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Nicola Smith of WMEC:

"Growing interest in water treatment plants in Uganda, Kenya"

Clean water is becoming a scarce resource and increasingly more emphasis is being paid to reusing water. In the floriculture industry as well. Over the last three years, water waste management company WMEC for example, has seen the demand for their water treatment systems increasing in the floriculture.....

US (NY): Collaborating to research better LED lighting for plants

Heliohex, a New York State-based designer and manufacturer of unique LED lighting for horticulture based at CenterState CEO’s The Tech Garden, recently teamed up with Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) research team to optimize the production of commercial crops. The partnership,.....

Pakistan: FAO, Haji Sons introduce modern vegetable seedling production

A five days’ training, including practical exercises in the field and excursions, was organized by FAO in close collaboration with Haji Sons and the Agriculture Research Institute in Quetta, Pakistan.Twenty entrepreneurial female and 10 male farmers from districts Quetta, Nushki and Chagai, including some.....

Philips adds Honey Electric to North America Partner Network

Philips Lighting has signed a partnership agreement with Honey Electric, an electrical construction and maintenance services firm located in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Honey Electric specializes in electrical contracting for commercial, agricultural, industrial, and solar installations in the province of.....

Dynamic carbohydrate supply and demand model of vegetative growth

Predicting the growth response of seedlings from the environmental responses of photosynthesis and metabolism may be improved by considering the dynamics of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) over a diurnal cycle. Attenuation of growth metabolism when NSC content is low could explain why some NSC is conserved.....
British government conclusion:

Russia behind cyber attack on Maersk and APM Terminals

The virus that brought a number of large companies in Europe to a halt, including APM Terminals and Maersk Line, last summer, was spread by Russia. This is according to the British government. The malware first showed up in the Ukraine and spread to Europe from there. The British government is now saying.....

US: Illumitex and Grow Rebates report record year

Illumitex and Grow Rebates announce the largest year in the four-year history of their partnership. The two companies have continually been able to provide lighting solutions to high-value cultivators across the Northwest by assisting them in making the transition to more sustainable LED grow.....

Phosphate sensor opens up new possibilities for growers

We recently wrote about the Time Scale project. One of the partners in this project is CleanGrow. The company has developed multiple ion-specific electrodes to provide real-time monitoring of K+, Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Cl-, H2PO4-, NO3-, which are all important nutrients in the recirculating water/nutrient.....

Lessons from running an IoT-driven aquaponics greenhouse

"In addition to running KnowThings, I have the privilege of being the CTO/Lead Engineer/ Lead QA Engineer for my wife’s farm, FunkNFresh Farms CTO. Lead Engineer you ask? Well FunkNFresh Farms grows crops and farmed catfish using a method called aquaponics. "Currently, our greenhouse is an IoT device, which.....

Pakistan: Need for modern technology use in agriculture stressed

Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour which carries equal significance for both the businessmen and the men of science and technology in Pakistan.That was the upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on 'High Value Agriculture' held at Lahore Chamber of.....

Understanding light using Daily Light Integral (DLI)

Proper light management is crucial for every greenhouse grower. Natural light intensities can fluctuate throughout the day and change seasonally. This makes it important to ensure that your plants are getting the light they need throughout the year. So how do you keep track of the amount of light.....

Update for traditional Chinese solar greenhouse: double insulation

In the past three months, the average temperature in north China was 5-6 degrees lower than last year. Meanwhile, the greenhouse heating cost jumped into another high level.Amongst all kinds of greenhouses, a solar greenhouse is absolutely the most energy saving type. Indoor and outdoor temperature.....

Syngenta acquires high-resolution satellite imagery innovator FarmShots

Syngenta has acquired FarmShots, a North Carolina-based innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health by analyzing absorbed light from field images.This service was developed to help farmers, agronomists and retailers quickly and accurately spot field issues caused by planter.....

Philips Lighting introduces new GreenPower LED toplighting

"Higher efficacy, light output and a longer lifetime"

Philips Lighting has been promoting the new GreenPower LED toplighting modules since IPM Essen, helping greenhouse growers improve the growth of lettuce, herbs and high-wire vegetable crops. Both new versions offer a higher light efficacy of up to 3.3 µmol/J, a longer lifetime of 35,000 burning hours and.....

