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Friday, August 23, 2019

Seed treatment battles CGMMV

For growers dealing with CGMMV this virus often is a recurring problem. The Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is known for returning season after season. In Korea, growers chose to battle the virus with a seed treatment. “We’ve stopped the spreading of the virus with the Johnni-der V2 SEI”, they say. The 9,000 cucumber plants…

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Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement , it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

"GMO and editing is the way of the future"

In a previous article, we went into the research Esther van der Knaap is doing on the ancestors of our current tomato . Over time, people have selected for traits that are favorable to them, but not necessarily to the plant. Adaptation and disease resistance has been sacrificed for other desirable…

"Solar PV without the coffin"

Conventionally to protect the working parts of a solar panel it was encased in an aluminum coffin with a glass top… the coffin was responsible for a lot of the embedded energy that goes into making a solar PV panel as well as the ultimate capital cost. The coffin also creates all the bulk on rooftops which greatly adds to…

Climbing stairs for charity... in full firefighter gear

Although the activities of Genesis Horticultural Solutions keep Australian consultant Tony Bundock pretty busy, he still considers it important to put something back into the local community. “I am now approaching my 30th year as a Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighter, which sees me respond to…

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Rijk Zwaan brings new melons and snack vegetables to Asian market

‘Asian Jewels’ is a new range of tasty melons that Rijk Zwaan has specially selected for the Asian market. The vegetable breeding company is launching the new high-quality melon types at Asia Fruit Logistica. Asian Jewels is not the only innovation Rijk Zwaan will be presenting at the event; a new snack…

CA (BC): Did the aliens arrive? No, but LED lights did

Here we go again. By investing in modern lights, lowering the energy needs of the horticultural industry, growers every now and then do not get applauded, but are being compared to E.T., Yoda, Groot, Avatar & Spock. Indeed: the aliens might have arrived again. Last night, the lights came from local…

Jim Westhoff, Valstar:

“Aubergines and loose tomatoes currently outliers on Dutch greenhouse vegetable market”

Despite the supply of Dutch greenhouse vegetables not being too large, demand has fallen behind a bit in recent weeks, according to Jim Westhoff of Valstar. “As a result, all prices except those of aubergines aren’t skyrocketing. That would’ve been different if demand had been good. This is in contrast…

Tomato export volumes from Azerbaijan disclosed

According to the Azerbaijan government, the nation exported 129,293 tons of tomatoes worth $138.06 million. Overall exports in quantitative terms dropped by 5 percent compared…

Crop Trust remembers Tim Fischer, former Executive Board Chair

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of the former Executive Board Chair of the Crop Trust and long-time agrobiodiversity advocate, Tim Fischer AC. Tim passed away on Wednesday night surrounded by family. He was battling an acute form of leukaemia. Tim joined the Crop Trust in…

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Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement , it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

"Solar PV without the coffin"

Conventionally to protect the working parts of a solar panel it was encased in an aluminum coffin with a glass top… the coffin was responsible for a lot of the embedded energy that goes into making a solar PV panel as well as the ultimate capital cost. The coffin also creates all the bulk on rooftops which greatly adds to…

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Yara and Nel collaborate to produce carbon free hydrogen for fertilizer production

In an agreement signed today, Yara and Nel confirm their shared ambition of developing clean hydrogen which would allow Yara to realize low carbon footprint fertilizer production. The project is based on Nel’s development of new water electrolyzer technology that will be tested at Yara’s existing plant…

Breeding more »

"GMO and editing is the way of the future"

In a previous article, we went into the research Esther van der Knaap is doing on the ancestors of our current tomato . Over time, people have selected for traits that are favorable to them, but not necessarily to the plant. Adaptation and disease resistance has been sacrificed for other desirable…

Machines more »

United Kingdom

New packaging machines to be presented at PPMA 2019

At PPMA 2019 the Packaging Automation team will be on hand to showcase the latest developments designed to deliver increased productivity, process efficiency and performance. PA will present the high speed Revolution, a fast and environmentally friendly tray sealing machine featuring patented motion…

