Can courgettes be grown with bubble wrap?

The BEST (Bubble Energy Saving Technology) greenhouse is a remarkable construction: a semi-curved span with bubble wrap, thus resembling a combination of a tunnel greenhouse and a wide-span greenhouse. Previous research has shown that woody soft fruit can be grown well and energy-efficiently in the BEST…

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Culinary herb survey: call for participants

University researchers are seeking input from greenhouse growers and indoor potted and fresh-cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for the survey will help to steer the focus of…

Probing plant infections: how do germs infect crops?

Sometimes the pathogens that infect plants also affect people - through our pocketbooks. This is why plant pathologist Erica Goss, a University of Florida professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, spends a lot of time studying microbes that infect tomatoes, peppers, and…

USAID’s innovation lab for horticulture in Honduras

USAID’s Innovation Lab for Horticulture began in 2009 when USAID selected the University of California, Davis (UCDavis) as the lead institution in a number of research projects aiming to “help developing countries out of poverty through improved marketing and production of high-value horticultural…

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Biochar amendment reduces the availability of Pb in soil and uptake in lettuce

The aim of the study was to investigate the ability of biochar amendment to reduce the availability of Pb (lead) in the soil and its uptake in lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var. adela). Seedlings of lettuce were cultivated in Pb-contaminated soils, both with and without 5% biochar (w/w), as well as in a…

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WUR research finds:

Plants can prepare for insect attack sequence

Plants are under attack by a variety of insect species. They have defence mechanisms to deal with this, including chemicals or sturdier leaves. It has now been found that, when wild black mustard plants defend themselves against an initial enemy, they already anticipate the need to later fend off other,…

Natural resources resistance to tomato spotted wilt virus

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is one of the most destructive diseases affecting tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) cultivation and production worldwide. As defenses against…

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Cucumber cultivation algorithm is on its way

There is a great shortage of 'green knowledge', people who know how to get the most out of a crop. Artificial intelligence can help with that. That is why the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research is working on the development of algorithms that…

Urban rooftop uses: a Berlin case study on aquaponics production

Agriculture is an emerging urban use that can play an important role in providing food for increasing world populations, supporting circular economy and resilience, but competing with other uses for limited space. One option to address this spatial problem in relation to urban food production is to…

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WUR research finds:

"Millions of people suffer from a lack of healthy food"

Millions of people in Asia and Africa suffer not so much from a lack of food, but from a lack of healthy food. Simply put, fruits and vegetables are more expensive and less readily available than less nutrient-rich food. In addition, agricultural policies and development programs have focused almost…

Nobel-winning gene-editing technology to make growing easier, safer, and more profitable

Israeli startup BetterSeeds is licensing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology from Corteva Agriscience and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which earned its…

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FPSC releases survey for Rapid Diagnostic Methods in fresh produce

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) invites members of the industry to complete its Rapid Diagnostic Methods in the Fresh Produce Industry Survey. The industry-wide survey…

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Time-efficient phenotype research to evaluate disease resistance in plants

To accelerate resistant variety development in plant breeding programs, precise, non-destructive, and quantitative methods to evaluate plant disease resistance or susceptibility are crucial. These methods will also improve the monitoring of disease onset and will support a timely decision of disease…

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Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research:

Strawberry research open for application

To advance controlled environment agriculture science, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) consortium seeks research applications focused on understanding the genetic and biochemical elements responsible for premium strawberry flavors, in addition to the…

How does change in red-far red ratio do with plant pests?

Insects in the greenhouse also react to changes in lighting. A group of Dutch researchers, therefore, looked at the effect of playing with red and far-red light on herbivorous insects.  In the study, which appears in the scientific journal Scientia Horticulturae, the researchers share results that indicate…

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Korean research finds:

Greenhouse gases can be used as fertilizer

A research team from Kyung Hee University says it has developed a new eco-friendly microorganism fertilizer technology that can turn methanol generated in livestock and agricultural areas into a hormone that promotes plant growth. The research team redesigned the metabolic pathway of the methylotrophic…

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Regulatory genes involved in cold tolerance and hypoxic adaptation of high-altitude Tibetan bumblebees