Robomart develops self-driving greengrocer’s

Robomart has developed something new: a self-driving greengrocer’s that delivers potatoes, vegetables and meat directly to your home. The prototype is ready and waiting, and the company is now waiting for a test license.The use of the Robomart is made as easy as possible. Consumers just have to press a.....

India: Hydroponics to increase production of vegetables in Raj

The agriculture department of Rajasthan is planning to experiment with the use of hydroponics technique in the cultivation of a few vegetables. An Australian delegation visited the government’s centre of excellence at Bassi in Jaipur district recently to study the prospects of introducing the technique in.....

India: Farming app lets you grow and harvest your own organic food

Shameek Chakravarty (39), Sudaakeran Balasubramanian (37) and Gitanjali Rajamani (36) founded Farmizen, a mobile-based platform that lets you grow and monitor the process of growing food on a real-time basis.Shameek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BITS Pilani and a MBA from Indian School.....

Indonesia: Future Agro Challenge finalists announced

In 2017, the Future Agro Challenge (FAC) visited Indonesia for the first time. FAC is a global competition aimed at finding startups in the fields of food and agriculture that have the potential to be invested.In collaboration with Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN) and Block71 Jakarta, the FAC.....

Phosphate detection in hydroponics using molecularly imprinted sensors

In a new study from the University of Manchester, an interdigitated electrode sensor was designed and microfabricated for measuring the changes in the capacitance of three phosphate selective molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) formulations, in order to provide hydroponics users with a portable nutrient.....

More investment in robotics is needed

An AHDB Horticulture survey has revealed that 82 per cent of UK growers believe recent developments in automation have helped reduce their reliance on labour.Growers also report key areas for future investment should be focused on harvesting and improvements within the pack-house.Areas of production with.....

"QA technology makes sense only if the market appreciates it"

"Demand for ways to assess the internal quality of fruit and vegetables has boomed over the past few years, although the technology is mostly applied to onions and apples. This is probably because, for these two products, internal quality really enables a distinction between first and second-choice produce......

"Short hot water treatment induces chilling tolerance in cucumbers"

Ibrahim N. Nasef from the faculty of Agriculture at the Suez Canal University (Ismalia, Egypt) studied the effects of treating cucumbers with short hot water dipping at 45°C (SHW45) and 55°C (SHW55) for 5 minutes compared to fruit dipped in 25°C water (control treatment).The purpose was to reduce chilling.....

webinar, January 25

Realize a more active plant climate by use of climate screens

After the previous three webinars of the Hoogendoorn and Partners Webinar Series on ‘Next Generation Growing’, the next free webinar ‘Energy balance’ will be organized with Svensson on Thursday, January 25, 2018.This 60-minute webinar is the 4th and last webinar of the Hoogendoorn and Partners Webinar Series.....

Royal Brinkman improves mobile webshop

Royal Brinkman introduces a new version of its mobile webshop, making it easier for growers to place an order or to request a quotation via their smartphone.Mobile ordering has increased enormously among growers in recent years. This is not a surprise, because it operates very fast and you can order with.....

End of season tips & tricks

The growing season is nearing its end, or has already finished. As you have also moved your GroSens or Water Content Meter (WCM) system during this period, our cultivation specialist Gert-Jan Goes has summed up the most important tips.1. Remove sensorsMake sure you remove the sensors in your GroSens or WCM.....

CAN (ON): OGVG looking for research projects

As part of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) commitment to ongoing research, OGVG is looking for letters of intent for projects that match criteria to be part of an Ontario sector-wide project, Doing More with Less – Increasing Production Value through Innovation and Efficiency, aimed at.....

February 7-14, Wageningen

NL: Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms

Do you want to improve the use of LED lighting in greenhouse production or vertical farming? Would you like to know how to reduce energy use and carbon foot print, how to improve production, or how to improve quality? Do you want to understand the different characteristics of light and how they affect.....

