A fungus to reduce the use of inputs in tomato crops

According to a new study conducted by the Southwest University of China, the Ceriporia lacerata fungus could reduce the use of inputs in tomato crops. The team of university…

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Rhode Island supports local food production with 160,000 grant

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that more than $160,000 in funding under the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act (LASA) grant program is available for projects that support the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. The LASA program provides…

Cucumber growers share their vision on autonomous greenhouse cultivation

Over the last few years, there has been a considerable amount of interest in the concept of 'autonomous cultivation' in greenhouse horticulture. The last two 'autonomous greenhouse challenges' with cucumber and tomato have demonstrated that it is possible to control a greenhouse remotely while using…

Study on resistance to Bemisia tabaci in tomato species and its association with leaf trichomes

Chemical insecticides comprise the most widely used method of tomato pest control. Genotypes resistant to pests such as the silver leaf whitefly Bemisia tabaci may contribute…

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Girl & Dug farm grows 90 types of crops in innovative farm

"We don't know how a thing is supposed to be, so we're going to do it anyway"

When asked how many crops grow at Girl & Dug Farm, owner Aaron Choi responds, "At any given point, we'll be jumping around between, about 90 to 110 different things. Depending on the season, almost three-quarters of that will be a combination of greens and herbs." A variety of vegetables make up the…

Study on the effects of plant density on the productivity of tomato hybrids

Looking into the variations in the design of greenhouses and cost factor, a two-span saw tooth type low cost naturally ventilated greenhouse (NVG) of 250 m 2 area was designed…

Market gardener Ruedi Meier on an innovative cultivation method

"With hors-sol cultivation, I need much less soil per plant"

"Hardly any other sector produces as market-oriented as vegetable growing," says Swiss market gardener Ruedi Meier about agriculture in Aargau. He added: "Our business is 100 percent geared to the market." And the market  for tomatoes and cucumbers has not known any seasonality for a long time. Consumers want…

Study on vegetative and reproductive growth of cucumber under insect proof net houses

An experiment was conducted at the Center for Protected Cultivation Technology (CPCT), IARI, New Delhi. Cucumber hybrid Pant Sankar Khira-1 was selected for the experiment.…

Large ozone disinfectant protects Dutch propagator

Gipmans Planten in Venlo, founded in 1971, is a family business that is involved in the cultivation of vegetable plants and herbs. In order to shield the young plant material from viruses, bacteria, and fungi to the maximum, one consciously chooses to disinfect the water in the last stage before it…

Producing long cane raspberries in substrate

In this article, BVB Substrates describes the different stages of growing raspberries, explaining more about challenges and opportunities with these growing methods. To create the young raspberry plants for production, roots are grown in containers. Once a vast root system has developed they are cut into…

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Bangladesh's floating vegetable gardens provide future farming tools

Bangladesh’s farmers were developing creative planting solutions long before climate change was on most people’s radar. The country’s wild monsoon seasons deemed it a necessity. In the event of excess rain, parts of the country become vulnerable and thousands are forced to migrate. For hundreds of years,…

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Carolina Farm Trust creates new 28-acre urban farm

You don’t have to grow fresh fruits and vegetables or even manage a farm way out in a field anymore. These days people are able to do that and so much more in large cities. Wisdom and Cherie Jzar are some of many who were able to transition into urban farming. Cherie Jzar currently works as a personal…

Study shows that watermelons grow faster at night

Wearable sensing technology is an essential link to future personalized medicine through seamlessly monitoring heart rate, body temperature, and physical activities of the…

US: Measuring greenhouse workers' welfare

Our food supply is typically very stable. Rain or shine, field and packinghouse workers harvest and process food for the American people. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has…

Sweet pepper production under greenhouse conditions: correlation among plant density and yield variables

For sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum) cv. FBM-9 grown under greenhouse conditions and using two pruning systems (Spanish and Dutch), the researchers estimated Pearson…

Protected cultivation of horticultural crops in Uttarakhand: an economic analysis

In recent times, with the globalization of markets, shrinking of land and climate change, food basket diversification, increase in demand for nutrient-rich food, the protected…

