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What does good pollination look like?

The quality of the pollination is commonly referred to by growers as “setting”. Setting reflects how good and quick the pollen has taken to form fruit. Growers talk about good and fast setting, or poor and slow. Poor setting can happen despite good pollination. It is important to distinguish the…

Urban Farmer one of the 100 fastest growing professions

"When I grow up, I am going to be an urban farmer

Urban Farming is one of the 100 fastest growing professions of the future and half of that is not or not really threatened by robots or artificial intelligence. Ben Rogmans,…

Chinese engineer reveals how he grew the first ever plant on the moon

At London’s Design Museum, one of the engineers behind the historic Chang’e-4 mission to the moon gave a demonstration of the spacecraft’s ‘mini-biosphere' where he and his team helped germinate the first seed ever on the moon. The presentation, delivered by Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, was part…

Confusion about diffused light clarified

Diffuse light has been a much discussed topic in recent years in greenhouse horticulture. Many new greenhouses are equipped with diffuse glass, with seasonal coatings, or other means to ensure that the light entering the greenhouse becomes diffuse. But what exactly are the benefits of diffuse light? On…

Study compares antioxidant levels in conventional vs greenhouse lettuce

Hydroponic technologies have increased the cultivated area under greenhouses covered with UV filter polyethylene film. However, there is a concern about the antioxidant contents of lettuces produced under these systems. A new study compares the antioxidant contents of green and red leaf lettuces produced…

Effects of Ca(NO3)2 stress on mitochondria and nitrogen metabolism in roots of cucumber seedlings

Cucumber is a major vegetable crop grown in facilities, and its seedlings are sensitive to salinity. Thus, it is important for cucumber cultivation to research the effects of Ca(NO3)2. In a new study, researchers investigated salt-sensitive Chunqiu (CQ) and salt-tolerant BoMei 49 (BM) seedlings, the…

Influence of pre-harvest factors on postharvest quality of fresh-cut and baby leafy vegetables

Shelf life of horticultural commodities is dependent on postharvest handling but also on a wide range of pre-harvest factors, which include genetic and environmental…

How long-term oxygen root zone deprivation affects tomato plants

A greenhouse experiment was conducted to study the effects of the O2 root zone level and grafting on chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthesis and growth of cherry tomato grown in a hydroponic system. Two O2 concentrations in the root zone, namely Ox (saturation level) and Ox- (2–3 mg L−1), were applied…

US (VA): Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center launched in Danville

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is partnering with the Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center to launch a Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center on IALR’s campus in Danville,…

Artificial light trial with Tomberry

In 2019, Eminent Seeds began an artificial light trial for the Tomberry at the World Horti Centre in Naaldwijk. The goal of this trial is to establish how the Tomberry reacts to artificial lighting and if it kept its quality constant under these circumstances for growers. Vlogger Linda visited the World…

Model the climate and the crops: bring your production to the top

Imagine steering the roses to bloom just before mother's day. Or designing the ideal greenhouse for growing tomatoes anywhere in the universe. This is to some degree already possible by using crop growth and climate models. Crop and climate models are a tool for agricultural research, with which…

Mastering light management: Optimizing crop performance

All crops have specific light requirements. By knowing minimum and optimum levels of light for our crop we can manage our environment to improve crop performance. When the ambient light exposure is below the minimum requirements we need to apply supplemental lighting in order to maintain our crop…

Education supports growers switching to Next Generation Growing

Project Next Generation Growing (NGG): Step on it! is intended to motivate growers to hit the road towards the NGG and to redirect their mindset based on new knowledge and capabilities. This project has been requested by Jasper den Besten’s HAS lectorate: Expertise & Research Centre in New Cultivation…

"Huge increase in tomato production in Saudi Arabia due to targeted watering"

Growing conditions in Saudi Arabia are very difficult. The climate is dry and warm. Nevertheless, the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has succeeded in producing 80 kilograms of tomatoes per square meter on an annual basis. And that does not even require a…

Interactive effects of CO2 enrichment and nitrogen supply on cucumber plants

The concentration changes of mineral elements in plants at different CO2 concentrations ([CO2]) and nitrogen (N) supplies and the mechanisms which control such changes are not clear. Hydroponic trials on cucumber plants with three [CO2] (400, 625, and 1200 μmol mol−1) and five N supply levels (2, 4, 7,…

Improving irrigation efficiency through Water-Smart Agriculture

We are in the middle of an unprecedented water crisis: by some counts, water stress now affects a quarter of the world’s population. And with a changing climate, this may only get worse: “Water scarcity is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change,” states…

Effect of UV radiation and salt stress on secondary metabolites in bell pepper plants

The green biomass of horticultural plants contains valuable secondary metabolites (SM), which can potentially be extracted and sold. When exposed to stress, plants accumulate higher amounts of these SMs, making the extraction and commercialization even more attractive. Researchers evaluated the potential…

Coatings: what do they bring?

