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Asthma tech used to slow fruit-ripening in NZ

According to an article on thespinoff.co.nz, scientists are trying to help asthma sufferers and others needing oxygen at home by developing ‘molecular sponges’ with nano-scale-sized pores to purify the air. These ‘molecular sponges’ are really metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). “MOFs are mostly free space,.....

Recycling tunnel cover plastic

Plastic recycling in agricultural settings is a big challenge. TunnelBerries researcher, Lois Levitan from Cornell University, has been working to build an agricultural plastic recycling network. Tunnel cover plastics are well-suited for recycling, but much depends on how materials are handled on the farm......

The value of good environmental control

A greenhouse environment is an incredibly complex and dynamic environment. The pressures of labor availability and costs, energy costs, and market demands increasingly make efficiency and automation key components for success and profitability. Environment control technology affects all of these critical.....

Belarus to share greenhouse production technologies with Egypt

There are plans to launch the production of greenhouses and agricultural equipment with the use of Belarusian technologies in Egypt. The matter was discussed during a visit of the Belarusian delegation to Cairo, BelTA learned from the Belarusian embassy in Egypt.The Belarusian delegation comprised.....

"High yields and nutritional quality of leafy greens with LEDs"

The results of a controlled horticulture lighting study conducted by the NSF funded Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, NY), have been released. The study, utilizing a variety of commercial LEDs, compared the effectiveness of different.....

Bluetooth-enabled temperature data loggers for cold chain management

Oceasoft has launched the second generation of its Atlas and Emerald Bluetooth-enabled data loggers, designed to simplify everyday tasks for professionals in the shipping and logistics sectors.The new generation products are accompanied by a new version of Oceasoft’s mobile sensor management application,.....

Crop imager could enable automatic response to stressed plants

Researchers have developed a new imaging system that is designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or greenhouse. The new technology could one day save farmers significant money and time by enabling intelligent agricultural equipment that automatically provides plants with water or nutrients at the.....

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How to get fast, accurate root zone moisture and EC data

VIDEO A new video from Delta-T Devices explains how the WET Sensor enables growers to measure three vital substrate properties: water content, pore water electrical conductivity (EC) and temperature.The video covers the use of the sensor and its key benefits."The WET Sensor is used by growers to take hundreds of.....

Project Dynamic Deployment Irrigation

How Dutch growers help solve flooding problems

In case of heavy rainfall, Dutch growers free up capacity in the reservoir via a specially constructed pipeline. This way, they have more space to collect the water. Project manager Saskia Jouwersma: "The Delfland region consists for 10% of greenhouse horticulture. So this solution for flooding was.....

Canadian LEDs prove productive in China

Future Farm Technologies announces that its LED Canada division has made significant progress in the past quarter.LED Showroom build-out is complete and fully operational allowing for cost savings from a vertically integrated warehouse and showroom.Demand is increasing for LED Canada’s award-winning Scorpion.....

New software helps food suppliers make more informed decisions

Food industry software Company, Muddy Boots Software, has introduced its Greenlight Quality Control users to Insights, a new embedded analytics platform, powered by Tableau. Insights is a data discovery and analytics tool which highlights trends and issues, allowing users to make informed decisions about.....

"Enhanced full spectrum ideal for flowering plants"

Illumitex announced the new X6 full‐spectrum light. The X6 spectrum has been engineered with increased output in the 500 to 650nm region while maintaining a high level of blue (400‐450 nm) and deep‐red (650‐700 nm).“We are excited to deliver the Full‐Spectrum X6 light to our.....

EU: Revised wording in CPVO vegetable technical questionnaires

At the last annual CPVO Vegetable Expert Meeting (VEM), the representatives of the CPVO, the vegetable entrusted examination offices and the European Seed Association (ESA) agreed to revise the wording of question 04.01 regarding the breeding scheme, for all CPVO vegetable technical questionnaires.As from.....

first project to be built in Turkey

Photos of the All Aluminium Venlo Greenhouse

"Following up on the Growtech Eurasia 2017 exhibition it can be said that our All Aluminium Venlo greenhouse structure has generated considerable interest both amongst growers and industry specialist alike." This is explained byJozsef Nagy, sales manager of Varnet Glasshouse Systems.The company introduced.....

