Optimizing lighting to reduce glasshouse energy use

Reducing the energy required to grow glasshouse vine crops is being investigated during an innovative lighting trial. The six-month project compares three different lighting combinations with the ultimate aim of reducing energy costs for growers without negatively impacting crop yield. Work is being…

Long-term vegetable production reduces the selenium adsorption in plastic shed soils

Long-term vegetable production in plastic shed soil (PSS) and related soil management strategies stimulate the changes of soil properties and the mobilization of selenium (Se), causing risks to environmental soil quality and human health. Nevertheless, whether the greenhouse management (defined by the…

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The value of urban farming in Oslo, Norway

Urban agriculture is increasingly recognized as an important sustainable pathway for climate change adaptation and mitigation, for building more resilient cities, and for citizens’ health. Urban agriculture systems appear in many forms – both commercial and non-commercial. The value of the services…

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USDA funding tomato research to grow better varieties

One of the most popular salad ingredients is tomato. Not only are they delicious additions to a traditional garden salad, but do a quick search for “tomato salad,” and you’ll find a wealth of recipes that combine tomatoes with ingredients like onions, herbs, oil, and vinegar for a quick and delicious…

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Sustainable economic systems help against biotic and abiotic stress in medicinal plants

Plants are sessile organisms, and the constant monitoring of environmental changes is needed for them to modify, adjust, and adapt their development and metabolism accordingly. The response to these environmental stimuli requires a multi-integral mechanism where internal and external signals are detected…

NASA scientists grow plants in lunar soil

In the early days of the space age, the Apollo astronauts took part in a visionary plan to bring samples of the lunar surface material, known as regolith, back to Earth where they could be studied and saved for future research not yet imagined. Fifty years later, at the dawn of the Artemis era and the…

Sensor receives panic signals from plant under attack

Living organisms are constantly sending out electrophysical signals. Plants use these electrical signals to detect stress when attacked by pests and diseases. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research investigate whether sensors can recognize…

Monitoring nutrient balance, pH & EC in the root zone

The composition of the nutrient solution should be appropriate to the needs of the crop. One of the benefits of using Grodan stone wool substrates is that the nutrient composition is under total control of growers. This is because stone wool is inert and does not interact with individual elements during…

New £11.3 million horticulture research center opens doors in Kent

The £11.3 million GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture was officially opened by Tom Tugendhat, MP at NIAB’s East Malling site, on Thursday, 12 May. The Hub will provide the UK horticulture and viticulture industry with access to a new research facility. It includes 2,000m² of specialist glasshouses,…

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National University HCMC promotes research, technology transfer in agriculture

Assoc. Prof. - Dr. Le Thi Kim Phung, Sustainable Process Engineering Group of the HCMC University of Technology under the VNUHCMC, said that the agricultural sector had contributed greatly to the economy and export. Especially, agriculture plays an important role in national food security. However, this…

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Sodium valproate is effective against Botrytis cinerea infection of tomato

Botrytis cinerea causes gray mold resulting in enormous financial loss. Fungicide resistance of B. cinerea has become a serious issue in food safety and agricultural and environmental protection. Sodium valproate (SV) has been used in clinical trials; thus, it is an excellent candidate for fungicide…

Cuyahoga Falls urban agriculture class sparks Spring Sustainability Expo

The idea for a Spring Sustainability Expo was sparked by a new course that's growing in popularity at Cuyahoga Falls High School. The inaugural expo is set for Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium. During the expo, organizations from around the region will showcase…

Veg Power joins forces with Edinburgh Community Food to get kids growing

Veg Power, the not-for-profit to increase the UK’s vegetable consumption, has joined forces with Edinburgh Community Food, a social enterprise and charity that tackles health inequalities, to deliver the ‘Grow Strong’ project. The initiative designed to get children interested and learn about growing…

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Environmental impacts of antibiotics addition to algal-bacterial-based aquaponic systems

Antibiotics usage is a double-edged sword in the production, promotion, and environmental aggravation of aquaculture systems. In this study, the effects of sulfadiazine addition on algal-bacterial-based aquaponic (AA) systems were thoroughly investigated. Results showed that sulfadiazine addition…

UK: Horticulture students grow plants for primary schools

Level Three Horticulture students at Writtle University College in Essex participate in a county-wide campaign. By growing and donating plants, the students have helped 60 Essex primary schools to teach children in years four, five, and six how their food travels from farm to fork. The initiative is part…

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Can algae unlock the secrets of photosynthesis?

