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China: Production of Guangxi Luffa heading to next level

"At present, the Luffas (or loofahs) of Dahua county are manufactured into a juice that can be used for skincare products, shampoo, body wash and other similar products. It is sold to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Hainan and other places. It is even sold abroad to Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain and other.....

Research: Pest increases resistance to Bt crops

UMD-led study provides new evidence of a decline in the effectiveness of genetically engineered traits widely used to protect corn crops from insects. This loss of effectiveness could damage U.S. corn production and spur increased use of potentially harmful insecticides.Based on two decades of field.....

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.....

The ten most expensive fruits in the world

What is the most expensive fruit in the world? Japanese cube-shaped watermelon? Ruby red grape? Ginseng pears? Wrong!The ten most expensive fruits of the world, from cheapest to most expensive, are:10— Ginseng fruits - He Bei, China. Inspired by "Journey to the West" (one of the Four Classic novels of.....

New crops planted at De Ruiter's Tomato Experience Centre

After careful propagation, more than 300 varieties in 20 segments were planted at the De Ruiter Tomato Experience Centre in 's-Gravenzande last week. A large part of the team was present to execute this operation in a short period of time.This year the greenhouse again provides room for existing and future.....

Seed breeder Bakker Brothers:

"Specialties? We prefer going for volume"

A new color pepper, a distinctive eggplant variety, a snack tomato with a slightly higher brix or a cucumber with a bit more shine. That’s not what Dutch breeder Bakker Brothers are about. "We prefer going for volume,resistancesand things like durability. Polytunnels and non heated greenhouses require.....

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.....

A growers dream: Tomato Vine Scented Candle

It's almost a shame that the holidays are behind us because this gift should be on everyone's wish list. A Tomato Scented Candle - who wouldn’t want that?Flowers, sandalwood, orange, vanilla, fruit - scented candles have been popular for a few years now and you'd think by now most fragrances are also known......

Bejo reaps investments in organic seed

"We’re seeing that organic seed is a huge growth market, both in and outside the Netherlands," says Robert Schilder from Bejo. "Led, in fact, by supermarkets and government, which both encourage it. They want plant protection product residues to be as low as possible." Organic cultivation nowadays more and.....

Hazera’s new tomato varieties on display in China

Hazera participated in the 15th Guangdong Seeds Exhibition held in Ke Mu Lang, Guangzhou, between October 10th and 13th.During this 3 day exhibition, Hazera’s new red and pink tomato varieties were showcased.The red tomato varieties – “Meifang, ”Shuo Feng” and ”Hui Feng” – attracted special attention.For.....

Two new products introduced

Snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow

While consumer interest in traditional greenhouse cucumbers remain, varietals seem to be increasingly grabbing the interest of today’s shoppers.“The snacking category for cucumbers continues to grow,” says Sarah Pau of Leamington, Ont.-based Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. This led to Pure debuting two new products.....

Spain: Seminis launches Super Root cucumber, Tormes yellow bell pepper

The seeds and cultivation products distributor Seminis organised an open day to showcase its new commercial cucumber and pepper varieties. Agricultural producers and representatives of marketing companies have been able to check the quality of the specimens patented by the vegetable division of the seed firm.....

Paskal introduces new wireless weighing gutter

Paskal has developed a new wireless drain weighing system. This drain gutter registers the incoming water, the drain and the drain EC . In addition, the scale registers the weight change of crop on the gutter. All this data forwarded wireless to a repeater which sends the information to the user. "There are.....

Rudi Vandendijk, Vandendijk Serrebouw

"Crop removal can be done more easily"

For many growers the crop change is usually a big job. According to Rudi Vandendijk it could be handled a lot quicker next year. His company has introduced a solution that allows for quick removal of low wire crops like cucumbers and tomatoes. The Autoclipper cuts under the wire. "That makes this system.....