worn by the race victor. The façade of.....


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New boss of Carrefour 'likely to be Fnac Darty CEO ': reports

Ahold Delhaize considering main office in the US

Costco Iceland lowers pricesNumerous Icelandic stores and supermarkets seem to be lowering their prices to be able to compete with Costco. Despite opening less than a week ago, Costco, located in Garðabær, a municipality of Reykjavik, has already lowered prices of some of its products. The Managing director.....


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US (MN): High school builds 'windowless greenhouse'

There's never a cloudy day in the greenhouse built by students at the Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls, Minn.Nor is there a single window pane.Specially engineered LED lights provide all the photons needed for photosynthesis in this totally enclosed, 1,200-square-foot greenhouse......


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CAN (BC): Tantalus Labs receives ACMPR cultivation licence

B.C.-based medical cannabis producer, Tantalus Labs, has received its licence to cultivate medical marijuana, issued by Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The acquisition of this licence marks a significant landmark for the company. They will begin.....


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