October 1-15

New weapons in fight against ToBRFV

If you could name one virus that has dominated headlines in the horticulture industry, apart from the obvious choice of course, chances are ToBRFV will come to mind. The tomato virus has been plaguing growers around the world, and slowly but surely the industry is coming to grips with it. In October breeders like Bayer and Enza Zaden are reporting breakthroughs, and hygiene protocols are more important than ever.


Enza Zaden

Enza Zaden identifies gene with high levels of resistance against ToBRFV

Enza Zaden reports it found a solution for tomato growers to beat the devastating Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV). Their tomato breeding team has identified the gene…

15% profit increase thanks to Growing by Plant Empowerment principles

Growing by Plant Empowerment is paving the way for further automation in the greenhouse sector by combining data analysis with today’s technology. A two-year trial to compare…


"Deep Water Culture continues to give encouraging results"

Phytoponics deep water culture trials are continuing to provide exciting and encouraging results from the extended trial programmes for standard round and cherry tomatoes,…

"Raspberries in the summer in the desert? No way!"

How do you get raspberries to grow in the desert? Well, one way is by upgrading your farm with some greenhouse technology, as one grower from Israel can tell you. Metania…

Insights from the British Tomato Conference

The struggle to contain ToBRFV

If you could name one virus that has dominated headlines in the horticulture industry, apart from the obvious choice of course, chances are ToBRFV will come to mind. The…

Patrick van der Voort, Beekenkamp Plants:

"We can grow fruit vegetables year-round because of our international customer base"

Patrick van der Voort has been working as a cultivation specialist at Beekenkamp Plants ‘s Gravenzande location for 3 years now. Built in 2017 the site specializes in fruit…

“We are pleased to see the Finnish Lettuce Model be applied more and more around the world”

About one year ago, we wrote an article with the title; Growing Lettuce Locally: how close can you get? The article focused on how Finnish greenhouse growers have achieved…

The coupling of nanotechnology and luminescent films to optimize greenhouse light quality

“UbiGro is essentially a layer of light in a greenhouse,” according to UbiQD’s chief of product, Matt Bergren, who enthusiastically described how the company’s UbiGro…

Tom de Smedt, export manager RKW Hyplast about Grafeno:

"We accidentally discovered the film lets through more PAR light”

Optimal light management, excellent mechanical properties, and very high sulphur resistance are the standards the new RKW Hyplast greenhouse film needs to meet. “It was quite…

Greenhouse climate control through fogging and misting systems

Water droplets smaller than a human hair

Humidity control is a crucial element of protected agriculture, and one around which the discussion is consistently developing. Whereas relative humidity was previously the…

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