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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lighting research consortium brings CEA community industry-ready technologies

Without light, plants can't grow. The continued advance of controlled environment agriculture means that sunlight is often supplemented and in some cases completely replaced by artificial lighting. It works well, but there's one caveat: artificial lighting can take a lot of energy. Reason enough for the…

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Further growth for biggest Dutch tomato grower

Agro Care, the biggest tomato grower in the Netherlands in terms of acreage, has acquired Greenco's cultivation location in Wieringermeer. The greenhouse, with 10 hectares of illuminated acreage and 10 hectares of undeveloped land, will handle illuminated cultivation for Greenco for the coming season.…

New temporary location, new tomato varieties

The open day of tomato breeding company Syngenta was not held in the usual demo greenhouse this year. They opted for the brand-new location of Ter Laak in Wateringen. Kris Goen and her colleagues show the visitors the presentations of the various tomato varieties. Depona is a recently introduced cocktail…

Sicilian tomatoes find their place in Europe

Tomato production might slow down in some areas, but it never stops: all of Europe now produces tomatoes 12 months a year but Sicily remains the leading producer.  Giudo Grasso, an administrator at Azienda Agricola Dorilli provided his point of view when it comes to the current table tomato campaign in Italy…

“We grow in the country, for the country”

Fresh herbs have been gaining popularity in the past few years and according to Jonna Hansson from the Swedish herb company Spisa Smaker, the product demand has been steady. The company works mostly with potted herbs, which makes up about 85% of their product while the other 15% of their product is cut…

Click here to receive this news directly in your inbox Wyssa Gemüse sees successful future for hydraulic farming in Switzerland

"Rising interest in hydrosalads, advantageous cultivation techniques should be emphasized more"

Hydrocultures have been making rapid entry into the (Northwest) European trade for several years. In Switzerland, there are currently three farms that are involved in hydro-cultivation. Of these, Wyssa Gemüse is the only one who cultivates hydroponic crops outdoors without covering. Headquartered in the canton…

Winning teams for participation in Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge announced

On Friday 13 September, five winning teams for the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge were announced in Bleiswijk. This followed after a 24-hour hackathon, in which 21 international teams took part. The second edition of the challenge was organised by Wageningen University & Research and Tencent. The five…

The 'shiny object' problem plaguing indoor ag

Joe Swartz, Vice President of Contain vendor American Hydroponics (AmHydro), is a fourth-generation farmer from Western Massachusetts. When it came time for him to take over, he went looking for a way to do things differently. His family had faced numerous challenges with conventional outdoor…

Up an average of 5% to 1.4 billion

No end in sight for Seed Valley's growth in sales

If you bought tomatoes or lettuce in the supermarket today, there is an excellent chance the seeds came from a Seed Valley company. This is a region in the Netherlands. A…

US (TN): Urban agriculture at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The importance of food and diet in healing and medical treatments is becoming much more widely recognized, so it is only natural for hospitals to realize the value of providing local, organic food to their patients. Having a farm onsite adds to the wellness culture, not only by providing nutritious food…

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Lighting research consortium brings CEA community industry-ready technologies

Without light, plants can't grow. The continued advance of controlled environment agriculture means that sunlight is often supplemented and in some cases completely replaced by artificial lighting. It works well, but there's one caveat: artificial lighting can take a lot of energy. Reason enough for the…

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Eight Canadian food and agtech innovators selected to compete for US$1.25m

Radicle Growth, an acceleration platform for early-stage ag and food technologies, revealed the eight Canadian-based entrepreneurs who will compete at the first-ever…

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Harnessing tomato jumping genes could help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance. Rider transposons are well-known for causing the elongated shape that we see in plum tomatoes, but new research…

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Rain demolishes over 200 hectare of Spanish greenhouses

Rain has damaged over 200 hectares of greenhouses in Spain. Mainly in the region of Níjar the damage is said to be of historical size. Among the damaged crops are tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and zucchini. Since the damage is very regional, for example the pepper crops of El Ejido have been untouched.  The…

