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Friday, May 29, 2015

grants offset up to 25% of the costs of installing energy conservation measures:

US: Apply now for a USDA REAP grant to cut your energy costs

Bringing your production costs down and receiving grant support to do that at the same time? Be aware that it is possible via the Rural Energy for America Program. But what does this program do? And is it also available for greenhouse growers, local growers or urban farmers that are not located in rural.....

AAB to realize first phase of 40 hectares in Saint Felicien

Canada: Serres Toundra to invest C$ 100 million in Quebec

During the trade mission to Canada, 26-29 May 2015, which runs parallel to the state visit of his Majesty King Willem-Alexander and her Majesty Queen Máxima, an important declaration is signed by AAB and Serres Toundra, based in Canada. The declaration concerns the execution for a call for tenders for the.....

Village Farms and Great Northern announce exclusive distribution agreement

Village Farms International Inc. and Great Northern Hydroponics (Great Northern) located in Kingsville, Ontario are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. Village Farms is a progressive vertically integrated food company focused on growing, marketing, and.....

Canada: Fire at Niagara On The Lake greenhouse

Spontaneous combustion was the cause of a blaze at the Hunter Road Greenhouses in Niagara-on-the-Lake late Wednesday evening.Niagara-on-the-Lake fire trucks from the Old Town and Virgil were called to the scene at 236 Hunter Rd., after a Wall Rd. neighbour, behind the greenhouses, noticed the smoke and.....

Could LEDs replace plant growth retardants?

Growers and researchers are studying the effects that specific light wavelengths can have on ornamental and edible crops. Research studies are focusing on the effect light wavelengths can have on a variety of plant processes including growth, flowering, fruiting and postharvest quality.Michigan State.....

CEAC student researches feasibility of rooftop hydroponics

CEAC Masters student Will Kacheris will be starting a research project titled “Feasibility of a Rooftop Hydroponic Operation using a Cost Production Analysis Model”. More specifically, Will’s project will be researching an in-depth cost of production analysis centered on a high-density rooftop hydroponic.....

Cordex launches stronger and 'easy free fall' Hortiline

Cordex has recently launched Hortiline. This special horticulture twine is strong, smooth and soft, but specially designed to resist to the extreme conditions of intensive production.In modern horticulture production where professional growers constantly search for new developments, Hortiline “easy free.....

Studies related to plant secondary chemistry and plant-to-plant communication

Jarmo Holopainen, Professor of Applied Ecology from the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Environmental Science and his research group are doing multifaceted biological and ecological research.The research is related to biological and ecological effects of global change, plant-herbivore.....

Simulated seawater flooding reduces the growth of ten vegetables

Excessive salinity in soil and irrigation water in combination with waterlogging in coastal regions can significantly reduce the productivity of many agricultural crops. To evaluate the plant growth responses to simulated seawater (SSW) flooding, seedlings of 10 vegetables (broccoli, chinese cabbage, chinese.....

France cracks down on supermarket waste, new law mandates donation of unsold food

France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger.....

Syngenta said to build defenses against another Monsanto offer

Syngenta AG, the agrochemical maker that rejected an unsolicited $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto Co., is building up defenses as it prepares for a possible higher bid from its U.S. rival, according to people with knowledge of the situation.The Swiss maker of Polo and Force insecticides has added UBS.....

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US aims to double on-site renewables by 2020

While large-scale, even utility-scale wind and solar energy schemes dominate the clean energy sector, the use by corporations and public sector bodies of smaller-scale renewable technologies based at their own sites is also important to meeting climate goals. In the US, the adoption of on-site renewables is.....

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Science into practice - Lettuce crop aphid controls

Prior to the use of neonicotinoids, lettuce root aphid was a significant problem, particularly near areas with poplar windbreaks because the pest overwinters in poplar trees. Since the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments lettuce root aphid has been effectively controlled.

Machinesmore »

Dashun: a small piece of Holland in China

Chinese grower uses advanced multi layered bench systems

If you visit the Venlo greenhouses of Dashun in Tianjin, a coastal city-province just east of Beijing, China, you might have the idea that you just have walked in one of the latest, futuristic greenhouse complexes somewhere in The Netherlands or Canada.Dashun Landscape Group in Tianjin is a large modern pot.....

Product Infomore »

Tomato peel transformed into biodegradable plastic

The project developed at the Centre for Scientific Research of Spain and the University of Malaga aims to exploit the natural viscoelastic properties of tomato peel, as well as its waterproof nature and protection capacity against other liquids, as well as parasites; a discovery that could also in principle.....

Breedingmore »

Thailand: Tomato growers get help from Isaan university campus

To solve problems with the use of chemical fertilisers and insecticides in tomato plantations and low productivity through contract farming, the Rajamangala University of Technology Isaan's Sakhon Nakhon campus is encouraging the development of seedlings and building up a store of naturally nurtured seeds.....

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Wageningen UR presents Biobased Packaging catalogue

The very first edition of the new Biobased Packaging catalogue, compiled by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research on request of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, has recently been translated into English. The great success of the Dutch version of this catalogue has convinced involved researchers.....

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Spain: Semillas Fitó maintains voucher system for tomato seed marketing

Last year, Semillas Fitó launched a new seed marketing system for its various tomato varieties: Fitovale (Fitovoucher), which was a step forward as far as the quality and traceability of the plants is concerned. The system is back this campaign to ensure quality control in the sale of seeds of the following.....

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US: Hope for healthy soil in 90 seconds

To most people, soil is far from huggable. But after watching a new, 90-second YouTube ad, the video’s producers hope viewers will embrace it with new-found respect and admiration. Because healthy soil, the ad suggests, could provide solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges.As part of its “Unlock.....

Organicmore »

UK: St Albans’ organic food project has something to smile about

The FoodSmiles group, led by founders Tom Carman and Peter Bloomfield and a team of dedicated growers, produces and distributes weekly vegetables boxes in the St Albans district.During its first year the collective produced 980kg of organic vegetables, including lemon cucumber and five types of French.....

Coolingmore »

Cooling 8,000 tons of fresh produce per day

The Jet-Ready Precooler, from Global Cooling Inc., is a one of a kind, complete, and portable Precooling tunnel. Jet-Ready Precoolers help to quickly remove field heat from fresh fruit, vegetables, and floral. They are also being used to batch quick thaw and temper (BQT,) for products such as frozen.....

Food Safetymore »

Aquaponics food security solution?

Fish fertiliser is well recognised as a great plant food, but at the Bay of Plenty Polytech, live – not dead – fish are fertilising plants which return the favour by improving the water quality in their tanks.Tutor and researcher Denise Briggs has established an aquaponics system in a small shade-house.....

Healthmore »

Toxin from chili peppers associated with gallbladder cancer

Gallbladder cancer seems to be associated with aflatoxin, according to a study published in the May 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.Leticia Nogueira, MPH, PhD, from the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, and colleagues recruited incident gallbladder cancer cases (36.....

Eventsmore »

18 June 2015

Symposium: 'From big data to biological solutions'

The combination of statistics and statistical genetics with modern research in the omics sciences, from metabolomics, proteomics through to transcriptomics, offers many new possibilities for academics and industry. On 18 June Wageningen UR will be organising the symposium 'From Big Data to Biological.....

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France cracks down on supermarket waste, new law mandates donation of unsold food

France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger.....

Vertical farmingmore »

Webinar roundup: How to get started in vertical farming and urban agriculture

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up or listen to a recording at.....

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