What a blockchain technology trial in tomatoes could mean for the produce industry

Intrigued by how blockchain was changing finance, an ex-banker at Wells Fargo & Co. and a former executive at Nasdaq Inc. began looking for other opportunities. They looked at applying the technology to insurance, law, even music. Then they hit on farming.Raja Ramachandran and Phil Harris met when they.....

US: Hackathon to grow crops on Mars sees ‘duckweed’ take prize

Hackathon team ‘Just Food’ and their innovative solution for utilizing the aquatic plant duckweed, took the win Sunday night at the inaugural 2017 Autogrow #CropsOnMars Hackathon.Global ag-tech company Autogrow acknowledged the solution was incredibly well thought out, achievable and original. “The team did.....

Agrimetrics creates new developer portal to tackle big agricultural questions

How do you value land use? How can you benchmark crop performance? How do you measure sustainability? These are a few of the big questions in agriculture.To help technology developers create the tools to support industry answering these questions, Agrimetrics has created a new Developer Portal which will.....

Commissioner Hogan promotes European farm products in Iran and Saudi Arabia

Continuing his travels round the world to promote quality European Union (EU) farm products, Phil Hogan, commissioner for agriculture and rural development, is in Saudi Arabia on 7-9 November 2017 and Iran on 10-13 November 2017, accompanied by a delegation of businesses from the EU agri-food sector to.....

Peter Boekestijn on Priva FS Performance:

“Savings between 10 and 20% on harvesting costs are definitely possible”

He can hardly wait. In a few weeks, aubergine grower Peter Boekestijn will analyse the data gathered by his new management information system from Priva in detail and translate it into clear standards for the new year. He has been working with FS Performance since January 2017. The focus in the first year.....

Academic research into HPS vs. LED for cannabis cultivation

Cannabis cultivators find themselves in a dilemma called HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting versus LED (light emitting diode) lighting. On the one hand, HPS has been around in agriculture for a long time and has proven that it can successfully grow a wide variety of plants. On the other hand, LED, as the.....

LED'S Research: plug-and-play research systems

"LED research scalable and practical"

Vertical and indoor farming, LED lighting and light recipes are hot topics. There are plenty of opportunities there - almost too many. That's why Wessel van Paassen, general director of Green Simplicity, and Ronald Monster, general director of Hortilux, joined forces under the name LED'S Research!by Hortilux.....

"New construction calls for a tight planning schedule"

The innovations of Holland Scherming are quite profitable for the company. Peter Rense, Holland Scherming: "We are very busy at the moment. Both the number of customers and the average order size are increasing. We see that our technical solutions are being appreciated." Especially the more recent.....

Re-use your drain water with an ultra filtration unit

The use of water in greenhouses is not optimized yet. HSI has found a solution to use water in the most efficient way. In cooperation with partner Mienis Water they are able to introduce a new high-tech product: the Ultra Filtration system. Roy van Schagen is very excited: “With this system you can re-use.....

China: LEDs for Laudriz’s modern greenhouse

Philips Lighting has supplied LED lighting systems for large-scale plant production at a modern greenhouse built by Laudriz Investment in Sanhe City, Hebei Province in China, and it has inked a MoU with Laudriz and Dutch-based Delphy to build a research and training centre at the greenhouse to explore the.....

US (MI): MSU modernizes greenhouse supplemental lighting

Michigan State University (MSU) has teamed with Philips Lighting to update greenhouse supplemental lighting on the university’s East Lansing, Michigan, campus.High-pressure sodium (HPS) lights have been the horticulture industry standard for decades, but light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs, have.....

US (NY): GLASE Director Mattos wins ASHS paper of the year

GLASE Executive Director Erico Mattos was one of the co-authors who received the American Society for Horticultural Sciences Outstanding Cross-Commodity Publication for papers published in 2016.The award was given to the paper A Chlorophyll Fluorescence-based Biofeedback System to Control Photosynthetic.....

Internet of Things in a sea of plastic

Euronews headed to Almería, in southern Spain, otherwise known as the sea of plastic: tens of thousands of greenhouses that supply much of Europe with tomatoes, bell peppers and other vegetables. It is also a study site.“We’re trying to simplify the acquisition of data for growers into one single cloud.....

