Education and research

Ohio State, Rutgers, Cornell, the University of Arizona, Koidra, and Hort Americas team up to lead USDA-awarded grant

Commercial horticultural supplier Hort Americas has joined The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES); Rutgers University; Cornell University; the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Ag Center (CEAC); and Koidra on a research and development…

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Construction and evaluation of a hydroponic system for tomato cultivation

Hydroponic system applications can help alleviate problems caused by changes in agricultural land usage. A lot of hydroponic research has been carried out growing different plants, however, their applicability in Sindh Pakistan requires some amendment. The research was conducted at Sindh Agriculture…

CAN (ON): Student team aims to advance to next phase of Deep Space Food Challenge

Students from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College are feeling optimistic their entry in the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Deep Space Food Challenge will advance to Phase 3 of the multi-year contest.  This week, the team met with CSA members in the Controlled Environment Systems Research…

CAN (ON): University of Guelph research makes growing greenhouse industry more efficient

In Essex County, Ont., the nighttime sky glows orange, and greenhouses dominate the landscape. It’s the result of the rapidly growing greenhouse industry in Ontario, one that took up almost 1,800 hectares of land and paid close to $194 million for energy in 2021, according to Statistics Canada.  But in Essex…

US (KY): Kennesaw State Field Station is a living laboratory

Just a few minutes northwest of Kennesaw State University sits a 23-acre plot of land along Hickory Grove Road near Interstate 75 in Kennesaw, Ga. Eight years ago, the land was a concrete mixing plant owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).   The KSU Field Station operates under the auspices of…

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Reducing global land-use pressures with seaweed farming

Agricultural expansion to meet humanity’s growing needs for food and materials is a leading driver of land-use change, exacerbating climate change and biodiversity loss. Seaweed biomass farmed in the ocean could help reduce demand for terrestrial crops and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by…

Tomato cousin’s coolest quirk

If you’ve ever seen tomatillos in a supermarket, you’ve probably noticed the dry, papery husk surrounding them. Groundcherries, a miniature relative of the tomatillo, also have this husk. It’s called an inflated calyx, and it could have significant implications for the field of plant genetics. Peeling back the genetic layers of…

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Effects of excessive irrigation researched

Excessive irrigation and chemical fertilizer application in the greenhouse can lead to resource waste, environmental pollution, and unstable or even reduced fruit yields. A four-season experiment was conducted with three irrigation levels (W1, 100%ETc; W2, 75%ETc; W3, 50%ETc, where ETc was the crop…

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Philippines: Two universities eye vertical farms 'to solve onion scarcity'

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and two universities — Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) and Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) — have forged a research partnership to boost the onion supply in the country. The rains in recent weeks have affected onion farmers, so…

US (GA): CAES researchers examine blueberry quality issues for Georgia producers

A multidisciplinary team of the University of Georgia agriculture experts is working to determine causes and solutions to postharvest quality problems that have hit Georgia’s blueberry growers hard in recent seasons. Funded by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Office of…

US: Research expanding opportunities for commercial seaweed production

For thousands of years, seaweed has been a dietary staple for people around the world. While Japan may be the culture most frequently associated with seaweed consumption, different types of seaweed are commonly eaten in other Pacific Islands, as well as in China, Iceland, Wales, and Scotland.Seaweed…

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Turkish scientist examines celery in attempt to cure ALS

A Turkish scientist has managed to remove plaques that lead to ALS disease with celery extract. Neslihan Taşlı, a researcher from Yeditepe University's Genetics and…

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UMaine Space announces new seed grant awardees

The UMaine Space Initiative is pleased to announce recipients of a new seed grant program created to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations that result in rapid planning, team development, and research coordination in supported topical areas.  UMaine Space administers an Ideas Lab program…

Scientists study the yield of tomatoes grafted in wild Solanaceae under water-deficit conditions

A study that began in mid-2021 and ended earlier this year allowed researchers from the Ceja de Selva Research Institute for Sustainable Development (INDES-CES) of the Toribio…

US (CA): Emanuel Epstein remembered for pioneering plant mineral research

Emanuel “Manny” Epstein, a long-term resident of Davis and a distinguished professor in the former department of soils and plant nutrition at the University of California, Davis, died on December 4, 2022, in Davis.  He was born in Germany in 1916, coming of age just as Hitler’s Nazis started persecuting Germany’s…

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Phytochrome F mediates red light responsiveness additively with phytochromes B1 and B2 in tomato

