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Analysis of nutrient variations in electrical conductivity-based closed-loop soilless culture systems

In closed-loop soilless culture systems, variation in nutrients can lead to instability in the nutrient management and forced discharge of nutrients and water. Total nutrients absorbed by plants are replenished in an electrical conductivity-based closed-loop system, and fluctuation in electrical…

Signify and Fundación Cajamar have signed a research collaboration agreement

The study will be carried out in the greenhouses located in the Cajamar Experimental Station “Las Palmerillas", in El Egido (Almería). It is a project of relevant interest for…

Soil on Moon and Mars likely to support crops

Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands have produced crops in Mars and Moon soil simulant developed by NASA. The research supports the idea that it would not only be possible to grow food on Mars and the Moon to feed future settlers, but also to obtain viable seed from crops…

US (GA): New UGA-Tifton specialist to study fruits, vegetables postharvest

The newest crop specialist on the University of Georgia Tifton campus hopes to help Georgia fruit and vegetable farmers extend the shelf life of their produce after harvest. Angelos Deltsidis joined the Department of Horticulture in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in September as…

webinar, October 25

Strawberry and tomato responses to light and CO2 control

Carbon dioxide enrichment has long been known as a tool to boost greenhouse crop yield but the benefits depend on the crop and production environment especially light. In this webinar, Cornell University researchers will discuss: The basics of greenhouse CO2 enrichment.  Current research underway to determine response…

"Cucumber growers in northern Europe are ready to face the future"

On 10 October 2019, Rijk Zwaan organised a customer event especially for cucumber growers from northern Europe. As the name of the event suggests, ‘All about Cucumbers’ was designed to update cucumber growers on the latest developments in terms of cucumber breeding, production and market trends, and to…

US (NE): Newell Elementary students care for fish, plants in aquaponic system

Newell Elementary School students are able to care for fish and plants in an aquaponic system as part of an after-school club. Integration Specialist Krystal Spilger said Newell received a grant from Beyond School Bells for the system, which was installed by Whispering Roots in December 2018. Students…

Paul van de Meulengraaf joins the Delphy soft fruit team

The Delphy soft fruit team has grown since October 1 with the arrival of Paul v.d. Meulengraaf. Paul has gained a great deal of knowledge and experience during his career in the field of maintaining varieties, plant propagation, keeping plant material healthy and propagation through tissue culture. In…

China: The Gobi Desert is a red sea of chili peppers

In Northwest China’s Gobi Desert, autumn tints the landscape a flaming scarlet. The fields of red aren’t deciduous leaves blushing with the season. They’re chili peppers, spread out to dry under the hot desert sun following the late-summer harvest. Each September and October, farmers across the Xinjiang…

Book release

Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation

A new book has been published by award-winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited. Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation provides a comprehensive review of key advances in greenhouse and other forms of protected and controlled environment cultivation. Chapters…

Research on the viability of fig tree cultivation in Almeria's greenhouses

The University of Almería and Anecoop, with the support of the Provincial Council, have carried out a research project to analyze the viability of the cultivation of fig trees in greenhouses, especially those located in the Lower Andarax. The idea is to take advantage of the commercial opportunities…

Turkey sends satellite into space to assist "Smart Agriculture"

Turkey will send a satellite to space next year to track agricultural fields and climate. The project which was announced in late August by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, aims to start a new era for Turkish agriculture. The microsatellite called "Lagari" will observe pilot areas that…

Mobile measuring installation water quality tested

After a long introduction, the validation process has started for a mobile measuring installation with which the growers can test the water quality in their company on the spot. Andre van der Wuff: "Laboratory analyses are valuable but there is also a need for continuous security. An affordable mobile…

Godfrey Dol sharing guidelines for growers in semi-closed glasshouses

What is the best humidity for a tomato plant?

The temperature and humidity of the air entering the glasshouse is as important as the temperature and humidity inside the glasshouse, Godfrey Dol, an expert on cultivation in…

US (NJ): Brick students learn about sustainability with aquaponics

Students in Mr. Schiable’s class at Brick Memorial High School are learning all about sustainable food sources through aquaponics.  Schiable’s class harvested their first catch of tilapia this week that were grown in his aquaponics system. That fish was filleted and sent down to the culinary department where…

New growing container for indoor organic vegetables

Greenhouse growers have a new solution for producing high-quality organic vegetables indoors. The A.M.A. 60 Growing Container, developed by A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., is a simple solution that satisfies organic growing standards in Canada. Developed with grower input in 2018 and successfully piloted by…

The colonization of tomato plants with a beneficial desert root fungus protects against effects of salt stress