Arno Eussen hands over ClimaConnect activities to KUBO

Starting in 2015 the ClimaConnect team has developed its Full Service Grow Concepts. The company has grown to a level where professional support services are rolled out in turn-key greenhouse projects in four different continents. Now is time for a new step.Per 01-02-2018 the operational activities of.....

buy a warehouse, plug in lights and turn out perfect lettuce

How to build a successful vertical farm

The interest in growing plants indoors in vertical farms keeps increasing. But many investors who thought they could simply buy an empty warehouse, plug in some grow lights and turn out perfect heads of lettuce to make money have been disappointed. Here are a few key lessons learned from Philips' city.....

UN brings Growboxx to Colombia

Groasis from Brabant is starting a pilot project in Colombia with the support of the World Food Program of the United Nations. Here the Growboxx will be applied. With this waterproof bucket a grower can plant trees and vegetables cheaply in dry, eroded soil.Groasis belongs to the first batch of startups that.....
University of Florida:

Web tool helps South Carolina, Florida strawberry growers

According to a new University of Florida study, strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens.The tool, known as the Strawberry Advisory System, uses data such as temperature and leaf wetness to tell growers.....

Tweaking quantum dots powers-up double-pane solar windows

Using two types of “designer” quantum dots, researchers are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots.....

Light4Food reinforces Priva partner network with indoor growing

Light4Food and Priva have responded to the rapid increase in the number of indoor growing activities by entering into the Priva Partnership. Light4Food, with its broad network and powerful group of customers in the seed-breeding and food production sectors, is a strong cooperation partner for Priva. Rene van.....

NL: Rijk Zwaan extends Trial Center Tomato with lit greenhouse

The Rijk Zwaan Trial Center Tomato in Kwintsheul (NL) has been extended with the addition of a 3,500 m2 greenhouse for lit tomato cultivation. By testing how 51 different tomato varieties perform under hybrid lighting, the vegetable breeding company is responding to the rising trend towards lit cultivation.....

China: Bright future for photovoltaic greenhouses

There is about 3,800,000 ha greenhouses in China that produce more than 35% vegetable, greenhouse labor reaches up to 30 million. Greenhouse development gives a great contribution to vegetable stable application in China and guarantee farmers income. According to UN statistics, 35% of the annual energy.....

MistTime10 Misting Controller: Updated Programming

Dramm has updated its MistTime10, misting controller to include a manual cycle that can be run anytime the grower feels an extra shot of mist is required. The new program allows the operator to elect to run a single, manual cycle of any valve, using the preprogrammed on-time. Once the single cycle has run,.....

Panasonic unveils autonomous tomato picker in Tokyo

The automation of repetitive tasks in construction and manufacturing has been around for some time. Last month, Panasonic introduced an agricultural robot at Tokyo’s International Robot Exhibition that could have implications for workers in the fruit-picking business.To handle the perception and.....

LumiGrow releases online energy payback calculator

LumiGrow announced the release of their online energy payback calculator. Now growers of all crop-types and sizes can compare energy-usage, heat load, and cost of LumiGrow products quickly and easily from their website.“LumiGrow has become synonymous with the industry’s most knowledgeable horticultural.....

UK: LettUs grow harvests aeroponic pea in half the time

December has proved the culmination of a great deal of work by Lettus Grow engineers, resulting in the deployment of their aeroponic hardware into local vertical farm, Grow Bristol. This means that the baton has now been passed to the "growing team" of biologists and environmental scientists to demonstrate.....

Study: diffuse light and pollination in tomato cultivation

Koppert commissioned a research report to enhance the knowledge of growers about pollination. A literature review was carried out to examine the effect of a diffuse greenhouse cover or a greenhouse cover with a different light spectrum on pollination and fruit setting in tomatoes. Information was also.....

Netherlands and China:

Growing tomatoes in a Chinese Solar Greenhouse

Last spring, the experimental facilities of Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk were expanded with a genuine Chinese Solar Greenhouse. This passive greenhouse relies on solar radiation for its heating and it provides a minimally controlled growing environment. With.....