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September 11-12

Disruptors wanted for Dutch horticulture

Members of producer associations DOOR, Harvest House, Best of Four and Van Nature have joined forces for the GLAS4.0-program. This program focuses on how disruptive technologies can be made available for cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato crops. Based on the results of this program so far, it can be.....

With this app, excessive lighting is a thing of the past

The latest release of HortiSense shows the efficiency of the total amount of light (natural and artificial) delivered to the crop (in µmol/m²/s) on the net assimilates production. Too much light is not good for a plant, and too little, even less so. With this new tool in HortiSense, the grower can.....

UK: WET Centre helps strawberry growers reduce water use

Reducing the amount of water needed to grow high quality full flavoured strawberries while at the same time optimising the yield of the crop is now achievable thanks to the work of the new Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre, developed at NIAB EMR.The WET Centre, based at the centre for horticulture.....

Water purification using powdered activated carbon

Dutch growers quickly need to invest in technology for the removal of plant protection products from discharge water, to apply to new regulations from January 1st 2018 onwards.In a cross-over project between TKI Horticulture and TKI Water Technology KWR Water Cycle Institute and Wageningen University &.....

Freshdeal expands produce marketplace following merger

Freshdeal announced today its latest release of Freshdeal.com, "a faster, intuitive B2B e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers in the produce industry to discover new business opportunities, connect with verified partners, and grow," is how Freshdeal described it. The platform now incorporates talent.....

US (CO): Growlink announces strategic partnership with Modular Farms

Growlink, a Denver-based technology company, has formed a strategic partnership with Brampton, Ontario-based Modular Farms, to integrate its cloud-based grow controllers into their modular farm systems.“We’re excited for this partnership with Modular Farms,” said Ted Tanner, CEO of Growlink. “Modular Farms.....

Which wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis?

Light quality refers to the spectral distribution of light or the relative number of photons of blue, green, red and far red & other portions of the light spectrum emitted in a light source.Photosynthesis requires light between 400 and 700 NM.Spectroradiometer measures light quality.Blue light promotes.....

Dutch research underground fresh water storage

A Dutch consortium investigates the feasibility of large-scale underground fresh water storage in the region of The Hague-Westland-Rotterdam. Next year the research will have to map how to store sufficient fresh water for greenhouse horticulture, drinking water companies and industry. The research is.....

Australia: Powerplants and Philips collaborate on LED interlighting trial

Powerplants and Philips recently collaborated to facilitate a unique trial of LED interlighting at Chisholm Institute’s National Precision Growing Centre. The trial was devised because growers were seeking real-time investigation into the benefits of LED lighting on high vine crops such as tomatoes, under.....

Purdue study tests complexity of important plant hormones

A Purdue University study confirms complex associations among plant hormones and their signaling pathways that are key to controlling plant architecture.Plant architecture is partly controlled through the production and perception of plant hormones. The loss of either the brassinosteroid or gibberellin plant.....

How to light your vining crops

If you’re new to growing vining crops like tomatoes or cucumber, you’re in for a rewarding journey.Each farm is unique, and vining crops create some of the most interesting farms. Since many fruiting crops grow high and are trellised into the growing space, vining crop farms create a jungle of plants that.....

Tech-savvy farmers transforming Japan’s shrinking ag sector

A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers is transforming Japan’s shrinking agriculture sector with cutting-edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in slow decline.Hiroki Iwasa, a 40-year-old IT entrepreneur with an MBA, grows strawberries in seven, high-tech.....

Vietnam: High-tech farming development 'sluggish'

At a conference held by the MARD in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistent high.....

Shedding light on protein interaction networks in a developing organism

Researchers succeeded for the first time in mapping protein-protein interactions in living developing plant roots. The findings of three international research groups led by the department of Plant Developmental Biology at Wageningen University and Research were published in Nature.The work is considered a.....

"Switching from paper to electronic boosts efficiency"

Agricultural retailers and manufacturers recently offered powerful testimonials on how moving from paper-based tracking systems into electronic connectivity – through standardized transactions, barcoding and other systems – has dramatically improved their efficiency, accuracy and customer service; and they.....

Russia: 10,000 fixtures, 0 failures for Tyumen Agro

Hortilux Schréder is expanding its market position on the Russian market. So far the company has sold 111ha of grow light installations in 2017. More and more greenhouses are opting for Hortilux products. Just like LLC “Tyumen Agro”, where Hortilux installed 10,000 fixtures in 2016. After a full year of.....

Australia: Dr Jo Luck appointed director of new plant biosecurity push

A renowned Australian scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in plant disease, biosecurity and microbiology has been appointed the director of the national Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).Dr Jo Luck will lead the development and delivery of plant biosecurity research for PBRI - a new.....

"High time for high-tech farming in Vietnam"

The Government will focus on technology-based agriculture to resolve problems like the lack of value-added products for export, the low competitiveness of Vietnamese farm produce in world markets and inconsistency in quality.Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong speaks to Vietnam News.....

New methods for computer vision in horti- and agriculture

In the past few years Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have been devoted to create new methods for computer vision in horti- and agriculture. By using convolutional neural networks (Deep Learning), they can analyse the class and quality of plants, fruit and vegetables in the greenhouse or on the.....

More effective steaming via sandwich steaming with spiked steaming hoods

Sandwich steaming is the newest development in hood steaming technology, combining deep and surface steaming. The ground is exposed to steam simultaneously on the surface and through 17cm long spikes in the ground.The steaming depth is 25 cm, reached in a steaming time of just 7 min.The amount of steam can.....

AgriTech in India

How startups are changing the face of Indian agriculture

India holds the record for the second-largest agricultural land in the world, with around 60% of rural Indian households making their living from agriculture thus creating a huge scope for agritech startups in the country.The central and state governments are proactively pursuing policies to improve farmers’.....

African countries to combat food crisis with open data

The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative togetherwiththeGovernment of Kenya and 15 African Ministers including fromSouth Africa, Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana, have agreed to a declarationfor comprehensive open datacollaboration in the nutrition.....