Investing in a coating boosts yield and improves product quality. The actual return on investment depends on the conditions. Willem Valstar from StarGrow Consultancy helps tomato growers find the most economically profitable approach. Valstar mainly advises growers in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom, and previously…

Differential expression of microRNAs in tomato leaves treated with different light qualities

Light is the main source of energy and, as such, is one of the most important environmental factors for plant growth, morphogenesis, and other physiological responses. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous non-coding RNAs that contain 21-24 nucleotides (nt) and play important roles in plant growth and…

Soil type and zinc doses in agronomic biofortification of lettuce genotypes

The incidence of many malnutrition-related diseases among the populations of developing countries is closely related to low dietary zinc (Zn) intakes. A new study evaluated…

Hydroponic farming of wheat, spinach and sword lily

The continuous augmented demand of food production is escalating with increase of world population. The traditional farming system will not be able to cover the world's emergent demand for food with rising pollution level and oscillations in climate. The design and development of new farming and planting…

LEDs help produce wasabi, the "hardest to grow” plant in the world

Wasabi Japonica is widely accredited as the “hardest to grow” plant in the world. The plants are native to Japan and require a very specific set of environmental conditions to successfully produce healthy plants. Few growers outside of Japan have successfully grown Wasabi Japonica commercially. This has…

Godfrey Dol about limits and guidelines for pollination in semi-closed greenhouses

"Without proper pollination, all greenhouse techniques are reduced to nothing"

Pollination is the single most important aspect for both yield and quality, also in semi-closed greenhouses. Reason enough for Godfrey Dol, specialist in growing in semi-closed greenhouses, to share information about what pollination is, guidelines and methods.  What is pollination? The formation of fruit…

Supplemental LED inter-lighting increases tomato fruit growth

Researchers investigated the effect of supplemental LED inter-lighting (80% red, 20% blue; 70 W m−2; light period 04:00–22:00) on the productivity and physiological traits of tomato plants (Flavance F1) grown in an industrial greenhouse with high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps (235 W m−2, 420 µmol m−2 s−1…

Effects of biochar application in a sorghum crop under greenhouse conditions

Application of biochar from vine shoots (Vitis vinifera L.) as an organic amendment in the soil is an alternative agricultural management of interest. The behavior of this…

Growing meatballs in the greenhouse

Are you looking to branch out into other crops? Have you thought about jumping on the plant-based meat bandwagon? If that sounds complicated, it doesn't have to be. Martha Stewart offers some helpful tips about plant-based meatball cultivation. All you need is to plant one of them in a bed of marinara…

EBRD invests €15 million in Serbia’s agricultural infrastructure

Serbia’s agricultural infrastructure, which has suffered from severe floods and droughts in recent years, will become more resilient to climate change thanks to a €15 million investment supported by the EBRD. The Bank will finance the construction and rehabilitation of the primary irrigation…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Study shows ‘organic’ leaf wounds improve fruits and vegetables

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found benefits of insect leaf-wounding in fruit and vegetable production. The stress responses created in the fruits and vegetables…

Greenhouse sweet potato slip production budget for Mississippi

In Mississippi, sweet potato slips are grown in greenhouses to increase the production of virus-tested and true-to-type sweet potato material in accordance with certification standards set forth by the Mississippi Crop Improvement Association (see these standards at www.mcia.msstate.edu). Since 1999, the…

Israel: As the planet warms, unusual crops could become climate saviors

In southern Israel’s stifling heat, rows of salicornia, commonly known as sea asparagus or sea beans, grow under translucent tarps, planted into ground more sand than soil, irrigated with saltwater. This environment would kill most plants, but these segmented succulents look beautiful — green and…

Vertical farming increasingly trending in Japan

With the average age of a farmer in Japan at 67 and few candidates to replace those dying out, the country has been forced to become a pioneer in so-called vertical farming.…

Rhizophagus intraradices inoculation benefits tomato plants under water deficit conditions

Increasing drought, under current climate change scenarios, will reduce the sustainability of tomato cultivation in the Mediterranean region. A new study evaluates the effect of Rhizophagus intraradices inoculation on tomato plant physiology and yield in response to progressive water deficit conditions.…

