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US (VA): Shore Breeze Farms to increase production at hydroponic greenhouse facility

Shore Breeze Farms will expand operations at its hydroponic greenhouse facility in Northampton County, increasing its production of Virginia-grown leafy greens by 30 percent. The company provides Virginia-grown lettuces to Virginia public schools, local restaurants, and farm stands on the Eastern Shore…

Spain

Florette starts with the lettuce and endive harvest in Soria

Bagged salad manufacturer Florette Ibérica has recently started with the lettuce and endive harvest in the municipality of Olmillos, in the province of Soria. The process had…

Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University donates 58 tonnes of vegetables to Foodbank

Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus and its research partners are donating tonnes of fresh, healthy produce to Foodbank NSW and ACT to support families in need during bushfires, COVID-19 and beyond. The donations are being made through the world-class education and research facility for…

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Artificial intelligence in the greenhouse

When will human growers become obsolete?

Greenhouse automation has come a long way in the past two decades. Give it another two decades, and it may completely overshadow the human element in the greenhouse. At least, that's a conclusion you might draw when looking at the results of the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge and the implications of it…

"Macxize can endure hot summers well"

New variety large cluster tomato 'stands out' in the Axia demo greenhouse

There are currently two internal trials running in the Axia Vegetable Seeds demo greenhouses in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. According to Axia, there is one variety that stands out: Macxize, a variety in the large cluster segment. "During the warmer weather, it is especially noticeable that there is…

"Under LED, 1 truss less settled but more yield due to bigger fruit weight"

In Autumn 2019 Gemüsebau Steiner installed Hyperion LED top lights in their tomato greenhouse in Kirchweidach, replacing the existing 1000W HPS fixtures with LED fixtures in an area of 5,000m2. This was the first 100% LED tomato installation in Germany. More importantly, this was a unique trial comparing…

Cornell University

Home Hydroponics Guide released from Cornell University

For people looking for a new project, building a home hydroponic system can be a great way to add some fresh, tasty and aesthetically pleasing greens to the home. Searching around for information can be frustrating, so this guide packs all the information into one spot, with detailed steps for building…

Hongfu Agriculture

One of China's largest intelligent greenhouses

Hongfu tomatoes have been selling well at supermarket chains across China, from Carrefour in Beijing to Metro in Shanghai. Their quality and flavor profile have made them a hit among shoppers, but the real success story of these salad favorites is somewhere else. It is Beijing Hongfu Agriculture, one of…

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

CAN (BC): Plans for Garden City Lands include urban agriculture

A large tract of mostly unused farmland called Garden City Lands in Richmond is being transformed into a massive park with hectares of sustainable organic farms, a project that has become more important amid food security fears sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Curious onlookers will have noticed a…

Afghanistan: Parwan cucumber yields increase by 16 percent

Officials of Parwan Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock say that their prediction shows that Cucumber yields have increased in the province by 16 percent and will reach 2,557 tonnes this year. Abdul Wahab Khairzad, head of Parwan's Agriculture Department said that Cucumber yields have increased due to…

Meadowlark Garden

US (ND): They planted their roots in the produce business

Inside a greenhouse in northeastern North Dakota, tomato plants stretch from the floor up, and up, and up, 9 or more feet toward the roof, where they are secured with garden twine. Each plant is dotted with tomatoes in various states of ripening. The vines will continue to grow and produce fruit until…

New water footprint certification for agricultural production in Spain

The H3+ certificate guarantees that the grower is performing an excellent management of the crop's irrigation needs. Growers receive the Water Footprint of each of their…

Space peppers to spice up astronauts' diets

Astronauts and cosmonauts spend a lot of time aboard space stations - sometimes more than a year at a time. When you're up there that long, it would be nice to bite into some freshly grown vegetables. Particularly if humans will return to the Moon or even go to Mars, it's essential to be able to grow…