China has many habitats supporting a wide diversity of bumblebees, some species of which are limited in distribution to the Tibet Plateau. The high-altitude Tibet Plateau, which has low air density as well as extremely low temperatures, strains the energy requirements for flight in most insects. However,…

Researchers Purdue find:

"A twist in the way plants cannibalize their own cells to survive under stress"

In response to drought, cold, lack of sunlight, and other stress, cellular proteins interact in different ways to help a plant survive. A primary protective act is the destruction and recycling of some of the plant’s own cellular materials into what is needed for others. A Purdue University-led research…

Amazonia Innovation Centre to transform sustainable food production in Australia

One of Australia’s holistic and organic food companies is opening a new R&D center on the Gold Coast as it plans to expand its product range and global footprint. Named the…

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‘Fully recyclable packaging makes consumers feel better about meal kits’

A new UF/IFAS study shows that consumers prefer meal kits (online or in the store) with organic, local, and pre-cut ingredients. The researchers also learned that consumers…

WUR lecturer Sjaak Wolfert:

"The digitization of the agri-food sector is in the twilight zone"

Wageningen University & Research organized the fifth edition of the Mansholt Lecture in Brussels on 22 September 2021. The lecture, presented by WUR researcher Sjaak Wolfert was called 'Navigating the Twilight Zone: pathways towards digital transformation of food systems', and addressed the challenges…

Pepper mottle virus and its host interactions: current state of knowledge

Pepper mottle virus (PepMoV) is a destructive pathogen that infects various solanaceous plants, including pepper, bell pepper, potato, and tomato. This review summarizes what…

Nano- and microscale iron for Fe-fortification in Spinacia oleracea

The effectiveness of Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron (NZVI) and Microscale Zero-Valent Iron (MZVI) in fortifying spinach (Spinacia oleracea) with iron was examined. The changes in uptake of some macro-and microelements essential for plants and humans were also investigated in the presence of NZVI and MZVI.…

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Research by WUR:

Dutch people reluctant to pay more for sustainable products

The biggest obstacle to making agriculture more sustainable is the higher price of sustainable products. Research reveals that most Dutch consumers are not willing to pay more for sustainable products, while the production costs are currently higher than those of non-sustainable products. The Dutch…

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Classical genetics and traditional breeding in cucumbers

Rapid progress has been made in classical genetics and traditional breeding in cucumber for various quantitative and qualitative traits which greatly benefited the development of superior varieties suitable for open field and protected cultivation. The different breeding methods like plant introductions,…

Purple tomatoes thanks to red beet pigment

Researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle have recently created purple tomatoes using Genetic Engineering methods. To do so, they inserted the genes responsible for the biosynthesis of betanin into the plants and activated them in the ripening fruit. Betanin is normally…

Scientists can switch on plants’ response to light

Scientists have figured out how plants respond to light and can flip this genetic switch to encourage food growth. The discovery could help increase food supply for an expanding population with shrinking opportunities for farming. The research on this genetic switch, led by UC Riverside, has now been…

Measurement of longwave radiative properties of energy-saving greenhouse screens

Light intensity, temperature, and humidity are key factors affecting photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration. Among these factors, temperature is a crucial parameter to…

Scientists from Israel and the Netherlands find a new way to remove troublesome ions from water

Converting seawater into freshwater is important in water-scarce countries. For that process, certain charged particles – known as ions – have to be removed from the water, but some ions are difficult to remove from water due to their chemical properties. Recent research by scientists from Israel and the…

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Out-of-season green bean production with LED lights and a soilless growing system

Green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is one of the most important sources of vegetable proteins in the world and it is cultivated all year round, but the light availability during the dark season limited its growth. Nevertheless, recent studies conducted on greenhouse horticulture demonstrated that, with…

Australian fresh produce supply chain education project set to be rolled out nationally

A unique educational tool that will immerse school students in the dynamic world of global fruit and vegetable supply chain management is being extended to classrooms nationally, to help inspire and equip them to take up roles in the fresh produce industry. The initiative, which started as a pilot in…

Electronic tongue ensures blueberries pass the taste test

A project that aims to evaluate and maintain the quality of post-harvest blueberries is using novel technology for taste evaluation of fresh foods. Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) student Sarah McKay is in the final year of a four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and will present her…

