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New project to integrate Dutch water technology in Mexican horticulture

Worldwide, one of the main challenges in the horticultural industry is water scarcity and low quality water. Although very successful in the Netherlands, the Dutch supply industry face problems to integrate these water technical solutions in the international setting where water problems are even much more.....

Vietnam: Bac Giang to pour $66 million in hi-tech agriculture

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to spend VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-tech agriculture areas growing or rearing the locality’s key products such as vegetables, flower, mushrooms, tea, lychees, citrus, chickens and pigs.Vegetables grown with hydroponic technology at the Bac Giang.....

Sunlight Supply's Par Pro introduces new 1100 watt Hyper Arc

"Underwriter’s Laboratories tested Par Pro’s new Hyper Arc lamp and said it was the most powerful 1100 watt single-ended HPS grow lamp they had tested", reports Sunlight Supply in a press release. Consistently testing at 2,380 μmol (micromole), the new Hyper Arc is an 1,100 watt grow lamp that features.....

Oman: Your plants could soon be sending you text messages

Your home-grown fruit and vegetables could soon be sending you text messages, thanks to a groundbreaking project by Omani students.The hydroponics system for growing fruits and vegetables is controlled by a system that is programmed to send the owner text messages regarding the status of the plants.Students.....
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Disruptors wanted for Dutch horticulture

Members of producer associations DOOR, Harvest House, Best of Four and Van Nature have joined forces for the GLAS4.0-program. This program focuses on how disruptive technologies can be made available for cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato crops. Based on the results of this program so far, it can be.....

With this app, excessive lighting is a thing of the past

The latest release of HortiSense shows the efficiency of the total amount of light (natural and artificial) delivered to the crop (in µmol/m²/s) on the net assimilates production. Too much light is not good for a plant, and too little, even less so. With this new tool in HortiSense, the grower can.....

UK: WET Centre helps strawberry growers reduce water use

Reducing the amount of water needed to grow high quality full flavoured strawberries while at the same time optimising the yield of the crop is now achievable thanks to the work of the new Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre, developed at NIAB EMR.The WET Centre, based at the centre for horticulture.....

Water purification using powdered activated carbon

Dutch growers quickly need to invest in technology for the removal of plant protection products from discharge water, to apply to new regulations from January 1st 2018 onwards.In a cross-over project between TKI Horticulture and TKI Water Technology KWR Water Cycle Institute and Wageningen University &.....

Freshdeal expands produce marketplace following merger

Freshdeal announced today its latest release of Freshdeal.com, "a faster, intuitive B2B e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers in the produce industry to discover new business opportunities, connect with verified partners, and grow," is how Freshdeal described it. The platform now incorporates talent.....

US (CO): Growlink announces strategic partnership with Modular Farms

Growlink, a Denver-based technology company, has formed a strategic partnership with Brampton, Ontario-based Modular Farms, to integrate its cloud-based grow controllers into their modular farm systems.“We’re excited for this partnership with Modular Farms,” said Ted Tanner, CEO of Growlink. “Modular Farms.....

Which wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis?

Light quality refers to the spectral distribution of light or the relative number of photons of blue, green, red and far red & other portions of the light spectrum emitted in a light source.Photosynthesis requires light between 400 and 700 NM.Spectroradiometer measures light quality.Blue light promotes.....

Dutch research underground fresh water storage

A Dutch consortium investigates the feasibility of large-scale underground fresh water storage in the region of The Hague-Westland-Rotterdam. Next year the research will have to map how to store sufficient fresh water for greenhouse horticulture, drinking water companies and industry. The research is.....

Australia: Powerplants and Philips collaborate on LED interlighting trial

Powerplants and Philips recently collaborated to facilitate a unique trial of LED interlighting at Chisholm Institute’s National Precision Growing Centre. The trial was devised because growers were seeking real-time investigation into the benefits of LED lighting on high vine crops such as tomatoes, under.....

Purdue study tests complexity of important plant hormones

A Purdue University study confirms complex associations among plant hormones and their signaling pathways that are key to controlling plant architecture.Plant architecture is partly controlled through the production and perception of plant hormones. The loss of either the brassinosteroid or gibberellin plant.....

Evonik launches software for tilapia aquaculture

Evonik is to launch the new software tool AMINOTilapia enabling the aquaculture industry to improve efficiency in tilapia farming through optimal feed formulation.AMINOTilapia calculates the ideal amino acid recommendations for different growth stages of tilapia considering various production features. The.....

UK: Engineering graduate develops inflatable grow bags

Adam Dixon, 25, an engineering graduate of Cardiff University, first became aware of a problem to solve as a student.The question that inspired his research into hydroponics market was: “land is at a premium in many places and due to global warming will become more so. So why is it used so ineffectively?” By.....

China: Horticulture Knowledge Centre for Shandong Province

Monday, 26th of June, the Chinese delegation from Shandong Province arrived at Demokwekerij Westland to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), together with AgriGarden, Lentiz and Demokwekerij Westland. The goal of the MoU is to jointly develop a Horticultural Knowledge and Demonstration Centre where.....

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What are the benefits of greenhouse curtain systems?

Greenhouse curtain systems are called shades, screens, and even blankets. No matter what they are called, they consist of moveable panels of fabric or plastic film used to cover and uncover the space enclosed in a greenhouse. Curtains may cover an area as small as a single bench or as large as an acre. Small.....

"Switching from paper to electronic boosts efficiency"

Agricultural retailers and manufacturers recently offered powerful testimonials on how moving from paper-based tracking systems into electronic connectivity – through standardized transactions, barcoding and other systems – has dramatically improved their efficiency, accuracy and customer service; and they.....

Russia: 10,000 fixtures, 0 failures for Tyumen Agro

Hortilux Schréder is expanding its market position on the Russian market. So far the company has sold 111ha of grow light installations in 2017. More and more greenhouses are opting for Hortilux products. Just like LLC “Tyumen Agro”, where Hortilux installed 10,000 fixtures in 2016. After a full year of.....

Australia: Dr Jo Luck appointed director of new plant biosecurity push

A renowned Australian scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in plant disease, biosecurity and microbiology has been appointed the director of the national Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).Dr Jo Luck will lead the development and delivery of plant biosecurity research for PBRI - a new.....