A symbiotic boost for greenhouse tomato plants

Use of saline water to irrigate crops would bolster food security for many arid countries; however, this has not been possible due to the detrimental effects of salt on plants. Now, researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), along with scientists in Egypt, have shown that…

Marco Tidona from Aponix talks about new accessories for the Aponix vertical barrels

Adapter to fool-proof irrigation in vertical farming system

Aponix’ Vertical Barrel systems have been on the market for a while now, and since their conception, they have offered an alternative to rack systems as a way of making use of three-dimensional growing spaces. Aponix is releasing some new additions to make the system even more easy to use. A new adapter…

Learning how to screen

A group of young plant pathologists attended a two-week training course at WorldVeg headquarters to immerse themselves in best practices for sample collection and pest and disease diagnosis. An international training workshop on “Methods for disease and insect resistance screening for germplasm characterization and vegetable…

Nieki van der Burg about bell pepper variety Maureno

"I immediately noticed the good looking plants"

Van der Burg Paprika's in Est, the Netherlands grows 11.5ha of red blocky peppers, with the majority of them being Maranello. Since this year, there is also 2.3 ha Maureno. "We wanted to add a pepper with a lower fruit weight than Maranello, so we can supply a pack of three peppers with a total weight of…

US (HI): Oahu nonprofit uses backyard aquaponics to promote healthy eating

A new UH study is looking at whether the program has led to an improved diet and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiian families. On a recent Sunday morning in Waimanalo, a group of families representing three generations gathered to build an aquaponics set-up from scratch. By the…

US (AZ): "Rooftop agriculture could reduce energy use in buildings by 3% per building per year"

A community garden occupies a diminutive dirt lot in Phoenix. Rows of raised garden beds offer up basil, watermelons and corn, making this patch of land an agricultural oasis in a desert city of 1.5 million people. In fact, this little garden is contributing in various ways to the city’s environmental…

"Grafting conveys a lot of merits in terms of disease resistance and yield maintenance"

Zheng Wang, vegetable crops advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County, visited an ag class at Stanislaus State to discuss a state-of-the-art vegetable production practice that involves grafting, reported Alivah Stoeckl in Stan State News. Grafting plants onto specially bred rootstocks is…

Retailers bring herb and vegetable production closer to the public

Can supermarkets contribute to local cultivation?

The world’s current food system is under pressure. Global population numbers keep rising significantly, and a large portion of these people already live in, and will increasingly live in cities. So, ever further away from where food is grown. At the same time, it is expected that the amount of available…

Palestinian engineer pioneers hydroponics farm in northern Gaza Strip

To overcome the agricultural problems faced by farmers in the Gaza Strip, newly-graduated Palestinian agricultural engineer Irada al-Za'anin has established the first-ever "water farm" in her house. The project aims to reduce the area used in agriculture, saving effort and time as well as maintaining the…

What will it take to feed a million people on Mars?

In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that would take humanity to Mars. Over decades, tens of thousands of Starship flights would carry a million human beings to the surface of the Red Planet, the minimum Musk expects it’ll take to create a…

Malaysia: Villagers exposed to hydroponics agriculture during Skudai excursion

Members of the Kampung Jorak Rural Community Development Council (MPKK) were given hands-on exposure to the benefits of cultivating vegetable crops using hydroponics methodology and technology, during an excursion to Skudai, Johor Baru, today. It was an eye-opener for the group, who said that they will…

US: Southeast Georgia experiences improved blueberry season

Ideal weather conditions this season allowed blueberry farmers in southeast Georgia to produce their best crop since 2016, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Renee Allen. Farmers like Albert Wildes agree. “In 2017 and 2018 we had a couple of late freezes, and 2017 was…

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

The benefits of multi-layer cultivation... in a greenhouse

The germination and propagation of herb plants is done in a vertical set-up on the concrete path (just before the ponds) at Christ Monden's nursery in Etten-Leur. What once started as a cautious test has now become standard practice there. Christ Monden and Bas Dirven A number of years ago Christ asked…

Italy: Rome aquaponics farm delivers to local restaurants

A short drive southeast of Rome, four young entrepreneurs are paving the way to a greener dining scene in the Italian capital – with the help of 400 koi fish. That’s because the group of friends-turned-business owners are the founders of The Circle Food & Energy Solutions, a farm designed to produce food…

eradication in Spain, update on Mexico

Mexico: Positive sample for ToBRFV in aubergine

In Mexico, Tomato brown rugose fruit virus was first observed in 2018 in Michoacán. Further surveys were carried out to assess the presence of the virus in Mexico. As of…

Chairwoman of the General Women's Union donates US$1 mn to ‘Fund for Refugee Women’