A team led by current and former Carnegie plant biologists has undertaken the largest ever functional genomic study of a photosynthetic organism. Photosynthesis is the biochemical process by which plants, algae, and certain bacteria are able to convert the Sun's energy into chemical energy in the form of…

Bayer Vegetable Seeds opens a new Sensory Lab

Bayer Vegetable Seeds recently opened an in-house Consumer Sensory facility in Bergschenhoek. This facility is part of the vegetable Quality lab and is operated by the same staff. The vegetable quality lab is equipped with technology that allows precise quantification of, for instance, the firmness,…

Australia: $12 million grant to develop greenhouse for grain research

The Grains Innovation Precinct at Horsham SmartFarm will receive $12 million from the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to fund a glasshouse and incubation hub – supporting grain crop industries to diversify into the plant-based protein market. The new glasshouse will help to advance research and innovation in…

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Responses of butter leaf lettuce to mixed red and blue light with extended light/dark cycle period

To investigate the effects of extended light/dark (L/D) cycle periods (relative to the diurnal L/D cycle) on lettuce and explore the potential advantages of abnormal L/D cycles, butter leaf lettuce was grown in a plant factory with artificial light (PFAL) and exposed to mixed red (R) and blue (B) LED…

£8k in prize money for sustainable ideas for protected cropping

The GCRI Trust has announced a new study competition in the formats of either a written document or a video presentation on the theme of ‘Improving sustainability in tomorrow’s protected horticulture.’ With entries accepted as either a written desk study or, new to this year, a video presentation, £2,000…

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New study reviews anti-cancer activity of sustained release capsaicin formulations

A study by a team of researchers at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine provides the first published in-depth description of the anti-cancer activity of capsaicin sustained release formulations. Capsaicin is naturally found in chili peppers and is the agent that provides the hot…

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The diversity of Passalora fulva isolates collected from tomato plants in U.S. high tunnels

High tunnels extend the growing season of high-value crops, including tomatoes, but the environmental conditions within high tunnels favor the spread of the tomato leaf mold pathogen, Passalora fulva (syn. Cladosporium fulvum). Tomato leaf mold results in defoliation and, if severe, losses in yield.…

AU: Labor makes $16.7 million commitment to Agri Tech Hub

Western Sydney University has welcomed Federal Labor’s $16.7 million election commitment to support the University’s vision for a world-leading Agri Tech Hub at its Hawkesbury campus. The announcement was made by the Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition, the Hon Richard Marles MP, and Susan Templeman…

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CEA the focus of educational session at OPS 2022

The burgeoning growth of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) and how growers and consumers view this emerging segment of fresh produce production is the second of two educational sessions devoted to CEA at Organic Produce Summit (OPS) 2022. CEA Part 2 – "CEA of Tomorrow: From the Greenhouse to the…

US (TX): Agriculture teachers in high demand

According to experts, agriculture teachers are in high demand as a number of contributing factors are making it difficult to fill positions in classrooms across Texas and abroad. Offering real-life experiences and exposure to the immense variety that is Texas agriculture, Texas A&M University‘s…

University of Florida 2022 Greenhouse Training Online courses

Finding trained growers is a major challenge for our industry. Your best investment is to upskill your own workers to make better crop management decisions by learning the…

Instructional video program launches to help industry new hires

Blue Book recently launched New Hire Academy 2.0, a refreshed suite of online instructional videos to help industry new hires. “Sourcing, selling, and transporting fresh…

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Developing mediterranean food by using aquaponics and hydroponics

Due to climatic and other stress factors, food products, crops, and fish yields are projected to decline in many Mediterranean areas by 205s. Under semi-arid growing conditions like those found in Mediterranean regions, greenhouse crops are usually over-irrigated so that growers prevent water and…

University of Belize to lead tomato research with Resilient Rural Belize program

А ѕtudу bу аgrісulturе ехреrtѕ аttасhеd tо UВ, іnсludіng Zое Rоbеrѕоn Zеtіnа, Іnа Іrіѕ Ѕаnсhеz, Dr. Gеrаrdо Аldаnа, аnd Frаnсіѕсо Тzul, wіll address a “Реrfоrmаnсе Еvаluаtіоn…

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US (KY): OCHS blesses new fiberglass greenhouse, which will improve ag educational opportunities

Owensboro Catholic High School held a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony on Thursday for their new-and-improved 18×36-foot fiberglass greenhouse, which replaced an old unusable one that had a plastic covering and had fallen into disrepair. The new space allows students to be more hands-on with plants…

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US (IA): School greenhouse could be operational by fall

Atlantic FFA Advisor Eric Miller says he hopes a “test crop” can be planted in the new greenhouse currently under construction at the high school during the Atlantic Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Miller said he plans to move the 300-gallon fish tank in the current greenhouse this summer, run…

US (WI): Baldwin, Pocan visit West Madison ARS to celebrate plant germplasm research facility funding

On April 15, 2022, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan visited the West Madison Agricultural Research Station to announce $37.9M in federal funding for a new plant germplasm research facility. Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Dean Kate VandenBosch hosted the visit. The new federal…

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Lettuce cultivated in hydroponic system responds to less phosphorus inputs

