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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


High potential for greenhouse grown melons in Asian retail

Strong local economic growth is fueling the activities of Rijk Zwaan in Southeast Asia. According to area manager Ahmet Tunali, the growing rich middle class and their demand for premium products are opening the doors for complete chain management. "As a result of the increase in wealth, big retail.....

May 3 & 4, Las Vegas:

Driscoll's & MedMen to speak at 5th Indoor Ag-Con

If you are a grower, investor, researcher, supplier, or just simply interested in or attracted to vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture, you can not miss out on the upcoming Indoor Ag-Con. The event will be held for the 5th time in Las Vegas on May 3 & 4. Organizer Newbean Capital.....

First British grown produce a premium for local markets

The British greenhouse growers are slowly starting to pick their first crops again. According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, the first British cucumbers are again on the shelves of several UK retailers. The survey of ProduceView found British cucumbers at supermarkets.....

Photo Report Global Berry Congress 2017

Flavour and quality were the key words of the Global Berry Congress that was held in Rotterdam yesterday. A remarkable amount of attention was paid to consumers and their changing behaviour during various sessions. It wasn’t surprising that terms such as flavour and quality were often mentioned,.....

Organic vs. traditional hydroponic production: the top 3 differences

When it comes to changing from conventional to organic hydroponic production methods, there are three main areas that growers find most challenging.Tyler Baras, special projects manager at Hort Americas in Bedford, Texas, said growers are increasingly inquiring about organic hydroponic production. Baras is.....

Australian greenhouse growers a step closer to bumblebee trials

In Australia there is currently a Senate Inquiry into the “Risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes”. The PCA has been working on this for commercial greenhouse growers for many years.The Senate requested submissions (either.....


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Spain: Agreement to test a system for absorption of CO2 from biomass

The University of Almería (UAL), Cajamar and the company Rijk Zwaan have signed an agreement for the installation of a system for the adsorption of carbon dioxide from biomass.The signing has taken place after a visit to the company's facilities by a university delegation led by the Rector, Carmelo.....


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Fertigation: Fertilizing through irrigation

Precision in growing methods can be a lifesaver for any growing operation or greenhouse business. Many farmers have experienced the excessive loss of water from using overhead sprinklers. Overhead systems can leave your plants susceptible to disease and pests, which has driven many of today’s farms to.....


Breedingmore »


BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 from Broad Institute

BASF has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications.The technology advances genome editing because it has the potential to be a simpler and.....


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'Mission to MARS' for Australian vegetable industry

The Australian vegetable industry is on a mission to MARS, with robotics and automation emerging as key pillars of the production process, according to a new study evaluating innovations in vegetable production.The study, funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia with co-investment from and conducted by.....


Product Infomore »


Good potential for Logo courgettes in Italy

Syngenta's Logos courgettes are raising a lot of interest in south-western Sicily. Syngenta organised a visit to the test field at Azienda Agricola Cappello in C.da Marina Marza (RG).These courgette plants have a robust stem, so much so that a support is only needed to guide the growth.Logos has a good ratio.....


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French cooperative features growers on new labels

Rougeline recently introduced its new line of labels. These feature not only the origin and the grower of the product, but also the quality level. "For several years Les Paysans de Rougeline have proclaimed the French origin of their products," but, says Isabelle Rebrioux. "It was important to go one step.....


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China: Product differentiation brings market strength

"In the choice of fruit and vegetable varieties, we strictly follow the commercial standards of maximizing the value of resources. The selected products are distributed throughout the country with the help of a well controlled modern marketing system, through both online and offline channels," said Yan.....


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Different types of limestone to increase substrate pH

Michigan State University Extension provided recommendations on how growers can determine greenhouse substrate pH and reviewed corrective procedures on how to increase low substrate pH in a previous article, “Testing and corrective procedures for low substrate pH.” Many growers are testing incoming substrate.....


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Organic vs. traditional hydroponic production: the top 3 differences

When it comes to changing from conventional to organic hydroponic production methods, there are three main areas that growers find most challenging.Tyler Baras, special projects manager at Hort Americas in Bedford, Texas, said growers are increasingly inquiring about organic hydroponic production. Baras is.....


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Conviron announces new distributor for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador

Conviron has announced the appointment of Below Zero Refrigeration (BZR). BZR brings over fifty years of combined service and technical support to the scientific community and will be promoting Conviron plant growth chambers and rooms in the South American markets of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.In addition to.....


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US: FDA considers simplifying ag water standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to simplify the microbial quality and testing requirements for agricultural water established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA’s) produce safety rule while still protecting public health.Agricultural water can be a major conduit of.....


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Wageningen researches ways to get people to eat more vegetables

The Dutch don’t eat enough vegetables. Last year, the Netherlands Nutrition Centre set the recommended daily intake of vegetables to 250 grams. Scientists from Wageningen research several methods to get people to eat more vegetables.Read about it in the article ‘A tomato with your coffee?’ in the new edition.....


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Photo Report Global Berry Congress 2017

Flavour and quality were the key words of the Global Berry Congress that was held in Rotterdam yesterday. A remarkable amount of attention was paid to consumers and their changing behaviour during various sessions. It wasn’t surprising that terms such as flavour and quality were often mentioned,.....


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AmazonFresh to operate in Australia in 2018 | Woolworths seeks cheap organics

HelloFresh now available at supermarkets

Korean egrocer to sell fruit straight from farms - Gmarket launched a service on Monday called Gtable that provides seasonal fresh food from farms around Korea. The online retailer will oversee the entire process, including selection of fruits and vegetables, washing and packing them, and delivery......


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South Africa: Rooftop gardens bring agriculture to heart of Johannesburg

Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva.“In such food.....


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CAN (ON): CannaRoyalty completes $5 million financing

CannaRoyalty announces that one of its investee companies Resolve Digital Health, a medical cannabis delivery system company that develops proprietary smart technology, has completed a $5 million Series A financing round led by Canadian TSX-listed company and ACMPR Licensed Producer, Aphria together with.....


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