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union,GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation,FDF, who is also the Honorary President of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, donated US$1 million to the…

Keep control of crop transpiration

Summer is nearing its end and fall is approaching. This means shorter days, lower temperatures, and a change in the rhythm of life. And it’s no different for your crop: it will be transpiring less and its water requirements will decrease. These factors must be taken into account so that the crop and its…

How LED and HPS lighting affects air and leaf temperature

As growers are educating themselves more on different lighting technologies, we have been faced with questions many times over about what effects different light sources have on temperature and crop production; what is the difference between Convection Heat and Radiant Heat? Anyone remotely familiar with…

Germany: A software update will instruct space tomatoes to sprout

It’s hard enough to grow tomatoes from seeds out in a sunny garden patch. To do it in sun-synchronous orbit—that is to say, in outer space—would seem that much harder. But is it?  That’s what plant biologists and aerospace engineers in Cologne and Bremen, Germany are set to find out. Researchers are preparing…

New Mega-Flo irrigation series has arrived

The new D400 Series of Mega-Flo Injectors by Dosatron is now available. They are easy to set up with no programming necessary, just set your injection rate and turn on the water. It’s compatible with multiple chemicals such as nutrients, additives, and acids. “Install the D400 in parallel for flow rates…

Passion for the trade can take the grower further than books

Is grower a dying profession?

Jos Reeuwijk, former grower and now adviser on LinkedIn: "Real growers with years of practice experience that can make the difference and can train people will be difficult to find in the near future."…

Hydroponics revolutionizes agriculture in Japan

Yuichi Mori, a Japanese researcher, has revolutionized agriculture through the development of transparent polymer films made from a permeable hydrogel, which can store liquids and nutrients where plants can grow without the need for soil. The device was originally designed for renal dialysis treatment.…

Thomas Graham is the new PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems

CAN (ON): University of Guelph has a new Controlled Environments professor

The School of Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome Thomas Graham as the new PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems. In this new role, created through a $1 million donation from PhytoGro Canada, a PRM Inc. company, Graham will lead cutting edge research to develop novel…

NZ: Tiny treats for your tastebuds changing eating habits one dish at a time

Dan McKean, the owner of True Leaf Microgreens: "Microgreens are vegetable or herb seeds that are grown to the first set of leaves, the cotyledon leaves, rather than being allowed to grow into seedlings for planting in the garden."  The second leaf that develops in these tiny plants is called the true leaf…

US (MA): Boston hospital is feeding patients through its rooftop farm

Carrie Golden believes the only reason she's diabetes free is because she has access to fresh, locally grown food. A few years after the Boston resident was diagnosed with prediabetes, she was referred to Boston Medical Center's Preventative Food Pantry as someone who is food insecure. The food pantry is…

UAE: Food challenge to encourage innovation in agriculture and food security

The UAE Government on Tuesday opened registration for the Foodtech Challenge, an innovation-based food production contest launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is being organised by the Food Security Office, in…

Strawberries at Kwekerij Hoogsewetering flew out of greenhouse because of heatwave

"We want to be able to harvest early, but we don't want to be done this early"

The second half of September just started, but in Pijnacker, the Netherlands the majority of the strawberries have already been harvested. Due to heatwaves in July and August, the strawberries flew out of the greenhouse at Strawberry Nursery Hoogsewetering. Faster than planned because of the ‘weird…

First harvest of industrial tomatoes of the Spanish AGRITOM 2.0 project

The first harvest from the test field of the Agritom 2.0 project, which is promoting tomato cultivation in the Spanish region of La Rioja, and which proposes improvements in efficiency and good agricultural practices, has been presented by the organizations involved in the study: Ctic Cita, Cooperativa…

Ellepot and PROPTEC partner up: Ellepot Australia

New partnership to provide integrated paper-pot solution to Australian growers

As part of Ellepot's vision to be active in key regions globally, Ellepot is proud to announce its partnership with PROPTEC and Brad Skinner in Australia. Ellepot Australia will be supplying the market with the latest technology from Ellepot to provide a fully integrated paper-pot solution including…

Micropropagation's huge growth potential

Production of high quality planting materials is expected to grow by 5% to 10% a year. This growth is fueled by two developments: the increase in global demand for tissue-cultured industrial crops and food crops, like tropical fruits and berries, and the need for high quality planting materials. Yet,…

US (CO): Podcast about the Park County Farm to School aquaponics program

In this podcast, Al Kurki, agriculture specialist at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Regional Office in Butte, Montana, has a conversation with Rachel Jones, Executive Director of Farm to School of Park County. With a USDA Farm to School grant, Rachel turned one of the school’s greenhouses into an aquaponics…

