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Tuesday, February 09, 2016


No more messing around; here are the Growracks

If it was up to Glenn Behrman of CEA Advisors, everybody interested in multi layer vertical farming would be able to start experimenting with only a small investment. For this reason, his company developed the Growracks; simple, but solid multi level cultivation racks that are extremely suitable for taking.....

Urine makes hydroponic tomatoes even tastier?!

According to scientists at the University of Ghent, tomatoes grown with algae have more flavor than conventionally grown tomatoes. The algae are made with the help of urine and are used to improve the recycling of fertilizers. In Flanders, as much as 86% of applied fertilizers are lost during the cultivation.....

India: Israeli polyhouses make way into tribal villages

Progressive farmers in India's tribal region Udiapur have gradually begun adopting Israeli greenhouses with drip irrigation. Some 15-20 polyhouse farms have been constructed at Mavli, Bhinder, Girva and even remote tribal tehsils like Jhadol and Sarada in the district. A small but steady transformation is.....

Coconut wins, but Stoffels and Enza Zaden also take some prizes home:

And the winners of the Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards are.....

An easy-to-drink organic coconut with patented opening and a straw - this is the product that won the 2016 Fruit Logistica Innovation Award (FLIA).The ceremony took place on Friday 5th February 2016 during the last day of the fair. Professional guests could also cast their vote.Genuine Coconut is 100%.....

Canada: Lambert introduces All Purpose Peat Moss Substrate

Lambert Professional Peat-Based Substrates for all purpose needs are formulated using a blend of selected Canadian sphagnum peat moss in order to achieve a balance of fibrous peat with the presence of small peat chunks. This balance allows the media to drain well and have ideal air space.AFM-3 (Aggregate.....

Belgium: Tomato Masters wants to double acreage in the next 5 years

The Belgian growers at Tomato Masters are growing at several locations; they have three hectares in Nevele. At another location the tomato growers currently have 10,5 hectares. But they have ambitious plans to double this acreage within the next five years.Tomato masters is owned by grower Dirk Vlaemynck......


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Energymore »

Surveys look at options for saving energy costs

Wageningen University greenhouse horticulture and DLV Plant have carried out two surveys looking into the most suitable energy-saving options to be applied for chrysanthemum cultivation. Together with DLV Plant, Wageningen was commissioned by the "Kas als Energiebron" programme to produce one inventory for.....


Fertilizersmore »


Urine makes hydroponic tomatoes even tastier?!

According to scientists at the University of Ghent, tomatoes grown with algae have more flavor than conventionally grown tomatoes. The algae are made with the help of urine and are used to improve the recycling of fertilizers. In Flanders, as much as 86% of applied fertilizers are lost during the cultivation.....


Breedingmore »


Which vegetative cuttings should I stick first?

Greenhouse growers are now receiving unrooted cuttings from suppliers as the spring season begins to ramp up. What are the best management practices when receiving unrooted cuttings? How do growers evaluate their quality and determine which ones should be stuck first?Upon arrival of cuttings, boxes should be.....


Machinesmore »


"UV disinfection within reach for every horticultural business"

The introduction of Priva Vialux M-Line puts water disinfection with UV light within reach for every horticultural business. UV disinfection allows for major improvements in the field of disease control, efficient water use and the increasingly strict requirements for food hygiene.The Priva Vialux.....


Product Infomore »


NMSU researchers investigate how super-hot peppers pack their powerful punch

Researchers at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute have discovered that super-hot chile peppers, those with more than one million Scoville Heat Units, are built differently than other peppers. Unlike regular chile peppers, super-hot peppers make the most of the interior space they have.....


Packagingmore »


PrimePro® Core officially launched:

Containers now available with ethylene absorbing film

Chantler Packaging launches of PrimePro® Core; an ethylene absorbing film technology incorporated onto micro flute material. Using proprietary equipment, these ultra light compact containers are specially developed for retail ready merchandising and displaying of 4-10 fruits or vegetables.The PrimePro® Core.....


Marketingmore »

“Puerto Rico has Tomatoes”

Puerto Rico launches 2016 local tomato harvest campaign

Soon after ringing in the New Year, CaribbeanProduce Exchange (CPE) announced the beginningof the annual Puerto Rico tomato harvest. For thethird consecutive year, the largest produce distributor on the Island presented its integrated marketing and educational campaign for 2016 “Puerto Rico Tiene Tomates”.....


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Canada: Lambert introduces All Purpose Peat Moss Substrate

Lambert Professional Peat-Based Substrates for all purpose needs are formulated using a blend of selected Canadian sphagnum peat moss in order to achieve a balance of fibrous peat with the presence of small peat chunks. This balance allows the media to drain well and have ideal air space.AFM-3 (Aggregate.....


Organicmore »


Spain: Valencia to double its organic production

The Vice President and Councillor for Equality and Inclusive Policies of Valencia, Mónica Oltra, stressed that the implementation of the Plan for Organic Production in Valencia "is another embodiment of the commitments made in the Pacto del Botánico, which consists of a transition to organic agriculture.....


Coolingmore »


Reducing humidity with vertical and horizontal ventilation

In modern greenhouses, ventilation plays a vital role. Through circulation of air, heat distribution in the greenhouses is optimized, which enhances a uniform development of the crops. Because of several energy technical improvements in modern greenhouses and more intensive cultivation methods, the necessity.....


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March 2-3, Oak Grove

US: LSU AgCenter offers GroupGAP food safety training

The LSU AgCenter will host a workshop on March 2-3 in Oak Grove to educate produce growers, packers and processors about GroupGAP, a new food safety certification program.Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs, are voluntary practices that growers can implement to reduce food safety risks. Growers who pass a.....


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EFSA: "Breakthrough on cumulative risk assessment pesticides"

EFSA and its European partners have taken a major step forward in their work on assessing the cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides. A software tool has been developed for carrying out exposure assessments of multiple pesticides. In a pilot study, consumer exposure assessments are now being performed.....


Eventsmore »


Photo Report Berlin Fruit Logistica '16

After a very busy week at the IPM in Essen, we headed straight to the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The show, known as the world's most important event for fruit and vegetable trade, has become very important for the technical side of greenhouse vegetable production as well. This is due to the fact that over.....


Retailmore »


Zero food waste policy for all French supermarkets

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No more messing around; here are the Growracks

If it was up to Glenn Behrman of CEA Advisors, everybody interested in multi layer vertical farming would be able to start experimenting with only a small investment. For this reason, his company developed the Growracks; simple, but solid multi level cultivation racks that are extremely suitable for taking.....


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