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Reducing greenhouse costs drives innovation and also complication

The seemingly never-ending drive to control energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions is driving innovation but can also drive complication. "A site could have almost any combination of a gas boiler, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), LED lighting, biomass boiler, heat pump and then even some solar panels on the…

Water treatment results in 40% production increase for Almeria cucumber grower

Located in the greenhouse area in the Almeria region in southern Spain, a greenhouse grower with cucumbers in winter and watermelons in summer ran into some irrigation issues: the soil in the region is dry, the climate warm and the operators use organic fertilizers. The plants are grown in the typical…

Grower turns to indoor saltwater farming to grow sea beans

Salicornia. Picklegrass. Sea asparagus. These are just a few of the monikers Sam Norton has heard in talking to chefs about his new vegetable. However, he prefers to call them sea beans--them being a thin, long asparagus-like vegetable that grow in saltwater. It was a vegetable Norton knew of growing up…

Agrokultura Group increases yields in greenhouse with LED grow lights

"The right light is essential for the plant"

Signify has implemented a pilot project at the greenhouses of Agrokultura Group, LLC. According to the results from the trial period, the combination of HPS and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting has increased tomato yields by almost 24% during the winter period. The Agrokultura Group is located in the…

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Anson High School grows agriculture program

After a high teacher turnover rate in the agriculture department at Anson High School, Dana Wood stepped up to revitalize the program at a national level. Anson High School had gone through four teachers leading the agriculture department in the past five to six years. But when Wood stepped onto campus…

Cleaner turf production with biobased biodegradable nets

Turf producers use underground nets to support grass growth. Removing the nets from fully-grown turf is difficult, so the material often remains in the soil, causing pollution. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and their industrial partners came up with a solution in a TKI project: a net made of…

Organic growers let the plant choose its own buffet

The soil is important to organic growers. That is a well known fact. At the same time, much is still unknown about the same soil. Wim van Marrewijk of Sustainable Botanics…

Study: "Strawberry flavor influenced by the air temperature differential during fruit development but not management practices"

The majority of cultivated strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa) in the northern United States (US) and Canadian provinces is grown in perennial matted rows across a range of…

Study on how CO2 enrichment enhances the growth and quality of tomatoes

Writing as background for their study Hao et al. (2020) say tomato cultivation in greenhouses has skyrocketed in China in recent years to the point that more than half (57.2%)…

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Specialty crops potential: more return for water and utilize center pivots

Agriculture producers in the Texas High Plains could potentially diversify their operations by growing specialty crops and get higher returns for their water – without having to replace their irrigation systems. With a declining water table in mind, Texas A&M AgriLife, U.S. Department of…

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Two Kansas city growers receive grands to provide fresh produce

"We brought life back to the soil"

Two businesses located in east Kansas City, Missouri, Ophelia's Blue Vine, and Black Hawk Security and Neighborhood Watch recently received $25,000 grants that will help them address key issues in their community: fresh produce and safety. "We brought life back to the soil," Mike Rollen, who started…

Local farm focusses on sustainability and water conservation

“I don’t want chemicals on my food"

Ryan Willett’s passion for growing began as a child, helping his dad in their huge garden. Now, as an adult, he is digging deeper in order to follow his passion for sustainability and water conservation. “I still remember the first head of lettuce that we sold at a farmers market. The lady picked it up,…

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Aquaponics and local food systems; a Qatar study

A recent research paper, Towards sustainable food production systems in Qatar: Assessment of the viability of aquaponics, takes a look into how aquaponics can contribute to a local food system** in arid deserts. The researchers in Qatar found that aquaponics offered food and water security, and…

Toronto farmer fostering food justice community

The climate crisis impacts almost every part of our lives, including the food we eat. One Toronto farmer is using a community driven form of agriculture to do more than feed society. “Having a local food movement directly correlates to climate justice,” said Cheyenne Sundance. a farmer and the founder of…

Qatar professor urges others to take up farming

Some 75km north of Doha lies the sprawling 360-acre Jerry Smieh Farm and leading it from the front is a former president of Qatar University (QU). Prof Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad, QU’s fifth president and the only woman president so far, is actively engaged in the activities of the farm and feels that it…