Godfrey Dol about daytime humidity in semi-closed glasshouses

"No limit on humidity in semi-closed glasshouse"

A plant responds to low humidity by making large leaves. This meansthat low humidity creates a vegetative plant and that a grower can create a more generative plant by…

US (MO): Aquaponics keeps family farming together

As he tossed freeze-dried crickets into a pool of eager blue gill, Andrew Mueth explained this was how he and his five brothers could farm together and preserve the 160-year-old Illinois family farm legacy. The family raises a wide variety of lettuce using an aquaponic system that was erected in a…

US (MI): Great Lakes Hop Working Group seeks grower input

The Great Lakes Hop Working Group, funded by a grant from the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, formed in 2016 to provide region-specific pest management support to producers in reemerging hop production areas outside of the Pacific Northwest. The goal of this working group is to continue…

Namibian school adopts hydroponics gardening technique to enrich nutrition

Olivia Phillip, a grade six learner at Otjomuise Primary School in Namibia's capital, Windhoek, gently applied fertilizers to water at a shaded hydroponics garden at the school. Soon after, she tested the PH level of the water at the greenhouse. "I have to make sure the water fertilizers are infused in…

Ampang aquaponic farm blooms

For Chin Kwe Fok, the motivation behind setting up an aquaponic farm was simple: A desire to eat healthily. After speaking with friends at church, he soon realised he wasn’t the only one on the lookout for organic, pesticide-free produce. The growing demand for clean eating eventually led to the birth of Urban Greenlife farm,…

September 30

US (MI): Square Roots opening Farm Campus in Michigan

On September 30, Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open their newest indoor farm on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. This is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service locations across…

Cultivating desert agriculture

King Abdullah University Science and Technology (KAUST) leadership placed renewed emphasis on support for desert agriculture with the inauguration of a new research center, the Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA). The center's focus is support for research related to local and regional agriculture and the translation of that…

Russia: The principles of growing cucumbers in greenhouses

The PTR (Public Television of Russia) channel aired a report in “Sreda Obitaniya” programme about cucumbers growing in greenhouses on the territory of the Russian Federation. Many members of ECO-Culture, such as Rustem Mustafin (the Marketing Director), Liliya Tekhova (the Chief Agronomist), Olga…

Automated ecosystem from Agrilution

Mini greenhouse for microgreens

The fully automated "Plantcube" greenhouse from Munich-based company Agrilution offers a closed ecosystem for plants and, according to the manufacturer, optimal growth conditions. Irrigation is done automatically.The fully automated greenhouse "Plantcube" / Image: Agrilution The high nutrient density ensures an intense aroma and…

Wyssa Gemüse sees successful future for hydraulic farming in Switzerland

"Rising interest in hydrosalads, advantageous cultivation techniques should be emphasized more"

Hydrocultures have been making rapid entry into the (Northwest) European trade for several years. In Switzerland, there are currently three farms that are involved in hydro-cultivation. Of these, Wyssa Gemüse is the only one who cultivates hydroponic crops outdoors without covering. Headquartered in the canton…

US: CDFA and GO-Biz announce $600,000 federal grant for California’s global trade expansion program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced that California received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help California small businesses boost trade and exports abroad.…

How can China provide vegetables for 1.4 billion people?

Over the past decade, China's vegetable production has increased and has always been the world's largest. Thanks to the six large key vegetable production areas and technologies such as greenhouse and vegetable breeding, China now can provide its 1.4 billion people with fresh vegetables all year round,…

"G x E x M: The magic trio of growing"

Until very recent times, agriculture has relied exclusively on the knowledge and experience of farmers to make decisions on a daily basis that impact the outcome of production and yield. The primary inputs sound simple enough: seeds, soil, water, CO2 and light and you can produce crops. In fact, farming…

Study on environmental impact of strawberry cultivation in Spain

The Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute (Ifapa) of the Government of Andalusia has carried out a study on the environmental impact of strawberry cultivation, which concludes that the high doses of pesticides applied, the high amount of materials used in the irrigation systems and…

This Indian and Bangladeshi grower show how to cultivate on water

Udayakumar, 52, hailing from Karthikapally near the Alappuzha district in India owns more small ponds and less land but that hasn't dampened his spirits to undertake vegetable farming.  Similarly growers of Tungipara upazila in Gopalganj, Bangladesh have taken up growing vegetables and spices on floating beds…

"Cooling technology increases total plant yield of basil by 30%"

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited (ASX: ROO, Roots or Company) has successfully used its Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) cooling technology to increase the harvest yield of basil plants by 30 percent under extreme heat in the Arava desert in Israel. While basil is grown and…

