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Monday, December 22, 2014


Hennie Brockhoff, Schreurs
The impact of Russian crisis on floral trade
Due to the civil war in Ukraine, Eastern Europe had to deal with difficult times last year. This year, will also be challenging due to the drastic devaluation of the Russian ruble and the Ukraine Hryvnia in the last few months. Consequently, the ornamental trade will be affected, explains Hennie Brockhoff,.....

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Crisis at PlantLab; three board members resign
Only three months after the official opening, half the board of PlantLab have resigned. According to various sources, a big crisis erupted within the Dutch company. CEO and co-founder Gertjan Meeuws has resigned, as well as Ruud van Helden (finance) and Hubert-Jan van Boxtel (Legal Affairs).PlantLab main.....

Gert-Jan Lekkerkerker, Grow Group:
"Resistant cultivation begins at the propagator"
Plant resilience in the greenhouse sector is an increasingly important issue, one that plant breeders are progressively dealing with. Gert-Jan Lekkerkerker from propagator Grow Group, explains how they use this strategy in the nursery.OrganicFor growers, December is all about crop rotation, and for plant.....

UK: First tomato plant that grows fruits of either colour
A British horticulturalist has created the world's first black and white tomato plant by blending two rare strains together. Tomato experts at Sutton Seeds have a history for pioneering plants, having previously created the first ever black strain which they named Indigo Rose. For their latest creation, the.....

Dutch grower extends use of LEDs:
Dutch Campari tomatoes grown under LED lights for the first time
After getting excellent operating results by growing plum tomatoes under LED lights, grower Wim Peters has decided to light his Tasty Tom (Campari) tomatoes with LEDs as well, starting this fall. This is the first time that a company has lit this cocktail tomato in this way.Last year Kwekerij Wim Peters BV,.....

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125 new customers for LED manufacturer:
US: (CA): LumiGrow celebrates year of corporate growth in 2014
LumiGrow celebrates another year of corporate growth in 2014, adding more than 125 new commercial, governmental, and research customers to its roster of customers. This list includes BASF, the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Weyerhaeuser. The successful expansion of its customer base means ten of the top.....

Part 3: Greenhouse Herb and Vegetable Production
Finding the ideal greenhouse environment
Plants have to be happy to produce high quality fruits/flowers/leaves and achieve high yields. In order to reach this goal, plants need to be grown under optimum aerial and root zone conditions. In this third part of our series on growing greenhouse vegetables and herbs we will focus on the ideal greenhouse.....


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Energymore »


Spain: Cajamar analyses use of biomass to improve production
Cajamar held the 3rd Agricultural Technical Seminar with the theme "Heating for greenhouses using biomass." The topic has been in the spotlight for Almeria's agricultural sector for years as one of the technological improvements that could help improve the province's greenhouse productivity, highlighting the.....


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Netherlands: Van Iperen expands production capacity of Water Soluble NPK’s
The demand of high quality Iperen Water Soluble NPK’s increased rapidly in recent years. To keep up with this growth, the production capacity in the acclimatized factory near the port of Rotterdam has now expanded. “While executing the Masterplan, our aim was more than just entering the top 3 of production.....


Machinesmore »


Flexible paper-pot machine from Techmek
At the Growtech Eurasia, Techmek was present with the I-Pot-Pro paper pot producer; and automatic machine for the production of peat cylinders rolled up in biodegradable paper. The major feature of the machine is it flexibility; currently it is the only paper pot producer on the market in the range of 5000.....


Product Infomore »


Bottled tomatoes end up in display case after 70 years
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture recently received a special batch of tomatoes by a Mrs. Meulenbeld. These tomatoes, however, were not meant to be sampled. They were bottled in 1942. After 70 years in dark storage, both the colour and the shape of the tomatoes are still surprisingly fresh.In the spring.....


Breedingmore »


UK: First tomato plant that grows fruits of either colour
A British horticulturalist has created the world's first black and white tomato plant by blending two rare strains together. Tomato experts at Sutton Seeds have a history for pioneering plants, having previously created the first ever black strain which they named Indigo Rose. For their latest creation, the.....


Packagingmore »


Sustainable innovative packaging on the rise in floriculture
Nowadays, innovation and working sustainably is becoming more and more important in the greenhouse industry. Also when looking at pots, containers and trays, companies need to distinguish themselves from the competition. Desch Plantpak is one of the companies that is trying to combine these two concept in.....


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10 tonnes of baby vegetables exported to Botswana weekly
The National Agricultural marketing Board (NAMboard) started in April to export about 10 tonnes of baby vegetables per week to Botswana.NAMBoard Marketing Manager Thami Dlamini said they exported mixed baby vegetables which they sourced from their farmers adding that the produce included mainly tomatoes,.....


Substratesmore »


Nursery crops and bark media
With all the new trends in horticulture, container-grown ornamentals remain an important crop in the industry. The number of plant species grown in containers has increased, from trees to shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennial plants. All these crops have long production cycles and some can last more than.....


Organicmore »


Gert-Jan Lekkerkerker, Grow Group:
"Resistant cultivation begins at the propagator"
Plant resilience in the greenhouse sector is an increasingly important issue, one that plant breeders are progressively dealing with. Gert-Jan Lekkerkerker from propagator Grow Group, explains how they use this strategy in the nursery.OrganicFor growers, December is all about crop rotation, and for plant.....


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.....


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US: NSAC comments on FDA’s revised draft food safety rules
The public comment period on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) supplemental proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) closes today. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and its member organizations led a national effort to analyze and comment on the revised.....


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Men who like spicier foods more 'alpha'
Eating spicy food is often seen as a sign of male bravado - and now scientific research has found that men who enjoy hot food have higher levels of testosterone.Scientist at the University of Grenoble found a positive correlation between an enjoyment of spicy food and levels of the hormone. Greater.....


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15 January 2015 in Staffordshire, UK
UK: New speakers announced for ‘Growing Opportunities’
HTA are delighted to announce new speakers for the Contact 2015 Conference ‘Growing Opportunities’ which takes place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 January 2015 at JCB Global Headquarters in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.Lewis Normand, Coblands Nurseries and Amanda Sizer, Director General of Gardenex will join.....


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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 »


Sweden: Plantagon to build unique vertical greenhouse for urban agriculture
“We are excited that the Plantagon Greenhouse has been given the green light by Linköping’s Administrative Board, and we are of course very eager to get started. The vertical greenhouse in Linköping will be a landmark in several ways. It is the first building of its kind in the world. It is also.....


Flowers and Ornamental Trademore »


US (NY): The flower business is an emblem of Manhattan
The Temple of Dendur was built on the Nile in 15BC by the emperor Augustus for the goddess Isis of Philae. Its ruin now sits in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an atrium bathed in light from Central Park. Today, at the paws of a Sphinx staring out towards Long Island, there is mayhem. In a few.....


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