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Friday, March 16, 2018

The green revolution in controlled-environment agriculture

"Nectar Farms and Sundrop Farms are blazing a trail"

Vertical farms are popping up left, right, and center. Shipping containers full of purple lights and heads of lettuce dot the North American landscape, while in Asia, so-called 'plant factories' (indoor cultivation facilities) show no sign of letting up. Meanwhile, in Australia, they're taking.....

Gotham Greens

US (IL): Chicago mayor breaks ground on 140,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Gotham Greens founders Viraj Puri and Eric Haley and community leaders in Pullman to break ground on what will be Chicago’s largest agricultural greenhouse. The 140,000-square-foot Gotham Greens greenhouse near 107th Street and Doty Avenue will create approximately 60 permanent and.....

show comes to an end

Hydroponic growing hot topic at HortEx Vietnam

Around 3pm local time, the first edition of the HortEx Vietnam came to an end today. What did you miss if you weren't there?Vietnamese horticulture is at a turning point. More and more growers switch to hydroponic cultivation or are interested in doing so. Especially in lettuce the demand for hydroponic.....

US (PA): Penn State-bred grape tomato becomes commercially available

"Valentine," a new variety of grape tomato that germinated in the breeding program of plant scientist Majid Foolad, now is available commercially after nearly two decades in development. Foolad, a professor of plant genetics, partnered with plant breeders at Johnny's Selected Seeds to launch the variety,.....

Japan: Mitsubishi to grow cherry tomatoes

Mitsubishi has entered the agriculture business as part of efforts to remodel its businesses for future growth, and plans to produce cherry tomatoes with high sugar content.The company is planning to start growing the tomatoes in June at greenhouses in the Chiba Prefecture under a joint venture established.....

Plans for CAU Futong establishment in South Holland

Chinese delegation visits World Horti Center

Less than one week after the official opening of the World Horti Center in the Netherlands, a delegation from the Chinese company Futong visited the brand new international greenhouse horticulture center on Tuesday 13 March 2018. High-tech company Futong, part of the China Agricultural University, works on.....

Supporting Gulf Coast horticulture

Ridder Group and Al Busath sign strategic partnership

The challenging water shortages, hot climate conditions and ever-growing demand for local food production have resulted in the Middle-East becoming a key region for the development of protected horticulture. In order to optimally support these developments with smart adaptive greenhouse technology, a new.....
20 tons exported to Europe

Algeria: First batch of zucchinis from the Touggourt geothermal complex

The first batch of “Gloria" zucchinis, out of the geothermal complex of Touggourt, destined for export, left the port of Oran yesterday, towards Europe. It is a zucchini variety different from those found on the national market. Its color is dark green, and its size varies between 18 and 23 cm. As far as.....

Bioline expands Amblyseius andersoni line with new sachet format

Bioline AgroSciences has announced the launch of a new sachet on a stick featuring the predatory mite Amblyseius andersoni. Named “Anderline Stick”, the new addition to Bioline’s Anderline range is a labour-saving controlled release system that provides the crop with a natural and effective first line.....

US (KS): Kansas Wheat opens 12,750 square-foot greenhouse

On March 14, 2018, the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center (KWIC) unveiled its new 12,750 square-foot greenhouse expansion. These four new bays will house critical wheat research for Kansas State University and Heartland Plant Innovations. This brings the KWIC Greenhouse complex to more than 22,750 square feet of.....

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US: Energy consumption in agriculture increased in 2016

In 2016, the agricultural sector consumed 1,872 trillion Btu of energy, accounting for about 1.9 percent of total U.S. primary energy consumption.Farms consume energy in many forms, mainly diesel (44 percent of direct energy consumption), electricity (24 percent), natural gas (13 percent), gasoline (11.....

Fertilizersmore »

Magnesium deficiency of hydroponic and container grown basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the most commonly grown greenhouse herb crop. Basil is sensitive to magnesium deficiency. Visual symptoms of magnesium deficiency appear first on old and recently mature leaves as a slight interveinal chlorosis (yellowing). This article will cover the progression of visual.....

Breedingmore »

An industry at the heart of French rural territories

France: Innovations in seeds production

With a steady increase in the number of jobs and investments, seed companies in 62 departments are boosting the local economy, while contributing to the agro-ecological transition.Capitalist companies of all sizes (cooperations, family businesses, and listed companies) have a remarkable industrial park. This.....