Research on berry cultivation under plastic photoconverters in Huelva

Next Tuesday, 17 September, the French companies Agripolyane and Cascade will organize an event at the Agroindustry Technology Center (Adesva) of Lepe. This will serve to present the results of the tests carried out in experimental berry plantations in Huelva, where luminescent plastic covers that use…

Growing vegetables in Western Australia

Western Australia is an ideal location to grow vegetables as it has sophisticated production systems and an excellent environment for high quality produce. Production occurs throughout Western Australia, allowing a wide range of vegetables to be grown. Major crops include carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and…

How to improve controlled environment crop production with LED lighting

The development of new lighting technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can increase the capability to provide ideal light conditions to crops. This makes it possible to improve crop performance and product quality. Each crop has a particular response to light quality. By providing a particular…

"Climate change threatens future of farming in Europe"

Adverse impacts of climate change are already being felt across Europe. Extreme weather, including recent heatwaves in many parts of the EU are already causing economic losses for farmers and for the EU’s agriculture sector. These adverse impacts are expected to increase, due to projected climate change,…

Botswana: New farming technologies can improve production

Farmers have been urged to adopt the precision agriculture method to improve yields and use new emerging technologies to ensure food security in a changing climate. Speaking during a Climate Smart Agriculture seminar, on the sidelines of the Science Week, at the Goodhope Kgotla, recently, Botswana…

Australia: Researchers unearth 'phenomenal' history of Gympie's century-old strawberry variety

As strawberries go it looks small and insignificant, but there is a phenomenal story behind one 113-year-old Australian variety; it involves a shipwreck, floods and garden tourism during a gold rush. More than a century after the Phenomenal strawberry variety was developed, Queensland Government…

Increasing humidity in semi-closed glasshouses

How to prevent plants from becoming too vegetative?

Managing humidity provides the biggest challenge in learning how to work with a semi-closed glasshouse. So much so that Godfrey Dol, an expert on growing in semi-closed glasshouses, wants to spend some time discussing it.  But before he gets into the technicalities of what humidity means in a semi-closed glasshouse,…

UC ANR releases sample costs

Thinking about growing romaine or organic strawberries?

UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension have released sample costs to produce and harvest organic strawberries for fresh market and romaine lettuce hearts in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Romaine harvest. In the romaine and strawberry cost studies, the authors have also…

US (NY): There's another tomato plant in the East River

It's quite clear that most New Yorkers have never seen a tomato plant before, considering the incredible amount of media attention given to these tomato plants growing near the East River. It is an odd place for a tomato plant to be growing for certain, but this second tomato plant proves it is not as…

US (MI): Investment brings new life, new jobs for RecoveryPark

After working for more than a decade to launch its first social enterprise, RecoveryPark is poised to break ground in November on a commercial-scale hydroponics greenhouse that will create jobs and eventually, equity ownership for Detroiters facing employment barriers. The $10 million project on East…

"Better soil, higher yield and more taste for tomatoes"

Tomatoes are the world’s most-grown vegetable for the food processing industry. Farmers in many countries use polyethylene (PE) mulch films to increase the tomato yield by controlling weeds, soil temperature and water usage. Thin PE mulch films must be removed from soil after harvest. As it is often…

Turkey: Agricultural transformation grows through local seed initiative

The "Ancestors' Seeds" project initiated two years ago, under the patronage of first lady Emine Erdoğan, looks to boost Turkey's storage of locally produced seeds. Emine Erdoğan joined officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which coordinates the project, for a demonstration of the…

US (CA): UC Davis podcast about strawberry cultivation

A new podcast on Gastropod — “Running on Fumes: Strawberry’s Dirty Secret” — addresses the cultivation of strawberries in Europe 300 years ago, to their transport to the U.S., to their major production in California. Professor Steve Knapp, director of the Strawberry Breeding Program, in the Department of…

Canada: Funding announced to support Ontario's berry industry

More than $134,000 in cost-share funding towards three projects to help the Berry Growers of Ontario to access markets, monitor soil health and expand their knowledge of crop production have been announced by Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's…

"Smart farming: A magic bullet to meet the increasing demand for food"

The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the world population could grow to about 9.7 billion from today’s estimated 7.7 billion. To put it simply, there will be about 2 billion more of us and we will need to increase food production by up to 70% to meet future demands. Boosting production to that degree…

How to avoid calcium deficiency in controlled environment food crops

Tipburn and blossom end rot are symptoms of calcium (Ca) deficiency. Sometimes the first thought when a nutrient deficiency occurs is to add the nutrient that appears to be required to solve the issue. This isn’t always the best way to resolve the issue. Calcium has a very important role in plant cell…

