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Tasmania is home to one of horticulture's hidden gems: hydroponic grown wasabi

It is one of Australia’s little-known secrets, but Tasmania is home to one of the world's rarest horticulturally-grown condiments - wasabi. TasFoods Limited produces the Japanese-based crop, which is grown at Shima Wasabi in the north-west of the state. Managing Director and CEO Jane Bennett says it is…

Seed movement and food security during the COVID-19 crisis

The world faces an unprecedented crisis with COVID-19. While the pandemic has put many countries under lockdown and brought normal activities to a halt, essential services like health care, food, infrastructure, finance and public administration continue. Key workers in essential services are those whose…

Jan van Genderen (Royal Berry) happy with spring in the greenhouse:

"We're all kind of living day by day now"

Time for a positive sound, they thought at Royal Berry. It's spring in the greenhouses at this strawberry grower and they made everyone part of that via some beautiful photos. "We think the consumer needs and wants locally grown, super healthy strawberries, right in this trying period", says grower Jan…

Lego Greenhouse set & working out in the greenhouse

Yesterday was a peculiar day in the horticultural world....

A remarkable collaboration was launched yesterday. The famous toy company launched a special Greenhouse Series, in collaboration with horticultural supplier Dramm. And there was more news that brightened up the day. A navigation system for bumblebees and gym stuff to be used in the greenhouse. LEGO…

US (GA): Vegetable growers should plan ahead to prepare for harvest in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Most vegetable crops in Georgia — such as bell pepper, specialty peppers, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, yellow squash, and zucchini — are currently being planted into early April. These crops should be harvested in May and June; however, in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Georgia…

Response of tilapia and tomato to the complementation of nutrients in an aquaponic system

Aquaponics is highly efficient in the use of water, only requires the replacement of water lost by evaporation and transpiration. This system by fusing the hydroponics and aquaculture in a recirculation system, is a model that raises the production in a sustainable manner of food of high nutritional…

Growing tomatoes in Iceland: isolated, cold and dark?

Growing tomatoes in Iceland? Sure! At Fridheimar, Knútur and Helena do just that. They produce one tonne of organic tomatoes every day. Close to their farm is a hot water spring they use. When the water comes in, it is still about 95 degrees Celsius. The water heats the greenhouse, so it is always about…

Effects of exogenous spermidine on root metabolism of cucumber seedlings under salt stress by GC-MS

To investigate the effects of exogenous spermidine (Spd) on metabolism changes under salt stress in cucumber roots, a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was performed. The results showed that most of the 142 metabolites responded to salt stress or exogenous Spd treatment. Salt stress reduced…

Fearing shortages, people are planting more vegetables

People still struggle to find food at grocery stores during this pandemic, but Jameson Altott is not as worried. He grows more than half the food for his family from his large garden at home, outside Pittsburgh. "We are lucky to have preserved a lot of food and we still have canned fruits and vegetables…

N:K ratio for phenological growth stages of net melon cultivated in NFT hydroponic system

The adequate ratio in the supply of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) for each phenological growth stage of melon is fundamental for its growth and development with the maximization of the dry mass partition between the vegetative and reproductive parts. The objective of a new study was to evaluate the…

Research into the quality of drainage water in soil-bound crops

In 2030 all Dutch growers will have to reuse the drainage water in their greenhouse. But with soil-bound crops, much is still unknown about the quality of that water. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating the quality of…

"Prevention is better than cure"

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, goes the popular proverb. The wisdom behind prevention is better than cure has been around for a long time and suggests that we need to be more proactive than reactive in our daily diet. by Daniel Than This is no different in horticulture. We see this principle being used in Integrated Pest…

Mastering the use of substrates in hydroponics

Substrates are a key element in hydroponic systems. As growers, we must learn the needs of the hydroponic system and crop. Crops and hydroponic systems demand particular characteristics from growing substrates. But most importantly, what are the advantages of using soilless substrates? When using…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

What type of lighting is right for my indoor grow?

