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BVB Substrates anticipates rise of city farming

Five years ago, Peter Sonneveld, product manager at BVB Substrates, did not expect a large rise of city farming. Now he knows better. "That it is (or will be) booming. That much is certain."Substrate requirementsFor the substrate supplier this has significant consequences. The requirements for substrates for.....

Meridiem Seeds introduces TX2022

In line with the principles of theTRADITOMEuropean project, which aims at recovering historic tomato varieties typical of the Mediterranean basin, Spanish company Meridiem seeds has introduced a new type of Marmande tomato, identified as TX2022.The Traditom project has the objective of creating hybrids that.....

60 Dutch growers invest in Water Purification Cooperative

More than sixty Dutch horticultural companies have definitely joined the Horticultural Water Purification Cooperative 'De Vlot'. They have signed the agreements and in September the construction of a purification plant will start. It should be operational by the end of 2017.The system has been developed by.....

Havecon crew glazing at full speed

It's full speed glazing at Dutch tomato grower Combivliet. Last week the first container with glass arrived at the construction site and as many as seven teams got started right away. "It looks like all our glaziers are getting to work on the same project," Havecon notes.The first glass is already.....

Special Fruit is offering Dutch, Belgian and Spanish strawberries

Special Fruit has announced that the company will be offering Spanish Calinda strawberries in addition to the local strawberries from Belgium and the Netherlands. The company stands behind the idea that customers always want more choice saying, "The more choice, the more enjoyment!" Special fruit also made a.....

Ricardoes tomatoes win top award at Sydney Royal Show

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries won again at this year's Easter Show, by taking out the state’s top award for tomatoes at the Sydney Royal Show.It is the seventh time Ricardoes has been awarded top marks for tomatoes, missing only one year in the past eight successive years since first entering the.....

New cloth filter tailored to Dutch horticulture

ECOfilter wants to help Dutch growers meet the stricter legislation concerning the discharge of drainage water. "Our new cloth filter can reduce the investment in a water treatment system, reduce costs or make a water system 100% closed," says Cees de Haan of ECOfilter. The cloth filter has specially been.....

New 25-liter bucket for hydroponic blueberries

Especially for growing blueberries, Bato Plastics B.V. from Zevenbergen, the Netherlands, developed a new pot. "It is a square 25-litre pot with a stable base and a pleasing solidity to it. It will last for years," says Hans Luijkx, Sales Manager at Bato.Blueberries are full of healthy nutrients such as.....

Which minerals are in microgreens?

“Microgreens” is the name for vegetables and herbs harvested for food as tiny seedlings. Says Agricultural Research Service (ARS) food technologist Yaguang (Sunny) Luo, “Microgreens are an emerging class of specialty fresh produce that has gained popularity with chefs and consumers in recent years and could.....

US: Organic tomatoes boast Rainforest Alliance certification

As part of their continued effort to aid in creating a healthier, more sustainable world, Veg-Fresh Farms is proud to announce that two of their premier growing partners have recently achieved Rainforest Alliance certification.“It’s very exciting for us to be able to say our tomatoes are from a Rainforest.....

Bas van Adrichem, Van Adrichem Kwekerijen

NL: "I can’t do without our registration system"

Greenhousecompanies are continuously getting bigger. The trend of scaling up keeps on going relentlessly. In order to be able to follow labor performances of each individual employee, the use of a track labour registration system offers a solution. Dutch grower Bas van Adrichem is one of the convinced users.....

A strawberry in a tomato?

A Chinese tomato-lover was shocked when he took a bite of his favourite fruit last week and found what appeared to be a strawberry inside. Wang Xiaowen, a university student from Shenyang, has shot to fame in China after sharing pictures of his 'straw-mato' on social media on March 23, reported People's.....

Good potential for Logo courgettes in Italy

Syngenta's Logos courgettes are raising a lot of interest in south-western Sicily. Syngenta organised a visit to the test field at Azienda Agricola Cappello in C.da Marina Marza (RG).These courgette plants have a robust stem, so much so that a support is only needed to guide the growth.Logos has a good ratio.....

US: WVU professor emeritus unveils new tomato

For more than half his life, Mannon Gallegly, West Virginia University professor emeritus of plant pathology, has been perfecting the tomato. In 1950, his research on vegetable diseases and tomato blight at WVU led him on a 13-year journey that culminated with the West Virginia ’63, also dubbed the “people’s.....