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AU: New horticulture industry labour agreement increases access to migrant workers

​From 1 January 2020, businesses in Australia’s horticulture industry will be able to apply for the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement. The Horticulture Industry…

Start-up out of Melbourne, Australia

Tie Up Farming makes the most of small data

TIE UP Farming is a start-up based in Melbourne. The company has eschewed Big Data in favor of what founder and chief executive officer, Roei Yaakobi, likes to call Small Data. Instead of collecting data from every orchard and drawing broad conclusions, Tie Up Farming inserts modules in an orchard which…

US (VA): Microfarm at hospital producing lettuce and fostering dialogue

Tim Schoonmaker — director and executive chef for Centra Nutrition Services — has been having a lot of fun with his new smartphone app for the past few weeks. Through his new app, Schoonmaker can monitor the progress and harvest times of his own crops of lettuce — which include red butter, spring mix and…

Indoor vertical farms are expanding across the US

On a cold, blustery day while bare tree branches sway in the winter wind, vibrant, leafy salad greens packed with nutrition and bursting with flavor are flourishing at FreshBox Farms, an indoor vertical farm — where it doesn't matter what the weather is outside — in Millis, Massachusetts, about 30 miles…

IFA fund invests $6M in support of climate-resilient seeds

Indian agtech startup Nu Genes has secured a $6 million investment from Sathguru Catalyser Advisor’s Innovation in Food and Agriculture Fund (IFA). This is the third investment made by IFA in just about a month’s time following its $4 million investment made in the end of November in Telluris Biotech, a…

even more water systems get a closer look by Agrozone in 2020

A year of irrigation water becoming better and better

A lot has happened in 2019 in the field of water quality. Not only are the water sources around the greenhouse horticultural companies becoming cleaner, but the irrigation water as well is getting more attention. And the attention given to irrigation water is well deserved, according to the people at…

Joost Hovens (Cindro):

"Improper cleaning and disinfecting results every year in stronger, more resistant bacteria and fungi"

Crop rotations are the perfect moment to optimize hygiene at a cultivation company. Taking care of the entire water system is certainly part of that. The most important source of pollution in water systems is biofilm. Persistent pollution that requires a good approach, during but certainly also after the crop rotation, says Joost Hovens from Cindro. "Every grower know…

Turkey: Growing tomatoes to the sound of music

Agrocan, a glass greenhouse born out of the necessity to deal with the waste heat of a textile factory has an interesting way to sustainably grow tomatoes. Over 150 blue-collar workers care for and handle the plants in the agrocare, tending to the plants' every need, while 10 engineers work round the…

Treatment of sweet pepper with stress tolerance-inducing compounds alleviates salinity stress

Salinity stress occurs due to the accumulation of high levels of salts in soil, which ultimately leads to the impairment of plant growth and crop loss. Stress tolerance-inducing compounds have a remarkable ability to improve growth and minimize the effects of salinity stress without negatively affecting…

Sustainable and safe greenhouse crop production

Ohio’s production of crops grown under controlled environments (CE), i.e. greenhouses and plant factories, is growing. From 2012 to 2017, floriculture and bedding crop production increased by 12%, based on square footage. During the same period, the area allocated for greenhouse production of vegetables,…

Millions of euros in subsidies for research into sustainable agricultural production

Peter Groot Koerkamp, Professor of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), receives a Crossover grant of 7 million euros from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The grant was awarded to the SYNERGIA programme, which carries out research into agricultural…

AppHarvest founder discusses agriculture with U.N. Security Council

AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb spoke with members of the United Nations Security Council over the weekend about the benefits of controlled-environment agriculture. The practice is key to solving the looming crisis noted in studies that have found the world will need to produce at least 50% more…

Jamaica: Tyrone Anderson and dad run joint venture farm

Agriculture is critical to the development of any nation, and Jamaica is no exception. And while the youth are the future of agriculture and food security, many young people do not see agriculture as an attractive or lucrative profession. But Tyrone Anderson, a vibrant 26-year-old, is ready to challenge…

control your drain with Paskal DrainVision

Increase growers income by reducing the daily drain

The ongoing trend of growing in substrates increases the necessity of efficient water and nutrient management for greenhouse production. An optimal irrigation strategy is essential to maximize the growth and the crop quality and it also significantly contributes to cost savings. DrainVision was developed…

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Fortuna strawberries ensure continuity in the market

"Returning to early season strawberry varieties after so many years was a choice encouraged by my clients. Despite our wide range of fruit and vegetables, we were asked to supply strawberries between November and January. Because of this, and given the variety of requests and our intention to meet our…

Effects of water stress and modern biostimulants on mint

Natural biostimulants combine different elicitors that may influence economic properties of herbal crops, such as mint. In a new study, mint (Mentha longifolia L.) plants were subjected to three water levels based on container substrate capacity (CSC; 100% CSC, 70% CSC, and 50% CSC) and/or applications…

Better light distribution over the crop

Proven results of LED interlighting for high-wire cultivation?