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Penrhyn Islanders enjoy green leafy vegetables

The villagers of Omoka on the northern group island of Tongareva were given the first harvest of hydroponic Bok Choy (cabbages) this week. Tongareva Island Government executive officer Puna Vano said the island’s hydroponic farming was made possible through the support of the Ministry of Agriculture.…

Study on impact of colored water pillows on yield and water productivity of greenhouse peppers

This study was conducted to investigate the effects of colored water pillows on yield and water productivity of two pepper cultivars under greenhouse conditions in 2018 and…

Soft and stone fruit demo in Serbia takes shape

Increase the harvest of soft and stone fruit 5x and increase the price that growers receive for their product by 3x. This is the aim of a Dutch soft and stone fruit demo project in Serbia. Last year, twelve companies from the Dutch fruit cultivation chain and the Dutch government already signed this and…

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Growing vanilla in Malaysia

One of the latest trends in agriculture may be vanilla cultivation, where high-value vanilla crops sales have gone up to RM6 billion in 2018 globally. In fact, SEA alone has transacted more than RM600 million in vanilla. That’s according to Kairos Agriculture, a vanilla farm in Penang. Though, they’re faced with a tiny issue:…

Study on new uses of treated urban waste digestates on stimulation of hydroponically grown tomato

One strategy to re-use solid urban wastes is the production of energy by anaerobic digestion. This process also generates high volume of digestates, which are frequently…

SP Soluciones Agricolas quadrupled its sales of coconut fiber substrate in 2020

Hydroponic strawberry cultivation in Huelva increases because of the lack of labor

Huelva strawberry producers have opted more and more for hydroponic cultivation in recent years in response to various factors, including the lack of labor and the…

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Tanzanian woman builds first hydroponic farm in Dar es Salaam

"Our lettuce is free from pesticides and other industrial chemicals," 47-year-old Mwamy Mlangwa confidently puts the tagline on her business card. Mlangwa is the owner of Mwamy Green Veggies, a Tanzanian local company that grows vegetables through hydroponic farming, one among the first of its kind in…

Connecticut governor to push support for state's agriculture and aquaculture industries

Connecticut's governor is aiming to drum up support for the state's agriculture and aquaculture industries. Governor Ned Lamont said the industries have an economic impact of…

Study on fodder crops for hydroponic green fodder potential

Soil-based agriculture is now experiencing challenges due to numerous anthropogenic reasons, such as deforestation, urbanization, and industrialization. Scientists have…

Tahiti: a farm producing fruit and vegetables all year round

In Taravao, French Polynesia, a farm produces fruit and vegetables all year round using a method of cultivation above ground: aquaponics. This method is based on an autonomous…

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China: Bumblebees imported to boost yields

Three thousand queen bumblebees from Belgium that arrived in Qingdao, Shandong province, a few days ago are expected to give a boost to greenhouse crops in northern China, as spring plowing gets into full swing across the country. "The market has seen an increase in demand for imported bumblebees in…

Female farmers foster future of family farms

There are approximately 20,000 women who are full owners of family farms in Kansas today, a number that has steadily risen for more than half a century according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (2017). There are another 10,000 or so who are partners in family farms or visible…

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Organic crops: from a niche to a major trend

Organic cultivation is based on the natural fertility of the soil, without using synthetic substances or GMOs, and it only employs natural elements (such as manure and compost) that do not alter the integrity of the soil. The purpose is to supply consumers with products entirely free from synthetic…

Figs gaining ground in Almeria's greenhouses

The acreage devoted to fig cultivation in Spain is growing as the demand for the fruit continues to increase across Europe. In countries such as Germany, for example, they are…

Study on efficacy of bioagents against Pythium deliense Meurs associated with yellowing of black pepper

Yellowing and wilting of black pepper vines is a serious concern in many black pepper growing tracts where Pythium deliense was recently emerged as a pathogen from the rhizosphere of affected vines, which is proved to be pathogenic by Koch’s postulates. As a measure to manage the symptoms, bioagents were…