“No longer waiting on Excel files”

After a short trial period on several locations, Agro Care now uses the LetsGrow.com platform at all their national and international locations. The reason for Agro Care to start working with LetsGrow.com, is that all the relevant data is automatically collected at one central place. "By collecting data.....

USDA to re-engage stakeholders on revisions to biotech regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with stakeholders to determine the most effective, science-based approach for regulating the products of modern.....

UL certified horticulture PAR mapping now available

UL now certifies horticulture PAR Mapping. The setting of standards helps shape and form any industry’s level of quality or attainment. Standards govern the quality, safety, level, grade, caliber, merit and excellence of products or services to meet a minimum of set of values people can expect from that type.....

How growth chambers can be used to meet containment standards

Reach in growth chambers and walk-in growth rooms feature precision control of temperature, light, humidity, CO2 and other environmental control variables when compared with field trials and greenhouses. They also deliver containment advantages. According to NIH Guidelines, growth chambers may be used for.....

Frank van Holsteijn, Philips Horticulture LED Solutions:

"Year round production is an important driving force to start lit crop"

In the ZON magazine series ‘Michiel F. van Ginkel in conversation with’, director Michiel F. van Ginkel from Dutch auction ZON fruit & vegetables, has a talk each time with a different conversation partner who has a relationship with ZON. This time he has a conversation with Frank van Holsteijn, Key.....

Nature-inspired water collection system wins $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

By 2050, 9 billion people will live on our planet, and 70% of them will live in cities, creating a demand for sustainable local food production solutions. An international team based in New York City has developed a prototype product that mimics the way living systems capture, store, and distribute water,.....

Yara acquires crop nutrition recommendation platform

Yara International ASA completed the acquisition of Agronomic Technology Corp (ATC), which operates Adapt-N, a leading nitrogen recommendation platform in the US that improves farmer profitability and agricultural sustainability.In line with Yara’s strategy to accelerate its investments in digital farming,.....

Philips adds Climatrol to North American partner network

Philips Lighting has signed a partnership agreement with Climatrol Solutions, located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The partnership with Philips Lighting enables Climatrol to offer LED lighting products to greenhouse growers of high-wire fruits and vegetables and ornamental young plants and.....

Mundo EWS app upgraded, renamed CropWiki EWS

East-West Seed have moved and improved their app. After listening to feedback and to improve user experience, they have made several updates to the Mundo EWS app.The new app, called CropWiki EWS, is built on state of the art technology which gives you more catalogue content, better performance, fewer bugs.....

UK: Ending water abstraction licensing exemptions

Following consultation, Defra have confirmed they are ending licensing exemptions for significant water abstraction in England and Wales.Applications for new licenses, managed by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, will open on 1 January 2018 with a two year window. Consultation was held in.....

UK: Secretary of State visits Harper Adams University

Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, visited Harper Adams University on Friday to learn about groundbreaking advances being made in agricultural technology.The Environment Secretary also learned about the university’s excellent teaching, learning and research in.....

$7 million research greenhouse to support Australian industry

To develop the next crop of horticulture growers and meet rising food demand, Hort Innovation and Western Sydney University have combined forces to launch the nation’s first state-of-the-art vegetable glasshouse-production research centre.Officially opened by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Anne.....

“iManager helps to get a grip on costs”

“The main advantage of HortiMaX’s iManager? It provides clear insight into our costs. That insight is essential to get a grip on costs and take control of them. If you want to keep the cost price low – and who doesn’t? – you need to know exactly what your costs are.” We spoke with Kees Goedendorp of Dutch.....

How watertight is watertight?

The Oreon Grow Light is the result of 10 years of continuous design improvements. During these 10 years the company gained a lot of experience installing, running and keeping operational LED installations in the harsh greenhouse environment. All this experience is translated into the design of the durable.....
The OctoFrost Link

IQF online platform connecting buyers with sellers

After announcing the acquisition of Innotec Systems back in July, OctoFrost has gone a step further and announced the launch of a free online platform, Octofrost Link, for its customers and partners at the most recent edition of Anuga 2017."We believe that our platform will change the way business is done in.....

UK: LED lighting for new sustainable algae production facility

AlgaeCytes, based in Kent, UK, is installing Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in its new algae farm, which uses a patented technology to meet the growing demand for Omega-3 supplements and oils without depleting the world’s fish stocks. AlgaeCytes chose Philips LED lighting because it is ideally suited.....