US (GA): Teacher with aquaponics installation wins national award from EPA

A Brookwood science teacher who operates an aquaponics lab in her classroom was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for her innovative approach to teaching environmental science. Carrie Settles Livers is the only teacher in Georgia to be recognized with the Presidential Innovation Award for…

Biostimulant application enhances fruit setting in eggplant

Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is a warm-climate crop. Its cultivation extends to temperate regions where low temperatures can affect the course of the generative phase, which is primarily sensitive to abiotic stress. The novelty of the present investigation consisted of characterising the heterostyly,…

Australia: Mechanic beats injury with aquaponics operation

For David Melling, his new enterprise is another kettle of fish entirely. For two decades he had a range of jobs — at an abattoir, garden supplies, as a mechanic, driver and laying high-voltage cables — before a workplace injury flattened him. “I had to find another job. I couldn’t sit behind a computer,…

Tomato cartoons to help Kiwi tomato industry

TomatoesNZ have created some short animated educational videos that explain some elements of the country's tomato growing industry. One of the videos is focused mainly on imported tomatoes and the radiation treatment stickers that are required on the packaging. The other video primarily talks about the domestic…

Urban farming takes off in Germany

Recent experiments in sustainability mean you can now purchase shrimp from Bavaria and pike perch from Berlin. "Urban gardening" promises healthy and fresh products without long transportation routes. When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and basil rather than wine…

US (UT): Scientists successfully inoculate, grow crops in salt-damaged soil

A group of researchers may have found a way to reverse falling crop yields caused by increasingly salty farmlands throughout the world. Led by Brent Nielsen, professor of microbiology and molecular biology at Brigham Young University (BYU), scientists have used bacteria found in the roots of…

Yield and nutritional quality of Vesuvian Piennolo tomato PDO as affected by farming system and biostimulant application

Scientific investigations are being increasingly devoted to biostimulant effects on vegetable yield and quality, with the perspective of sustainable crop management. Two farming systems (conventional or organic) in factorial combination with two biostimulant treatments (tropical plant extract (PE);…

Market trends in Florida blueberry

The University of Florida has historically been at the forefront of Blueberry Breeding. Their commitment to improving the crop’s yield, timing of production, and disease/pest resistance along with texture and flavor has been instrumental for the development of the Florida Blueberry industry. by Aviram…

International Space Station

Española chili pepper to be the first fruiting plant grown in space

In November, astro-scientists are hoping to send up Española chili pepper plants (Capsicum annuum), to the International Space Station (ISS), making peppers the very first fruit to be grown in space by American astronauts. No US astronaut has so far grown a fruiting plant in space, which means that later…

High-tech agriculture project funded in Vietnam

Three high-tech agriculture projects in the southern province of Binh Phuoc will receive more than VND1.7 trillion (US$73 million) in investment under an agreement inked…

Developments at campus moving much faster than expected

Netherlands: Expansion of Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

In order to facilitate further growth, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo will be expanded with the addition of a Bright House (offices and laboratories) and a Bright Village (workspaces). The new buildings are intended for start-ups, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and research institutes interested…

Foliar applications of biostimulants promote growth, yield and fruit quality

Biostimulants have been found effective in enhancing plant resistance toward stressful conditions. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of selected biostimulants to overcome the negative effects of nutrient limitation on the growth performances and on the fruit quality of soilless…

US (NJ): Rutgers researchers explore the delicious potential of Duckweed

They all fall into the amorphous category of superfoods, those nutritionally-dense comestibles that tend to splash on to the scene and suddenly appear on every menu. While all nutritious to be sure, superfoods do frequently ride onto the scene on a wave of hype that can lead to overstated claims. But…

China is trying to boost its crops by using electric fields

Chinese scientists are exposing crops to powerful electric fields in an attempt to make them grow faster without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Inside the huge commercial greenhouse on the outskirts of Beijing, heads of lettuce sit in neat rows while light gently pours through the glass above.…

Specialty raspberries being harvested in Australia

Piñata Farms is harvesting its first raspberries grown at its Sunshine Coast farm, after expanding its berry operations there last year. Best known as Australia's largest…

Syrian women food producers learn new skills from Italian farmers

Slow Food and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are organizing a study tour this week in northwest Italy for a group of Syrian small-scale women farmers. The two organizations have teamed up to enhance the skills of small-scale women food producers from Syria - all with…

How to prevent momentum causing disappointing results?