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Benchmarketing as a research tool

The rising demand of small sized tomato with high added-value, was confirmed also by short term outlook for EU Agricultural Markets, issued in Summer 2020. The European Commission expected a general decrease for the EU production of tomato driven by a decline of Spanish production while for the other EU…

Pre-sowing seed treatments improve the germination and the growth of pepper and tomato seedlings

The aim of a recent conducted study was to establish the effect of different seed treatments on germination, and the growth of the embryonic stem and the radicle of tomato and…

Azienda agricola Russo is highly specialized in niche tomatoes

Specialty goods have an extra edge

The growing season at Azienda Agricola Russo in Marina di Acate in Sicily is in full swing. For years, the company has dedicated its efforts to the cultivation of specialities that are valued for their taste. "The upward trend for crops in our price range is confirmed, as there is a lot of interest from…

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Bengaluru woman grows vegetables and prawns on her terrace

Amidst the chaos of Bengaluru traffic, on a rooftop in Richards Town, you will find Jincy Samuel’s terrace dotted with a rainbow of colours, from purple and burgundy to green. If you look closely you may notice it is not a typical garden lined with flower beds, it has prawns and tilapia fish that mingle…

A case study of tomato production and water productivity in agrivoltaic systems

The challenge of meeting growing food and energy demand while also mitigating climate change drives the development and adoption of renewable technologies ad approaches.…

Willingness to pay a premium for safer fresh tomato: the case of urban consumers in Tirana, Albania

The objective of this study is the consumer’s willingness to pay a premium price (WTP) for greater safety of fresh tomatoes and the factors that determine it, in the city of…

MSU’s Barickman at head of increasing lettuce yields for Flora company

A Mississippi State University scientist is partnering with a local lettuce producer and significantly improving yields and business. Salad Days, LLC, a local greenhouse hydroponics salad producer in Flora owned by Jamie Redmond and his wife Leigh Bailey, has seen a 70 percent increase in yields and a 40…

Dovizio F1, higher production, sustainability and quality for all

A date tomato that doesn't de-stem, is tasty and with high yields

"We are directing our production towards a variety of date tomatoes developed for a long-term cultivation. This has led to the creation of Dovizio F1, a cherry tomato which is suitable for transplanting from the end of August until spring, thus providing the conditions for a year-round production," said…

Hydroponic systems more water use efficient for tomatoes

There are many different types of systems used to grow food that are distinguished by ideology or the technology used. It is often difficult to directly compare yield and quality in different growth systems due to the complicated interactions between genotype, physiology and environment. Many published…

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Tomato, the pre-Hispanic fruit that Mexico gave to the world

The tomato is one of the most used fruits in international gastronomy, essential for cuisines such as Italian or Mexican. Its origin is located from Mexico to South America, however, its domestication occurred in our country. The Mexica knew it as xīctomatl, a Nahuatl word that means “fruit with a…

Opportunities for growing stone fruit in a greenhouse

Throughout history, new strategies and technologies have played a key role in promoting the development of agriculture. The cultivation of peach and apricot in controlled…

Supply chain constraints underscore importance of reliable growing media

As ongoing supply chain constraints continue to make raw materials such as coir, perlite and peat harder to obtain, growers and blenders interested in finding a readily available growing media can turn to HydraFiber, an engineered wood fiber substrate designed to improve consistency, porosity and water…

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Thailand: Brothers reap gold with exotic fruits

Climatic barriers proved no deterrent for the two brothers from Charpali village under Padampur block in Bargarh district, Sujit Biswal (33) and Ajit Biswal (30), who have reaped gold with some of the exotic varieties of fruits like Thailand Guava, strawberries and water apple in last two years.…

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How much energy does it take to grow a tomato?