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) is the most widely consumed leafy vegetable worldwide. In recent years, hydroponics lettuce production has increased in Florida. Despite the lower pest, disease, and weed pressure, and the reduction of water and nutrient requirements, the increasing prices of fertilizers,…

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The educational program trying to develop the next generation of horticulture workers

An Australian non-profit organization has established learning programs aimed at increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables among children and providing a pathway for students to take up jobs in horticulture. Food Ladder notes that around just six percent of Australian kids are eating the…

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Plant growth and chemical properties of commercial biochar versus peat-based growing media

Peatlands have been irreversibly destroyed by draining and mining for horticulture, in the course of which tremendous amounts of greenhouse gasses were released into the atmosphere. To avoid this in the future, sustainable alternatives are urgently needed to substitute peat as growing media. An…

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Comparing efficacy of different biostimulants for hydroponically grown lettuce

Biostimulants can enhance horticultural crop production. However, their application in hydroponically grown lettuce is still limited, and information regarding their relative efficacy is lacking. A greenhouse trial was conducted to address this issue. Five nutrient solution treatments were evaluated on…

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WUR gets 12 to 17M euros for research on horti robots

Wageningen research into smart agricultural and horticultural robots will receive 12 to 17 million euros from the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program. The contribution from the National Growth Fund of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is intended to give a major boost to agri-food technology. The…

Relationship between Pythium and oxygen in cucumber cultivation investigated

The Stichting Control Food & Flowers has studied the relationship between substrate oxygenation and susceptibility to Pythium in cucumber cultivation. In the trial, two treatments were compared, one with and one without oxygen treatment. The conclusion was clear: only an oxygen-rich root environment…

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Bigger slant for a better plant: Decoding leaf angle genetics for better crop yields

Plants have been the primary source of our food for ages. With the human population growing rapidly, there is a continual increase in the demand for food produce. Since agricultural land is limited, fulfilling this increasing demand requires finding ways to improve the food crop productivity from…

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Producing cherry tomatoes in urban agriculture

Agriculture in urban and urbanizing areas will be increasingly critical to enhancing food security and food sovereignty, creating income, strengthening social interactions, and improving health outcomes in cities. The research team used three roofs, a hydroponic system, an aquaponic system, and field…

Green Agro Control holds mini-symposium about residue analysis

"Entire chain must comply with MRLs"

Every now and then, there is startling news: some fruits and vegetables have a plant protection residue level that is too high. This causes unease among consumers; everyone…

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Comparing rural and urban food production

"Production in unheated greenhouses far away is better for the environmental impacts"

In a recently conducted research, eight scenarios of fresh tomato supply to urban citizens were analyzed using a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) approach. Two of the scenarios corresponded to unheated greenhouses and long-distance transportation to the final consumer; four scenarios corresponded to zero-miles…

Growth of rucola on Mars soil simulant under the influence of pig slurry and earthworms

To feed humans on a future Mars settlement, a sustainable closed agricultural ecosystem is a necessity. On Mars, both the feces of astronauts as well as any plant residues or other organic waste needs to be (re)used to fertilize the present regolith. The activity of earthworms may play a crucial role in…

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Community greenhouse learning lab opens at Astoria Houses

A group of young residents of the Astoria Houses NYCHA held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Monday to celebrate the opening of an indoor greenhouse inside the housing complex’s community center. The greenhouse will double as a food source and science lab for children and their families. The lab, which the…

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Planting the seeds of the future in Israel’s Arava desert

In the middle of Israel’s barren Arava, more than an hour’s drive from a major city, a diverse group of over 1,200 university students from Africa and Asia have gathered to learn the latest in agriculture technologies from local farmers. The courses are offered at The Arava International Center for…

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What's the future of farming? Agro schools say it's their students

If you grew up in New England over the last 50 years, its transformation from bucolic farmland to suburban sprawl has been steady and inexorable. But the future of Massachusetts' rocky farmland may now rest in the hands of a growing number of agricultural students and vocational instructors who hope to…

A rapid detection method for fungal spores from greenhouse crops

The detection and control of fungal spores in greenhouse crops are important for stabilizing and increasing crop yield. At present, the detection of fungal spores mainly adopts the method of combining portable volumetric spore traps and microscope image processing. This method is problematic as it is…

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Net zero horticultural food production gets £1m research funding boost

Over £1m in funding has been awarded by Growing Kent & Medway to six projects in Kent that aim to make horticultural and plant-based food and drink production more sustainable. The collaborative research grants awarded to Kent-based businesses and research organizations are wide-ranging; from increasing…

Van Iersel, the Vincent J. Dooley Professor of horticultural physiology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

“The greenhouse has to respond to weather conditions changing all the time”

Next time you sit down to a crisp, green salad take a little time to think about where your leafy greens come from. Traditional agriculture is highly weather dependent, and many producers of high-value crops are shifting over from field production to controlled environment agriculture. That is where the…

Coffee from the greenhouse?

