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Monday, May 17, 2021

Searching for the (real) cause of a ToBRFV infection

The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) originated in 2014 in the Middle East but is now a threat to all growers, wherever they are. The virus makes no distinction between conventional and organic growers. Once infected, both growers have to completely disinfect their greenhouse, keep it clean and…

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Derek Stanford - Primocane Capital

"Hightech horticulture doesn't attract enough outside capital"

His exposure to the family fruit farm in Wolseley, converted to high-tech blueberry farming, demonstrated to Derek Stanford of Primocane Capital, the opportunities offered by high-tech horticulture but, equally, that recapitalization opportunities for asset managers and investors in the horticultural…

New peppers showcased are suited for Mexican market and climate

With two new products, Top Seeds International, the international company specializing in the research and marketing of innovative hybrid varieties of high-quality vegetables, has expanded its range of peppers for the Mexican market. The two new varieties are Top Isabel and Top Nadia, a yellow and a red…

New strawberry rotational system for maximum growth

This NGS product line, currently used in the UK, Portugal, and Southern Spain, has met with enthusiasm from strawberry producers. This new rotational system for strawberries developed and patented by NGS aims to double production and automatically position crops in the most suitable location to optimize…

Registration open for Organic Produce Summit 2021

Retailer and general registration for Organic Produce Summit 2021 is now open for the live and in-person event being held on September 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in…

Two publications on molecular plant stretching mechanisms

Coping with warmth: how plants adapt to rising temperatures

In two publications, Utrecht biologists and international colleagues describe processes used by plants to adapt to warmth. The discoveries provide insights into how plants function optimally under suboptimal high temperatures. It also could provide a stepping stone towards controlling the growth of…

"Dutch greenhouse horticulture and Vietnamese government enjoy strong relationship"

On Tuesday 11 May, the Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Counsellors of the Vietnamese Embassy visited World Horti Center, where they were given a warm welcome by representatives of both The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform U.A. (NVHBP) and World Horti Center (WHC). This visit…

France: Solarenn cooperative

"We're ever more committed to sustainable development"

For its 73rd anniversary, Solarenn, the fifth largest French operator on the tomato market, reveals its innovations for 2021. The cooperative based in Saint-Armel (Ille-et-Villaine) and created in 1948 brings together 27 producers and 65 hectares of greenhouses. It is one of the oldest fruit and…

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The YME greenhouse: "best kept secret" at Yellow Medicine East

You would never guess it's a greenhouse from the outside. In fact, some people think it's just an add-on to the Yellow Medicine East (YME) storage garage in Minnesota. "It's probably the best-kept secret at Yellow Medicine East," said Ben Lecy, the industrial arts teacher at YME. The YME greenhouse in…

Iran: Need for greenhouse farming recognized

As announced by a provincial official, cultivation in greenhouses is being developed in Bushehr province, in the southwest of Iran. Khosro Omrani, the deputy head of the province’s agriculture department, said, “In order to develop greenhouse farming in Bushehr province, good efforts have been made and…

The road to hands-free cultivation of greenhouse crops

Hands-free cultivation in horticulture, wouldn’t that be great?! You buy a tomato factory, stick in a bag of seeds at the front end, and eventually on the other side, out pops…

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How technology can help resolve the food waste problem

While most sustainability practices focus on eradicating the negative effects of plastic on the environment, they fail to realize that food waste, while biodegradable in many cases, is also just as harmful. This has been a growing problem worldwide. Harmful Effects of food wasteA 2018 study by the Boston…

Moderate demand on ample celery supplies

Supplies of celery are plentiful in the marketplace currently. Supplies are better than they were last year at this time. Currently production is happening in Oxnard, CA but will transition to Castroville, CA by the end of the month. As for competing supplies, Florida has finished up with its production.…

Increasing early blueberry yield with hydrogen cyanamide on bud break

Highbush blueberries need sufficient chilling exposure to induce bud break and flowering, which limits their cultivation in warm areas as well as the profitability of…

Study: can the adoption of protected cultivation facilities affect farm sustainability?

Given the increasing threat of climate change to agriculture, determining how to achieve farm sustainability is important for researchers and policymakers. Among others,…

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Researchers trace path of light in photosynthesis

Heliobacteria, a type of bacteria that uses photosynthesis to generate energy, has reaction centers thought to be similar to those of the common ancestors for all photosynthetic organisms. Now, a University of Michigan team has determined the first steps in converting light into energy for this…

Kelp, maggots and mycoprotein must be mass-farmed to combat malnutrition

Radical changes to the food system are needed to safeguard our food supply and combat malnutrition in the face of climate change, environmental degradation, and epidemics, says a new report. Researchers at the University of Cambridge say our future global food supply cannot be safeguarded by traditional…

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"Taking the lead in sustainable tray formats"

Tray sealing specialist Proseal says it is well positioned to help food producers explore options for alternative packaging materials. The company has worked closely with both tray and film suppliers to stay ahead of the demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly solutions and has a…

USDA restricts PACA violators in Illinois and New Jersey from operating in produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased…

Syngenta UK appoints new member to vegetable seed team

Syngenta has appointed Harry Twinberrow as a Technical Sales Representative to further grow the UK Vegetable Seeds Commercial Team. Harry has previously worked for Syngenta in Switzerland, with the regional Sustainable and Responsible Business Team, whilst following an industry graduate scheme. The MDS graduate…

InfiSense secures investments from FreshTracks Capital

"Our platform understands the importance of data in tacking burning issues of today"

InfiSense, a SaaS data company launched in 2019, announced that it graduated from the 2020/2021 Creative Destruction Lab (CDL-Montreal) supply chain stream program and…

US agtech company hires vice president of investor relations

AppHarvest announced Kaveh Bakhtiari will join as the company in a newly created role as VP, Investor Relations, effective May 17, 2021. In this new position, Bakhtiari will focus on developing AppHarvest’s strategic positioning and building relationships with the global investment community. Bakhtiari is…

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Ban also lifted for 126 Azerbaijani enterprises

Rosselkhoznadzor lifts ban on import of tomatoes, peppers from two Belarusian companies

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has lifted restrictions on the import of tomatoes and peppers produced by two Belarusian enterprises.…

UK: Farm levy body AHDB to axe up to 140 jobs as it winds down its potato and horticulture operations

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) plans to axe up to 140 jobs as it winds down its potato and horticulture operations. The farm levy body organization…

Cooperative marketing structure in Bavaria:

Joint marketing enables negotiation with food retailers at equal level

Consumers want their vegetables and fruit to be regional, fresh and aromatic. Fair prices are an important argument for farms in Bavaria. They see joint marketing as a major plus for negotiations with the food trade at an equal level. In Bavaria, the Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture (LfL) is…

Late freeze in Michigan takes first flushes of asparagus out

A series of freezing nights in the West Central region of Michigan caused the first flushes of asparagus production to be taken away. This has resulted in supplies being very light and primarily coming from Southern Michigan. “We hope supplies will gradually pick up this week,” says Tyler Hodges of…

NL: Approach for effective sustainability programs in agri-food sector

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has developed a five-step approach that could help food-producing companies create effective sustainability programs together with supplying farmers. The approach is aimed at transparency between all parties regarding the efforts required to achieve sustainability…

China: greenhouses create oasis of vegetable fields in Tibet

Inside a greenhouse located some 4,500 meters above sea level, Yangjen walks through a field to check the growth of cucumbers, green peppers, and radishes. "In the past,…


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