Phytochromes are red light and far-red light-sensitive, plant-specific light receptors that allow plants to orient themselves in space and time. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) contains a small family of five phytochrome genes, for which, to date, stable knock out mutants are only available for three of…

CFD simulation and uniformity optimization of the airflow field in chinese solar greenhouses using the multifunctional fan–coil unit system

Supplying homogenous and suitable airflow schemes were explored in Chinese solar greenhouses, which had a positive impact on crop yield and quality. This paper provided a multifunctional fan–coil unit system (FCU) to assist in circulating air. This system could collect the surplus heat of daytime air and…

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CRISPR technology: A decade of genome editing is only the beginning

In the decade since the publication of CRISPR-Cas9 as a genome-editing technology, the CRISPR toolbox, and its applications have profoundly changed basic and applied biological research. Wang and Doudna now review the origins and utility of CRISPR-based genome editing, the successes and current…

New spray gives plants the power to self-heal

A partnership between McMaster Engineering and Suncor is working to revolutionize the agriculture industry with the invention of a new spray that gives plants the power to self-heal. Every year, crops across Canada are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. These harsh chemical sprays pose…

US (NY): New tomato bred to naturally resist pests and curb disease

A Cornell researcher has completed a decades-long program to develop new varieties of tomatoes that naturally resist pests and limit the transfer of viral disease by insects. Martha Mutschler-Chu, a plant breeder and geneticist who leads the program, recently deposited an initial set of insect-resistant…

Researchers study unintended effects of gene editing in tomatoes

Researchers in UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources are exploring options to help ensure consumers have a safe, abundant, and nutritious food supply. The project, which is studying a genetic editing technique in tomato plants, is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and…

US (TX): Controlled environment ag program takes root at Texas A&M AgriLife

The rapidly evolving field of controlled environment agriculture has taken root in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life…

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Far-red light during cultivation improves post-harvest chilling tolerance in basil

A new study by Dorthe H.Larsen, Leo F.M. Marcelis, Diederick van Kempen, Wouter Kohlen, Celine C.S. Nicole, and Ernst J. Wolteringae showed that Far-red light during cultivation improves post-harvest chilling tolerance in basil.  AbstractBasil (Ocimum basilicum L.) is a temperature-sensitive plant and suffers…

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Tomato brown rugose fruit virus Mo gene is a novel microbial source tracking marker

Microbial source tracking (MST) identifies sources of fecal contamination in the environment using fecal host-associated markers. While there are numerous bacterial MST markers, there are few viral markers. Here we design and test novel viral MST markers based on tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)…

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Computer vision, deep-learning neural networks supports study of greenhouse mushroom cultivation

Worldwide, the mushroom industry is a booming business, valued at more than $50 billion in 2019, with most production originating in China and the United States. To create a more favorable environment for mushroom cultivation, farmers are moving their outdoor farming operations into large greenhouses,…

CRISP-CAS delivers peanut-shaped tomato

Fruit shape is an important trait that attracts consumers, and the regulation of genes related to cell division is crucial for shaping multicellular organs. In Arabidopsis, MYB3R transcription factors, which harbor three imperfect repeats in the N-terminus, control organ growth by regulating cell…

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US (PA): Student Farm offers engagement opportunities across campus

As a new growing season approaches, the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm prepares for another year of supporting the campus food system. While the farm can produce over 16,000 pounds of produce each year, there is more to the four-acre farm than sustainable vegetable production. The farm collaborates…

US (VA): Virginia Tech researchers study flavor and shelf life of Virginia cherry tomatoes

The tomato, one of Virginia's top products, is a multimillion-dollar business in the commonwealth and is incredibly nutrient-dense, boasting vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other benefits valuable to human health.  Among the tomato varieties, cherry tomatoes are gaining popularity among consumers…

chemical dirt is more difficult though

AR glass easy to clean, researchers conclude

Modern, energy-efficient greenhouses are widely built with glass with anti-reflective coatings or surface treatments to get more sunlight into the greenhouse and, thus, more solar energy. To remove uncertainty about how the greenhouse with special glass would perform in the longer term, research has been…

Fungi could be the future of healthier plants

A vital ecosystem is living under our feet. Below the world, we see a complex living network of plant roots, nutrients, and fungi. Kevin Garcia, an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, is researching how certain fungi can strengthen this hidden environment and, in turn,…

Rijk Zwaan to showcase 'Freshly Forward' at Fruit Logistica, Berlin

‘Freshly Forward, from Foundation to Future’ – this is the theme Rijk Zwaan has chosen to encapsulate its roadmap for tackling today’s challenges. The vegetable breeding company is moving Freshly Forward both with and for partners in the entire fresh value chain because fresh solutions hold the key to…

