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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Large scale hydroponics at Agroto in Cameron Highlands:

Export market drives Malaysian growers to expand and automate

VIDEO Malaysia is home to a well established greenhouse industry that is undergoing a rapid transformation as a result of growing opportunities in nearby export markets. A good example of this is the large hydroponic farm operations of Agroto in the Cameron Highlands. With the help of advanced and efficient.....

World Water Day: Less is more!

Hydroponic greenhouse cultivation is on the rise all around the world, in rich as well as poor countries. It provides part of the solution to providing future generations with healthy and safe food. It does this by making the most efficient use of scarce natural resources such as water and fertilisers. Did.....

Seed Planet

Spain: Fruit Attraction adds starting material platform

The ninth edition of Fruit Attraction, to be held from 18 to 20 October, will feature a new area, called Seed Planet, devoted to the presentation of innovations in seeds and plant varieties.This new area will highlight the importance of seeds as a starting point for the food chain and other consumer chains,.....

Meteor working on new cultivation systems

In the Netherlands, the use of cultivation gutters is no longer news, but that used to be different. Still many growers are making the transition from open field to the use of a substrate in cultivation gutters. But also these gutters have a life cycle. At Meteor Systems they are very aware of this.According.....

relocatable hydroponic greenhouse :

Agra Tech participates in Helical Outpost Project 

Agra Tech is involved in the Helical Outpost® project, a sustainable, state-of-the-art, plug-and-play food, water, electricity and communication system that comes in a box and can be easily transported. It is intended to create global goodwill, reduce poverty and hunger and improve health for communities in.....

OSU teams up with Sokoine University to speed up IPM practices in Tanzania

On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest, and delivery components of his diversified Bagamoyo vegetable farm. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture.....


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Energymore »


Biomass under fire from environmental groups

Environmental groups urged the United Nations to consider the ‘serious negative impacts’ of using biomass for energy.In a letter sent to the director-general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 43 groups including Birdlife Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe, the International Tree.....


Fertilizersmore »


US (NC): Phosphate discovery could increase plant yield

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have pinpointed a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria living on and inside a plant’s roots harvest a vital nutrient with limited global supply. The nutrient, phosphate, makes it to the plant’s roots, helping the plant increase its.....


Breedingmore »


Orange-brown tomato full of carotenoids and chlorophyll

Tomatoes are a significant source of antioxidant compounds such as carotenoids, lycopene and β-carotene. During ripening, carotenoid accumulation and chlorophyll degradation determine the colour of the fruit. These traits continue to be essential for varietal selection and genetic improvement.....


Machinesmore »


Italy: GNA introduces new flow pack machinery

Established in 1987 in Bologna, GNA Srl operates in the automatic machine sector for the packaging of fresh and fresh-cut produce. In addition to its strong presence on both the domestic and international markets and its know-how, the company can also count on a wide range of products - flow-pack horizontal.....


Product Infomore »


Maxstim biostimulants now certified for Canadian edible crops

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency of Agriculture Canada has formally certified the use of Maxstim biostimulants for edible food crops in Canada. Already in use with growers of non-food crops, this marks a significant step in bringing cutting edge plant growth products to Canada and enhancing crop.....


Packagingmore »


US: Lef Farms introduces new retail and food service packaging

With its simple elegance, the lēf packaging aims to break out from the field of brands that have turned to old-school clams and tubs. It starts with lēf’s classic black retail bag which shows off its greens through a see-through front window of cascading leaves. And clear side panels allow.....


Marketingmore »


Intermarché viral with romantic TV commercial

Seducing the check-out girl with fresh produce?

French supermarket chain Intermarché has its latest commercial floating around on social media, also outside of France. The commercial is about a boy who falls in love with the check-out girl from the local Intermarché. To draw her attention, he changes his diet: instead of buying junk food, he starts.....


Substratesmore »

Cocogreen launches coir product selector

As soft fruit growing systems become more technically advanced and increasingly bespoke, Cocogreen’s has responded with a special product selector − launched on its informative new website − to help growers tailor coir substrate selection to their individual growing systems.“As the UK soft fruit.....


Organicmore »


US: Organic science celebrated at sold-out fundraiser

Spotlighting the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming during an all-organic feast for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses, The Organic Center’s gala Thursday night raised just over $400,000 to help advance the projects of the non-profit.....


Coolingmore »


Conviron announces new distributor for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador

Conviron has announced the appointment of Below Zero Refrigeration (BZR). BZR brings over fifty years of combined service and technical support to the scientific community and will be promoting Conviron plant growth chambers and rooms in the South American markets of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.In addition to.....


Food Safetymore »

X-ray treatment facility to boost Victoria's horticulture industry

Victorian farmers will soon have an advantage in exports with a planned x-ray treatment facility at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Epping.X-ray treatment is a phytosanitary measure that enables growers to meet export market access requirements. It is also an alternative to chemical.....


Healthmore »

Peru: Are chillies and peppers Super Foods?

Chillies and peppers, front-line protagonists in the Peruvian cuisine boom, are currently gaining space in the international markets, where they have a vast potential. The goal of different institutions, such as the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), is to reinforce this trend. The UNALM is.....


Eventsmore »


Chris Higgins explains why you should you attend the ICCEA in Panama

As I posted earlier this month, I have been fielding a lot of questions from industry peers asking why Hort Americas continues to support, sponsor and have a booth at the 2nd International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (ICCEA). This event is scheduled for May 17-19, 2017, in Panama City,.....


Retailmore »


Delhaize US to sharpen supply of fresh produce | Tesco restructures global leadership

Dollar General to offer more fresh produce

Walmart intends to make more acquisitions - Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of e-commerce, says the company will make more acquisitions going forward. “We’re being pretty active, yeah,” he told Recode Senior Editor Jason Del Rey at the Code Commerce conference in Las Vegas. “We’re behind,” he added......


Vertical farmingmore »


US (IL): Chef starts hydroponics program for high schoolers

Hydroponics farms are hot in Chicago, with new farms sprouting up all over the city. But finding experienced hydroponics workers can be tough, so a local chef decided it was time for Chicago to grow its own. His program in a Northwest Side high school offers students the chance to get their hands dirty – and.....


Medicinal productionmore »


US: Pineapple Express sued over $685K in unpaid bills

A Desert Hot Springs marijuana grow collective spearheaded by the daughter of Hustler's Larry Flynt is being called "a bunch of smoke and mirrors" by an attorney suing the business contending it failed to pay three local companies nearly three quarters of a million dollars for their services. The marijuana.....


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