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special year overview January 16-30

ToBRFV resistant varieties brought hope in 2021

By the end of January, the effect of the bylaws installed in some Canadian municipalities became clear, although many growers still had to find out how to deal with the new rules. Also, month after month, we kept on publishing new findings regarding LED lights - which we (spoiler alert) will continue to do so in 2022 as well.  Let's have a look at what you might have missed during the first month of 2021.

after-market installations of screens in Canadian greenhouses:
"Installing light abatement wall systems can be especially challenging in poly greenhouses"
January 2021 has brought change to the municipality of Leamington, Ontario as the Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw comes into effect. The bylaw comes shortly after Kingsville…

"The bylaw could be a win-win for everyone"
As Leamington’s recently enacted Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw comes into effect, the municipality is facing widespread criticism from the horticultural industry for…


the answer is yes
Can LEDs affect the taste and smell of vegetables?
There is a widespread misconception that the taste of vegetables is solely based on genetics of the plant species and cannot be enhanced by cultivation techniques or…

ToBRFV resistant variety gives hope to Israeli tomato growers
“Over recent years, I and my fellow growers have felt helpless when faced with a virus that reduced yields by 50%. We were forced to destroy enormous quantities of tomatoes…

Plant stress management, a key objective for Domaine des Mattines
Domaine des Mattines, a leading Swiss tomato producer, is particularly focused on plant stress management using innovative technology in 2021. Jeremy Blondin, the…

no more clogged drippers
On-site production of hydrogen peroxide provides solution against biofilm
Clogged drippers and biofilm in the irrigation system led to non-uniform irrigation and thus uneven growth in the tunnels and greenhouses of Danish berry grower Hunsballe…

Growing tomatoes on perlite, why not?
 “A few days after the planting, the roots were already in the slab.” For tomato grower Pieter Hoogerbrugge, of Kwekerij Hoogerbrugge in Lepelstraat, this is…

UK: Increased need for heat protection on isle of Wight
Isle of Wight has an ideal tomato growing climate. However, the summers here are also becoming more extreme. APS Produce has successfully used the diffuse heat-reflecting…

Ottone Marco:
"Fewer root diseases since the roots are no longer in contact with the drain water"
"Since the substrate slab is raised, the humidity in the slab is lower and the drainage is better. The roots remain in the slab and are not in contact with the gutter's…

Revolution Farms 2020 expansion:
"Full automation allows us to triple our production area, while keeping labor costs low"
After announcing its two-acre expansion plan in June 2020, Revolution Farms is nearly ready to sow the first seeds in its newly built system. Revolution Farms is a hydroponic…

Europe remains in the grip of ToBRFV
In Israel the first varieties with ToBRFV IR might have been planted, but Europe remains in the grip of the virus. Although five Dutch growers have successfully combatted the…

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