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Strawberries researched in development of insulin pill

More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and must inject themselves with insulin two to four times daily. Researchers have been looking for ways to administer the…

Packaging more »

Global food packaging market forecast to 2030:

"There is an uptick in use of paper and aluminum-based packaging"

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, 'Global Food and Beverage (F&B) Packaging Market, Forecast to 2030', reveals that the need to reduce material usage and develop more…

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Scientists find a way to get kids to eat more vegetables

Some children are pretty picky eaters and parents may struggle to get them to eat the daily recommended amount of vegetables. This problem is compounded by readily available…

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"Peat is part of the answer"

Growing Media Europe (GME) participated in the CEO Meeting of the International Peatland Society (IPS) and the Baltic Peat Producers Forum (BPPF) 2019 held on 4-5 September in Palanga, Lithuania. Both events dealt, among other topics, with the overarching question of the future availability of peat as a highly valuable resource…

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IFOAM - Organics International elects new Vice President

Karen Mapusua has been unanimously appointed as IFOAM - Organics International's newest Vice President. Karen will assume the role straightaway as the successor to current Vice President and Executive Board Member, Frank Eyhorn. In her new capacity, Karen will serve alongside President Peggy Miars and…

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Werner Hopf (Gartenbauzentrale Main-Donau eG) on the current heat wave:

"It is difficult to lower the temperature in the vegetable core to the required four degrees."

Lettuce, carrots, radish: In a heat wave like we had last week, vegetable farmers have to come up with something, so that the goods still arrive fresh on the shelf. Lettuces, carrots, radish and cauliflower are currently piled up in green boxes in the cold store of the Gartenbauzentrale Main-Donau. The air…

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Berry Gardens Ltd

Good luck to our colleagues, Oliver, Steven R, Stephen S riding London to Paris for Bloodwise. #bloodwise #cycleforcharity Enjoy! https://t.co/QqN0RP6M7v pic.twitter.com/LFASL7WJBp — Berry Gardens Ltd (@berrygardensltd) September 18, 2019

Food Safety more »

Products recalled after spinach found to be potentially contaminated with E. coli

Urban Remedy, a California-based producer and retailer of ultra-fresh, organic meals, is voluntarily recalling 76 salads and wraps that contain spinach that may be contaminated with E. coli. Seventy-six salads and wraps are still unaccounted for. No juices or any other products are being recalled. “In an…

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In effect from 1 November

Europe institutes emergency regulations on ToBRFV

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) will get a quarantine status (Q status), starting November 1. From that day on, a European emergency regulation will come into force, which includes that each case of the virus in Europe must be made public. The decision was made by the European Commission in…

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New temporary location, new tomato varieties

The open day of tomato breeding company Syngenta was not held in the usual demo greenhouse this year. They opted for the brand-new location of Ter Laak in Wateringen. Kris Goen and her colleagues show the visitors the presentations of the various tomato varieties. Depona is a recently introduced cocktail…

Netherlands: NFU Energy join Jules Energy for their bike adventure

At the beginning of September Mike, Elisa, Ed and Steven of NFU Energy joined the Jules and Friends Bike Event 2019, where they would be cycling between 50 and 100 km a day. Here is how they got on… Mike, Elisa and Steven loaded the car up Thursday evening immediately after work and set off for Harwich…

Retail more »

That time when Netto put cats in their supermarket

Having a rough start of the week? We'll help you with this one. Let's look back at 2006 when German retailer Netto decided to create a mini supermarket fully equipped for cats. Including the cucumber scare!   

Vertical farming more »

The 'shiny object' problem plaguing indoor ag

Joe Swartz, Vice President of Contain vendor American Hydroponics (AmHydro), is a fourth-generation farmer from Western Massachusetts. When it came time for him to take over, he went looking for a way to do things differently. His family had faced numerous challenges with conventional outdoor…

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