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Rem Koolhaas argues for linking the horticulture sector with the consumer

The first edition of the webinar series 'Eat This!' featuring world-famous architect and journalist Rem Koolhaas was launched with an audience of more than 1,000. World Horti Center is organising the webinar series in collaboration with Nethwork in order to talk to visionaries from inside and outside the…

Beneficial Insectary

Beneficial Insectary debuts instructional release videos in English and Spanish

Beneficial Insectary’s IPM team has made use of the downtime thanks to COVID-19 by working on digital content for their customers. Over the last year, they have released a series of instructional videos for using their organisms on the Beneficial Insectary YouTube channel. This week, B.I. debuts…

Technology helps managing tomato ripening during journey to consumer

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has expanded the global application of its flagship SmartFresh™ technology solution to optimize the consumer experience for a wide range of crops…

Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The power of cooperation

Every grower’s ultimate goal is to maximize the yield and quality of their crop, while minimizing the use of resources, to save costs. Exactly this is the mission of the teams competing in Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, only then without ever entering the greenhouse. So what is the best way to…

SME Loans

The importance of a 13-week cash flow forecast

It is no secret that the recent pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, pressuring businesses across all industries to take severe measures to “weather the storm” to ensure their survival. As businesses, both large and small, are forced to rapidly address their liquidity positions, we…

BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group

"Topgrade your people for post-pandemic success"

As company leaders, our task is to manage the efficient restart of our companies. Regardless of the industry sector or how positively or negatively positioned a company has been through the COVID-19 crisis, we face a new business normal to varying degrees. As leaders, we want our companies to come back…

Webinar this Thursday, April 30th

How to profitably increase local fresh fruit and vegetable production in warm and hot climates?

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in warm and hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. This Thursday, the company will be holding a webinar that discusses cost effective solutions to the challenges…

The Spanish company launches its new biotech division Seeds4i

"Making it easier for seed houses to obtain their horticultural hybrids in record time"

In partnership with the Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (COMAV-UPV), the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA), the University of Almería (UAL), the University of Córdoba (UCO) and the…

ec2ce offers integral solution

Artificial intelligence for predictive supply chain management

Supply chains have experienced enormous changes over the past decades, and integrating decisions have been made in different departments like production, packaging, logistics and distribution to customers. This enables more efficient chain management and decision making, with a better perspective of all…

"You can't switch off plants"

Research continues at WUR in Bleiswijk

In the research greenhouses of the Business unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs in Bleiswijk, the crops grow, especially with the sunny weather, very well. And crop treatments need to continue, which was also stated by the minister of Agriculture, Carola Schouten: you can’t switch off plants.…

Arrigoni Group

Online trainings on screen & netting solutions

"In response to current precautionary measures, our training and information activity does not stop but is richer now with a new digital tool." That is explained by the Arrigoni Group. "We're committed to finding a safe solution to continue supporting and assisting Italian and international growers, even…

How to manage payroll in a crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has forced some companies to close their doors and others to see lucrative contracts cancelled, supply lines dry up and customer demand plummet. Many small…

Improving berries through CRISPR

Pairwise will blend CRISPR gene-editing technology with germplasm of existing berries to create new varieties. Plant Sciences, Inc. (PSI), a berry breeder and ag research company in California, will be Pairwise’s germplasm provider. by Kelly Duffort, North Carolina Biotechnology Center As a result of this fruitful partnership,…

World Horti Center launches Online HortiXperience

World Horti Center is launching an Online HortiXperience: a package of online services. An important element of this service is the Online Tour, which enables you to take a virtual look around World Horti Center, with experts telling you all about the sustainable and innovative greenhouse horticulture…

Nino Venezia, Dutch graphic group:

"We can guarantee quick delivery times, even in these difficult times"

The Dutch graphic group moved into its new 2,600 m2 premises last year. This building is located at Fresh Park Venlo, the Netherlands. The coronavirus outbreak is making things difficult. Despite this, the demand for labels, tags, and index cards remains high. This company supplies all kinds of graphic…

Students pleased with online consultation Urban Greenhouse Challenge

On 2 April, student teams of Universities around the world consulted experts on how to design a greenhouse integrated in the city of Dongguan, China: an urban greenhouse. This first ever online speed date session of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge was a big success according to the coaches (see previous news item).…

Grower summit Artemis

Growers discuss adapting to COVID-19

In Artemis' grower summit a lot of videos from growers talking about how they're getting through COVID-19 can be found. Speakers from JAMCO/Red-Hat Cooperative, Planted…