When it comes to fueling plant growth, lighting is one of the main ingredients of a maximum yield recipe. Figuring out if you want full natural sunlight only, a mixture of…

Purple sprouting broccoli: Profitable new crop for US growers

Purple sprouting broccoli is a real eyecatcher on the produce shelves. The vegetable — only available in later winter and spring — has provided consumers with a burst of color…

the coronavirus and the glasshouse industry

"We can build on hygiene procedures, now focussing on staff health"

In the new world of Covid-19, one thing is for sure, the safety of employees comes first. Infecting them through fellow employees endangers their health and that of their…

Panic buying at Aussie nurseries selling fruit and vegetable plants and seeds

After the panic buying of toilet rolls, rice, pasta and meat, it seems to have spread to the nursery industry. Demand for edible plants and seeds heats up due to coronavirus. Andrew Clarke runs a nursery south of Hobart and said he had never seen anything like the past few days in 30 years of selling,…

India: New technology to grow seedlings in trays introduced

A new technology to grow seedlings in trays introduced by World Vegetable Center in Assam is winning the hearts of farmers. The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) entomologist Paola Sotelo Cardona recently visited demonstration sites of cabbage and brinjal (eggplant) in Kamrup and Darrang districts of…

Is containerized blackberry production ready for prime time?

Blackberries and other small fruits are increasingly being grown in soilless substrate and containers versus field soil. Growing small fruit crops in containers requires additional capital and effort compared to field production, but has some potential benefits. Potential benefits can include earlier and…

Evaluated water stress tolerant basil cultivars

Drought is one of the major yield constraints of crop productivity for many crops. In addition, nowadays, climate change creates new challenges for crop adaptation in stress conditions. Scientists at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) have investigated the effect of water stress on five…

Namibia builds resilience to climate change

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change as heavy rainfalls and floods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe during 2019, among others, have shown. The floods are affecting thousands of people, who lost their homes, crops and livestock. Other countries in southern Africa, including…

Controlled environment production for safe consumption

In the 17th Indoor Ag Science Cafe forum on March 10th, 2020, Paul Lightfoot of Bright Farms spoke about his views on food safety. The Indoor Ag Science Cafe is an online…

Zhongnong Futong completes multi-span greenhouse

Recently a Beijing company, Zhongnong Futong, has completed a multi-span greenhouse in Suzhou district, Gansu province.  The greenhouse has a construction area of 21,360 m2, and in it there will be focus on efficient production of fruit and vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers. There are a lot of Dutch…

Use of mycorrhiza to reduce mineral fertilizers in soilless melon cultivation

Intensive use of mineral fertilizers in soilless growing systems can have adverse effects on the environment and human health and could be economically expensive. The aim of a new study was whether it can be reduced mineral nutrients in soilless grown melon by using mycorrhizae inoculation. The…

UK: Urban land could grow fruit and veg for 15 percent of the population

Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’, according to new research. In a study published in Nature Food, academics from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University…

United Arab Emirates: Raspberries and blackberries grown commercially for the first time

There is a pilot project underway in Abu Dhabi, aimed at growing raspberries and blackberries commercially for the first time. The popularity of berries (and their large profit margins) have caught the eye of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority. The organisation is harvesting the fruits…

Assosementi on securing the supply of seeds to safeguard the future

Ensuring the supply of seeds is an essential step to protect the Italian agri-food industry, as farmers are about to begin the sowing season aimed at the production of crops of vital importance for the Made in Italy industry. This call to action was launched by Assosementi, the association which…

Mastering hydroponic growing systems

Check out the latest hydroponics educational video from Hort Americas. Karla Garcia goes through all the different systems, from floating raft systems to table top production systems for strawberries: DFT (Deep Flow Technique) NFT (Nutrient Film Technique or Nutrient Flow Technique) Dutch Bucket System Grow…

Root Plus Green

Vellsam offers solution to improve the rooting and growth in strawberry cultivation

The Almeria-based company of agricultural biotechnological solutions Vellsam Materias Bioactivas has managed to improve the rooting and growth of strawberry plants with its Root Plus Green rooting solution, which enhances the root system and improves the plant's vegetative development. In tests carried…

Sustainable cultivation in the greenhouse: higher production, lower footprint

It sounds too good to be true: a higher production, and at the same time a lower footprint. But it is possible, as shown during the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future' project of the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research. The project investigates…

Japanese researchers working on improving greenhouse tomato cultivation

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization or NARO is an institution in Japan for conducting research and development on agriculture and food. They have found that the crop yields in their greenhouses could be a lot higher and that about half of the greenhouse workers is 65 years old or…

Improving processing vegetable yields through improved production practices

In 2017, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture joined forces with Applied Horticultural Research and Simplot Australia to complete a strategic levy investment project aimed…

Which growing medium brings the best growing results for vertical farming?

