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US (NY): New York lettuce grower starts with production under LEDs

In Berlin, New York, a renewed greenhouse for the production of lettuce is fully installed with a LED lighting system of Lemnis Oreon. In the last weeks of 2016 the lettuce was planted in the 1.5ha greenhouse. From the 2nd week of 2017 all LED lamps are fully operational, 16 hours per day. The cultivation.....

Pepper harvesting robot on its way

Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive. Now, researchers have invented a robot which can do all the hard work for.....

Japanese strawberry crop tests new heat storage system

Yamaguchi Prefectural Agriculture & Forestry General Technology Center announced the results of the verification test of an "energy-saving strawberry cultivation system storing solar heat." The system stores surplus heat in a heat storage tank installed in a greenhouse during daylight hours and uses it.....

Antarctica: Penguins, ice, and... strawberries?

In the endless winter that is Antarctica, the picture of decadence is a juicy strawberry. Research scientists at the Neumayer III polar station may soon be so lucky as to count the treat—and other fresh fruits and vegetables—as part of their diets: engineers at the German Aerospace Center are currently.....

Lumileds launches Horticulture Lighting Calculator

Lumileds has introduced an online calculator that fixture manufacturers can use to more quickly optimize the design of their grow lights. The calculator allows the user to input various LED combinations and operating conditions to generate the spectral power distribution, photosynthetic photon flux (PPF),.....

Spain: New laboratory to research plant bioinsecticide activity

Idai Nature, a company that manufactures unique natural solutions for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, without chemical residues, has inaugurated a new laboratory that will allow it to expand its capacity for innovation. During his speech, the company's CEO, Carlos Ledó, explained that the company is.....

Labor savings with new strawberry container

Meteor Systems has launched a new strawberry container. The redesigned shape directs the fruits to the outside of the container, resulting in significant labor savings when harvesting.The new strawberry container has a capacity of 3.5 liters and has extensively been trialed on 5 hectares. The container is.....

US (CA): Berkeley Lab awarded $4.6M for ag tech research

As advanced as agriculture has become, there remains a pressing need for nondestructive ways to ”see” into the soil. Now the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded $4.6 million to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) for two innovative.....

Kitchen garden plays music for plants

Natufia Lab has unveiled a fully-autonomous growing machine that could mean you never kill your plants again.The sleek, hydroponic Kitchen Garden revealed at CES in Las Vegas self-regulates the conditions inside to ensure the best growth conditions, and it even plays music for the plants.It can so far grow.....

Crop manager Jos Bregman:

"Jet 5 is our greenhouse cleansing agent of choice"

Breeders and propagators have strict company hygiene protocols. Propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt in Bleiswijk is no exception. Crop manager Jos Bregman: "We owe this to our customers and to our strategic partners. So in autumn we clean the company from top to bottom with Jet 5."Jos Bregman:"Jet 5 is.....

The Climate Corporation unveils R&D pipeline

The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto, unveiled for the first time more than 35 projects in its research and development pipeline. The company also announced plans to expand its Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform into new international geographies over the next few years. Climate’s.....

The BioAg Alliance advances new microbial solutions

The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto’s and Novozymes’ collaboration to improve crop harvests through products containing naturally-occurring microbes, announced results from its 2016 field trial program and shared an updated research pipeline. Yield increases among top microbial strains averaged over 3 bushels per.....

Unifan now exclusively available at Anima Trading

Dutch greenhouse technology supply company Anima Trading has included the Unifan fan in its catalog. It is the company’s first exclusive dealership. "It fits in with our concept of supplying material to our international partners”, says Albert Vollebregt.Since 2009 Anima is located in The Westland and active.....

AHDB and STC are lighting the way for LEDs

Research at the Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), funded by AHDB Horticulture, has shown that by adjusting the quantity and quality of LED lighting, improvements in both the yields and the quality of ornamentals and other crops can be achieved. This demonstrates that the benefits of growing with LEDs goes.....