KeyGene and LGC extend license for Sequence-Based Genotyping technology

LGC, Biosearch Technologies retains a worldwide non-exclusive license for the commercial offering and use of KeyGene’s patented SBG technology across all species and crops. The SBG patents protect highly cost-effective methods for identification and scoring of genetic markers, including SBG, Genotyping…

Growers for Growers webinar series

Heliospectra is going to have some 1-hour webinars in which people can learn how companies are keeping teams connected and their business running, and in another webinar ways your cultivation team can address changes in seasonal daylight and photoperiod to improve crop performance.  Webinar Greenhouse OperationsThe…

Ventilation control discussed in online knowledge lessons

Consultant Paul Jense with Priva discussed ventilation controls that influence the greenhouse climate resulting in desired stable conditions. He explained how you can set window limits and the P-band to prevent fluctuations in air exchange and thus achieve a better climate for the crop. With Priva Office…

Macpac has re-launched Plantpac.

"On-line sales may be a short term answer to falling sales"

UK garden nurseries and growers have been hit hard these days. "Yet growers want to see the results of the weeks and months of green-fingered hard work get to their customers - and at the same time the health-giving benefits of plants are widely known whether by helping us to indulge our pastimes or…

WUR LightLab to be accredited for light measurements

The Wageningen University & Research LightLab has unique measuring equipment to measure characteristics such as translucency, diffusion and spectrum of greenhouse cover materials and screens. Now, WUR LightLab is the first ISO17025 accredited lab to be permitted to carry out measurements under the…

East-West Seed helps rebuild livelihood and ensure food security for Marawi IDPs

East-West Seed Philippines, through its Knowledge Transfer program, and in collaboration with Plan International, United States Agency for International Development Marawi Response Project, and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, recently launched a 6-month capacity-building project in vegetable…

Special Service Supply

This month, there will be a new special on HortiDaily in which Service Supply will be the central topic. Related articles will be published in the newsletter on a daily basis in our international publications (FloralDaily…

Better and faster steaming with gas-fired steam heater

Because nurseries with soil-bound crops like lettuce or cut flowers are getting bigger, a 'normal' steam boiler isn't enough anymore in a lot of cases. Steam of over a hundred degrees Celsius is necessary to decontaminate the soil.  When the distance from the steam boiler in the boiler room to the soil that…

Growing tomatoes in Iceland: isolated, cold and dark?

Growing tomatoes in Iceland? Sure! At Fridheimar, Knútur and Helena do just that. They produce one tonne of organic tomatoes every day. Close to their farm is a hot water spring they use. When the water comes in, it is still about 95 degrees Celsius. The water heats the greenhouse, so it is always about…

Why use a greenhouse humidifier

Smart Fog makes commercial humidifiers for the food industry. These humidifiers produce micron droplets that sanitize a space without leaving behind moisture on surfaces. From the greenhouse humidifier to the grocery store case humidifier, Smart Fog can keep produce clean and safe. Keeps produce clean and safeSmart Fog…

Online knowledge session: A stable greenhouse climate

It’s very important that we offer each other a helping hand to get through this uncertain period. That is why Priva invites you for an online knowledge session (English & Dutch) with the topic: How do I get a stable greenhouse climate in spring and summer? During this session, Priva consultants Hein…

Shading screens characterization by means of wind tunnel experiments and CFD modeling

The use of shading screens in the protected cultivation sector is widespread, due to the fact they allow both to reduce the heat load and thus to control temperature, and to have lower and uniform levels of light intensity inside greenhouses. An extended selection of shading screens is available on the…

What type of lighting is right for my indoor grow?

When it comes to fueling plant growth, lighting is one of the main ingredients of a maximum yield recipe. Figuring out if you want full natural sunlight only, a mixture of…

4 benefits of an automated controller in a vented greenhouse

Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable them to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs their greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

Demonstration trial reduced CO2 dosing

CO2 supply in a greenhouse promotes crop growth. In the future the supply of CO2 has to be reduced considerably because the availability of CO2 from industry will be reduced due to CO2 emission goals, the use of natural gas for heating is reduced, and the greenhouse horticultural sector has the goal to…

Colder outside air ingeniously mixed with greenhouse air

"As you can see, it looks quite 'space age' and industrial and that has its reasons", says Hans Weisbeek of Hinova in a segment on Dutch regional television about the development of the Hinovator. The regional TV channel sees there are quite a few horticulture suppliers in the region, and that those…

