Friday, September 17, 2021

PMA Townhall

Major developments in Mexican tomato and berry production

Since the birth of NAFTA in 1994, agriculture production in Mexico has more than doubled and the country continues experiencing tremendous production growth, now under the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. As it continues to grow, yesterday’s PMA Virtual Town Hall--Mexico: Produce…

final day of Horti China:

"Chinese consumer demand for high-quality, delicious tomatoes also grows"

Today is the final day of the Horti China show, which takes place in Qingdao. Exhibitors at the show explain how the rising living standards ensure a high interest in the horticultural industry. High-qualityThe China manager of Dutch breeding company Axia Vegetable Seeds, Li Chunxia, introduced a crowd of…

Elita gives birth to daughter

A new flower is blooming!

Today we have the best news to share with you all. Yesterday, FloralDaily editor Elita Vellekoop gave birth to her beautiful daughter Lua Nicole Daemen. The brand new family is doing very well.  We are beyond proud of our dear colleague and little Lua and wish them all the best.  Want to congratulate Elita, Pascal, and Lua? Send them a…

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UK grower harvests 839 tomatoes from a single stem

By harvesting 839 tomatoes from one single stem, a UK grower goes for a Guinness World Record attempt. The current world record is 488, says UK grower Douglas Smith, who is currently awaiting verification from Guinness itself.  So today I went for a Guinness World record attempt for ‘most tomatoes on a single truss /…

"Without container steaming, year-round strawberry cultivation would not be possible"

If you want to cultivate strawberries year-round, you must regularly steam your containers. They do this every two months at Kwekerij Loos in the Netherlands. Wymo Venlo steams the containers. Before they arrive, the soil is tipped out, and the containers neatly stacked. Everything is then ready before the…

Healthy Hydroponics analyzes microbiomes from vegetable, fruit, and cannabis growers

"Helpful microbes, happy plants"

A large-scale microbiome project across 12 commercial hydroponic farms in Canada has been ongoing since September 2020. The project, Healthy Hydroponics, is led by Metagenom Bio Life Science, a biotechnology and genetic sequencing company based in Waterloo, Ontario, and they have been working with the Ontario Ministry of…

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"I was a hydroponic expert, but I could not ignore the aquaculture side"

The waterwise and environmentally-friendly aquaponics farming method used at FinLeaf Farm maximizes productivity on a small two-hectare piece of land and could be the answer to achieving food security and sustainable agriculture. Integrated Aquaculture Group, which specializes in operating and building…

Grow and eat your own vaccines?

The future of vaccines may look more like eating a salad than getting a shot in the arm. UC Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. Messenger RNA or mRNA technology, used in COVID-19 vaccines, works by teaching our cells to recognize and protect us against…

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Remy 108 Ltd:

Customer support from fixture selection to growing

“In industrial lighting installation, the excitement is in the planning and installation. But in agronomic lighting, the most exciting part is post-installation,” says Elad Toby, the founder, chief business development and technology officer at REMY 108 Ltd. (REMY), an Israeli provider of advanced LED…

packaging activities united and certificated

Dutch tomato growers switch to cucumber crop

After completion of the new Growers United Maasdijk packaging site, the packaging activities of Prominent Maasland, Green Diamonds Packing, DC Sweetpoint and Purple Pride were gradually brought together at this new site. The certification process has largely been completed and the audits have been…

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Using a CRISPR/Cas9 system in vegetatively propagated berry crops

Fruit and berry crops, as well as grapes, are important parts of the human diet and, at the same time, significant objects of genetic, breeding, biochemical and nutritional research. Traditional approaches to crop research and improvement are now complemented by effective modern genetic technologies. In…

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Japan: Genome-edited tomato goes on shelves

A start-up launched at the University of Tsukuba has started selling a tomato variety developed with genome editing technology, the first food product of this kind ever to be put on the Japanese market. Sanatech Seed Co. in Tokyo developed the variety by modifying genes so that it contains four to five…

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European Union to allocate €5 bln for countries & companies affected by Brexit

The European Union is set to allocate €5 billion until 2025 to all countries and companies that have been affected by the UK’s withdrawal agreement. In an announcement, the…

New line of organic fresh herbs unveiled

Duncan Family Farms, a fourth-generation multi-regional certified organic farm and grower of baby leaf items, is proud to announce the launch of its organic fresh herb line. These will be on display for the first time at the Organic Produce Summit. “These new items are a natural extension of the existing…

Henri Schockman (Levarht) about exciting Dutch greenhouse vegetable season finale:

"Good prices for tomatoes, collapsed bell pepper market, flat cucumber season"

Last year, the weather was hot at the beginning of August. That disrupted Dutch greenhouse vegetable supplies. This year's summer was, however, rather flat and stable. That has resulted in an entirely different picture for various greenhouse vegetables. So says Levarht's commercial manager Henri…

Vietnam and Belgium boost agricultural trade

Within the framework of the working visit to the European Union (EU) and Belgium by National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation, on September 8, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan had a meeting with the Belgian Federal Minister for Middle…

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Oregon farmers who grow 60% of world’s carrot seed stay without water for weeks

Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines, empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punctuate a landscape in shades of brown. Across an invisible line separating Fine’s irrigation…


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