Worldwide, almost 10 billion kilograms of coffee are produced every year. Coffee is an important export product, especially for countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research are investigating whether it is possible…

"Data Greenhouse Performance Monitor brought to life"

Data-driven growing is becoming more important by the day. Rick Gitzels of TNO presented the first findings of the Greenhouse Performance Monitor project, in which TNO cooperates with greenhouse builder Dalsem and 30MHz, during the recent edition of Future Trends and Innovations. The latter party shares…

Kenyan researchers get grant for climate-smart agriculture research

The European Union (EU), through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), has awarded a team of five researchers from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) research project funding totaling Kenya Shillings 31 million. The project, entitled “Upgrading of Silver…

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Plants dictate root microbial composition in hydroponics and aquaponics

The role of the microbial community in mediating fish and plant co-culture is often considered the black box of aquaponics. Despite widespread recognition regarding the dependency of plants on their rhizosphere, the extent to which upstream aquaculture influences downstream hydroponic root communities…

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Students at Rock Hill middle school use repurposed COVID desk shields to build greenhouse

As Earth Day is being celebrated around the world, students at a Rock Hill middle school got outdoors to honor Mother Earth. “We are growing flowers and tomatoes, and I think we’re going to start on cucumbers soon,” said eighth-grader Madison Varnadore, who helps lead the greenhouse program. But it’s way…

Principal Sun Qixin of China Agricultural University presided over the special promotion meeting of the Shenzhen Smart Breeding Project

On April 8, Sun Qixin, Principal of China Agricultural University, presided over a special promotion meeting for the Shenzhen Smart Breeding Project. The meeting introduced…

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Nurseries in Athens teach children how to plant

On 20 April, the Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis visited the Botanical Nursery School on Spyrou Patsi Street. There, he planted the first citrus fruits, herbs, and vegetables in the nursery’s “junior” garden alongside children and teachers. The Botanical Nursery School is one of seven that has a…

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US (SD): Tea Area School District is starting an agriculture program, adding a greenhouse

Tea Area School District is one of nine districts in South Dakota that just received a workforce education grant from the Department of Education. The DOE announced the recipients Wednesday. The districts received a total $1,418,942. Tea will use its $118,500 grant to build a greenhouse and start an…

Prize for research into sodium removal with algae: Chlorella algae work best

The Dutch Junior Water Prize 2022 was won on Friday 8 April by three talented schoolchildren for their research 'The green gold vs. salt', an investigation into the possibility of selectively removing sodium from greenhouse water by means of algae. The three winners, Meinke van Oenen, Nynke Bats and…

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Long-term fertilizer reduction in greenhouse tomato-cucumber rotation systems

Technology-oriented approaches to reduce chemical fertilization in agroecosystems without influencing the vegetable yield is a proficient method for sustainable agriculture and environmental safety. However, short-term studies are not capable to indicate the effects of various inputs in a long run;…

Smart algorithm can save hundreds of hours of work when processing images

Through deep learning, robotic systems in the agricultural sector are getting better at recognizing and processing photos of crops. To properly train the systems, hundreds to thousands of images are needed of the crop for which they are used. These images are largely processed by humans. First, they find…

Celebrating Dutch-Sino Relationships at Expo Floriade 2022

Fifty years of Dutch - Chinese diplomatic relations were celebrated at the launch of the Greenports Netherlands China Portal at the World Horticultural Exhibition Floriade Expo 2022 in The Netherlands.  A cooperation of GreenPorts Netherlands, The Province of Zuid-Holland and RVO, the Dutch Enterprise Agency,…

Crop-local CO2 enrichment improves strawberry yield and fuel use efficiency

In protected strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) cultivation, CO2 enrichment is essential to enhance both fruit quality and yield. Fuel burning generators are commonly used to supply CO2 to entire commercial greenhouse space. However, methods that are less fuel-based are desired for contemporary…

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New Mexico students research tomato vine treatments

Pull off fruit and leaves. Cut plant off at ground level and wash all soil from its roots. Take the plant top and roots to the lab. Weigh and measure the parts then wash, alternating three times between acid and water. Let dry. Divide the collection in half. Dry one half. Freeze the other half. That’s…

Dutch cabinet invests €42 million in CROP-XR institute

Over the next ten years, the Dutch government will invest 42 million euros in CROP-XR, a new, virtual institute aimed at developing agricultural crops that are more resistant to climate change and less dependent on plant protection products. The Dutch Cabinet announced the investment, made from its…

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The effect of vapor pressure deficit regulation on the growth of tomato plants

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) has been identified as an increasingly important driver of plant functioning, and thus VPD regulation has been widely recognized as having the potential to improve plant growth and productivity. The research team monitored the trend of the VPD and observed the effect of VPD…