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US (NY): Stony Brook program seeks to train new farmers

Stony Brook University is introducing a new piece into the local food ecosystem here in 2023, with the launch of a new Small Scale Farming Program this month at the university’s Southampton campus. Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, who was instrumental in getting school garden programs off the ground on the East…

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Bucknell University professors discover new tomato plant species

If you spend five minutes with Chris Martine, you'll know how much he loves plants. That's why the Bucknell University biology professor was ecstatic when he and his colleague Dr. Tanisha Williams discovered a new species of tomato plant. The discovery was made on a 2019 trip to Australia. The group was…

Towards Clavibacter-resistant tomato varieties

Everyone is talking about the brown rugose virus. After all, there are only very limited solutions for that, and it can be particularly devastating for a grower's bottom line. This doesn't mean that other nasty pathogens are kept at bay. There is one in particular for which no solution has been found…

Analysis of fertigation effluents from mini-tomato greenhouses and the need for detection of control points

Water supply quality, nutrient availability in irrigation solutions, and discharge water or effluents must be monitored for protected cultivation to achieve sustainable management of food production. This study aimed to evaluate whether effluent solution from mini-tomato-protected crops can be recycled…

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"Our novel gene editing system can be used efficiently for many breeding programs and crop plants"

A ground-breaking twist to the CRISPR tool – aka "genetic scissors" – is being put to use to edit plant genomes by scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, signaling a methodology change. The discovery that was recently published in the prestigious journal Nature…

First complete structures of plant respiratory proteins

Back-to-back papers in the December 29 issue of Nature Plants report the first complete protein structures for plant respiratory supercomplex I+III2. Obtaining these structures helps researchers understand basic plant biology, as well as stress responses and how biofuel crops might grow more rapidly.…

Creditors continue to report to Codema trustee

Codema's bankruptcy will be wound up as if only one company were insolvent. The trustee has been given permission to do so, according to a new bankruptcy report. There are…

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IoT-based monitoring system for control of heavy metals to ensure optimal lettuce growth in hydroponic set-ups

Heavy metal concentrations that must be maintained in aquaponic environments for plant growth have been a source of concern for many decades, as they cannot be completely eliminated in a commercial set-up. Our goal was to create a low-cost real-time smart sensing and actuation system for controlling…

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Seminar

Introduction to hydroponic crop production

AmHydro of Arcata, CA, will be hosting another  “Introduction to Hydroponic Crop Production” Seminar taking place on Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th. Taking place at the Ingomar Club and Humboldt Hydrofarms in Eureka, CA,  participants will learn in both a classroom setting as well as in a commercial Controlled…

Cross-kingdom synthetic microbiota supports tomato suppression of Fusarium wilt disease

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is one of the most widely grown vegetables worldwide, and the increasing market demand is met by large-scale greenhouse cultivation. Owning to the widespread application of agrochemicals and monoculture farming, outbreaks of fungal diseases, such as wilt disease caused by…

Malaysia: Greenhouse serves as agrotherapy retreat

Malaysia Bhd has built a greenhouse in the vicinity of Cerebral Palsy Johor (CPJ) to aid the association’s various activities. This includes providing agrotherapy for children with cerebral palsy and developing an income stream through the sale of crops grown for the association.  Kulim, through its Agrofarm…

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US (AR): Grants back UA prof studying crop growth on solar farms

University of Arizona scientists are proving that electricity isn’t the only thing you can harvest down on the solar farm. That’s the idea behind agrivoltaics, the science of raising crops or livestock on photovoltaic energy sites, a concept that has been around since the first solar farm began sprouting…

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Estonia: Schoolchildren grow their own vegetables in smart greenhouse

Students at Koeru High School in Järva County have been able to eat salads made from vegetables grown in the school's very own smart greenhouse before Christmas. In spring, the first seeds will also be planted in a large greenhouse on the school roof. The entire project is being conducted in…

Sagicor sponsored greenhouse opens at Babonneau Primary School

Students at the Babonneau Primary School are now set to benefit from the sale and consumption of vegetables planted and reaped by them at their school, thanks to the support of Sagicor. On Friday, December 9th, the school officially re-opened its greenhouse, which was refurbished earlier this year after…

Philippines: Agribusiness advocate Jiggy Manicad promotes backyard, urban farming

With inflation cited as Filipinos' top concern in a survey released by OCTA Research this December, agribusiness advocate and host of the TV show "Agripreneur" Jiggy Manicad is calling on more Filipinos to support backyard and urban farming as one solution to increase food security amid rising prices and…