With a high-wire crop such as tomatoes, the light level decreases rapidly towards the bottom of the crop. Interlighting brings light to the spot in the crop where there is not enough light. This ensures that the lower leaves remain active and contribute to growth and production and you can also work with…

Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge gets underway

Can artificial intelligence outperform the greenhouse grower?

Tomatoes are planted in the greenhouses of the 2nd Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge. Growing tomatoes with artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous greenhouses, even from the other side of the world: Monday 16 December, the young tomato plants of five international teams that compete in the Autonomous…

Suitability calculation for red spicy pepper cultivation

Red spicy pepper is traditionally considered as the fundamental ingredient for multiple authentic products of Eastern Croatia. The objectives of a new study were to: (1) evaluate the optimal interpolation method necessary for modeling of criteria layers; (2) calculate the sustainability and vulnerability…

Music makes plants grow faster, Turkish grower says

Sultan Aydin, a female grower from Erzurum, a city located in eastern Turkey has been representing woman growers from her country in international exhibitions. The grower has had her greenhouse for 3 years and she grows her products with music and without any fertilizers. Therefore she was selected to…

Video: Dutch greenhouse growing back in 1962

Have you got a spare 30 minutes? Then the following two videos about the Westland’s tomato cultivation back in 1962 are an excellent recommendation. Maybe you’re already familiar with them, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful. Over half a century ago, Leendert W. Koppenol filmed at Plant…

HAS-students temporarily back at BrightBox

Lighting test with basil as useful ‘pastime’

Pim Vingerhoets graduated in Applied Biology and proceeded to do a masters degree in Plant Science at the Wageningen University. As part of his masters, he returned to the HAS University of Applied Sciences for an internship at BrightBox in his final year. Seeing as he is starting his new job in 2020, he…

Godfrey Dol introduces VeGe Indicator to prevent crops becoming too vegetative in semi-closed glasshouses:

"A plant is a bit like a large container ship"

Vegetative and generative steering are widely used terms, but what is it? Godfrey Dol, an expert on cultivation in semi-closed glasshouses, wants to explain it in relation to cultivating in semi-closed greenhouses. Tomato plants have survived in the wild for thousands of years. Like other fruiting plants…

Papaya crop an alternative for intensive horticultural production of Almeria

The high-yield agricultural model in Almería is based on eight different crops grown under plastic greenhouses: tomato, sweet pepper, cucumber, courgette, aubergine, green…

US (MT): Frenchtown school garden provides fresh vegetables for students

Frenchtown Elementary School students have a special connection to the lunches they eat every day. Because of Freedom Gardens volunteer efforts and donations, students are learning how their food grows and tastes in the greenhouse behind the school. Right now they are providing lettuce to the school…

Auburn University aquaponics survey

The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS) invites growers to participate in a survey study to generate a ‘snapshot’ of the status of the aquaponics industry. This survey is designed for hobbyists, educators, and for-profit aquaponic producers. The survey's questions should take…

An integrated yield prediction model for greenhouse tomato

The commonly used greenhouse crop yield prediction models today have their specific application scenarios, which may not ensure the accuracy of the results if the greenhouse environment changes. This greatly restricts their use in the greenhouse environment. To solve this problem, two widely used tomato…

New EU plant health rules

The new Plant Health Regulation will be applicable from 14 December 2019. The new rules aim to modernise the plant health regime, enhancing more effective measures for the protection of the Union’s territory and its plants. They also aim to ensure safe trade, as well as to mitigate the impacts of climate change on the health of…

Shortage of personnel leads to a lot of new technology

Robotisation on the rise in greenhouse cultivation

The use of robots in greenhouses has increased compared to the previous year - at the same time, one in five gardeners states that they lack personnel. But is robotization the short-term solution to staff shortages? Robots in greenhouse horticultureA total of 11% of gardeners use robots for cultivation…

Some like it hot

Effects of temperature on basil growth

Philips researches all aspects that make up the ideal light recipe for a particular crop. But, did you know that we also study a much broader range of factors to come up with the ideal growth recipe? This means that besides LED growing lights, we look at climate, CO₂, nutrients and substrates to see how…