US (MO): Bakersfield School makes major improvements to greenhouse

The Bakersfield FFA and horticulture class has been working hard this past winter making major upgrades to their greenhouse and now has it stuffed wall-to-wall with vegetables and flowers they hope to sell at a one-day plant sale this Saturday. “We’ve been busy,” said Bakersfield FFA advisor Jordan…

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Blue Ridge Community College awarded $1M to build a new greenhouse

The Golden Leaf Foundation awarded a $1 million grant on April 7 to fund a new greenhouse for Blue Ridge Community College’s horticulture program. The new structure will enable students to maintain automated growing systems and teach skills valuable to area growers and agribusinesses. The grant was one…

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The effect of vapor pressure deficit regulation on the growth of tomato plants

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) has been identified as an increasingly important driver of plant functioning, and thus VPD regulation has been widely recognized as having the potential to improve plant growth and productivity. This research monitored the trend of the VPD and observed the effect of VPD…

Vivent / Bayer research:

"Effectiveness of environmentally preferable products can be measured almost immediately"

Modern crop protection practices combine classical disease control with plant resistance induction to various biotic and abiotic stresses. Such stresses might be plant pathogens or extreme weather conditions including drought or heat. One way to induce plant resistance to crop diseases is the use of…

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Sprouting roots with UC’s new horticulture club

At the University of Cincinnati (UC), the new horticulture club has big plans to grow as a student group. The club was established this past year by third year environmental engineering students Hannah Leibman and Sophia Pedigo. The club started after the two shared a similar desire to establish a group…

US (KY): High school student grown lettuce headed to school restaurant

Thanks to their high-tech hydroponic growing system in the greenhouse, the Whitley County High School agriculture department has been harvesting 72 plants of lettuce each week since mid-January. Now they have a market for that produce in the form of a downtown Corbin restaurant. The Whitley County School…

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Mushrooms can talk with each other

Fungi exhibit oscillations of extracellular electrical potential recorded via differential electrodes inserted into a substrate colonized by mycelium or directly into sporocarps. This study analyses the electrical activity of ghost fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis), Enoki fungi (Flammulina velutipes), split…

NY high schoolers tackle food security issues at Cornell event

Forty-six high school students from 17 high schools across New York state came to the Cornell campus for discussions around innovative solutions to food security and climate change challenges. The event was hosted by the New York Youth Institute (NYYI), a World Food Prize program within the Department of…

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Identification and management of hairy bittercress in greenhouses

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta L.) is an important weed species of container nurseries and greenhouse operations. It is an annual or biennial, dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Brassicaceae. It is native to the areas of Europe and Asia but has established itself worldwide. It has been…

Succesfull first try-out with autonomous lettuce growing

The five international teams participating in the final rounds of the 3rd Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have completed the first try-out experiment. The teams tested their algorithms and gained experience during a first crop cycle with lettuce. The teams now prepare for the final crop cycle to…

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Mexican grower Rancho Nexo to trial dissolved CO2 tech

Toronto based CO2 GRO announces its first Mexico project with Marketing Partner Rancho Nexo. A CO2 Delivery Solutions system will be installed for a technology trial at the Bresca Hortalizas S.P.R. de R.L. 4 Ha new greenhouse in the State of Puebla, Mexico. The Bresca greenhouse was built in 2019 for…

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US (NJ): Millville High School greenhouse nurtured by community

The greenhouse opened in September as part of an ongoing renovation of the senior high campus. Environmental science teachers Darren Carr and Mike LaTorre manage the greenhouse and its growing program. For the program, Carr and LaTorre reached out to the Espoma Company, a Millville-based, century-old…

UK: Morecambe school children pilot innovative urban farm

Pupils from Year 3 at the school are currently the first in the UK to take part in the Grow@School project run by LetsLocalise, a social enterprise that aims to empower pupils across the UK.  They have joined forces with American award-winning educator and best-selling author Stephen Ritz, who founded the…

Tradecorp and the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics launch a joint research unit

The ecosystem of sustainable agriculture takes a step forward with the creation of Biological Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture, a joint research unit launched by Tradecorp, a global company specialized in crop biostimulation and sustainable nutrition, in collaboration with the Centre for Plant…

Hands-on hydroponic farming taught in NYC high schools

Jarule Boapeah is one of 16 special-needs students at Q721 public high school in Elmhurst, Queens, learning all about hydroponic farming — right inside the classroom. "I love to see plants growing — I feel proud," the 12th grader said through a special communication device.  Jarule is non-verbal but his pride…

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US (KY): McLean High School greenhouse sale starts Monday

The greenhouse at McLean County High School will soon see more foot traffic than the students taking care of a variety of flowers, plants and more that have been growing since the fall semester. Upon arriving back from spring break, the students will show off their efforts with their annual greenhouse…

Best method for dehumidifying greenhouse air differs per grower

Excessive humidity in the greenhouse limits crop evaporation and thus nutrient uptake. In addition, it can lead to a higher risk of fungal diseases. This can be prevented in a traditional greenhouse by opening the windows and opening a screen gap. Screen gaps often give rise to undesirable air flows in…