There are many questions to consider when choosing the right growing medium for a vertical farm. First of all, you need to reflect, will you choose a growing medium or non-medium for vertical farming? What are the options available in the market with reasonable freight costs, and what are the growing…

first harvest of the year

Growing daikon radish in a greenhouse

The first daikon radishes of this year's season were harvested last Friday in Knoblauchsland, Germany. Similar to last year, the first fresh greenhouse products arrived at the regional wholesale market in Nuremberg at the beginning of March. "Now, at the beginning of the season there are only small quantities…

Faster plant growth through more efficient photosynthesis

As a result of climate change, the amount of arable land is shrinking, while the world population is on the rise. This is why Wageningen researchers are studying ways to reduce the required soil area of crops. They have discovered that some plants make better use of light for their growth than others. By…

Space lettuce found to be safe and nutritious

Astronauts in space generally live on processed, pre-packaged space rations such as fruits, nuts, chocolate, shrimp cocktails, peanut butter, chicken, and beef to name a few. These have often been sterilized by heating, freeze drying, or irradiation to make them last and a key challenge for the US Space…

Fear of frost damage in March

Warmest winter in 120 years could cause problems for Norwegian raspberry growers

Winter was mild and wet throughout Norway. With temperatures of 4.5 degrees higher than normal, the winter records was broken in all regions with the exception of Northern Norway. In the time between December and March, it was also the wettest period recorded since the Meteorological Institute started…

"Stop Basil Downy Mildew with these simple LED strategies"

Every basil grower’s worst nightmare is Basil Downy Mildew. You walk down the aisles, peer across the canopy, and then “Oh No!”. You see leaf yellowing and fuzzy purple growth. The once sweet smell of herbaceous goodness no longer smells so sweet knowing you have hours not days to react. Image source: Cornell…

Tomato seeds from space sown in Hungarian greenhouse

In the Veresegyház tomato greenhouse, cherry tomato specialties are cultivated in a hydroculture greenhouse, by a clean, natural method, biological plant protection, and in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. Now, they will also grow tomatoes that have traveled to outer space, as they have…

Plant responses to integrated light and CO2 control

Light is the driving force for photosynthesis in plants which is why managing daily light integral (DLI) is so important in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). However, many factors beyond light influence photosynthesis and ultimately biomass accumulation including: temperature, carbon dioxide, and plant stress (drought, nutrient…

"You can only compare based on the number of units and kilos per square meter"

How many cucumbers can growers harvest in one year from one square meter in the greenhouse? This question keeps growers and breeding companies busy, as can be derived from the continuous development of varieties. "Yet ultimately, it is mainly the number of kilos that come from a square meter that the…

Red and blue nets impact on physiological and morphological traits of tomato

Plants can detect the quality, quantity and direction of light and use it as a signal to adapt their morphogenesis and growth. Thus according to their light transmission,…

March 19-20, Bordentown

US (NJ): Two-day short course introduces beginners to greenhouse crop production

People consider starting a greenhouse for a variety of reasons, and greenhouse farming provides a way to grow year-round. However, managing the production system and its…

Manipulating flavor and smell with light

A recently released study conducted by Fluence and Döhler explores how lighting affects one of the most popular culinary herbs grown in greenhouses around the world, the sweet basil plant. The delivery of potted sweet basil plants to grocery store shelves effectively enables consumers to have an abundant…

Are your plants getting too much light?

Plants exhibit several vital signs when they're getting too much light. The most obvious indicator is leaf burning. This typically causes yellow leaves at the top of the plant directly under the grow lights. While the inside veins stay green, the leaves take on a yellow, burnt look. This effect may be…

Rootstock x environment interactions on nitrogen-use efficiency in grafted tomato plants

The use of grafting techniques for horticultural crops increases plant tolerance to various abiotic and biotic stresses. Tomato production under greenhouse conditions relies on plants grafted onto vigorous rootstocks because they sustain crops for longer periods. Growers under Mediterranean conditions…

The future of agriculture lies in Israel’s desert

Farmers in arid areas of India need no convincing that the climate is changing under their feet. Their income is drying up along with their groundwater wells, forcing many to give up farming. As these kinds of situations become more common, help is coming from Tel Aviv University’s Nitsan Sustainable…

Plant Empowerment: a stress-free future for all plants

Plant Empowerment is synonymous with Next Generation Growing, where stress is no longer a factor. The use of climate screens can prevent plant stress to a significant degree. This in turn results in greater efficiency. Reason enough for Svensson to support a book and platform on this topic. Plant Empowerment – also known as…

Austrian agri sector wants to contribute to climate protection with less imported vegetables

"We'll see how we can extend the season for the growers"

Günter Achleitner is harvesting kale. Lettuce, leeks and spinach also grow in variations and organically on his fields around Eferding. The farmer is one of the pioneers in the…

Are your plants suffering from nutrient burn?