"Israeli agritech is a force to be reckoned with"

The roots of Israel’s Agritech sector are older than the state itself: twelve of Israel’s largest Agritech companies were created before the country even officially came into being in 1948. Recently, however, the sector has enjoyed a surge of new, technologically innovative companies, spearheaded by highly.....

Water a common thread in Next Generation Growing

Next Generation Growing (NGG) is all about energy-efficient cultivation and achieving optimal production at the same time. Control of the moisture in the greenhouse climate plays hereby a key role. "With more knowledge of physics and plant physiology, a grower knows how and where moisture is being.....

FDA, USDA, and EPA to hold public sessions on agricultural biotechnology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will be holding two public meetings to discuss FDA’s Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach.....

Advantages and disadvantages of water cooled LED grow lights

There exists a myth in LED technology that says that LEDs do not produce heat. This is not true, LEDs do emit heat, it is the law of physics that has not been beaten yet. The point is, LEDs emit much less heat than HID or incandescent bulbs. The best samples of modern LEDs can boast of optical efficiency of.....

Spectral effects of supplemental greenhouse radiation

Supplemental radiation (SR), traditionally provided by high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps, is recommended for greenhouse production of seedlings during radiation-limiting conditions. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have emerged as an appealing alternative to HPS.....

Hybrid lighting for radish grower Yilmaz

Yilmaz Radijs is one of the largest radish nurseries in the Netherlands, operating a total of 20 hectares in 4 greenhouses. Zülküf Yilmaz, owner of Yilmaz Radijs, is an entrepreneur who finds it important to continue innovating to improve the cultivation.Since June 2017, Yilmaz and Stolze have discussed the.....

LumiGrow launches new smart light sensor

Have the sun manage your greenhouse lighting

LumiGrow announced the release of their integrated light sensor technology, named the smartPAR Light Sensor Module. Now greenhouse growers can ensure their crops experience near perfect lighting conditions year-round, regardless of changes in season, climate, or inefficiencies in greenhouse infrastructure......

UK: Glasshouse Heating System Maintenance – are you struggling?

At Ebtech, their client base is telling them that there is a massive hole in the UK market for companies that supply maintenance and smaller scale alteration works to commercial glasshouse heating systems – does your company suffer from this?There are a number of companies that will come into the country.....

US: Coalition calls for Congress to prioritize research in 2018 Farm Bill

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition joined with over 60 other organizations and educational institutions in delivering a consensus document to legislators with priority recommendations for the Research, Education, and Extension Title of the 2018 Farm Bill. The undersigned universities, farmer and.....

Plumbing in hydroponics: What you need to know about valves

The essential function of hydroponic valves is to start, stop, and control the flow of water. The type of valve you choose will be based on the function you’d like it to perform.Valves will be a key element in your system whether it’s hydroponic or aquaponic. They allow the isolation of different parts of.....

Future of CAP: Monitoring from outer space

They say it's important to watch what you eat – but keeping an eye on the food we produce from outer space is probably not what they had in mind. Farmers are taking advantage of the best that modern technology can offer in the field but did you know that Europe's 'eyes in the sky' have been helping them out.....

Maximize cannabis production with the right environmental control system

Ensuring that the proper environmental control system is installed for indoor cannabis growing can minimize disease- and production-related issues and optimize growth.by David KuackThe DeltaCool Environmental System from Delta T Solutions provides indoor cannabis growers with a custom-designed package that.....

US (PA): Metropolis Farms unveils new indoor ag lighting technology

Jack Griffin, President of Metropolis Farms, unveiled a new breakthrough in lighting technology for the emerging indoor vertical agriculture industry at the Indoor Ag Con Philly conference in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by NewBean Capital.Griffin presented during the conference’s concluding.....

The chemical that tells plants when it’s time to sleep

Each of us goes through a daily cycle. We wake up, spend the day eating, working and playing, and then we sleep. Messing with this cycle by not sleeping, doing shift work, travelling to a different time zone or living where there is 24 hours of light or dark can really interfere with our wellbeing and our.....

US: Cloudponics’ IoT-supported hydroponic Grobox now shipping

Cloudponics' second generation GroBox, is now available to consumers nationwide. The fully autonomous and self-sustaining hydroponics grow system for growing medicinal plants and vegetables indoors can be easily controlled from a smartphone.The GroBox intelligently monitors and manages multiple variables.....