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Floriade symposium: circular greenhouse

You are invited to Wageningen University's international symposium about future Circular Greenhouses from 17 till 19 May 2022. Wageningen University & Research and the Club van 100 organize this symposium together with the Floriade. The greenhouse horticulture sector is in the midst of a transition from…

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US (OH): Hilltop urban farm to offer more learning for low-income families

Hoping to reap what they sow, Mid-Ohio Farm officials expect even more full bellies and enlightened minds as an expansion project begins this month. A program within the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, the initiative is a seven-acre urban farm based on the Hilltop that grows fresh produce, provides…

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Comprehensive understanding of selecting traits for heat tolerance in tomato

Elevated temperature causes an adverse impact of heat stress (HS) on vegetable crops; this has been considered as a crucial limiting factor for global food security as well as crop production. In tomato plants, HS also causes changes in physiological, morphological, biochemical, and molecular responses…

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Hydrogen peroxide and saline nutrient solution in hydroponic zucchini culture

Saline water has been used in irrigation due to the limited availability of fresh water, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. However, the use of this type of water can affect crop growth and development. Studies have tested the use of chemical conditioners to minimize the negative effects of…

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Incidence, severity and distribution of yellow leaf curl disease of tomato in Kenya

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) is an important fruiting vegetable grown in Kenya because of its commercial and high nutritional value. Viruses are a major constraint to tomato production in tropics and sub tropics, eliciting symptoms like stunting, leaf mosaic, distortion, chlorosis, mottling, and vein…

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Australia: Gaining a formal skillset in the horticulture industry with a masterclass

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is offered through the  University of Tasmania and was developed in partnership with some of the world’s leading names in horticulture. It is a flexible course, with online delivery and three face-to-face workshops scheduled throughout the course duration. In this…

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US (IA): Tipton schools breaks ground on greenhouse

 It’s been a long time coming, but dirt is finally moving at Tipton High School for a new greenhouse. A patch of the ripped-up parking lot on the north side of the high school will be a new 3,000 square-foot greenhouse by the time students start school in the fall. Ground officially broke Tuesday morning with…

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Morningside University adds greenhouse to agriculture program

Morningside University’s agricultural program continues to grow, with a new greenhouse on the Sioux City campus to give students some hands-on growing experience. Department head Tom Paulsen says the greenhouse has space for many different projects and modern technology to water the plants. “The flood…

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Valuation of climate performance of a low-tech greenhouse in Costa Rica

The expansion of protected agriculture has technological, climatic, and topographic limitations. The agricultural regions of Costa Rica use the greenhouse concept and adapt it to its conditions. The objective of this work was to describe the variation in temperature and humidity in a greenhouse…

Ecoation hosts first educational Jamboree in Leamington for growers

They say education is knowledge, and last week the team at ecoation in Leamington sponsored an all-Canadian educational afternoon featuring speakers from various horticultural companies at the Roma Club. The event, which saw over 70 growers and greenhouse staff attend from the various greenhouses in the…

Australia: AgriBio expansion boosts AgTech and innovation

A multi-million dollar expansion at AgriBio, an Australian bioscience facility in Bundoora, has just been completed — boosting biosecurity research and offering a new innovation hub for AgTech startups. Spanning across 1600 square meters, the space is based at the Victorian Government and La Trobe…

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Identification of tomato accessions as source of new genes for improving heat tolerance

Due to global warming, the search for new sources for heat tolerance and the identification of genes involved in this process has become an important challenge as of today. The main objective of the current research was to verify whether the heat tolerance determined in controlled greenhouse experiments…

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Canada looking into solving food waste and clean energy problem

Food waste is a growing problem in Canada and many other parts of the world — and it is only expected to get worse in the coming years. An estimated 60 per cent of food produced in Canada — over 35 million tons per year — ends up in landfills. However, Canadian cities have also run out of land to dispose…

New University of Warwick research:

"Subsidy would improve fruit and veg intake by as much as 15%"

High fixed costs for retailing fresh fruit and vegetables means that they cost 40% more than would be efficient, unlike unhealthy alternatives, which trade close to marginal…

US: Moss Greenhouses helps Twin Falls School District high school students bloom

Canyon Ridge, Magic Valley and Twin Falls High School students got their hands dirty at Moss Greenhouses while they learned about the variety of career opportunities available at the local business. Through the visa program, Twin Falls School District staff and Blue Lakes Rotary Club members assist…

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US: New high school greenhouse shines light on horticulture program

The new Nelson County High School greenhouse finally has a glass ceiling and walls. NCHS horticulture teacher Margaret Seaman pointed to where the greenhouse’s new concrete floor is outfitted with drains: “Now I can powerwash it down,” she said. Seaman teaches introduction to horticulture, landscaping,…

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Controlling of Meloidgyne incognita using nematicides, on four peppers cultivars

