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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Vigorous crops with production potential on display at the Expo AgroAlimentaria:
New Seminis bell peppers tailored to the Mexican market
By taking genetics from various breeding programs in Spain, Holland and the U.S., Monsanto has developed some very impressive new mid tech bell pepper varieties dedicated to the Mexican greenhouse industry. One of them is the new red greenhouse bell pepper 9908. We visited their mid tech trial greenhouse.....

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Dutch Excellence platform at Horti Asia taking shape
A group of Dutch horticultural suppliers will share their vision and knowledge on horticulture development in Southeast Asia at the Dutch Excellence platform During Horti Asia. According to Manuel Madani of VNU Exhibitions - Horti Asia, the so-called Dutch Excellence program will be the perfect platform for.....

Martijn Wisse of Delft University of Technology at GreenTech 2014:
Video: The current status of automation in horticulture
At the inaugural GreenTechexhibition in Amsterdam last summer, a lot of innovative horticulture automation and robotics where on display. In this video, robotica expert Martijn Wisse of the Delft University of Technology, gives an insight on the current status of automation at GreenTech 2014. Enjoy a very.....

Horticultural cluster NethWork plans to expand its geographical presence
Almost three years ago, the Dutch cluster Nethwork (‘Think Orange, Grow Green’, www.nethwork.info) was established by 13 complementary horticultural companies. Nowadays, NethWork focusses on the sustainable and innovative development of horticulture in Central America. Ed Smit and his company Ideavelop are a.....

Orange and yellow vine tomatoes grown under artificial light at The Greenery
In Holland, the orange and yellow vine tomatoes are once again available at The Greenery.They are grown in lit cultivation by grower Peter Enthoven from Kwintsheul. Thanks to the lit cultivation The Greenery can supply orange and yellow vine tomatoes all year round.Yellow and orange vine tomatoes have a.....

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Horiver now in a third size on the market
At the request of clients, Koppert has developed a third size in the yellow sticky traps. This is now on the market. It measures 25 x 20 cm and joins the other two sizes of 25 x 10 and 25 x 40 cm. The new sticky trap is naturally of the same impeccable quality that Koppert always delivers. Sticky traps are.....

Wageningen UR best agriculture university in the world
According to the Global University Rankings of the American magazine US News, the Dutch university Wageningen UR is the best agriculture university in the world. It's the first time that this magazine is also ranking universities from outside the US. Wouter Gerritsma of the Wageningen Library thinks this.....

US (VA): Red Sun Farms cuts the ribbon at their Virginia Facility
Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of their newest state of the art greenhouse in Dublin, Virginia this week to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening. Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners, the Honorable, Terry McAuliffe, Governor of.....
Mexico: Greenhouse constructor association AMCI held annual meeting
Last November 12, 2014 the Ninth General Ordinary Meeting of the Mexican Greenhouse Builders Association A. C. (AMCI) was held, in the San Cayetano Hall of Holiday Inn Hotel, Plaza Jacarandas Irapuato, in the city of Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.With participation of representatives of manufacturers,.....

Jimmy Kimmel : What is a GMO?
Jimmy Kimmel wondered how many people that are against GMO's, if they know what they are. It results in some humorous answers.


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IFTF 2014, Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands

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Energymore »


Canada: RFP for study of Economic Viability of geothermal resources
The objective of this study will be to ultimately deliver an assessment of the economic viability of geothermal energy in the Province of British Columbia for electrical power generation. The electrical power generation component will initially review sites previously studied, the Clarke Lake Gas Field, and.....
Water-repellent coating could make power plants greener
Applying a novel coating to part of the machinery in power plants could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Applying it at just one coal plant would reduce yearly emissions as much as taking 4,000 cars off the road would.


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US: ZeroTol 2.0 now suitable for hydroponic systems
ZeroTol 2.0 is now labelled for hydroponic use* including foliar sprays, media drenches, nutrient/reservoir tanks and aerosol/fogging applications. ZeroTol 2.0 will control root diseases like Pythium (Root Rot and Damping off), Phytophthora (Blight) Fusarium (Wilt), Verticillium (Wilt), Rhizoctonia (Root.....


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Innovative flower processing lines on display at IFTF
During the IFTF2014, Bercomex demonstrated different solutions that improve the processing of roses. The Bercomex booth showed an overview of new innovations, on which has been worked hard in the past months. In regular consultation with growers, choices were made about the innovations, which are most needed.....