France: Let them eat the city, say the urban farmers of Paris

Parisian mushrooms are reclaiming their space in the dark spaces under the City of Light. "When cars arrived in Paris in the 1930s they pushed out "champignons de Paris" (known in English as button mushrooms)," explains Jean-Noel Gertz, CEO of Cycloponics, the start-up that has transformed an abandoned…

Effects of brassinosteroids on pepper seedlings under chilling stress

To investigate the effects of brassinosteroids on plant growth and nitrogen metabolism in pepper seedlings under chilling stress, pepper seedlings with three true leaves were foliar pretreated with 0.1 μM exogenous 24-epibrassinolide (EBR) before carrying out chilling stress for 7 days. Results showed…

Novel plant probiotic bacterium for tomato fruits in South Korea

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are naturally occurring soil biota which benefit plants by improving plant productivity and immunity.   The aim of a new study was to evaluate the effect of the inoculation of PGPR strain, Bacillus subtilis CBR05 on the quality of tomato fruits produced under greenhouse conditions.…

Modelled distributions and conservation status of the wild relatives of chile peppers

Researchers aimed to fill critical knowledge gaps with regard to the distributions and conservation status of the wild relatives of chile peppers. The study covered the potential native ranges of currently recognized wild Capsicum taxa, throughout the Americas. The researchers modelled the potential…

US (GA): Hydroponic school garden feeds Sumter County Elementary students

Students at Sumter County Elementary School in Americus, Georgia are learning how plants grow and where food comes from, thanks to a new hydroponic school garden. ScottsMiracle-Gro have partnered with No Kid Hungry to increase access to healthy food for kids who need it the most. This garden is part of…

Understanding sustainable agriculture in Vietnam

With one of the largest rice industries in the world, Vietnam is considered an agricultural giant. Indeed, the world sources much of its coffee, rubber and fish from the country. However, lurking in the shadows of Vietnam’s agricultural success are huge threats to its future: new breeds of pests,…

Take a look in an underwater greenhouse

The air of the greenhouse stands at 79 degrees with humidity hovering around 83 percent. That's a pretty good environment for a typical plant. But this is no ordinary greenhouse: it's 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy. Over here, experiments are…

FAO launches 2020 as the UN’s International Year of Plant Health

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Plants make…

South Africa: Rooftop aquaponics farm district launched

In partnership with Ichthys, Eastgate Aquaponics Farm District aims to create a premium go-to experience for the future of sustainable, organic and educational food sourcing. The concept of aquaponics marries aquaculture and organic farming with aquaponics, whereby plants and fish are grown together in…

US: These vertical hydroponics systems are growing fresh lettuce anywhere with an outlet

Years ago, Alex Tyink met a guy who was farming on a rooftop in New York City. Five years, 30 prototypes and a move back to Wisconsin later, Tyink is the founder of Appleton-based Fork Farms LLC. With his product, dubbed a Flex Farm, food can be grown nearly anywhere with an outlet. The company produces…

India: Suburban farmers earn extra on off-season vegetables

It was a chilled November morning, as farmer Ubaidullah Solangi was guiding labourers at his farmhouse in suburban Hyderabad to sort out bitter gourd, ridge gourd, and…

Modular micro farms, a new approach to urban food production?

One key tenet of the “urban resilience” idea is local food production. If fruits, veggies and herbs are grown in cities, they’ll reduce the runoff, emissions, perishability and transport costs of produce. They’ll also make cities more self-sustaining, rather than having to fully rely on food grown…

"Agriculture innovation is necessary to address climate change"

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) submitted comments today in response to the Request for Information by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The…

US: Congressional bill introduced to boost urban agriculture

Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) introduced H.R.5266, the Urban Agriculture Healthy Food and Entrepreneur Act. This bill would establish two new programs — the Urban Agriculture Conservation Easement Program and the Urban Agriculture…

Start-up helps Scottish farmers grow plants with sea water

A British start-up is teaching farmers how to grow crops using water from a source which won’t run out – the sea. Seawater Solutions is helping farmers on Scotland’s west…

Behr AG starts Spanish outdoor season with good prospects

"There have been delays for some crops, but there are no serious effects of the weather."