Machinesmore »

Agriculture robotics ease the farm labor crunch

Some farmers are responding to the worsening farm labor shortage by turning to automated harvesting equipment and other advanced technology that perform tasks such as pruning, seeding and weeding.Robotic harvesting vehicles are being tested in Florida and California to pick strawberries and replace.....

Product Infomore »

Classic dishes reimagined

Fast food of the future

At SPACE1, research is always ongoing, looking for healthy and sustainable dishes. But most importantly: they must be delicious, too. shows us the Dogless Hotdog, made with dried and glazed baby carrots, beet and berry ketchup, mustard and turmeric cream, roasted onions, cucumber salad and a herb.....

Packagingmore »

Germany: Suspicious package in tomato tin leads to police involvement

The Kassel police moved out on Monday evening, after a woman announced that she had found a suspicious package in a tin of tomatoes. The 59-year-old woman found a bit of sand and a small roll of cardboard when she opened the tin, which was taped down with kitchen paper and some tape. After use of a sniffer.....

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Grown in Canada, US & Mexico

Gourmet Green Tomatoes to become more popular for chefs

When you think of green tomatoes, does your mind automatically picture them fried (just like in the movie) but they have lots of other uses and aren't just grown in the US. How about pickled, in a salsa, salad or frittata? Nobody said that tomato pasta sauce always had to be red either.Gourmet green tomatoes.....

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CNC Grondstoffen

King Willem-Alexander opens new compost factory for mushroom substrates

The Dutch monarch Willem-Alexander will perform the ceremonial opening of CNC Grondstoffen’s new Indoor Fresh Compost facility on April 13, 2018 in Milsbeek, North-Limburg."Indoor Fresh Compost is a high-quality and environmentally friendly ingredient for mature compost. By the end of 2017 all 32 tunnels of.....

Organicmore »

Indonesian organic farming: reducing dependence on imported pesticides and fertilizers

Using materials available in their surroundings, several farmers in the Nanga Tayap district of West Kalimantan have intensively carried out organic farming over the last two years. This was part of their strategy to reduce their dependence on imported products, such as chemical-based fertilizers and.....

Coolingmore »

North-east India: Farm-side cold storages for vegetables

As a large proportion of produce is damaged every year because of the short shelf life of vegetables or fruits, growers are often forced to opt for distress sales. Now, the Indian Agriculture Department has come up with a scheme to increase this shelf life by setting up portable cold storage facilities near.....

Food Safetymore »

Russia: Infected bell peppers from Morocco intercepted in Saint Petersburg

Over 11 tons of infected bell peppers arrived in the port of Saint Petersburg from Morocco, reported the press service of Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance for Saint Petersburg, Leningrand and Pskov regions.“In order to prevent the possible spread of the quarantine objects on the.....

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Japanese chef turns artist

A healthy look at art

Japanese chef Takehiro Kishimoto see fruits and vegetables as his canvas.A knife is his paintbrush.On his extremely popular Instagram account, Kishimoto carves everything from radishes to avocados. Take a look.

Eventsmore »

Waste water treatments... a broad range of possibilities?

On the 2nd of March 2018, the kick off of the Flemish demonstration project SOSpuistroom was celebrated at the Research Station for Vegetable Production in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium. SOSpuistroom or translated S.O.S Wastewater focus on the demonstration of mobile and onsite technologies to purify the.....

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How the rise of Amazon will urge you to create a brand in fresh produce

With the acquisition Whole Foods last June, Amazon made a big step in the offline world of fresh produce. These days the suppliers of the retailer have to work with this new reality, but the rise of Amazon in fresh produce will also affect many others in the fresh produce industry, whether they are doing.....

Vertical farmingmore »

Brunei invests in high-tech vegetable growing

Brunei's Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) has proposed a budget of B$54,170,221 [41.2 million USD] for the 2018/2019 fiscal year, which focuses on boosting productivity in all sectors to contribute towards increasing Brunei’s gross domestic product (GDP) while also aiming to tap into the.....

Medicinal productionmore »

US: Indoor Harvest forms scientific advisory board

Indoor Harvest, a developer of personalized cannabis medicines and a provider of advanced cultivation methods and processes, announced the initial members of the company's newly formed scientific advisory board, which will assist management in the development of its business plans in the cannabis industry."I.....


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