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UK: Prince of Wales views rare vegetables
The Prince of Wales has visited a garden belonging to celebrated chef Raymond Blanc to view rare vegetables.The National Heritage Garden at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, has almost 140 rare specimens including the Delicata squash and the Carruthers pea.The prince was.....

Ten hardy, deer-resistant perennials for greenhouse production
Two questions retailers are asked consistently: Is it hardy for me? — and — Will the deer eat it? Here are ten noteworthy perennials for greenhouse growers to produce for retailers who need solid solutions for perennials that are bone-cold hardy and that our four-legged friends won’t touch.


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Jimmy Kimmel : What is a GMO?
Jimmy Kimmel wondered how many people that are against GMO's, if they know what they are. It results in some humorous answers.


Packagingmore »


"Cucumber can be stored for longer due to high wire cultivation"
Green Diamonds growers dare to give shelf life guarantee
"The ageing of cucumber starts on the plant. This means that the shorter amount of time the cucumber is on the plant, the longer its shelf life after harvest is." This is one of the things that Floris van der Linden of Green Diamonds has learned from seven years of high wire cultivation. This knowledge is an.....


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How was the Dutch Trade Mission to Japan?
"We must work together to capture opportunities in Japanese horticulture"
The Dutch trade mission to Japan took place last week. Some of the participants included Remko Bakelaar, of Vijverberg Advies, and Michel Kauderer, of Verkade Klimaat. How was the trade mission and what are the opportunities for the industry in Japan?The Dutch agro-food sector is very attractive for Japan......


Substratesmore »


The essential features of greenhouse growing media
Growing media are made of engineered materials designed to provide ideal physical and chemical characteristics for the root environment. In greenhouse agriculture, it is important that the substrate has good structural characteristics so it can hold up to frequent irrigation, root growth, drastic changes in.....


Organicmore »


Organic farming does not benefit the environment, say Swedish researchers
Relying on organic crop production would be “disastrous” and could “lead to starvation,” according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who have a new book out called "The Organic Dream."The researchers have caused quite a stir in Sweden. Radio Sweden spoke to one of the authors,.....


Coolingmore »


Humidification: Is your system ready for the season?
Before activating make sure the filters are clean, change if necessary: Check / change the pump oil: Flush the system (see manual): Check nozzles for performance. Each (standard) nozzle puts out 12 lb/hr. or 5.5 kg/hr. when performing correctly. Blockages reduce this output considerably.For more.....


Food Safetymore »


Engineered bacteria ripens fruit by belching ethylene
The ruby red rows of tomatoes at the local grocery store don’t come off the vine in such a pretty state. Food producers pick fruits while unripe and later douse them with ethylene. The ethylene used by food producers comes from cracking fossil fuels. As a green alternative, Cristina Del Bianco of the.....


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New study finds GMO safe for animals, humans
Results of a new study of genetically engineered crops eaten by livestock indicate again that GMO feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed.The study, which included more than 100 billion animals between 1983 and 2011, showed no unusual trends in the health of animals during that time.The.....


Eventsmore »


Africa: Oserian awarded most Innovative African Producer for 2014
Oserian Development Company was recently awarded the most Innovative African Producer for 2014 in recognition of their sustainable developments which underpin and complement Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability Targets. The award was presented by Mr John Owles during a courtesy visit by Sainsbury’s to Oserian.....

Netherlands: GreenTech 2016 plans for expansion in new RAI building
The GreenTech 2016 plans for expansion include a brand new RAI building. This new multifunctional building offers parking for 900 cars and has a unique feature on the first floor which can also be used as an exhibition space due to its double height. The building connects the Holland Complex (Halls 9,10, 11).....


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Produce View empowers tomato growers with information on British Tomato Conference
UK: The ins and outs of British tomato retail
Understanding the market and the retail sector is crucial in horticulture and the tomato industry is no exception. At the 2014 British Tomato Conference Mr Tim Mudge, commercial manager of Produce View, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Growers Association, who gave a presentation about the position.....


Vertical farmingmore »


US (NJ): Plant science students grow produce vertically
Officials from the state Department of Agriculture visited the agricultural science plant science class at South Hunterdon Regional High School on Sept. 26 in West Amwell and learned about its innovations with vertical produce-growing.The occasion was the fourth annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week, which.....


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Rwanda's Flower industry gets timely shot in the arm
Rwanda’s flower sector players are upbeat following the Cabinet approval of a partnership deal between the government and a Kenyan-based company, Shalimar Flowers, to develop the country’s cut flower industry.Last week, the Cabinet published a resolution supporting the joint venture that will see Shalimar.....


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