China: The impact of short-term nitrogen starvation and replenishment on hydroponically grown spinach

Nitrate is used as a source of supplemental nitrogen for plants, but it can also contribute to nitrate accumulation in green vegetables, which is unhealthy for humans. This study involves short nitrogen starvation and nitrogen replenishment treatments to minimize the nitrate content in spinach (Spinacea…

Zayndu: "Our seed treatment increases yield with 10-27%"

Growers hit by energy increases could increase productivity with a novel seed treatment. Results from Zayndu show yield increases of 10 – 27% in the yield of herb and salad crops and more rapid germination following treatment with its Aurora plasma-tech.  Improving productivity could offer a significant impact…

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Education opportunities abound on Auburn’s rooftop garden

The garden on the rooftop of the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University does more than provide food and adornments for guests of its signature restaurant, 1856 – Culinary Residence, The Laurel Hotel & Spa and Ariccia Cucina Italiana. In fact, the 4,400-square-foot garden on the…

CombiVliet invests in sustainability for year-round tomato cultivation

Next year, major tomato grower CombiVliet will have the last of eight blocks of 12 hectares of a greenhouse built in Middenmeer. This was said by Financial Director Eric van Heijningen on Thursday afternoon during Greenport West-Holland's Meet&Greet Energie. His story revealed that it is not the only…

Funds support genomics research

Downy mildew research to benefit lettuce growers and consumers

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes annual losses in the $3 billion industry. The Foundation of Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, awarded Richard Michelmore, professor and director of the UC Davis Genome Center, the…

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Quality and yield of bell pepper cultivated with two and three stems in a modern agriculture system

Bell pepper is a very important crop for its value in domestic and foreign markets, and growers have adopted different management practices. In that aspect, management with varying numbers of stems can define the quality and quantity of the product, as well as any increase in yield. The objective of this…

Provide energy-efficient lighting while achieving a good fruit production in cucumber

Due to high energy prices, cucumber growers are forced to use less electricity and heat in their cultivation. This automatically has consequences for cultivation. For example, using less (LED) lighting results in lower production. The exact consequences depend on the choices regarding the energy supply.…

Vineland Innovation Report:

"Horticulture in Canada today is strong because of the strategic thinking and decisions made by the sector's stakeholders decades ago"

"Being able to predict what the future holds would be an amazing skill to have, although obviously, impossible to achieve. However, it is possible to try to steer towards a desired future by understandingthe pressures on a sector and defining the possible system interfaces and our responses to them", Ian…

US (NC): Former student teaches horticulture program

Charleston County School District’s East Cooper Center for Advanced Studies is helping students get career ready before they graduate high school. After 13 years, their horticulture program has come full circle now that former student Paul Millar is teaching the class. Katie Donohoe started the…

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US (MA): St. Louis region emerging as hub for innovation in indoor agriculture

The St. Louis region is positioned to become the global center for innovation in indoor soilless agriculture thanks to a cooperative effort from dozens of experts over the past two years. This work, which aims to realize the full potential of a burgeoning industry while benefiting the local community, is…

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CAN: Intensive agriculture turned a wild plant into a pervasive weed, study finds

New research published in Science shows how the rise of modern agriculture turned a North American native plant, the common waterhemp, into a problematic agricultural weed. An international team led by researchers at the University of British Columbia with colleagues at the University of Toronto compared…

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US (NC): Plant sale Wednesday in Salisbury to benefit school greenhouse program

A special plant sale will take place this Wednesday, December 14, at Henderson Independent High School in Salisbury. Proceeds will benefit the school's greenhouse program. "We have been opening up the greenhouse during class for holiday shopping and for students to truly experience the retail,…

US (CO): As water issues in the West endure, Irrigation Innovation Consortium supports industry, university collaborations

As water becomes increasingly scarce in the American West, a group of university and industry partners has been pursuing innovations in the largest use of this key resource: agricultural irrigation.  For almost five years, the Irrigation Innovation Consortium has supported industry-university collaboration…

"Edible coating based on silk could extend shelf-life of fresh produce"

The Silklab at Tufts University has pioneered the use of silk as a biological solution for many technological challenges. Just like the silk that goes into the fine fabric, the silk used in the lab comes from the cocoons of silkworms, but it is processed in a very different way to break it down to its…

new research reveals growing uptake in horticulture applications

How growers are gaining the advantage by adopting SaaS technology

As technology continues to transform the horticultural industry, many growers remain skeptical that technology providers are able to deliver the value they promise. SaaS…