One common problem that many indoor growers run into is the leaves of their plant's browning, curling, and drying out around the edges. The most likely cause is nutrient burn.  While nutrient burn can sneak up on even the most experienced growers, it can be something to consider if you're new to fertigation.…

CO2 supplementation could increase yield of leafy greens grown with hydroponics

Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration is reported to be the most important climate variable in greenhouse production with its effect on plant photosynthetic assimilation. A greenhouse study was conducted using a nutrient film technique (NFT) system to quantify the effect of two different levels of CO2…

Preparing plants for our future climate

Planning is something we all do. As individuals, we may be planning for next weekend or our future retirement. A team of researchers examines rice plants for signs of stress caused by their environment. Credit: Kevin Hudson Farmers and plant breeders are also planning for a future. The crops we currently…

UK: CABI launches Open Access journal

CHAP partner CABI has announced the launch of a journal to publish original research and data in all fields related to agriculture and the biosciences.CABI Agriculture and Bioscience, the official journal of CABI, will be managed by BMC, part of Springer Nature. The journal’s stated scope covers…

Alternate drip irrigation increases tomato yield, study shows

Alternate drip irrigation (ADI) is a useful irrigation method for water conservation and the regulation of soil quality; however, knowledge about the underlying mechanism of soil-root-bacterium interactions is limited. To determine the mechanism by which ADI transforms soil nutrients and thereby promotes…

"The future of food looks small, dense, and very bushy"

The way we live is out of balance with the way we eat. About eleven percent of the Earth’s land area is used for agriculture; meanwhile, two-thirds of the human population is now jammed in cities, which cover a mere three percent. Continued urbanization and population growth will require more farmland,…

Test & adjust nutrients in hydroponics

In hydroponic systems, we supply nutrients in forms that are available to the crop. Plants respond rapidly to good and bad fertilizer choices. Therefore, we need to use precision in applying the fertilizers to sustain crop yields and quality. In this e-Gro Edible Alert, I will discuss sampling and how to…

Estonian researchers test early potatoes in Jõgeva

Last week, early red-skinned potatoes were picked at Jõgeva greenhouses; scientists will now determine which varieties give the best yield and most resistant to indoor…

Sweet potato slip production in Canadian greenhouses

To meet the increasing demand for sweet potatoes in Canada, Vineland has published best production practices to support the creation of a national slip propagation industry. The new guide is available for download in English and French.

Ellepot GrowBag and AIR Tray

Plastic bags no longer needed in propagation

Following on their success within the fruit and nut segments, the company has developed the Ellepot GrowBag, which along with their AIR Tray technology, eliminates the requirement for plastic bags in propagation. "With the new GrowBag and AIR tray system, growers can eliminate the need for plastic bags…

Australia: Higher water prices flow on to consumers

The Queensland Government is currently considering recommendations from the Queensland Competition Authority for dramatic and unsustainable increases to irrigation water…

Jack Crienen:

"We can optimize high-wire cultivation in order to work more efficiently and increase production"

This year, it’s twenty years since BASF Vegetable Seeds started breeding high-wire cucumbers. A key player in this development was cucumber grower Jack Crienen (53), from Baarlo, who discovered an abnormal plant in his greenhouse. It was this plant that was later used as the basis for developing Nunhems…

Automated drip irrigation scheduling for maximizing water use efficiency

Maximizing irrigation water use efficiency and utilization of solar energy with drip irrigation systems is essential to irrigate greenhouses for horticultural crops production. In a new study, a field experiment was carried out in the Horticultural Farm, Faculty of Agriculture, Kafrelsheikh University…

LED supplemental lighting providing red and blue radiation = purple leaves on some young plants

Don’t be alarmed if some of your crops turn purple under LED supplemental lighting providing red and blue radiation. by Roberto G. Lopez - rglopez@msu.edu From October to March, the accumulated amount of photosynthetic light that plants growing in greenhouses receive over the course of the day or the daily…

Stawberry acreage Basilicata, Italy, down by 122 hectare

The ALSIA report stated that, for the 2019/20 campaign, 836 hectares of strawberries have been planted in the Metaponto area compared to the 958 of last year. The 13% drop (122 hectares in total) concerns mainly 5 varieties: Sabrosa (Candonga), Marisol, Melissa, Florida-Fortuna and Sabrina. Only 59 of…

NASA releases early career solicitation towards plant and food production technologies

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate released a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Space Technology Research,…

How are you using greenhouse data?

