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Grodan once again awarded EU Ecolabel

Grodan's growing media has again been awarded the EU Ecolabel. The most recent revision of this Ecolabel for growing media products places much greater demand on manufactures than the previous version. According to Ineke Vlot, Program manager non-food, SMK (Dutch Competent Body EU Ecolabel): “It is quite an.....

Bayer and Yara to collaborate in digital farming tools

Bayer and Yara have entered into a software collaboration and technology license agreement to provide farmers worldwide with digital farming tools that help increase farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. The purpose is to develop new digital farming solutions as well as to increase the use of.....

New biodegradable bioplastics to increase crop yields

The goal of a project funded by Valencian Climate-KIC, the European initiative against climate change, is to use new biodegradable plastics with active components to increase crop yields in agriculture and to improve its competitiveness in the market.Researchers at the Institute of Food Engineering for.....

Biodegradable plastic mulches in organic production

Biodegradable plastic mulch has the potential to be a sustainable technology in agricultural production systems if the mulch performs equally to polyethylene (PE) mulch and biodegrades completely into constituents that do not harm the soil ecology or environment. Reduced labor costs for removal and disposal,.....

Carbon Gold brings enriched biochar to Dutch market

Carbon Gold brings its enriched biochar products to the Dutch horticulture market at the 2017 HortiContact event February 14 – 16, at Gorinchem in the Netherlands. Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar products are added to soils and substrates and combine beneficial bacteria, fungi and trace minerals with a highly.....

Choice of suitable substrate

Spain: Projar water retention analysis service grows by 30%

The substrate manufacturer Grupo Projar has recorded a 30% growth of its water retention analysis service, designed to facilitate the choice of the most suitable substrate for the growth of ornamental plants and horticultural and fruit products. This growth entails a technification that contributes to the.....

Greenyard's Oliver Grunert obtains PhD on Grow Bag research

On Monday the 23th of January, Oliver Grunert (Greenyard) successfully defended his PhD on “Microbial managed organic growing media for greenhouse horticulture” at Ghent University.The organic Grow Bag is an efficient and sustainable way of growing tomatoes.During 4 years he investigated the interactions.....

Freshfel in cooperation with Growing Media Europe

Freshfel Europe has started a cooperation with Growing Media Europe, similarly to the cooperation with Europatat. As such, the Freshfel offices now also includes the Secretariat of Growing Media Europe, which is led by Cecilia Luetgebrune.Growing Media Europe is the Association for the growing media sector,.....

New substrate sensor measures moisture and temperature

The new SM150T Sensor is ideal for measuring moisture content and temperature in soils and substrates. It has a wide range of applications across horticulture and agriculture, and is a reliable and cost-effective sensor for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 –.....

new adventures in china

Florentaise: off to a good start in China

In early 2016, Florentaise formed a subsidiary in China, by the name of Fulan. It is China's very first western-owned substrate manufacturer and it produces mixes for Chinese professionals using Woodpeat® and Hortibio® in order to offer them a sustainable alternative to peat. Florentaise is a French.....

What is biochar?

Generally speaking, biochar is the product of turning biomass into gas or oil with the intention of adding it to crop and forest production systems as a soil amendment. The definition of biochar is more about its creation and intended application rather than what it is composed of. Both charcoal and biochar.....

Advancements in microgreens growing by Grow-Tech

Grow-Tech has watched the market for microgreens grow significantly in recent years. As the demand for microgreens and leafy greens skyrocketed, the company began development of what is now known as BioStrate. This biobased medium has all the characteristics needed to grow top quality microgreens, leafy.....

More Dutch and Belgium growers choose for coir substrate:

"Double layered bag has been a game changer"

While most of the greenhouse growers in Belgium and the Netherlands can be considered as avid users of stone wool substrates, the amount of growers that make a shift towards the use of coir substrate slightly increases by the year. This is confirmed by Wim Roosen of Dutch Plantin. "We see that there is more.....

Effect of plant species, fertilizer on soilless root substrate pH

The objective of this study was to determine how plant species, fertilizer potential acidity/basicity rating (PABR), and fertilizer concentration affect root substrate pH. Three experiments were conducted.In the first experiment, 13 herbaceous species were grown in a root substrate of three sphagnum.....