The world’s food supply is now unimaginable without the tomato, which although often called a vegetable is actually a fruit of the Solanum lycopersicum species, native to Central and South America. It gradually diffused through the world after 1500, finally becoming the world’s largest “vegetable” crop,…

Plant scientists assist on project to create a shake-and-catch harvesting system for soft fruits

Assistant Professor Brian Bailey and Cooperative Extension Specialist Elizabeth Mitcham, both of the Department of Plant Sciences, are assisting on a project to create a mechanized shake-and-catch harvesting system for soft fruits without fall damage. The project received $400,000 by the National…

Study on use of stingless bee species to pollinate cherry tomatoes under protected cultivation

Under standard greenhouse conditions, the tomato fruits of spontaneous self-pollination are expected to be of lower quality than those of bee pollination, as well as that simultaneously use different bee species which can complement pollination services. To test these hypotheses, the team evaluated the…

Study on incorporation of composting in urban controlled environment agriculture

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA), specifically advanced greenhouses, plant factories, and vertical farms, has a significant role to play in the urban agri-food landscape through provision of fresh and nutritious food for urban populations. With the push towards improving sustainability of these…

NZ: Moving tomatoes into next-gen tech

Waybeyond has launched a purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers, digitizing a time-consuming manual data process. “Those in the tomato business will be very familiar with Crop Registration and the task of collating that information. When we started talking to tomato growers last…

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Video shows cultivation areas needed for different foods

A detailed video will illustrate how much land is needed to produce each type of food, laying the areas over a globe of the world. It also provides interesting information on each type of harvest. For those interested, there are many fascinating facts to learn. Did you know that approximately 71 percent…

India: World's costliest mushroom cultivated artificially for the first time

The Directorate of Mushroom Research, led by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research-run has achieved a rare feat of successfully cultivating world’s costliest edible…

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Research on impacts of extreme heat on blueberry pollination

Michigan State University's graduate student Jenna Walters shares her passion for entomology and insect photography, and her research on the impacts of extreme heat on blueberry pollination. "My research is focused on understanding the impacts of extreme heat on blueberry pollination. Specifically, I seek…

Korean-American farmer is sharing heritage through rare seeds

Farmer Kristyn Leach wants to talk about her delicious harvest from last year. “Progress is good,” she tells me. As it happens, that’s a huge understatement. Kitazawa Seed Company, the retailer that sells Leach’s heirloom seed varieties, reports that sales are up tenfold. “Her seeds are just flying out…

The importance of standardized raw materials for hydroponic nutrients – Part I: manure and molasses

In a nutshell, both raw materials are considered organic. With manure, it’s sourced from animal feces and often times, additional items such as straw or strawdust from the animal’s bedding. Unfortunately, on occasion, urine will get mixed in with the manure. That being said, the organic matter that comes…

Vegetable grower Peter Gogeff at the start of the domestic spinach season

"Glasshouse spinach went the entire winter without heating"

The first local spinach of this season is already in circulation. "In our glasshouse, the spinach went the entire winter without heating. Thus, it has grown particularly climate-friendly, but also robust. In case of frost, we covered our spinach with fleeces for protection. This allowed us to harvest the…

Underground water systems; there's a lot we know (and a lot we don't)

Exceptional questions from growers, that is what Ines van Marrewijk of Groen Agro Control likes to focus on. If there is a solution to an issue that concerns a grower, Ines knows how to find it.At this moment, water quality is one of the major themes, she notes. The underground water system is a world on…

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FruitHydroSinni: 'We turned a problem into a business opportunity'

The Italian company FruitHydroSinni, which specialises in growing and marketing crops obtained from hydroponic and aeroponic systems, is sharing its latest innovation with growers who are planning to start or have already started a hydroponic cultivation. The company has been active in developing a…

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Japan opens super sprout factory

Murakami Farm Co., the largest producer of sprouts in Japan, based in Hiroshima, has announced the establishment of its tenth production factory, dubbed the super sprout factory and located in Yamanashi Prefecture. The completion of this structure makes it the largest, fully artificially lit type plant factory in Japan and…

Study on cucumber's response to regulated irrigation and mulching

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is an important and valuable greenhouse vegetable crop belonging to family Cucurbitaceae and has tremendous economic and dietary importance.…

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Selling seedlings in Uganda

Growing up, Hellen Machika, 44 observed her uncle do agriculture and help farmers in his community and from that time, she knew that there couldn’t be a greater calling. At university, she did a degree in agriculture to set her in the career of her dream. “From university, I joined British American Tobacco (BAT) as an area leaf…

