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India: Nilgis growers trained on advanced horticultural technologies

A special training programme was organized on “Modern Technologies in Horticulture Crops and Protected Cultivation” for the farmers of Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, from 9th to 11th April 2018 at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR). The objective of the programme was to impart training on.....

Singapore: Syngenta opens digital innovation lab

Syngenta has opened in Singapore its first digital innovation lab in Southeast Asia which will create digital solutions for Asia's agricultural landscape.The lab adds to three other such facilities that Syngenta has worldwide - in the United States, United Kingdom and India - which aim to digitally transform.....

Smart horticultural technology for Dutch football club

An underground water buffer will be installed under the Spartaplein in Rotterdam, the square around the Kasteel stadium, home to Dutch soccer club Sparta. This buffer will collect, filter and store rainwater deep underground. The rainwater harvested in this way will be used to irrigate the soccer field in.....

Evonik opens research hub in Singapore

Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik opened its first research hub for resource efficiency topics in Singapore, internationalizing its research into the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. Furthermore the new R&D hub will be the home for Evonik’s project house tissue.....

The basics of spectrophotometry

Color is everywhere in our daily lives. Did you know you can actually measure color? The spectrophotometer is an essential tool for biologists and technicians when analyzing chemical and biological samples.In simple terms, colors are dependent on light. We do not actually see colors rather, what we see as.....

Over 9 million views for this hydroponic lettuce video

VIDEO We all know the horticultural industry is amazingly cool, innovative and high-tech - but passing on this enthusiasm to people outside the industry can be hard. It became clear the last few weeks that the world can be interested in horticulture: a video of a hydroponics system went viral. It concerns a video.....

LightShine Cleaning:

"The season for reflector cleaning is here"

Energy-efficiency and improving light output are important topics in horticulture. Growers are constantly looking for improvements, but sometimes forget that a lot of gain can be had with simple measures. For example, cleaning growing lamps and reflectors on a regular basis. At Lightshine, a well-known.....

Dutch government finances Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre

On April 12, the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Sciences announced the funding of Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure of the Dutch government. The NPEC facility is an initiative of Wageningen University &.....

Finding the best LED light recipe for your crop

The team of LED’S Research! is having tomatoes with their lunches. They started the harvest of the veggies from their lab in the World Horti Center. The tomato plants growing there were grown completely under controllable LED-light instalment. “It’s all about learning here”, Hans de Vries and Wessel van.....

UK: LED top lights installed in 54,400 m² tomato greenhouse

Sterling Suffolk will install Plessey’s new Hyperion 1750 LED top light in its first greenhouse, which measures 54,400 m².The new Hyperion 1750 is the latest LED grow light in the Hyperion product range and has a maximum light performance output of 1750 micromole/s, equivalent to a 1000 W SON-T. All Hyperion.....

South Korea to create 4,300 jobs in smart farm industry

The South Korean government has announced plans to create 4,300 jobs in the smart agriculture industry by 2022.Training courses will be available from next year and will last for 20 months, with plans to create 600 professionals by 2022.In addition, young farmers who complete the courses will be given.....

US (NV): Marapharm's Las Vegas sites get green light to flip the switch

On April 12th, 2018, NV Energy passed Marapharm's preliminary electrical inspection, one of the final steps towards receiving certification prior to turning on the power. All electrical services and cultivation lighting have been installed in both facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada.Marapharm’s Director of.....

CAN (ON): AntoXa granted license for anti-ricin antibody

AntoXa has obtained a license from Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC), an Agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, to develop and produce an anti-ricin monoclonal antibody for sale in markets worldwide.The licensing agreement follows work AntoXa and the J.C. Hall laboratory at the.....

Replacing PAR light with far-red light:

“Far-red light boosts tomato yield”

The use of artificial lighting in greenhouse horticulture has significantly increased in recent years, both in acreage and intensity, resulting in a strong rise in power consumption. One of the advantages of LED lighting compared to SON-T lighting is the higher energy-efficiency of the LEDs. Another.....