Momentum can be a cause of disappointing results in the semi-closed glasshouse. So what is it, and how can it be prevented? Godfrey Dol, an expert on growing in semi-closed glasshouses, shares his experiences. Figure 1 below shows a bird’s-eye schematic view of a semi-closed glasshouse. Figure 1 Airflows…

Substantial vegetable harvest in Antarctica with the EDEN-ISS

No, luckily the climate in Antarctica is still inhospitable. And this is precisely why the German Aerospace Center (DLR) set up the EDEN-ISS greenhouse there in 2018. This is because food production of the future and future space missions are being researched in the immediate vicinity of the German…

US (NH): Extending strawberry season with low tunnels

Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have succeeded in quadrupling the length of the Granite State’s strawberry growing season as part of a multi-year, multi-state research project that aims to benefit both growers and consumers. Learn more…

Kim Hye-yeon, Planty Cube:

"A stand-alone, single-unit shipping container is not suitable for farmers to do business"

Indoor farming projects have been touted for their environmental benefits, but a lack of scalability and profitability have caused smart farm startups to fail all over the world.  However, Seoul-based automatic indoor farming startup n.thing is betting on a modular approach for success. The company found that…

EDEN-ISS project:

Substantial vegetable harvest in Antarctica

As the climate in Antarctica is still as inhospitable as ever, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) chose that region to set up the EDEN-ISS greenhouse there in 2018. There, food production of the future is being researched in the immediate vicinity of the German Antarctic Neumayer III Station. In the…

“Our hot pepper variety got approved by one of the largest processors”

Earlier this month, Sakata Seed America hosted its California Field Days. FreshPlaza attended the Warm Crop Trials in Woodland, located about 30 minutes Northwest of Sacramento. This article features the company’s hot pepper variety Arango that just made it to market. Benito Juarez proudly shows Arango…

Onubafruit is changing its varieties for the 2019/20 campaign

Varietal renewal of raspberries in Spanish province of Huelva

The partners of Onubafruit (Coophuelva, Cobella, Freslucena, Cartayfres and SAT Condado), which account for some 1,000 hectares of raspberry plantations, with an annual production that reaches 11 million kilos, are proceeding with the crop's varietal renewal. According to Marco Antonio Vaz, head of R&D…

Berry Research Team combines expertise to solve problems for the industry

Summertime in the Northeast of the United States has always meant berry season. The Berry Research Team of Cornell University combine expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management to solve problems for the industry. “We bring a lot of…

Kurdistan puts moratorium on tomato imports

Following strong concerns raised by local farmers about governmental policies failing to protect local producers, the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Agriculture will halt…

Korean agritech startup to export smart farm solution to Middle East

South Korea’s agricultural technology startup n.thing said on July 8 it has started exporting an autonomous modular indoor farming solution Planty Cube to the United Arab Emirates. The autopilot farm system will allow farmers to grow greens in fully insulated indoor operations in areas with high aridity,…

US: Investigating new specialty crops for New Hampshire

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Dr. Becky Sideman is a professor of plant biology and extension professor and specialist in sustainable horticulture production. She investigates new specialty crops and crop production methods for producers in New Hampshire. Learn more about her…

Seed treatment battles CGMMV

For growers dealing with CGMMV this virus often is a recurring problem. The Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus is known for returning season after season. In Korea, growers chose to battle the virus with a seed treatment. “We’ve stopped the spreading of the virus with the Johnni-der V2 SEI”, they say.  The 9,000 cucumber plants in…

"A year to remember" for California exotic vegetable growers

Growers of exotic vegetables such as bitter melon in California have been enjoying an excellent season in terms of production and market conditions. The season spans around the summer months from around June to October for the majority of commodities, and this year the weather conditions have been very…

Presentation of raspberry tomato varieties from plastic tunnels at Polish farm

On August 11, Polish tomato producers had a chance to learn about raspberry tomato varieties cultivated in tunnels during a meeting organized by the Hazera company on the farm of Elżbieta and Roman Olszowa in Borek. The event was co-organized by Eurobyt and Intermag. Raspberry No. 1Małgorzata Zadura,…

Strawberry cultivation: Cameroon growers take up the challenge

There is a widely held belief that strawberries cannot grow in Cameroon. This myth accounts for the scarcity of strawberry farmers there. This scarcity has created an economic…

Qatar: Hydroponic farming having a huge impact on agri sector

Hydroponics farming has created a huge impact on Qatar’s agriculture sector as local fresh produce is becoming sustainable all-year-round, prominent Qatari agriculturist and Agrico managing director Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf has said. “We continue to grow and develop more farms (in Qatar) even during the…

Kees Veldhuijzen about the Iribov project in Ghana

Make a real impact with good starting material

Iribov has had a production location in Ghana for a number of years. The location is used for the propagation of tissue culture. Most of the production will go back to the Netherlands for the customer network in Europe, but during the last three years the company explicitly also started to focus on the…