The Brussels start-up has launched its "urban farm"

Microflavour Brussels cultivate in the cellars of the former Belle-Vue brewery in Molenbeek Brussels. This is done vertically to be able to produce more on a small surface. The agriculture of the future is more efficient and consumes less resources. By placing different levels on top of each other and by…

Ultraviolet transparency of plastic films determines quality of lettuce in greenhouse

The quality of red lettuce is based on the content of anthocyanin pigments, and the content of these pigments increases when the plant receives ultraviolet radiation. Lettuce…

Data-driven cultivation accelerates development of variety-specific cultivation formulas

The demand for healthy, attractive, and sustainably produced food such as fresh vegetables is growing worldwide. Growers align the growth factors as closely as possible to the needs of the crop and the cultivation objective they have in mind. As conditions outside and inside the greenhouse vary and…

AU: Cecil Plains farmers trial N-Drip irrigation system in summer crops

The number of farmers trialling alternative irrigation systems continues to grow as more and more look to increase their water use efficiency. For Howard Rother, Rother Farming, Nangwee, the drive to be more water efficient saw him trial the N-Drip system this season. Of their 70 hectares of cotton, 11ha…

Iran starts programme to reinvigorate agricultural innovation in the country

To strengthen Iranian national capacity in addressing emerging challenges in food and nutrition security, agricultural productivity, and environmental conservation, the Food…

CA: Fresno farmer grows variety of mushrooms inside 900 square-foot building

Donald Harris showed his growing room inside Central Valley Mushrooms' Fresno headquarters, where fungi is cultivated. "Right here, we have a wall of mushrooms. This is how they grow. These are lion's manes, Italian oysters, blue oysters and the interesting part is that they all start at this size,"…

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Improve efficiency and accuracy in indoor irrigation systems

In indoor crop production systems, water is vital for crop growth, handy for delivering nutrients and other inputs…and a major cost. As a result, managing every drop of water—and every ounce it carries, whether it’s a biodynamic compost tea or a conventional crop protection product—is critical to…

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Niagara Falls' Walker Environmental Group wants to keep greenhouse waste out of landfills

Widely used within the greenhouse industry for hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables, rock wool presents a unique environmental challenge. The fibrous mineral wool — similar in appearance to the fibreglass insulation used in walls — retains water well while allowing root systems to breathe. After…

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Australian couple shares secret to growing monster vegetables after harvesting 6KG zucchini

An Australian couple got a huge surprise when their little vegetable garden delivered a monster zucchini the size of their newborn baby. First-time growers Cassandra Hill and her husband Geoff harvested the colossal courgette from a backyard veggie garden at their northern New South Wales property…

GBZ Papenburg member Petra Haake:

"I am very happy to be able to grow fresh herbs here in the north"

Petra Haake's (r) greenhouses in Papenburg smell of oregano, mint, basil and other fresh kitchen herbs. She runs one of 50 family businesses that have joined together to form the Papenburg Gartenbauzentrale. According to the Landvolk-Pressedienst, the nurseries there cultivate about 90 million pots of herbs a year on 170 hectares in the open and 100 ha under glass, offeri…

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Bangladesh: Is floating agriculture a solution to floods?

Farmers of the south-central districts of Bangladesh, namely Barishal, Gopalganj, Madaripur, and Pirojpur, have been practicing floating agriculture for decades, if not centuries. But over the last two decades, this indigenous, wetland-based agrosystem has turned into something of a "climate celebrity".…

"The perfect sensor for coco substrates"

In the past year, large-scale tests were carried out with Growficient sensors in Van der Knaap Group’s innovation centre 'de Kas'. At the end of 2019, both parties expressed their intention to jointly investigate how the sensors can be optimally used in Van der Knaap's fine and coarse coco substrates. Testing in ‘de…

Myths surrounding ‘white light’ – Does green light penetrate deeper into the canopy?