Input external CO2 in greenhouses yields at least 91% CO2 emission reduction

Does the input of external CO2 help reduce greenhouse horticulture CO2 emission in 2030? It does. That is the answer researchers from Wageningen University & Research gave in…

“Warm winter makes regular boiler maintenance possible”

Wintertime is usually a period of running around from one malfunction to another for boiler mechanics. This year is no exception, although the 'summer-like winter' does decrease the amount of malfunctions and makes more room for regular maintenance, says Erwin van der Mark of boiler maintenance firm Van…

Growing sopropo in a greenhouse

From January 1st, fans of the Surinamese vegetable sopropo, also known as bitter gourd, have been eagerly looking for the special, lumpy cucumber. A European ban on imports from Suriname and the Dominican Republic has dried up the supply of fresh sopropo. There is Dutch cultivation, but it will not be available until late May,…

Ton Habraken (Svensson) about Plant Empowerment

"Screen more and more a tool for better plant growth too"

"While a screen was usually seen as a way to bring down your energy bill, it is now more and more used as a tool for better plant growth", says Ton Habraken of Ludvig Svensson. It's a development that fits Plant Empowerment, the new way of growing that's largely promoted with both a book and a platform.  Concept…

Successful trade mission Vietnam

Vietnamese growers prefer foil greenhouses to plastic greenhouses

From 23 to 28 February 2020, the Dutch embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City organized a trade mission for Dutch horticulture companies to Da Lat in the province of Lam Dong. A vegetable company in Lam Dong Need for innovationTechniques which are used during sowing, growing and…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

"Indoor agriculture one of the four major drivers that will increase electricity consumption in the next decade"

Plant factories may be the technology we need to feed a growing and warming planet.  The tradeoff: Indoor agriculture demands a staggering amount of energy. Lights run 16 hours a day and facilities require impressive HVAC equipment, reaching an energy intensity per square foot that surpasses datacenters. The…

NL: Summer contracts cucumber have started, now just some more light is needed

Nick Rietveld, sales executive at The Greenery, helped his brother, owner of transport company R. Rietveld Transport, with loading the cucumbers from grower Qcumber for a supermarket in the weekend. "That was planned and nice to do, especially when I knew that my brother would be there." Cucumbers are…

Fear of frost damage in March

Warmest winter in 120 years could cause problems for Norwegian raspberry growers

Winter was mild and wet throughout Norway. With temperatures of 4.5 degrees higher than normal, the winter records was broken in all regions with the exception of Northern Norway. In the time between December and March, it was also the wettest period recorded since the Meteorological Institute started…

Plant-based biostimulant positively affects tomato plants grown at elevated temperatures

Abiotic stresses can cause a substantial decline in fruit quality due to negative impacts on plant growth, physiology and reproduction. The objective of a new study was to verify if the use of a biostimulant based on plant and yeast extracts, rich in amino acids and that contains microelements (boron,…

A first for Honduras: wireless control irrigation unit

It is not the first country that comes to mind when people think about high-tech greenhouse horticulture innovations, but Honduras recently did have a scoop. At grower Exveco, Sercom installed the very first fully wireless irrigation system. “We have developed this product based on radio technology. That…

Jan Voshol takes a step back in the Netherlands, Wilco and Lennert at the helm

"I just keep getting myself involved in everything," says Jan Voshol with a wink. He just explained that last year he has transferred the shares of his company in the Netherlands to son Wilco and son-in-law Lennert. With that, both men are now officially at the helm at Voshol Warmte- en Elektrotechniek…

Plant Empowerment: a stress-free future for all plants

Plant Empowerment is synonymous with Next Generation Growing, where stress is no longer a factor. The use of climate screens can prevent plant stress to a significant degree. This in turn results in greater efficiency. Reason enough for Svensson to support a book and platform on this topic. Plant Empowerment – also known as…

Semi-closed greenhouses equipped with night cooling system

Semi-closed greenhouses are no longer only for areas with a temperate climate. For more extreme climates there are also solutions - creative solutions. Three years ago in…

Special Climate this month in HortiDaily

This month, we will pay more attention to the climate in greenhouses. Also in FloralDaily.com and in our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws.nl and BPnieuws.nl this subject will be highlighted.  ClimateThe subject climate is broad. Climate control is an essential part in a greenhouse. Small changes in the climate…


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