Collecting and analyzing data are key factors in operating a modern greenhouse. More importantly is having experienced growers who can use this data to deliver maximum crop yields.As the cost of sensors for controlled environment agriculture become more sophisticated and more affordable, growers have an…

New farming method develops sustainable crop system suitable for Qatari climate

A detailed report on the results of cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers is published after one year in operation of the Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center opened by Agrico, QAFCO and Yara International in February 2019. The Trial and Demonstration Center was established to test local greenhouse…

US (NJ): 2019 Bell Pepper Variety Trial Report

The 2019 Bell Pepper Variety Trial Report for the evaluation of bell pepper cultivars with varying levels of resistance to bacterial leaf spot is now available on-line by clicking the link below. Bacterial leaf spot in bell (and non-bell) peppers causes significant problems each year. In recent years, a…

"The difficulty of predicting yield properly starts when pollination is not perfect"

Manual pollination is making a comeback in countries where labor is cheap. It can be cheaper to manually pollinate than to import beehives. Some countries have import restrictions on live animals and insects making it difficult to import bumblebees. If there is a lot of insect pressure, frequent sprays…

Greenhouse from start-up company Greenloop should cost less than €1000

Hamburgers invent salad carousel for the kitchen

Basil, mint, amaranth, romana - in restaurant Bullerei in the Schanzenviertel, herbs and salads have recently been growing right behind the entrance doors, on the wall. And every two minutes the carousel, in which the edible green plants are illuminated by artificial light, rotates a few centimetres. "It's…

Mastering rootzone environment

Root zone environment is directly related to our crop growth, development and health. Therefore it is very important to understand what is going on underneath our plants.  There are three primary aspects of our rootzone environment: Nutrient content pH Electrical conductivity Nutrient content is a key factor in crop production. Based on…

Japanese use waste carbon dioxide to grow crops

The capital of Japan's Saga Prefecture is using the carbon dioxide and heat emitted by its waste disposal plant to cultivate crops and grow algae. The Saga City Waste Incineration Plant uses technology developed by Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions to burn household waste. The plant then sells the…

Nepalese growers find benefits in soilless farming

The challenges facing soil-based agriculture led to the invention of soilless agriculture. Soilless cultivation has become possible through the use of hi-tech. As of now, soil is the most common growing media used for growing crops throughout the world as it provides adequate support, nutrition, air and…

The importance of monitoring your indoor grow

Sustainability in farming is about more than saving precious resources like water; it's about creating a growing environment that takes the guesswork out of agriculture. And…

Influence of fruit ripening on Naga Jolokia peppers

“Naga Jolokia” (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) is a hot pepper variety native to India which has received the attention of the global scientific community due to its high capsaicinoid concentration. A new study evaluated the influence of fruit ripening on the total and individual capsaicinoids, as well as…

"Stomata monitor offers promising perspectives"

It is still a significant challenge to accurately monitor the stomata conductivity (Gs) of a crop under practical conditions. There is much to gain by achieving insight into Gs, which may be the key to further improve light and CO2 use efficiency by allowing growers and automated climate systems to…

An examination of 13 varieties that could boost the market

Screening sweet peppers for organic farming

A study conducted out of The University of Georgia delved into the comparative yields of sweet pepper varieties produced under organic farming conditions. George Boyhan, Cecilia McGregor, Suzanne O’Connell, Johannah Biang, and David Berle completed a replicated, randomized experiment involving 13 pepper…

Bumblebees carry heavy loads in economy mode

Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own body weight in nectar on board. A study published Feb. 5 in Science Advances shows how they do it — and that bees can show more flexibility in behavior than you might expect from a bumbling insect.  “They…

NASA will try and grow chilies from New Mexico in space

As part of the effort to develop crops to support deep space exploration, NASA will be growing New Mexico chile in the International Space Station in 2020. NASA Science Expert…

Pieter Gabriëls: Vegetable trends at Bejo Samen GmbH

"Colorful vegetables are hot!"

The winter is particularly mild again this year: whether in Germany or the Netherlands, frost is absent in most areas. The producers of vegetables, especially carrots, are getting restless, says Pieter Gabriëls, the managing director of Bejo Samen LLC: "Many would like to start now. The first carrots have already been sown in…

University of Georgia study

Selecting sweet peppers for organic farming in the US

With the growth of the organic market, there is interest in identifying and developing fruits and vegetables that are adapted to organic farms. Sweet peppers are no exception. They possess a measurable popularity and economic importance in the Southeastern region of the United States. In 2018, the U.S.…


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