An interview with Signify's plant specialist, Esther de Beer, Manager of the plant specialist team at Philips Horticulture LED solutions.  Light is perhaps the most important consideration for optimizing plant growth in a greenhouse or vertical farm. In these horticulture environments, artificial lighting is…

Take a look inside this underground mushroom farm

Mycopolitan Mushroom Company is an Underground Mushroom Farm located in the middle of Philadelphia in the basement of a warehouse. The farm produces 700 pounds of mushrooms a week! Tyler Case and Brain Versek started the farm because they had a passion for fungi. They saw a niche in the market to sell…

Finding best targets to improve crop yield by following CO2 journey inside leaf

A team of scientists have measured the relative importance of the different obstacles that carbon dioxide (CO2) encounters in its voyage from the atmosphere to the interior of plant cells, where it is converted into sugars. This research leading method provides much needed information that will help to…

Resistance to extraction of 40,000 megalitres of water a year from arid Central Australia

A water expert and a key Indigenous group have stated that an application to use 40,000 megalitres of water a year for a major fruit and vegetable project in Central Australia…

Study on efficient water management in US agriculture

Every farmer needs adequate water for their crops. In some U.S. regions, farmers must rely on irrigation to have enough water for their crops. The 2017 Census of Agriculture…

NZ: "don't build houses on fertile land"

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the Government to hurry up protection for highly productive land.  "While it’s great that the Government is trying to do something to improve housing supply by making land more available through reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA), the New Zealanders who will…

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ARS Research boosts strawberry production

Strawberries have been a valuable crop for many years, but cultivation has not always gone on unhindered. In the 1950s, America’s strawberry production was being ravaged by a…

Israeli tech helps Indian farmers to grow crops in dry climate

Israeli technology is coming to the aid of farmers in arid Kutch. A Bhuj-based farmer has successfully grown the crunchy, non-spicy bell peppers or capsicum adopting Israel’s poly-greenhouse method. Haresh Thacker is also expecting a bumper crop of the easy-to-cook hollow chilli, otherwise a cold season…

2,000 farmers receive vegetable seed packages in Northern Aleppo

Agriculture remains a key part of the economy in northern Aleppo. The sector is a critical “safety net” for the communities, including internally displaced people (IDPs), who reside in several rural areas. However, due to the ongoing conflict, the agriculture sector in Syria has suffered from a reduction…

Study on how light quality affects water use of sweet basil

Different light qualities affect plant growth and physiological responses, including stomatal openings. However, most researchers have focused on stomatal responses to red and…

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Made in Israel agricultural produce, now also in Bahrain

Following the signing of trade agreements with the United Arab Emirates, now, in a matter of weeks, Bahrain will also be able to enjoy the flavor of fruits and vegetables made in IsraelMinister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alon Schuster: "Israel is an international powerhouse in the field of…

Climate control apps for efficient crop control

Vapor pressure deficit (VPD) is the primary driver of evapotranspiration inside the indoor plant environment. VPD is a measure of the amount of water in the air versus the maximum about of water the air can hold at a given temperature (the saturated condition). VPD is measured in units of pressure,…

What will 2021 bring regarding the expansion of strawberry plantations in Moldova?

The Agency for Interventions and Payments in Agriculture (AIPA) has reported there were about 97 hectares of new strawberry plantations planted in Moldova last year. This was…

US: Future of farming on display at Hamburg hydroponic lettuce operation

Jason Henry says his little lettuce operation in Hamburg is just "an experiment" adding "we've got it scheduled so there is a fresh crop of plants coming out every week". What's remarkable about Jason's set-up in his words "it's outfitted to produce 40,000 heads of lettuce per year, over 16,000 pounds of…

Indian university develops new water-conserving irrigation method

Scientists at the Hesaraghatta-based Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) have developed a new irrigation method, which conserves even more water than drip irrigation. The new method, developed on a small experimental plot at the institute, uses only one-tenth of the water used in drip…

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New paperboard innovation launched for fresh produce

Paper-based packaging leader, Graphic Packaging International ('Graphic Packaging') is proud to announce the launch of ProducePack, a sustainable paperboard packaging range of solutions for fresh produce. Aligned with Graphic Packaging's Vision 2025 to be better stewards for the environment, the innovative…