At the beginning of the month, the Spanish outdoor harvest was started at Behr AG, Germany's leading vegetable supplier. In Murcia, the harvest of iceberg lettuce started, followed by Mini Romana, Kohlrabi and Mini Wok Choi. Despite the capricious weather and enormous precipitation in late summer (September),…

US (MI): MDARD seeking input for Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a public input opportunity regarding the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Public input is being sought to help ensure effective program priorities. Comments should be emailed to mda-grants@michigan.gov by 5:00 p.m.…

India: Tunnel farming gains popularity among farmers

Tunnel farming technology for vegetable production has gained popularity among the small growers and farmers in Punjab. Sources in the Agriculture department said that tunnel farming was being carried out over 16,101 acres of land across the Province. Over 2,000 small farmers including female farmers…

CAN: Ontario investing up to $1.85M to boost innovation in agri-food research

The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting agri-food innovation through an investment of up to $1.85 million in research to help Ontario develop new cutting edge…

US (MA): Container farm helps provide necessary greens for college lunch

In the early morning, Claire McGale, manager of HCC's Freight Farms urban agriculture program, received an urgent email message from Christopher Robert, chef supervisor for HCC dining services, which is managed by Aramark. They were in a bind. A national recall on Romaine lettuce from Salinas,…

How to set up a horticultural lighting trial

Ever had a question about your crop that no one seemed to have the answer to?  Sometimes the most efficient way to answer the question is to run an in-house horticultural lighting trial. Why run a horticultural lighting trial?In-house grow light trials allow you to get results that reflect your site-specific…

US (GA): UGA, Georgia Tech to work together to advance agriculture

Someday, apples in north Georgia could be harvested by robots modeled after the gibbon, an arboreal ape species that swings from limb-to-limb in the forest canopy, hunting and picking ripe fruit to eat. Called “brachiation,” or arm swinging, their method of locomotion inspired the design of the…

US (OH): BGSU researchers land grant for aquaculture program

Recently, Kevin Neves, along with two other BGSU faculty members, were awarded a $212,000 Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve consumer acceptance of the aquaponics system. The grant work will span two years. Neves will work alongside Jonathan Kershaw,…

US (CA): Students learn plant science concepts in classes at UC Davis

Undergraduate Plant Sciences classes at UC Davis give students many hands-on opportunities to explore introductory and upper level concepts related to plant science and plant production. With five undergraduate majors and five minors in the Department of Plant Sciences, along with Options in the Plant…

Online course on drones for agriculture

Dr. João Valente and Dr. Lammert Kooistra of Wageningen University & Research, and their team of the Information Technology Group and the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing group, developed a new FREE open online course: Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV)…

Using controlled environment food production to solve food shortages

A review of the literature led by researchers from the University of Florida attempts to provide clarification and analysis on various aspects of what a controlled environment system entails and the extent to which differing food production approaches can be applied to the many current and hopeful…

IFAPA presents the latest research on strawberry varieties

This Wednesday, Cuna de Platero hosted the technical day 'Presentation of the New Transfer and Research Projects on the Cultivation of Strawberries and other Red Fruits', organized by the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training of the Government of Andalusia (IFAPA). IFAPA carried…

Global Tomato Congress

Netherlands: An opportunity to discuss the future of tomatoes

Tuesday 26 November the first Global Tomato Congress will be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. You will find the best and the brightest business minds from the fresh tomato…

US: Indoor farming is one of the decade's hottest trends, but regulations make success elusive

Food and agriculture innovation have sucked up remarkable amounts of investor capital in recent years and could become a $700 billion market by 2030, according to a Union Bank of Switzerland report. Millions are being invested globally in indoor urban farms because of their promise to produce more food…

US (WA): Seattle-area supermarket strikes deal for in-store cultivation

Visitors to Seattle-area Kroger supermarkets next week will be able to walk out with fresh parsley, cilantro and other greens grown in the store with Infarm urban farming technology, the latest example of grocers bringing the farm right to their aisles. Kroger’s deal with German startup Infarm includes…

If only plants would go in as fast as they go out

If only planting the young tomato, cucumber and pepper plants was just as quick as removing them from the greenhouse. Unfortunately for the grower, this is not the case. Nevertheless, it is nice that the clearing of the greenhouse during the crop rotation can be done very quickly with the help of crop…

Godfrey Dol about CO2 in semi-closed glasshouses:

"In a worst-case scenario higher CO2 still increases yield with 2.8%"

CO2 plays a major part in the production of glasshouse crops. Carbon (the C in CO2) is the second most abundant element that makes up a tomato plant. (Water makes up 80% of the plant, carbon makes up half of the remaining 20%). Most of that carbon is taken up by the plant via the absorption of gaseous…

Lighting test shows that (for now) 20 hours of light is the max

“Lights on and let the testing begin, this time with larger tomato plants”

In order to not get chlorosis problems, the tomato plant needs at least six hours of light per day. This is a well-known fact for growers, but is there also a maximum of light…