November 6-10

UK: Agri-Tech Week 2017 focuses on a profitable and sustainable future

Farmers, technologists and researchers will converge for ‘Agri-Tech Week’ to hear the latest in practical and sustainable agri-tech. Held from 6-10 November, and including the flagship REAP conference, there will be a rich variety of events across eastern counties including Cambridgeshire, Essex,.....

Rubén Moreno, Agros:

“Without insect net, we don't make our production targets”

Agros Tomate is a pioneer in the production of high quality hydroponic tomatoes which are produced in a state of the art greenhouse in Querétaro, Mexico. The company is a leader in its sector and is recognized by the most demanding national and foreign clients for its quality and service. Agros prides.....

Vineland reflects on a decade of innovation

A decade ago, the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) was holding in his hands a proposal for renewal and reinvention mapping out an exciting future for the former Vineland Research Station.Today, he can take stock of remarkable accomplishments by a team of scientists, along with valued.....

Plants and psychological well-being in space

Space greens beat the blues

Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That’s the message of a paper entitled “Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions” written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal,.....

UK: 2018 Nuffield Farming Scholars announced

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust has announced the appointment of 19 new Scholars to commence their travels and research in 2018.The successful Scholars were carefully selected from a large group of strong applicants on the basis that they have the ability to lead positive change in farming, food,.....

USDA invests in research on next generation of agricultural technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food.....

Plant escape from waterlogging

Researchers are warning about more frequently occurring extreme weather events in the future as a result of climate change. Current environmental catastrophes such as the numerous and particularly severe tropical hurricanes this year tend to confirm this trend. These extreme weather events are often.....

Vietnam: New high-tech flower, vegetable project in Lam Dong

The People’s Committee of the Central Highland province of Lam Dong has approved a new high-tech flower and vegetable growing project. Da Lat City-based Dalat Hasfarm Company will invest VND337.5 billion (US$15 million) in the agricultural project spread over 29.4ha in Phuc Tho Commune, Lam Ha District.The.....

US (CA): Digital tool may help growers restore groundwater

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the public release of its new data visualization tool, the California Land Use Viewer. The tool allows Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), growers and the public to easily access both statewide and existing county land use data sets.....

Copa and Cogeca underline importance of innovation and new technologies

Copa and Cogeca underlined the importance of innovation and new technologies to secure a viable agriculture sector and to meet growing demand at the EU Agri-Innovation Summit hosted by the EU Commission in Lisbon.The high-level event, attended by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan and EU Commissioner for.....

South Africa: FERTINNOWA presented at Undercover farming conference

On the 11th of October, Ockie van Niekerk from Optima Agrik presented FERTINNOWA at the Undercover farming conference Western Cape 2017. The conference was held in the Western Cape in South Africa and attracted both national and international speakers. Ockie introduced FERTINNOWA to the audience, discussed.....

Japan: Smartphone camera used to estimate vegetable taste

Makuta Amenity Co developed a smartphone application that enables to estimate the taste and nutrients of vegetables and fruits just by taking their pictures with a smartphone camera. The application analyzes the images of the external appearances of agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits. It.....

Adam Greenberg, CEO of iUNU

"Empowering growers to see and control more"

Three years ago, iUNU (‘You Knew’) was started by an entrepreneur who aims to solve basic food and water problems in the world. iUNU specifically targets issues on the food side of the greenhouse industry. “As the son of a botanist, I’ve been around plants my entire life,” says Adam Greenberg, Founder and.....

Dell takes a fresh look at IoT with Aerofarms

At Dell’s IQT event in New York this week, Andy Rhodes, vice president of IoT edge computing at Dell, was joined on stage by David Rosenberg, CEO and founder of AeroFarms, to discuss how a smart warehouse full of plants exemplifies a forward-thinking IoT strategy.Instead of using soil, water and sunlight,.....

Illumitex launches new PowerHarvest series

Illumitex has announced the release of the PowerHarvest 14. This LED horticulture lighting solution, suitable for large‐scale greenhouse operations, will provide the controlled horticulture environment with 30% increased output, 30% increase efficiency and up to 2.2 μmol /J.The PowerHarvest 14.....