Israel: Winter pilot study on basil obtains a 66% increase in yield

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited has successfully conducted a pilot in winter where the roots of traditional summer basil plants were heated using Roots’ patented RZTO technology increase yield and average plant size by 66 and 35 per cent respectively.The pilot was conducted in winter over.....

BASF’s 2018 science competition focuses on plant stressors

BASF has kicked off its fourth annual North American science competition, which focuses on identifying plant stressors early and in real-time. Open to teams consisting of two to four Ph.D. students, postdocs and young researchers in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec), the competition encourages.....

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New packaging line processes 20,000 mini cucumbers per hour

The new sorting and packaging line by Christiaens Agro Systems processes 20,000 mini cucumbers. The new system, consisting of 6 robots, 4 packaging lines with a capacity of 20,000 pieces per hour, was introduced last Friday in the shed of Tromptransport in Eindhoven. The presentation attracted various.....

NL: 1.5 million euro grant for better understanding of flowering

Richard Immink, plant scientist at Wageningen University & Research, has received a grant of one and a half million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), for his research into the way in which plants pick up signals from nature to start processes such as flowering. This.....

Philips Lighting signs partnership agreement for Russian market

Philips Lighting announced the official Philips LED Horti partnership agreement with ST Solution, a Russian specialist in turnkey greenhouse solutions. This partnership, made official at the HortiContact fair (February 20-22) in the Netherlands, came after the two companies worked together on an enormous new.....

US (FL): Growing vertically since 1994

The hydroponic system is being used in schools, prisons, small farms and gardens, and on islands in the Caribbean. “The whole thing was to save space and energy,” said Tim Carpenter, the Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents’ Marion County outstanding agriculturist in 2017.Trays of lettuce,.....

NL: New lightweight and insulating roof system for water tanks

In recent months, Buwatec has been part of an innovative project commissioned by Chaincraft Amsterdam. Buwatec has supplied storage tanks for this project for the fermentation of vegetables and fruit leftovers. In total this contract comprises seven storage tanks and four tanks that are equipped with the new.....

"Greenhouse 'conveyor belt' could advance food production"

Purdue University researchers have created a greenhouse on campus featuring a new automated conveyor system that keeps plants moving constantly, a change they hope will provide answers about ways to avoid a looming food crisis with the global population expected to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050.Jian.....

"Flue gases can wreak havoc on horticultural crops"

Flue gases are best described as an unseen enemy that can compromise yield and plant quality in a few short hours. Often a small hole in the flue pipe or small holes in the heat exchanger can cause these colorless odorless gases to leak out into the growing area. In some cases a missing flue cap can allow.....

Vietnam: HCMC to pay interest for hi-tech farms

HCM City will subsidise interest on bank loans by up to 100 per cent to support individuals and organisations who help transform its agricultural sector.Resolution No 10/2017 of the city People’s Council, which seeks to encourage investment to transform the farm sector into a modern, efficient and.....

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Self-driving lorries hitting the road

This lorry might look very normal: but it’s far from normal. It’s a self-driving lorry, which has been developed by Uber.Uber has been interested in self-driving lorries for a while now, and in 2016, they bought start-up Otto. At that time, the Otto lorries still looked a bit clunky, and they had cameras.....

The importance of reliable and independent measurements

Measuring accurately is an art. Two measurements performed on the same material under the same conditions have to produce the same results. And if you want to compare materials, you need a measurement protocol in order to make any reliable claim. The LightLab at Wageningen University & Research.....

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Momentum-based air flow: Better climate and growth

Horizontal Air Flow has been in use in greenhouses and indoor growing facilities consistently for over 50 years. In the early stages, air speed was the goal. Unfortunately, speed is difficult to keep consistent and hard to maintain.The true goal of any air distribution system in the greenhouse should be to.....

US (VT): Making greenhouse operations, farms more energy efficient

As a member of GLASE, EnSave Inc. will provide technical services and use its extensive database of agriculture energy metrics to help growers improve their energy efficiency.by David KuackEnSave Inc. is an engineering and consulting firm focused primarily on energy efficiency and renewable energy for the.....