A peduncle detection method of tomato for autonomous harvesting

For automating the harvesting of bunches of tomatoes in a greenhouse, the end-effector needs to reach the exact cutting point and adaptively adjust the pose of peduncles. In this paper by Rong, Dai, and Wang, a method is proposed for peduncle cutting point localization and pose estimation. The images are…

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US grant supports university research on mushroom industry automation

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they investigate technologies designed to address labor shortages on mushroom farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of…

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Performance of tomatoes irrigated automatically with soil moisture sensor readings

Precision irrigation is essential to improve Water Use Efficiency (WUE), defined as the amount of biomass produced per unit of water used by plants. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of different soil Volumetric Water Content (VWC) in plant growth, fruit yield, quality, and WUE of…

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Biosphere 2: the once infamous live-in terrarium promising for climate research

Opening the door to a glass pyramid, a visitor steps from the arid heat of Arizona into a coastal fog desert that stretches toward a savanna. A Lilliputian ocean laps against a rocky shore. A passageway leads to a steamy rain forest where vine-necklaced trees tower 90 feet high. Here in Biosphere 2, the…

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New study capture sugar transport fundamental to plants

Researchers at Aarhus University have just elucidated structures of a sugar transport protein that drives the transport of sugar in plants. The study provides a comprehensive insight into sugar uptake into plant organs such as flowers, seeds, and fruit. Future research can benefit from these discoveries…

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USAID awards UC Davis $15 million for global horticulture research program

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide a base $15 million investment over the next five years, with up to $34.5 million total funding possible, to support a global research program led by the University of California, Davis, that advances fruit and vegetable production, handling, and…

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FLOCponics: The integration of biofloc technology with plant production

FLOCponics is an alternative type of aquaponics that integrates biofloc technology (BFT) with soilless plant production. The aims of this paper are to present a detailed overview of the FLOCponics system's designs and performance, discuss their sustainability, highlight the current challenges, and give…

NZ Plant Producers launches plant careers program

Plant Careers is the foundation to NZ Plant Producers' workforce strategy and falls under our pathways into industry and upskilling in the industry workstreams. It has been…

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EU project to fight viral diseases in tomato and cucurbit crops

Every year, viral diseases wreak havoc on tomato and cucurbit crops worldwide, amounting to EUR 3,5 billion in harvest losses in Europe alone. The EU-funded Virtigation project has been launched to combat emerging viral diseases in tomatoes, cucumber, melon, pumpkin, and zucchini. Prof. Yuling Bai, Dr.…

Latest edition of handbook on plant propagation published

The ninth edition of "Hartmann and Kester's Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices", edited by professor Bob Geneve and professor Sandra Wilson, has been published. With more than 1,000 pages, the book's ninth edition covers a deceptively simple topic: plant propagation or how to grow plants. "Plant…

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Ohio State researcher part of $15 million NSF grant aimed at reducing food waste

In the United States, nearly 40% of all food produced is never eaten. This anomaly results in lost resources, economic costs to businesses and households, decreased food security, and negative climate impacts. With the United Nations moving toward an ambitious goal of halving food waste by 2030, a new…

Australia and Vietnam accelerate AgTech opportunities

At a farm in Da Lat, Vietnam, a woman gently picks plump red strawberries from rows of carefully staked, vertical farming pods. Designed by Australian agribusiness, Orlar, using innovation and technology, the vertical farms emit zero greenhouse gases, are 100 percent water-efficient, and use…

UK: Funding opportunities for innovation in agriculture and horticulture

Defra is to launch a series of new funding opportunities for innovation in agriculture and horticulture beginning next month as part of its new industry-led R&D Partnerships Fund.Innovation is a vital way to address the challenges currently facing the agricultural and horticultural sectors. New ideas,…

"Did you know pre-harvest light treatments improve the shelf life and quality of lettuce?"