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“The most difficult thing last year was knowing what to plant"

Last year’s lockdowns in Australia affected many fresh produce companies as the food service sector shut down, things are back to normal now with restaurants operating at 100%. “We lost around 50-60% of our business to the food service, but we still supplied those businesses which were open for take…

Study on fruit ripening accelerated by regulating ethylene biosynthesis genes

GRAS proteins are plant-specific transcription factors that play crucial roles in plant development and stress responses. However, their involvement in the ripening of economically important fruits and their transcriptional regulatory mechanisms remain largely unclear. This study demonstrated that…

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Australian producers can now apply for grants to drive innovation and sustainability

Australian farmers, producers and manufacturers can now apply for financial support from the Coles Nurture Fund to help them innovate and grow. Coles has opened a new round of the Coles Nurture Fund to provide grants of up to $500,000 for small and medium sized businesses to develop new products,…

Edesio Caamaño, manager of Sanjorge Suministros Agricolas:

"In 5 to 8 years, the Huelva strawberry sector will be converted to hydroponics"

The lack of labor in the Spanish region Huelva, which has only grown due to the coronavirus outbreak, is driving agricultural innovations, including those aimed at an easier…

Covid-19 accelerated commercial farming dreams for Namibian entrepreneur

Many Namibians regularly supplement their monthly income with some kind of part-time agricultural activity. However, financial planner Aubrey Hardine has had a new…

Stephen McCormack - McCormack Family Farms

Successful first basil crop and lessons learned in 2020

In July 2020 Irish grower McCormack Family Farms had their first commercial crop of basil, the season went better than expected with a good supply right through until almost the end of October. “It was a big undertaking for us. This year we put in a 0.5 hectare crop and we cut the basil four times until…

Researchers discover the double water absorption mechanism of a desert plant's leaves

Researchers from the La Mayora Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture, in Algarrobo (Málaga), the University of Harvard (USA), and the Center for Research in…

Florida researches help expand indoor gardening trend

COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. However, growing in the outdoor garden is one thing. Tending to plants indoors at home presents other challenges and opportunities. As they recognized the increasing popularity of growing indoors, University of Florida scientists…

SuperSolex by Agriplast

How to grow bananas in temperate climates

Protected cultivation is becoming increasingly popular not only for vegetables, but also when it comes to tree crops. Supply diversification often goes hand in hand with the most advanced technologies, as is the case of Supersolex by Agriplast, which was developed specifically for greenhouse banana…

Photo report: A visit to the Certhon Innovation Centre

Providing the knowledge and recipes for growing any crop successfully

Starting an indoor farm can be quite a challenge as all technical aspects have to be perfectly aligned with each other. If you think you know everything about a certain type of crop that is grown in a greenhouse, there is a lot more to learn and achieve when growing that crop indoors. For this particular…

Agromic practices to improve crop management

The production of greenhouse cucumbers has expanded rapidly over the last years. Greenhouse cucumbers can be one of the most productive crops. However, this productivity relies on precise control of irrigation, plant nutrition, and the growing environment, in addition to the effective management of pests…

"at the moment growth differential seems to decrease"

Students test substrate mats for bell pepper cultivation

In Zwolle, Cultivation & Technology students are testing bell pepper growth on different organic mats. It was decided to compare two kinds of mats. The Supreme rockwool mat from Grodan and the Greelinde Food mats from Lensli were selected. Below, the students share their experiences that help companies. Project…

Study on how plants and trees stabilize their water pipes to grow taller

Plants, especially trees, are by far the tallest organisms on Earth. Height growth is made possible by a specialized vascular system. This system conducts water from the roots to the leaves with high efficiency, while simultaneously - thanks to extremely strong cell walls -providing stability. Through a…

California growers’ planting plans hinge on water and effects of pandemic

For California growers, a lack of rainfall so far this winter has clouded a 2021 crop outlook already complicated by market uncertainties created by the pandemic. As current…

Study on alleviation of heat stress in tomato by sulfur application

Temperature is a key factor influencing plant growth and productivity, however sudden increases in temperature can cause severe consequences in terms of crop performance. This…


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