Friday, October 19, 2018

Hort suppliers find their way to PMA

Today the PMA kicks off in Orlando, Florida. The exhibition traditionally is the meeting place for the fresh produce trading industry and is known for the many packaging novelties being presented. Over the last couple of years more and more greenhouse growers have found their way to the exhibition, of…

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Russia: Eco-culture comments on massive expansion

“We are going to launch another 120 ha of greenhouses, increasing the productivity by 70 thousand tons. Thus, in 2019 we are planning to produce about 200 thousand tons. It is in our strategy to construct 500-550 ha of greenhouses by 2023”, said Eco-culture president Aleksandr Rudakov. Currently Eco-culture owns about…

Jos Veugen, Veugen High Care:

"Check whether no invisible dirt is left behind after disinfection"

Growers rarely whether the greenhouse is really clean, after the contractor has paid a visit to disinfect the greenhouse. Jos Veugen, Veugen High Care, advises his customers to do so anyway. Jos: "I appreciate the trust. And we are not ashamed either. But if I were a grower, I would have had prints taken…

Greenhouse grower to offer taste-tests "behind closed doors" at PMA

The dynamics of the Canadian greenhouse industry are getting more sophisticated each year. It's impressive enough to think that hothouse vegetables are growing in a freezing climate, but now these greenhouse growers are taking further steps to bring their produce to a higher level. NatureFresh™ Farms, based in Leamington,…

Martin van Gogh (Hoogendoorn) meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:

"Dutch horticulture can help China with safe and clean food production"

"Dutch horticulture wants to share its knowledge with China to help ensure safe and clean food production." Martin van Gogh, director of Batenburg Techniek / Hoogendoorn and ambassador of the Dutch horticulture, did this offer to the Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Van Gogh met the premier during the CEO…

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Dutch tomato grower sentenced to fine of 75,000 euros for fatal elevator incident

A malfunction of the packaging robot, on the automatic transport or on a trolley stacker. Just a bit of tinkering, a little diversion and it is functioning again. Yet it can go terribly wrong. This is evident from the accident that happened three years ago at Vereijken Logistics. An employee was killed…

Breeding companies are leaving Europe due to CRISPR-Cas ruling

Research assignments that are being withdrawn, companies that are deciding to relocate their R&D departments outside Europe — it is gradually becoming clear that the decision by the European Court of Justice to treat CRISPR-Cas as a form of genetic modification is having far-reaching consequences.…

Video: Take a look inside Scotland's biggest vertical farm

Earlier this year, Intelligent Growth Solutions unveiled its first vertical farm in Scotland . The Scottish-led team at IGS has developed, patented and productised an IOT-enabled power and communications platform consisting of patented electrical, electronic and mechanical technologies. All this is managed by a…

Organisers of HortEx Vietnam concluded 3 kick off meetings for coming 2019 edition

The series of kick-off meetings introducing HortEx Vietnam 2019, the 2nd International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, took place from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Hanoi, Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City. The events were attended by delegates from many…

Growers in Morocco and Spain moving away from tomatoes

Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, recently returned from a visit to Morocco and Spain: "The import from Morocco and Spain started slowly this season. The reason is that, particularly in Morocco, it has not been very warm after planting. The summer in Morocco had stable temperatures, which provides a much…

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Webinar: Latest development in research on LED for cannabis

Valoya, manufacturer of LED grow lights, known for their photobiology research focus, announce a free webinar for professional cultivators of cannabis. In this free webinar you will hear about the latest scientific findings regarding LED light for cannabis. Independent research data on cannabis is…

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Iceland: Geothermal energy could be used for dehydrating greenhouse tomatoes

In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes. The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part of…

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How plants harness microbes to get nutrients

A Rutgers-led team has discovered how plants harness microbes in soil to get nutrients, a process that could be exploited to boost crop growth, fight weeds and slash the use of polluting fertilizers and herbicides. In a process the team has named the “rhizophagy cycle” (rhizophagy means root eating), bacteria and fungi…

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UC Davis to license strawberry in Europe, Mediterranean and South America

A new University of California strawberry cultivar, UC9, is harvested in Prunevale, California. The goal of the breeding program is to develop new, commercially useful varieties of strawberry plants that have higher-quality berries, are less vulnerable to pests and diseases and can be grown more…