Leafy vegetables generally have a short post-harvest life due to physical damage and lack of light during storage and transportation. How long a leafy vegetable or any other vegetable lasts on the shelf and how long it looks and smells fresh are determined by the growing conditions of that vegetable. In…

Turkish researcher claims spinach can accelerate wound healing

Dr. Lecturer Serkan Dikici from the İzmir Institute of Technology (İYTE) Department of Bioengineering has performed a study that seems to indicate that decellularized spinach…

Salinity-tolerant plant grown for the first time in aquaponics

Recently, at IRTA Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a salinity-tolerant plant, Salicornia or sea asparagus, has been grown for the first time in aquaponics in combination with mullet…

Resource Innovation Institute seeks advice on USDA funded best practices guidance for CEA producers

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is currently recruiting for the following Technical Advisory Council working groups to support our USDA project titled Data-Driven Market…

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Developing a realistic simulation environment for robotics harvesting operations

Vegetable greenhouse operations are labor-intensive. Automating some of these operations can save growers significant costs in an industry with low-profit margins. One of the most demanding operations is harvesting. Harvesting a tomato is a complex operation due to the significant clutter inherent to a…

Breeding tomato hybrids for flavor: comparison F1 hybrids

Tomato flavor is an important goal for breeders. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are significant determinants of tomato flavor. Although most tomato varieties for the fresh…

"It is of the utmost importance that robots are economically feasible"

Ridder adds robotics to its portfolio with MetoMotion investment

“Our goal is the autonomous greenhouse. Over the last couple of years, we’ve built a portfolio consisting of greenhouse technology products contributing to this goal; robots too can be a big part of this development,” says Joep van den Bosch, CIO with Ridder. Today, they reveal that since 2019 they have…

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Nutrient solution temperature affects growth of hydroponic lettuce cultivars

Nutrient solution temperature in a hydroponic system affects °Brix and yield of lettuce; thus, it is important to maintain the water temperature within an appropriate range. Nutrient-film technique (NFT) trials were conducted to investigate the effects of different water temperatures (18.3 °C, 21.1 °C,…

Performance of Asian vegetables in different production systems in Texas

Demand for Asian vegetables is rising rapidly due to changing demographics and increasing consumer awareness of their health benefits. However, growers are not familiar with…

Win a free Plant Empowerment book at GreenTech Live & Online

The Plant Empowerment Implementation Partners will be present at this year’s GreenTech Live & Online, which is taking place from 28 to 30 September. This key exhibition for horticultural technology will enable professionals to re-connect with other members of the worldwide horticultural community, both…

Plant scientists will use artificial intelligence to make crops more resilient

A revolutionary method to make crops more resilient to climate change and other threats is one step closer to becoming reality. A team of universities and companies has been given the green light by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to further develop a plan for this. With a budget of 50 million euros,…

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Researchers claim Corona vaccination is possible via tomatoes

Researchers in Uzbekistan have reportedly succeeded in developing an edible vaccine, according to Camera One. Having the vaccine within a tomato is said to be simpler in terms…

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USask expands with new greenhouses and plant growth chambers

Founded in 2012 in a public-private partnership agreement between the Government of Saskatchewan, Nutrien, and USask, GIFS was created to build on Saskatchewan's existing strengths in agriculture and innovation to deliver technological, economic, nutritional, and environmental improvements to the global…

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Optimizing the biochemical content in greenhouse microalgae

Light and temperature are important environmental conditions affecting microalgal growth in outdoor culture. It is essential to evaluate microalgae strains growing under outdoor conditions where they are subjected to variable environmental parameters. The present study investigated three Chlorellaceae…

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Research to optimize hybrid seed production

Hybrid seeds are produced when crops are cross-pollinated to improve the characteristics of the offspring plants. Over the past century, the large-scale use of hybrid seeds has contributed to a revolution in agriculture production, both fortifying crops and increasing yields. However, hybrid seeds need…

Discover education center Serre Red in a virtual 360 degree tour

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) takes a new leading international research and education facility into use. Serre Red is located on the WUR campus and is unique because of its size and security measures. The facility is only accessible under strict conditions. Now, thanks to a 360-degree virtual…

Max-Henrik Fabian, IFH Cologne at DOGK 2021:

"Wide range one of the many challenges to reach consumers"

This week, we will start presenting individual lectures from the German Fruit and Vegetable Congress 2021, starting with Max-Henrik Fabian from IFH Cologne. He says that consumers have never had so many options for shopping as they do today. This wide range should be understood as one of many challenges…

What do organic fertilizers and residual streams contain?