Organic acids and plant extracts, which have a nemacidal action and may be used instead of nematicides that pollute the environment, are one way for controlling the pepper root-knot nematode. This study provides for the first time a new strategy for management Meloidgyne incognita (Kofoid and White) by…

Horticulture training and demonstration center established in Georgia

Eighteen foreign and Georgian companies signed the declaration of membership, under which the companies have joined and became members of the newly established NNLE…

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An example of a biologic control unfolds inside high school greenhouse

It’s a bug-eats-plant, bug-eats-bug-that-eats-plant world out there.Sedro-Woolley High School agriculture teacher Christian Warman is showing his students how Mother Nature can take the place of chemical crop protection. “This is the future,” Warman said. “It’s huge for me and for these students.…

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An automated camera-based tomato flower and fruit monitoring system

Automated crop monitoring using image analysis is commonly used in horticulture. Image-processing technologies have been used in several studies to monitor growth, determine…

Prevention of blossom end rot in tomatoes with Intra Eco Shield

Blossom End Rot (BER, neusrot) is a physical malformation of the fruit tips of greenhouse crops with serious economic consequences (Figure 1). Many factors may contribute to this growth disturbance, but affected calcium homeostasis probably plays a major role, which may be caused by an improper…

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Quality improvement in vegetable greenhouse by cadmium pollution remediation

Greenhouse vegetable production (GVP) has grown in importance as a source of public vegetable consumption as well as income for farmers. Due to the high cropping index, substantial agricultural input, and confined environment, numerous contaminants can accumulate in GVP. Polluted soil is treated with…

Nebraska faculty lead national cover crop course

University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Andrea Basche and Samuel Wortman weren’t sure their idea of a new agronomy cover crop course would come to fruition. Basche, an assistant professor in agronomy and horticulture, floated the idea of a cover crop course to Wortman, an associate professor in agronomy and…

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US (IL): Crop scientists explore predator insects in veggie tunnels

Crouched between rows of tomatoes and peppers tucked inside a high tunnel, researchers pluck insects off plants in the name of science. Because to catch a pest, you may have to release a predator. The flourishing local foods movement is driving more Illinois farmers to grow fruits and vegetables, using…

CAES students get new views on industry during Georgia ag tour

Red barns, green pastures and the sound of roosters crowing at the crack of dawn. These are the images that come to mind when agriculture comes up, but ask the students who climbed aboard the charter bus for the 2022 Spring Break Tour through Georgia Agriculture, and what they say will broaden your…

Johns Hopkins research:

Chemical found in leafy greens shown to slow growth of COVID-19 and common cold viruses

A Johns Hopkins Children’s Center-led study finds sulforaphane could help prevent and treat illnesses caused by some coronaviruses, including COVID-19 Researchers at Johns…

WUR investigates transparent and energy-efficient coating

The more light, the higher - potentially - the production of a crop. That is why growers are looking for glass that is as transparent as possible for their greenhouses. However, that glass also ensures that a relatively large amount of heat escapes from the greenhouse: it does not stop enough radiant…

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Greenhouse study confirms flood-tolerant varieties of soy

If you’ve ever looked at food labels in your local grocery store, you’ve probably seen soy listed as an ingredient. Even though soy is widespread in our foods, that doesn’t make the production of soy any easier for growers. One challenge facing soy growers is flooding. Flooding is a major cause of crop…

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Production methods for high yielding plants of everbearing strawberry

Environmental conditions during plant raising determine the yield potential of everbearing strawberries. This research team studied the effect of three rooting dates in the cultivars ‘Favori’ and ‘Murano’ in a greenhouse with 18 ℃ and 20-h long days and under outdoor conditions in Norway. The highest…

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Effects of biostimulants on zucchini plants infected by Tomato New Delhi virus

The use of organic substances in integrated pest management can contribute to human- and environment-safe crop production. In the present work, a combination of organic biostimulants (Fullcrhum Alert and BioVeg 500) and an inorganic corroborant (Clinogold, zeolite) was tested for the effects on the plant…

Saugerties School gets growing in their Ceres greenhouse

Before 2019, teachers at Saugerties High School – located in Saugerties, New York – held outdoor classes in the school’s garden. There was heightened interest in more opportunities for hands-on learning, so a few visionary individuals engaged Ceres to design a 30’x50’ HighYield educational greenhouse.  Constructed in…

Babonneau primary school greenhouse project gets funding

By the end of this month, the Babonneau Primary School on Saint Lucia will be benefiting from an upgraded greenhouse. This is because the school received an injection of funds from insurance giant Sagicor, which recently donated $6,000 to the school, sealing the deal on its continued commitment to…

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Semi-transparent organic photovoltaic filters for agrivoltaic greenhouses

Greenhouses enable the production of food crops and ornamental plants year-round outside of their natural environment and growth zones. While other solar-powered greenhouses do improve the sustainability of food production, they require either additional land in the form of solar farms or a reduction in…