Effect of biofertilizers on basil in a floating culture

A recently published study aims to evaluate the response of three bio-fertilizers where mineral fertilizers are reduced by 50%. "Hydroponics is one of the systems in agriculture which reinforce productivity by controlling environmental and growing conditions," the researchers say. "However, the soil has…

Small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups generate most of the innovation on Wageningen Campus

With the new Upfield building erected between Unilever and Friesland Campina, there are now three eye-catching buildings on Wageningen Campus’ business strip. These large R&D centers suggest that they dominate the innovation on the campus, but this is incorrect. Most of the innovation happens in small…

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Influence of seed treated with plasma activated water on the growth of lactuca sativa L.

The aim of this work was to determine if PAW (Plasma Activated Water) seed treatment and growing conditions could have positive effects on lettuce seedlings and growth. The paper presents the results of a pot experiment on lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivation in greenhouse and field conditions after…

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Is it feasible to resume high salinity wastewater as a plant nutrient medium for plant hydroponics?

The water cycle is an important part of the controlled ecological life support system (CELSS), which involves the supply of drinking water and plant irrigation water and the recycling of urine, sanitary wastewater, and air condensate water. Using urine and sanitary wastewater for plant culture is an…

US: Researchers studying how precision farming practices are used in Arkansas

Researchers wanting to know how Arkansas farmers, consultants, and other professionals use precision agriculture have launched a survey to find the answers. The survey will remain open until January 31. “This survey will help our team identify research and educational needs and priorities for precision…

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Farmer-led research explores overwintering salad greens

Practical Farmers of Iowa released a report on farmer-led research titled Overwintered Salad Greens Variety Trial. Farmers Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan of Humble Hands Harvest and Jon Yagla of The Millet Seed farm seeded more than 15 different varieties of salad greens and compared germination and…

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US (TN): DeKalb County highschool receives new greenhouse

The Future Farmers of America Chapter at DeKalb County High School is getting a new greenhouse, and it has the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association to thank for it. Leaders of the TNLA presented a check for $1,000 to the FFA Chapter to reboot the Plant Science program at DCHS. John Flanders, 2nd…

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Evaluation of native bacterial isolates for control of cucumber powdery mildew under greenhouse conditions

Cucumber plants are often attacked by various pathogens, which can considerably decrease production and cause significant losses. One of the most prevalent fungal diseases is powdery mildew, caused by an obligate pathogen, Podosphaera xanthii. It is a serious disease that causes significant damage to the…

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Following insect footprints to improve crop resilience and monitor pollinator biodiversity

Bees and other insects leave behind tiny ‘footprints’ of environmental DNA on plants each time they visit, giving researchers a way of tracking where insects have been and offering clues on how to help them flourish. A team of researchers, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute and led by the University…

Signify and Republic Polytechnic collaborate to enhance local crop quality and shelf-life using smart lighting applications

Signify is collaborating with Republic Polytechnic (RP) on a project to extend the shelf-life and preserve the nutrients of fresh produce that will commence in January 2023. Both parties have come together with the commitment to advance the local agri-tech R&D ecosystem and address local food production…

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Detection of diseases in tomato plant using machine learning

A major part of the Indian economy relies on agriculture, thus, identification of any diseased crop in the initial phase is very important as these diseases cause a significant drop in agricultural production and also affect the economy of the country. Tomato crops are susceptible to various diseases,…

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US (MO): Nichols Career Center to receive $400,000 for greenhouse

Nichols Career Center is set to receive up to $400,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which it plans to put toward the cost of a building trades building and a greenhouse. The money comes from the Missouri's Area Career Center Opportunity Grant program, whose funds…

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US (MI): Plant sale raises funds for greenhouse from propagations

Throughout this week, the NMU greenhouse is having its annual plant sale in the Lydia M. Olson Library. Colorful carts filled with a large variety of plants – including oregano, purple heart, snake plants, agave, yuca, vermillion, citronella, and different kinds of succulents – are for sale for only a…

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Vanilla and pepper, made in Osnabrück:

Research center "Agricultural Systems of the Future" opened at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Until now, vanilla has mostly come to us from regions around the Indian Ocean, and pepper has also been imported to Europe to this day. This is now set to change, as new, future-oriented, and sustainable cultivation options for these and many other herb and vegetable plants are now being researched at…

Research on control strategy of light and CO2 in blueberry greenhouse based on coordinated optimization model

As essential environmental parameters in the greenhouse, appropriate light and CO2 will improve agricultural productivity and quality. Although many related studies have been…


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