The use of organic liquids seems to be increasing. These contain algae, seaweed, molasses (a residual product from the sugar industry), and other vegetable substances. Artificial fertilizers and urea are sometimes added. Urea is easily measured and directly feeds plants, says Ines van Marrewijk of Groen…

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Coconut fiber substrate shows best growth for mini-watermelon

The scarce availability of good quality water for irrigation in semi-arid regions leads to the reuse of waters, such as reject brine. Associated with this, the use of alternatives, such as hydroponic cultivation in substrates suitable for the development of profitable crops, such as watermelon, a species…

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Effects of lighting conditions on growth and quality

Optimization of basil production in LED environments

Light intensity, light duration, and spectral distribution characteristics significantly affect the growth, nutritional properties, and sensory characteristics of basil. Optimization of basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) production in LED environments - a review summarizes the effects on basil growth and the…

"Agri-food waste is emerging as a good substitute for other additives that would be more polluting"

A project in Alicante develops materials with vegetable waste that are used to manufacture toys

Ibi has been creating children's toys for more than 100 years. The toy industry flourished in this town from Alicante at the beginning of the 1900s. Toys became a hallmark of…

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New tool could help increase food supply

Chemical discovery gets reluctant seeds to sprout

Plants have the ability to perceive drought. When they do, they emit a hormone that helps them hold on to water. This same hormone, ABA, sends a message to seeds that it isn't a good time to germinate, leading to lower crop yields and less food in places where it's hot -- an increasingly long list as a…

Prison certificate program to teach US inmates aquaponic skills

The Aquaponics Association developed and is implementing an aquaponics training and certificate program for prison residents. The Program has graduated its first round of participants in Texas and will expand to prisons nationwide. The team that implemented the project include Mac McLeon, Prison Officer…

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The microbial molecule that turns plants into 'zombies'

A newly discovered manipulation mechanism used by parasitic bacteria to slow down plant aging may offer new ways to protect disease-threatened food crops. Parasites manipulate the organisms they live off to suit their needs, sometimes in drastic ways. When under the spell of a parasite, some plants…

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Using a CRISPR/Cas9 system in vegetatively propagated berry crops

Fruit and berry crops, as well as grapes, are important parts of the human diet and, at the same time, significant objects of genetic, breeding, biochemical and nutritional research. Traditional approaches to crop research and improvement are now complemented by effective modern genetic technologies. In…

Grow and eat your own vaccines?

The future of vaccines may look more like eating a salad than getting a shot in the arm. UC Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. Messenger RNA or mRNA technology, used in COVID-19 vaccines, works by teaching our cells to recognize and protect us against…

US Department of Labor announces $7 mln funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of $7 million in grant funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico’s chilli pepper and tomato…

Students help create fertilizer app for Tanzanian farmers

Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa use fertilizer well below recommended rates for optimal productivity. One reason is lack of trust in the products available from local agri-dealers, says Hope Michelson, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois.…

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Chickpea trial leads to Bayer Youth Ag Summit

A passion for sustainable food production led Sydney Ph.D. student Cara Jeffrey all the way to the top end of Western Australia to complete large-scale chickpea trials. Now that research has earned her selection as one of four Australian nominees selected out of 100 delegates aged 18 to 25 from around…

US (PA): $500,000 program opened to improve urban agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced the opening of the 2021-22 PA Farm Bill's $500,000 Urban Agriculture Grant Program to grow agricultural infrastructure in…

Plant immunity: shedding more light on a black box

Plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches. The initial defense begins with the detection of invaders at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered within the cell. Contrary to previous thought, these…

Game-based learning in horticulture and entrepreneurship in Nigeria

A group of 22 staff members and lecturers of a Nigeria University is participating in the project: Game-based learning in horticulture and entrepreneurship. The group from the Bayero University Kano-Centre for Dryland Agriculture (BUK-CDA) participates in the NUFFIC-supported TMT project, which applies a…

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"Intercropping increases food production"

"Food security has been a significant issue for the livelihood of smallholder family farms in highly populated regions and countries. Industrialized farming in more developed countries has increased global food supply to meet the demand, but the excessive use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides has…