US (CO): GJHS Aquaponics Club hopes to raise money for greenhouse

Students in an aquaponics club at Grand Junction High are trying to raise money to expand their garden and build a greenhouse on campus. Right now students are working out of a classroom aquaponic system where they are growing organic produce like lettuce, spinach and basil. They have been selling the…

US (FL): Bee supplier sells out planned Florida allocation to multiple strawberry growers

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. announced it has sold out its planned Florida allocation of commercial bumblebee hives with its proprietary bee delivery system and Vectorite with CR-7. Multiple Florida strawberry growers, including a second top-tier producer to adopt the technology, will be…

A guide to grow light spectrum

Choosing the right grow light spectrum for your commercial operation can be a challenge. Many LED grow light suppliers have conflicting information on the topic due to bad marketing or simply a lack of knowledge in plant and light research. In this article, the light spectrum experts of Lumigrow break down what light spectrum…

Singapore: Two hotels looking to boost their sustainable practices through aquaponics

For guests at the Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford, some of the ingredients used in the dishes could come from a place much closer than expected - the hotels' rooftop, where an aquaponics farm was recently installed. The hotels said the farm will be able to produce about 1,200 kg of…

US: DC grows less than 0.5% of the produce it consumes

With the DC Urban Agriculture Land Lease Program, Washington DC shows its renewed interest in urban agriculture. Anacostica Aquaponics, in a statement to the DC government, argues in an effort to refocus the attention of the project on what truly matters. "We need to measure what we’re currently growing…

Signify and Fragaria Innova join forces

Innovative cultivation concept for lit strawberry cultivation

Signify Horticulture LED Solutions and Fragaria Innova are joining forces. In the coming years, both parties will be working on the creation of a new cultivation concept for the lit production of strawberries in which the latest technologies in the field of LED go hand in hand with production, taste,…

US (IL): Ivy Tech get ready to launch aquaponic farm

Inside an upstairs room at Ivy Tech Community College’s East Chicago location, something surprising soon will greet visitors and students — an aquaponics system in which tilapia will help produce buttercrunch lettuce and fresh basil. This isn’t something one would expect in a building that sits amid…

An automated workforce to harvest Canada’s greenhouse cucumbers

Canadian cucumbers are a hot commodity. Canada is the world’s fourth largest cucumber exporter with a farmgate value of cucumber production at roughly $326 million in 2014. Amidst this strong production outlook, human labour — both cost and availability — are holding the industry back. Human labour…

University of Florida prepares growers for winter weather

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension educates growers on how to protect their crops and prepare for winter weather at the upcoming…

NSAC releases recommendations on agriculture and climate change

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released a new report of policy and practice recommendations based on the latest climate science: Agriculture and Climate Change: Policy Imperatives…

"Hops don’t need to go dormant in order to flower"

The explosion of craft brewing across the globe has created an insatiable demand for hops – the fragrant green flowers that impart beers with those distinctive, crisp, bitter flavors. Colorado State University plant scientist Bill Bauerle, who enjoys a hoppy brew as much as the next person, has dedicated several years to optimizing hops…

Antioxidant seasonal changes in soilless greenhouse sweet peppers

Researchers studied the effect of the growing season on the antioxidant components of greenhouse sweet pepper crops, which is of scientific interest because of their possible…

Florida-Beauty strawberries currently being tested in Metaponto

"This year, our experiment with the early strawberry variety Florida-Beauty started in the Metaponto area as well. It is a cultivar selected by the University of Florida for which Viveros California, i.e. one of the leading Spanish nurseries on the European continent, holds the multiplication licence,"…

The economics of container farming in Nauru

Nauru is a small island in the Pacific Ocean that’s only ten times larger than Microsoft’s campus in Redmond with one-fifth of the people. The ~11,000 citizens of Nauru occupy a footprint of about 8.1 square miles (21.98 sq. kilometers) out in the middle of absolutely nowhere. The surrounding waters are…

US: Red spinach variety released

USDA Red, the world's first true red spinach variety has been developed and released by the Agricultural Research Service. Spinach has always been known as a green leafy vegetable. There are leafy vegetables often called red spinach. But these are actually red-leaf amaranths (Amaranthus spp.) or other plants such as Red…

Silicon compensates phosphorus deficit-induced growth inhibition in tomato

Phosphorus deficiency in soils is a major problem for sustainable crop production worldwide. Silicon is a beneficial element that can promote plant growth, development and responses to stresses. However, the effect of silicon on tomato growth, photosynthesis and mineral uptake under phosphorus deficit…