Breeding companies are leaving Europe due to CRISPR-Cas ruling

Research assignments that are being withdrawn, companies that are deciding to relocate their R&D departments outside Europe — it is gradually becoming clear that the decision by the European Court of Justice to treat CRISPR-Cas as a form of genetic modification is having far-reaching consequences.…

Machines more »

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

Product Info more »

New intermediate bulk container offers logistics solution

Schoeller Allibert’s new standard foldable intermediate bulk container (IBC) is designed for international logistics. The Combo Excelsior® was created to meet the latest expectations of the food processing, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Safe, hygienic and efficient, it offers a great logistics…

Packaging more »

New line of single serving specialty pepper bags

Bailey Farms, a shipper of specialty peppers, announced a single serving line of specialty peppers, Bailey Farms SideKicks, which the company says will make it easier for…

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Unica, Biosabor, Casi and La Palma

Spanish growers join forces to market Adora tomatoes

Four Spanish companies have united themselves in the growth, promotion and marketing of the Adora tomato, a tomato bred by HM. Clause. Entering the market together might be quite a challenge, they agree. "It's ambitious - but we believe in it because the Adora offers a quality demanded by consumer. The…

Substrates more »

Cotton wool mats used to grow microgreens

Did you grow cress on cotton wool on your window ledge when you were at school? That is exactly the principle that Simon Macaulay followed when he first talked to Chris Moncrieff of Van Heineken Brothers (VHB) in Angmering, (now a housing development) Sussex in the late 1990s. Chris and Peter Walls, who…

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UK: Organic sector calls for much clearer contingency measures as Brexit looms

The Organic Trade Board (OTB) and the United Kingdom Organic Certifiers Group (UKOCG) are calling for a clear contingency plan to ensure the continued trade of organic produce with the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. “There has been speculation about how the UK will continue to trade organic goods with the…

Food Safety more »

Potential Salmonella/Listeria contamination

US salad recall includes Whole Foods 365 brand

A California-based grocery chain is recalling almost half a ton of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn from a third-party supplier that is under recall for potential contamination from Salmonella and Listeria bacteria. GH Foods CA LLC of Sacramento initiated the…

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University of Sheffield study

Tomatoes could hold the key for infertility problems

Leading UK researchers are investigating lycopene, the nutrient that makes tomatoes red, as a treatment for poor sperm quality. Lycopene is poorly absorbed from tomatoes, but…

Events more »

Organisers of HortEx Vietnam concluded 3 kick off meetings for coming 2019 edition

The series of kick-off meetings introducing HortEx Vietnam 2019, the 2nd International Exhibition and Conference for Horticultural and Floricultural Production and Processing Technology in Vietnam, took place from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Hanoi, Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City. The events were attended by delegates from many…

Martin van Gogh (Hoogendoorn) meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:

"Dutch horticulture can help China with safe and clean food production"

"Dutch horticulture wants to share its knowledge with China to help ensure safe and clean food production." Martin van Gogh, director of Batenburg Techniek / Hoogendoorn and ambassador of the Dutch horticulture, did this offer to the Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Van Gogh met the premier during the CEO…

Hort suppliers find their way to PMA

Today the PMA kicks off in Orlando, Florida. The exhibition traditionally is the meeting place for the fresh produce trading industry and is known for the many packaging novelties being presented. Over the last couple of years more and more greenhouse growers have found their way to the exhibition, of…

Vertical farming more »

Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus…

US (WI): Aquaponic grower donates lettuce to area schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, on Monday, October 15th, Nelson and Pade donated over one hundred heads of fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield and Montello public school districts. The lettuce is Certified Naturally Grown and it is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems at…

Video: Take a look inside Scotland's biggest vertical farm

Earlier this year, Intelligent Growth Solutions unveiled its first vertical farm in Scotland . The Scottish-led team at IGS has developed, patented and productised an IOT-enabled power and communications platform consisting of patented electrical, electronic and mechanical technologies. All this is managed by a…

Medicinal production more »

October 24, 2 pm EDT

Webinar: Latest development in research on LED for cannabis

Valoya, manufacturer of LED grow lights, known for their photobiology research focus, announce a free webinar for professional cultivators of cannabis. In this free webinar you will hear about the latest scientific findings regarding LED light for cannabis. Independent research data on cannabis is…

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