Microgreens in space with Christina Johnson

In this podcast of The Unconventional Gardener, Emma the Space Gardener talks with Dr. Christina Johnson, who works with microgreens at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. She explains the benefits and challenges of growing microgreens in orbit, and what it’s going to take to get them onto astronaut menus.…

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US Grant speeds development of enhanced crops

While gene editing technology has improved crop breeding and adaptation, the process of regrowing a plant from edited cells is costly, lengthy and unpredictable. Many popular crops are difficult to regenerate with existing methods. The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is providing a $664,000…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

$25M tech grant lets researchers ‘talk’ to plants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of $25 million to launch the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The center, a…

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Study on efficacy of hypochlorite as a disinfectant against fungal pathogens

Hypochlorite is often used as a disinfestant of fungal pathogens in a range of agricultural and horticultural settings. However, reports of its effectiveness are variable across studies and it is unclear what factors could potentially influence the reported estimates of its efficacy. A systematic review…

Study on the effect of NaCl on basil crop yield and water use efficiency

Cascade hydroponics, the application of the circular economy concept in greenhouse hydroponic crops, may be considered as an alternative means to increase water and nutrient…

Internet of Things monitoring of rocket growth supplemented by LEDs lighting

In this study, the Internet of Things (IoT) was employed for monitoring the growth parameters of rocket (Eruca sativa) plants cultivated in a greenhouse under supplemental LEDs lighting. Red (R), blue (B) and the combination red and blue in different ratios (75R:25B, 50R:50B, 25R:75B), were employed, as…

Canadian agri-tech organizations sign MOU

Two of Canada’s agricultural innovation organizations are joining forces to strengthen the country’s national innovation network. Bioenterprise, Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech…

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Australia's plan to boost the agriculture and food sector

"Transforming Australia’s agriculture sector requires a focused research effort"

The Australian Government is supporting efforts by the CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency – to help grow the agriculture sector and secure the long-term economic prosperity of regional communities.  CSIRO has launched three new “missions” that will see more than $150 million invested in key research…

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Evaluating deep learning models for the detection of tomatoes in a greenhouse

The development of robotic solutions for agriculture requires advanced perception capabilities that can work reliably in any crop stage. For example, to automatize the tomato harvesting process in greenhouses, the visual perception system needs to detect the tomato in any life cycle stage (flower to the…

Complex event processing methods for greenhouse control

In the greenhouse environment, the application of complex event processing (CEP) technology can effectively tackle the problem of recognition of the complex patterns that…

Tests with cucumbers grown under alternative for grlass

"Natural light yields tastiest cucumber crop"

Baby cucumbers grown inside a unique protected environment have ranked the highest for flavor and eating enjoyment during an independent benchmark testing exercise, CHAP solutions claims. In this article, they set out the results of cucumber growing tests grown under ETFE, not glass.  The fruits were produced…

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Study takes 'seasonal pulse' of plant productivity

Getting a fix on the timing of seasonal plant events like fruiting or leaf senescence could get easier to do, thanks to time-series images captured by PhenoCams—tower-mounted digital cameras operated by scientists participating in the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) network. Led by the…

Comparing materials to improve solar greenhouses' thermal performance

A recent study was carried out to optimize a computational model of a new underground passive solar greenhouse to improve thermal performance, storage, and saving of heat solar energy. Optimized and conventional passive solar greenhouse were compared in regards to indoor air temperature, irradiation, and…

Genes can respond to coded information in signals – or filter them out entirely

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that genes are capable of identifying and responding to coded information in light signals, as well as filtering out some signals entirely. The study shows how a single mechanism can trigger different behaviors from the same gene – and has…

Researchers looking for damage problem in aubergine cultivation under light

Plant Lighting is currently researching new applications for LED lighting. Tests are being conducted with aubergines, peppers, strawberries, lisianthus and gerberas, among others. One of the aims of this research is to determine the cause of the damage to the photosystem that occurs when lighting is used…

Growing on Mars: Soil is not the problem

If humans want to live on Mars for a longer period it will be necessary to grow their own crops there. And what is more logical than growing the crops in a greenhouse on the surface, profiting from the sunlight, as seen in many scientific designs and Sci-fi movies? However, will this be possible giving…