More and more Spanish companies have green urban gardens

Since last June, the digital solutions company Vass has had a green urban garden at its headquarters in Alcobendas. “On Mondays and Fridays, in groups of six or eight workers, we go to the garden to carry out the necessary tasks, always during working hours,” says Sonia Domínguez, responsible for the…

Trinidad and Tobago: Freeport company grows crops in containers

Home grown, totally organic crops is the vision Freeport-based Cube Root has for transforming Trinidad and Tobago’s agricultural sector by using technology to develop indoor farms. Cube Root recently held an exposition for investors and customers at its headquarters, where it introduced the concept of a…

Video: Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse back in 1928

In times filled with tomato troubles, footage from 1928 might provide some relief. Over 90 years ago, people in the Westlands were already picking tomatoes, which were then packaged by hand and shipped out per boat. Relax with the black-and-white footage below before heading back to the hecticness of…

India: Telangana opens its arms to Dutch investors

An official delegation of Telangana led by Agriculture Minister S. Nirajan Reddy had a meeting with the Dutch trade mission investors at The Hague in The Netherlands on Tuesday as part of its European visit to study best practices to improve trade pertaining to agriculture. Mr. Niranjan Reddy addressed…

US (CA): CDFA and the Netherlands renew commitment to cooperate on climate smart agriculture

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Netherlands have reaffirmed their commitment to work together on climate smart agriculture in addition to water management, ag-tech, food waste, antimicrobial resistance, and dairy farming. CDFA secretary Karen Ross and the Netherlands…

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US (CA): Challenges for California horticulture

At its monthly meeting today, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture heard a cautiously optimistic appraisal of agriculture’s future through 2050 from economist Dr. Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis. Dr. Sumner believes that net farm income will continue to…

Australia: First ever Agricultural Science Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar

Everyone loves a beautiful, sweet raspberry. And Rhodes Scholar and Agricultural Science honours student Oliver Gales is doing his part to help the industry get better berries. Oliver was recently awarded the 2020 Rhodes Scholarship for Tasmania, which he describes as a “massive honour and privilege”. He…

US (AR): Growing grapes in high tunnels may reduce pests and increase crop yields

High tunnels may help reduce pests and improve yields for grape growers in Arkansas, said Elena Garcia, horticulture professor and researcher for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “High tunnels are plastic-covered structures, similar to greenhouses, but are passively heated and…

Using tomatoes to study environmentally-friendly farming techniques

Climate change is one of the most discussed and debated topics. It will bring about several consequences, with desertification being one of the most severe and concerning, especially for agriculture and crops. This problem is the starting point of the European research project TomRes (A Novel and…

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Plans for 50 hectare greenhouse project in Iceland

The company Paradise Farms and the municipality of Ölfus have decided to finalize their intention to lease up to 50 hectares intended for green food production and especially…

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…

FAO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation strengthen partnership on food security and sustainable development

FAO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation today agreed to boost joint efforts aimed at providing food security and sustainable development for present and future generations, in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the…

US (CT): Horticulture Club buds into a Connecticut high school

With the hallways bustling with countless clubs to sign up for during the week of the Involvement Fair, some students may have missed a very interesting new one: the Horticulture Club. The club is a low-pressure club that meets every other Thursday and gives students the opportunity to garden to their…

ISS astronauts harvest food grown in space and boost hopes of space colonies

NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have harvested a batch of space-grown crops, boosting hopes of humans one day colonising the solar system. NASA’s incredible research on the ISS could allow future astronauts to grow fresh food on long-haul trips into space. On Thursday, October…

Special: Crop Rotation

A clean slate is a perfect start for a new crop. But how do you realize the cleanest greenhouse? What kind of schemes will you apply? And what kind of things should you bear in mind when taking the crop out and preparing for a new crop?Reasons enough to take a closer look at crop rotations. Contractors, suppliers and other…

Pakistan: Tunnel cultivation can increase growers' income manifolds say agri experts

Agriculture experts have advised Pakistani farmers to cultivate off-season vegetables in tunnels as the tunnel cultivation can increase their income manifolds in addition to mitigate financial constraints of the laborers. A spokesman of the Agricultural Department told the APP on Wednesday that…

Evaluation of organic substrates and microorganisms as bio-fertilisation tool in container crop production

Microorganisms are only effective when adequate conditions for their survival and development are provided. Among the factors that influence its effectiveness includes the type of soil or culture substrate, which works as an energy source reserve. Therefore, a tomato and a melon crop were established in…


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