KWS Vegetables sells trading business of Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds to Zasco

The two Dutch seed companies KWS Vegetables B.V. and Zasco B.V., have agreed that the Pop Vriend Vegetable Seeds trading business will be transferred to Zasco in an asset deal. This business area involves sourcing, producing, and supplying a broad range of vegetable seeds that are well-adapted for use in…

How lightweight expanded clay comes in beneficial

Leca stands for lightweight expanded clay aggregate. To put it simply, Leca comes in baked clay balls that soak up a little water, after which they expand slightly. It’s a…

"ECO XXL youngplants can help answer energy crisis"

Even though breeding is still an important part of Elsner PAC's corporate business, the East German company has always had to adapt to new challenges in its eventful company history. "The energy crisis is not only challenging for ourselves, but also for our customers. That is why we are stepping up the…

Seed-X sells its GeNeeTM technology to organic seed producer

De Bolster, an organic seed breeding company, has purchased Seed-X's GeNeeTM technology. De Bolster aims to harness the power of GeNeeTM Technology to improve the usable plant rate of its tomato, pepper, and cucumber seeds. GeNeeTM technology is a seed scanning solution that uses computer vision and…

O2 mini seed scanner presented at Seed meets Technology

Sendot is presenting an O2 mini seed scanner on Seed meets Technology. The event starts on September 27. Sendot will be present at the booth of Centor Europe. The O2 mini seed scanner is a 'flexible research tool to measure seed respiration by non-invasive oxygen measurement,' explains Commercial Manager…

Controlling algae on growing media

It is not uncommon for most growers to find "green slime" growing on the surface of a growing medium. This green slime is predominantly composed of blue-green and green algae. This can occur in peat-perlite growing media, peat bark, peat-wood fiber, and even coir. It has been seen growing on the surface…

Starting seeds indoors with LED grow lights

Whether you grow indoors or in a greenhouse, proper plant development is profoundly dependent on the quantity and quality of light your crop receives. The photoperiod, light intensity, and light quality are key lighting properties in regulating plant growth and development. Yet whatever setting you grow…

Grodan launches vermiculite-free Plantop NG2.0 funnel plug

Grodan announces the launch of a new Funnel Plug. Unlike other stone wool plugs, the patented Plantop NG2.0 Funnel Plug does not require the propagator to add a thin layer of vermiculite after seeding. That means excellent results and a cleaner work environment, and is particularly important because…

Yellow bell pepper variety back in the picture as greenhouses go colder: "It needs slightly less warmth"

With the current high energy prices, growers are doing their utmost to farm as energy-efficiently as possible. Breeding companies, too, are focusing on this. Every year, they…

Lior Carmeli, Breedx:

“100% seed-free fruit and vegetables, grown from seeds has been the ultimate challenge!”

Tomatoes with unique tastes and shapes, seedless snack peppers propagated from seeds, and small-fruited melons, all with exceptionally high yields, continue to be delivered by Breedx based in Israel. According to Lior Carmeli, Breedx CEO: "Our aim is to have the complete color range of mini pepper…

Professional shaping substrate QUICK PLUG Xtract

QUICK PLUG is one of the leading seedlings and rooting substrate brands in the world, with more than 75 years of history and experience, with the mission of "giving crops a good start," focusing on continuously providing high-quality solutions for global seedling and planting customers and advanced…

Ok-Industrial Compost tomato clips and truss supports certified by TÜV Austria

Since the company’s inception, TibiBio’s goal has been to replace the use of traditional plastics in horticulture for the fixing and fastening systems with compostable raw materials. Plastic clips and supports have proven to be very useful and cost-effective over the years, but when you have more and…

Bejo and Elsoms announce new distribution agreement

Two vegetable seed breeders, Bejo from the Netherlands and Elsoms Seeds from the UK, have agreed on new plans for the development and distribution of a range of their crops as of September 1st, 2022. Elsoms Seeds will expand their breeding, seed production, and processing of coriander, parsley, turnip,…

Indoor farming startup chooses J-7 organic pellets

“I wanted to create a simple way for grocery stores to grow healthy and delicious produce as close to the consumer as possible,” says Eric Gaulin of InGrow Technology. “And vertical farming’s potential intrigued me.” Eric saw food supply chains failing during the Covid pandemic, particularly for fresh…

How to grow seedlings in with an airgarden

Having healthy germinated seedlings is crucial to successful growth in the Airgarden. If you’ve chosen to grow your own seedlings, you can view the steps to follow below, or watch video instructions on YouTube. Step 1) Plant your seedsRead how to plant your seeds in your Airgarden grow plugs here Step 2)…

Strawberry Malling Ace excels in unprecedented British Summer temperatures

The everbearer strawberry variety Malling Ace delivered excellent yields and consistent fruit size this season, showing a much-needed resilience to the stress of extreme summer temperatures, says Malling Fruits. Preliminary results from agronomic trials at New Farm Produce in Staffordshire, UK, show a…

Veriflora certification for Sunterra's sphagnum peat products

Profile Products recently earned the renowned Veriflora Responsibly Managed Peatlands designation for its family of Sunterra sphagnum peat products.  The Veriflora Responsibly Managed Peatlands program is the world's leading certification process for sustainable peat moss cultivation. Certified producers must…

Restoration of peatlands: Flooding is not the ideal solution

Intact peatlands are habitats for many rare animal and plant species and important sinks for greenhouse gases. Many peatlands that have been converted to agricultural land should therefore be restored. A current study with IGB participation discusses different strategies for this. The authors make clear…

Mold in peat? What you need to know

Have you ever spotted mold colonies growing in your peat or other growing media or in between the substrate and its packaging? Before you hit the panic button, it’s important to know that mold appearing on peat and other growing media is fairly common. These types of mold are part of the Saprophytic…

RHP certified plugs to be brought to the market in 2023

Nearly ten plug manufacturers have committed to the RHP certification process, which is expected to take 8 to 12 months. If the manufacturers successfully complete this process, they will be able to bring RHP-certified plugs on the market at the end of 2023.Last spring, experts from RHP, the knowledge…

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Plant Heritage peat statement

In light of the recent press release from the UK government on the use of peat in horticulture, Plant Heritage here sets out Plant Heritage's position. Plant Heritage fully recognizes the value of peat habitats for biodiversity, carbon storage, and water management and the need for their conservation. They support the…

Special Starting materials this month

As summer fades into fall, the cultivation season for many growers will soon come to an end. Others have already started a new winter crop, although less production is expected. It is then crucial to choose the right varieties for every cultivation, but mainly, the starting material must also be…


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