Redpath unlocks doors to faster blueberry breeding

A love of plants and biology steered Lauren Redpath to North Carolina State University, and the knowledge and skills she’s gained in plant genetics and advanced molecular research recently helped her launch a career in crop improvement. In July, the Ph.D. candidate began working as a scientist at…

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Antarctica: Korean R&D team succeeds in growing tomatoes and watermelon

South Korea has succeeded in cultivating and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables such as watermelons and tomatoes in Antarctica, a first since its entry into the coldest continent on earth. The Korea Polar Research Institute said Wednesday that the indoor far with they, together with the Rural…

US: Online growing series for instructors

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Center for Rural Affairs. will host 4 free webinars for greenhouse and agricultural teachers looking for more information…

Jordan: Dutch embassy delegation visits NARC

A delegation from the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has visited the Jordan National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) to discuss prospects for cooperation and enhance joint work opportunities between the Netherlands and Jordan in the agricultural sector through NARC and the executive arms…

"LEDs with nanoparticle coating beneficial for growth of tomato seedlings"

Light qualities are considered to affect many plant physiological processes during growth and development. To investigate how light qualities make an influence on tomato seedlings under greenhouse conditions, the growth and morphological parameters of tomato seedlings (Fortizia F1RC hybrid) were studied…

India: Naturally ventilated polyhouses found as best greenhouse for hot, arid region

The performance of a cucumber type evaluated under three protected structures has been monitored by a group of researcher. Their research includes naturally ventilated polyhouse (NVP), insect proof net house (INH) and shade net house (SNH) at Jodhpur, Rajasthan in hot arid region of India "The…

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Study shows irregular rooting of rosemary stem cuttings causes different growing conditions

Research shows that irregular rooting of rosemary stem cuttings, causes differences in either stem maturation or responses to growth conditions, restricts uniform production. LightingHere, rooting efficiency of apical, middle, and basal cuttings from rosemary stems was evaluated by controlling light…

"Cherry tomato easier to implement in robotic harvesting"

Detachment of fruit from the plants with separation force is important in robotic harvesting. "Compared with twisting pattern and bending pattern, the pulling pattern for cherry tomato harvesting is more simple, more flexible, and easier to implement in robotic harvesting," a group of researchers…

Novel sensors to detect plant hormones

Novel sensors can revolutionise screening for herbicide resistance and could be applied in commercial settings such as urban farms, a group of researchers say. For the first time, they found a way to use CoPhMoRe nanosensors to detect synthetic auxin plant hormones in real time, which is faster and safer…

As influenced by moisture stress

Plant-insect interactions of false codling moth and tomato

False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) is a pest native to sub-Saharan Africa infesting over 100 plant species including tomato. Its survival and performance are influenced by changes in precipitation and stress-related biochemical changes in the host plant. Water availability for…

Role of seed transmission in spreading pospiviroids is possibly overestimated

Several outbreaks of pospiviroids have been reported in pepper and tomato crops worldwide. Tracing back the origin of the infections has led to different sources. In some cases, the infections were considered to result from seed transmission. Other outbreaks were related to transmission from ornamental…

China: Smart Agriculture Competition 2021 open for enrollment

The Smart Agriculture Competition 2021, focused on tomato cultivation is now open for enrollment. The competition is initiated by Chinese parties and open for contestants from all over the world. Wageningen University & Research and the FAO offer technical advise for the competitors. Organization &…

Do the bumblebees that escape from greenhouses affect indigenous pollinators?

More than two million commercial colonies of bumblebees are used each year worldwide to pollinate nearly 20 types of crops. These bumblebees can represent a risk for wild…

SRTI drives importance of hydronics to boost food security in UAE

The UAE’s agriculture sector has developed by leaps and bounds in the last decade. To boost the country’s production, the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has been developing innovative technologies, including hydroponics, that will also help ensure food security in the…

Berries might be able to slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease

Americans are growing old and, sadly, the aging process for many means more than simply turning gray or thinning hair. According to the United States Census, in about a dozen years the number of Americans over 65 will outnumber children. Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project the…

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US (ND): NDSU greenhouse complex renamed

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) has a new name. The greenhouse, located on the west side of the campus, is now called the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex. It was renamed during a ceremony Aug. 20.…


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