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Response of chili varieties to the infection with ToBRFV

Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is an emerging virus that threatens tomato and chili production worldwide. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of ToBRFV infection on plant morphology and fruit quality in eight varieties of pepper and to propose a diagrammatic scale to evaluate…

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Five growers start pilot trial with mealworm culture in greenhouse

The Inagro's project on Entomoponics investigates the practical feasibility of mealworm culture under cultivation gutters. In the spring of 2022, the pilot programs started at five Belgium growers, namely Agrokom, Neegro, Tomco, Husagro and Gemapa. The mealworms were placed between the cucumbers,…

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Clarifying hormonal interactions during parthenocarpic fruit formation in horticultural crops

Plant hormones are well known for their important roles in plant development, including fruit development, and many researchers have devoted significant effort towards understanding the relationship between plant hormones and parthenogenesis. What are the latest research advances in hormones and…

Maine teacher shows students how to grow without soil

Robin LaRochelle teaches aquaponics and aquaculture at Jonesport-Beals High School. She's believed to be the only teacher in all of Maine solely dedicated to showing students how to grow crops without soil. LaRochelle's inspiration to teach these courses comes from her own high school experience.…

Vici grant for WUR research on stress in plants

Wageningen scientist is awarded a prestigious Vici grant for his research on plants and how they deal with stress. The Vici grant for researcher Louis de Smet was previously announced. The Vici grant is awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Usually, all awarded grants are announced at the same time, but the absenteeism due to covid has caused the process to be delayed.

Poelman’s research focuses on plants and the uncertainty they experience in not knowing when and by what insects they may be attacked. In responding to and defending themselves from the current attacker, plants must also calculate the risk of attacks by future assailants. Poelman studies the evolution of this type of stress management in plants.

‘My team will unravel how wild plants align their defense strategy with the order in which insects attack’, Poelman says. ‘This is a significant stride in this field. We shift the current focus on defense against two assailants at most to studying how plants integrate possible attacks from dozens of different insects in their defensive strategy. By comparing related wild plants in how their defense strategy is aligned to the specific dynamics of the order in which insects attack, we can learn what properties make plants resilient against a variety of insect attacks. This knowledge is needed to make our crops resilient and resistant against pests within a sustainable agricultural system with reduced use of pesticides.’

Veni, vidi, Vici
The Vici grant is one of the largest personal science awards in the Netherlands and, with the Veni and Vidi grants, is part of the NWO talent program. The Vici grant is awarded to very experienced researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own research path and can coach young researchers.

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Phil Campbell greenhouse gives plants, students room to grow

Since the first week of February, students at Phil Campbell High School have been busy in the school’s greenhouse – growing vegetables and flowers and also cultivating their own knowledge and skills, all under the direction of agriculture instructor Caleb Beason. “I really desire for students, when they…

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RII welcomes new producer-partners for USDA-funded CEA project

The Resource Innovation Institute (RII) welcomes its latest round of producer-partners planning to benchmark their energy- and water-efficiency performance metrics as part of…

Horticulture degrees now offer sustainable programs

Labor shortages in horticulture aren’t simply a matter of people not wanting to work but wanting to work differently. Colleges and universities are listening by offering horticulture degrees more aligned with today’s increasing interest in sustainability. Washington Post reporter Heather Long says, “A…

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Australia: Extension delivery focus for new veg project

The University of Melbourne is leading a new Hort Innovation-funded project that is evaluating the impact of providing additional training and support to industry development officers (IDOs) engaged in Hort Innovation projects, with the aim of demonstrating the benefits that can be achieved through…

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US (NM): Lovington students develop their green thumbs at greenhouse

What’s 60 feet long, 30 feet wide and packed with plenty of ripe, climbing, red tomatoes, blooming geraniums, budding lantana and a variety of other growing things — all of which were propagated from existing plants? It’s the greenhouse on the campus of Lovington High School, where teacher Montana Hagler…

Europe's cabbages originated in the Middle East

Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers look nothing alike. Despite this, botanically, they are the same species: Brassica oleracea. And their ancestor grows on the rocky coasts of England and France: the wild cabbage. However, the types of cabbage we eat today did not originate from England or France at all,…

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Nanostructured mesoporous silica materials induce hormesis on chili pepper

The aim of the present work was to evaluate the possible effects of two SBA nano-structured silica materials differing in morphology; SBA-15, with porous structure in parallel and with a highly ordered hexagonal array and SBA-16, with spheric nano-cages located in cubic arrays, as plant growth…

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Ultraviolet radiation causes leaf warming due to partial stomatal closure

Variation in solar ultraviolet radiation induces a wide range of plant responses from the cellular to the whole-plant scale. This research demonstrate here for the first time that partial stomatal closure caused by ultraviolet radiation exposure results in significant increases in leaf temperature.…


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