Effect of organic fertilizer on growth and nutrient leachate profile of greenhouse cucumber

Fertility management of seedlings and transplants is considered a key challenge in organic greenhouse production. This study was conducted to determine the response of greenhouse-grown cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and nutrient release profile to two organic fertilizers and their combinations applied at three…

The difference between semi-closed and pad and fan glasshouses

Pad and fan glasshouses have been in use for a long time. Most fruiting plants are prone to reduced quality and yield at maximum temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius. The cause is a reduced viability of pollen and as a result, the fruit will be soft, dull, misshapen and smaller in size. As fruit and…

China: Hot weather leads to hike in cucumber prices

Although autumn this year is supposed to begin on August 8th according to the traditional Chinese calendar, there are many areas in China still experiencing lasting hot…

UVI aquaponics featured in National Geographic

The University of the Virgin Islands’ Agriculture Experiment Station (AES) has been featured in the August 2019 issue of National Geographic, one of the leading magazines on science, geography, history, and world culture, UVI has announced. AES, which features an aquaculture program, is spotlighted in…

Tomato growers sound the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2

The tomato growers from Dutch growers organisation Prominent have sounded the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2. They need carbon dioxide to grow their plants properly.…

UN releases major climate change report, advises more vegetable, less meat production

Keeping global warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 F) can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including land and food, said the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a report released Aug. 8, 2019. The panel of scientists said agriculture,…

More companies cautiously approaching growing outdoors

Canadian asparagus making way for weed

WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian marijuana companies that have been granted outdoor cultivation licenses in an industry that predominantly grows in greenhouses or warehouses. It has planted 21,000 plants on 27 acres that formerly grew asparagus and expects to harvest more than 25,000 kilograms of dried pot…

Marcus Pechtl, Gemüsebau & Gastroservice Tirol:

"Supplying gastronomers with our vegetables and fruits"

"Tyrol is developing into a melon country" - this was the ORF headline a few days ago. The exotic fruit is growing and blossoming more and more often in the Tyrolean fields. Also Marcus Pechtl - an experienced vegetable farmer and supplier to regional gastronomers, based in Tarrenz, has now decided on the…

US (AR): Research trials examine potential benefits of cover crops in watermelon production

Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are conducting a series of experimental trials that may help the state’s watermelon growers improve their yields while improving the soil and reducing pest pressure. Amanda McWhirt, extension fruit and horticulture specialist for…

Selection of fertilizer and cultivar of sweet pepper and eggplant for hydroponic production

Dutch bucket hydroponic trials were conducted with the aim to evaluate the effects of different hydroponic fertilizers (5N-4.8P-21.6K, 5N-5.2P-21.6K, and 7N-3.9P-4.1K) on growth, fruit production, and the fruit quality (fruit shape index) parameters of two cultivars of sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)…

US (CT): Thompson snags $81K USDA aquaponics grant

This fall, Thompson and Putnam students will have an opportunity to bring their learning to life. An $81,000 USDA Farm to School grant was awarded to the Thompson and Putnam school systems for the design and construction of aquaponic systems at the two town high schools. Aquaponics combines the growing…

NASA: First fruit grown in space to spice-up astronauts' menu

Researchers at NASA are planning on sending a version of chile peppers in space to be grown and harvested at the International Space Station. The peppers, from Española in New Mexico, would be the first fruiting plant to be grown in space once it is sent to the ISS for testing in March 2020. The tests…

Enormous, but strange avocado

Earlier this week, Miami Fruit wrote on Facebook: “the avocados are popping off right now.” A photograph of an enormous avocado has now gone viral. Netizens are shocked by its odd shape and sheer size. The photo of the huge avocado has been shared more than 2,100 times including by Australian Organic, the member-based not-for-profit…

CAN (ON): Protecting the environment through agri-food research

Ontario's government is working for the people by investing in agri-food research to help protect the province's natural resources. This $1.8 million investment will support research projects to develop new environmental technologies, practices, and on-farm solutions, and foster efficiency and…

Horticultural specialist talks about the best growing media for peppers

In the following video, Horticulture Specialist Troy Buechel talks about different ways to produce peppers and what growing media are best to grow peppers. He discusses various different ways of growing peppers and which Pro-Mix growing media can be used for the best effects. He also gives some…

"mobile gutter system to innovate food cultivation"

From seed to harvestable product, fully automated

How do food producers deal with the global food issue? The growing demand for food and increasing challenges in the production will be a considerable challenge during the coming years. Codema has both the knowledge and dozens of years’ experience in horticulture and offers producers innovative solutions.…


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