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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.....

UNH research:

Microbial traits, not plants, determine abundance of soil organic matter

Healthy soil is rich in organic matter, but scientists have yet to fully understand exactly how that organic matter is formed. Now a team of University of New Hampshire scientists have uncovered evidence that microbial pathways – not plants – are the chief originator of the organic matter found in stable.....

Is there a better way to reduce algae growth?

A case study on Goldsmith Seeds in California investigates whether the Aqua-Hort Copper treatment system is the answer to reducing algae growth in certain circumstances.The technologyAqua-Hort systems implement a controlled supply of supercharged copper ions and an electromagnetic water treatment to the.....

Greenyard Grow Bag nominated for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Greenyard will take centre stage at Fruit Logistica from 8 to 10 February 2017 to highlight its theme “for a healthier future”.The biggest opportunity facing the fresh produce industry is to increase consumption levels. European consumers eat just 250 grams of fruit and vegetables each day, which is way.....

Precision Growing delivers sustainability

Andrew Lee, Technical Services Manager at Grodan explains the company’s philosophy on Precision Growing and gives examples of how this is enabling greenhouse growers to produce crops more sustainably. Most people will be familiar with Precision Agriculture, a farm management concept with the goal of.....

Dirk Mühlenweg, Knauf

From Kilimanjaro to Perligran

For 25 years now, Dirk Mühlenweg has been the responsible sales manager for the horticulture business unit at Knauf, a producer of substrates made from perlite. Being a learned gardener and stately approved landscaping specialist, he witnessed an enormous development in horticulture during these 25 years......
August 20-25

2017 ISHS International Substrates Meeting comes to Portland, Oregon

Growing Media and Compost research will be on full display and thoroughly discussed at the International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization which will be held in Portland Oregon, August 20-25, 2017.This symposium is part of the International Society for Horticultural.....

December 7, Zwijndrecht

NL: Jiffy opens new substrate mixing facility

On Wednesday December 7th, Jiffy’s new 1Plant will be officially opened by Dagfinn Andersen, CEO of Jiffy International AS, parent company of Jiffy Products International BV. Many of Jiffy’s customers and business relations have been invited to participate in the festivities around the official opening.....

US: Hydroponics can remain organic....for now

U.S. growers of hydroponic and container grown crops may continue to label their produce as certified organics. Well, at least for a while. To be more precise; until the next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board in April 2017. The advisory board had a hard time discussing the current regulation in.....