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Rijk Zwaan brings new melons and snack vegetables to Asian market

‘Asian Jewels’ is a new range of tasty melons that Rijk Zwaan has specially selected for the Asian market. The vegetable breeding company is launching the new high-quality melon types at Asia Fruit Logistica. Asian Jewels is not the only innovation Rijk Zwaan will be presenting at the event; a new snack…

Packaging more »

Saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually

Aldi Ireland bans plastic trays for fruit and vegetables range

Aldi Ireland has banned black plastic trays used as packaging for its fruit and vegetables range, saving more than 450 tons of non-recyclable waste annually in its 139 outlets. It announced on Monday it has further committed to cutting plastic packaging across its entire product range by 25 percent over…

New cardboard packaging from UT Tray Black in Norway

These fruits no longer need plastic

Norwegian grower Austein Gård is now offering its strawberries in a new cardboard packaging, made of UT Tray Black. According to the company, it completely replaces the previously used plastic containers, at the same time being a POS eye-catcher. The packaging is manufactured by Norstamp Label &…

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Animations promote New Zealand tomatoes

TomatoesNZ released two fun and informative animations about New Zealand fresh tomatoes. The animations share facts about how these fresh tomatoes are grown. They also provide key information about the industry including requirements for labelling of imported tomatoes which are treated with ionising…

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Soil biotechnology company seeks strategic partner

Carbon Gold is seeking investment from a strategic partner to accelerate growth in new and existing markets. Carbon Gold, founded by Craig Sams, founder of Green & Blacks…

Organic more »

US: Some producers question value of organic certification

Instead of spraying pesticides, Dubuque’s Stone Hollow Gardens & Shroomery uses predato ry insects. Instead of chemical fertilizers, it amends the soil with fungi, through…

Cooling more »

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…

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Growing Underground

Best job title EVER! Food Futureologist Morgaine Gaye on the importance of technology and farms like ours for the future of food. With our cofounder Richard and Ben Thompson for BBC Breakfast 🌿🌱 @BBCBreaking @BBCBreaking @BBCWorld pic.twitter.com/W5TOpiIwdB — Growing Underground (@GrownUnder) August 23, 2019

Food Safety more »

Cyclosporiasis outbreak hit patients in 11 states

US: 22 people sick in Florida - linked to basil

A parasitic illness outbreak has sickened at least 22 Florida restaurant customers in the last month. The cyclosporiasis outbreak has hit patients in 11 states, sending four…

Health more »

Vegetable-rich Wahls diet lowers fatigue in MS-patients by raising good cholesterol

Higher levels of blood high-density lipoprotein (HDL) — or good cholesterol — may improve fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients, according to a new University at Buffalo-led study. The pilot study , which investigated the effects of fat levels in blood on fatigue caused by multiple sclerosis, found that…

Events more »

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden to kick off Washington Conference

Krysta Harden, Executive VP Global Environmental Strategy for Dairy Management Inc. and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will kick off United Fresh’s Venture…

Climbing stairs for charity... in full firefighter gear

Although the activities of Genesis Horticultural Solutions keep Australian consultant Tony Bundock pretty busy, he still considers it important to put something back into the local community. “I am now approaching my 30th year as a Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighter, which sees me respond to…

First Bulgarian AgriTechHack

The very first Bulgarian AgriTechHack is coming this September 13, 2019 in Izgrev!!! The hack is a joint effort by Nik Academy, Embassy of the Netherlands in Bulgaria, FarmHackNL, and the local…

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 »

US (NY): Why farming is moving indoors

A car park opposite the infamous New York City housing estate where rapper Jay-Z grew up seems an unlikely place for an agricultural revolution. Ten shipping containers dominate a corner of the Brooklyn parking area, each full of climate control tech, growing herbs that are distributed to local stores on…

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