3 tips for growing with high outside temperatures

In the coming days, temperatures will rise to 32 degrees Celsius in the Netherlands. What does this mean for growers and how can they respond to this to ensure that the crop remains stress free?  With the rise in temperature, the radiation level also rises. Radiation is the driving force of photosynthesis…

Goldsmith.company

Floating farm for chickens and vegetables

Following the success of the 'floating farm dairy', Goldsmith is now planning 'floating farm poultry' in Rotterdam. This is going to be an urban farm combining facilities for 7,000 hens with a level for farming vegetables, herbs and cresses. Similar to the adjacent cow farm, the new floating construction…

"Certain varieties in semi-commercialized promotion stage"

"Big development in Chinese tomato breeding industry"

“The current acreages dedicated to tomatoes in China are about 16 million mu, of which more than 9 million mu are for pink tomato, a main product that we breed. Currently, pink tomatoes in the north mainly face diseases where the whole plant becomes dead or where new leaves turn yellow. Against this…

Demand for spinach helps fuel hydroponic farm growth

Hydroponically grown baby spinach continues to see strong demand from local consumers. “The demand for baby spinach continues to grow,” says Abby Prior of Irvington, NY-based BrightFarms, adding that because hydroponically grown spinach is a softer leaf that’s not tough, it’s more of a salad or…

Many farmers in India take up hydroponic farming

With the ever-growing population and volatilities in modern supply chains, farmers go for alternatives that require less land and bring agriculture production closer to consumers. Several farmers in India take up hydroponic farming over traditional farming. Rising trend of hydroponic farming -…

Soil-less strawberries in 3,000 sq ft, profits rise by 70%

Life took a new turn for Ratlam-based farmer, Arvind Dhakad, in 2015 after a visit to Israel through a private agro-tour comprising farmers. He was stunned to see native farmers growing traditional crops without soil, through a technique called hydroponics. On interactions with farmers, he learned about…

SimplyFreshIndia

Simply Fresh eyes rapid expansion

Sustainable farming solutions in countries with arid climates such as India have caused an increased interest in hydroponic farms, which practice growing plants without soil in a nutrient-rich water solution. Hyderabad-based agri-tech company, Simply Fresh India, with its new 150-acre farm at Arjunpatla,…

University trials prove benefits of LED lighting in strawberry cultivation

With strawberries ranking among the most sought-after seasonal fruits in Europe, Hungarian lighting technology group Tungsram has set out to further fortify its expertise in commercial strawberry growing. The Budapest-based company has teamed up with the University of Reading, one of the most prestigious…

US (IL): Federal ag grant to elevate hydroponic lettuce production

Collaborative agriculture research at Western Illinois University, with a boost from a recently-awarded federal grant, means opportunities for faculty and students to study hydroponic lettuce production, with the aid of hyperspectral reflectance technology, in future semesters. WIU Agriculture Assistant…

Inuvik Community Greenhouse

Arctic greenhouse feeding northern families

Getting kids to eat vegetables isn’t hard in the Arctic, especially when they’re grown under the midnight sun. In fact, Inuvik Community Greenhouse executive director Ray Solotki remembers one boy from the hamlet of Aklavik last year heading straight from the local airport to a garden plot to do just…

Smooth gap-free transition for California celery

Supplies of California celery are transitioning growing regions, but the transition looks to be smooth. “In the next two to three-week period there will be the move from the Oxnard growing area to the Santa Maria and Salinas growing areas. It’s going to be pretty smooth,” says Russ Widerburg of Oxnard,…

US (NE): Aquaponics grower finds ways to add value despite event cancellations

As the need for agriculture continues to rise, and demand for locally-grown food surges, growers near urban areas are finding new ways to produce food. One of those ways is…

Friendly fungi benefit 80% of all plant species

Mycorrhizae are beneficial soil organisms used in all kinds of crops to help maximize plant performance. The company Mycorrhizal Applications produces and researches commercial mycorrhizae. The company has 25 years of experience helping growers of all kinds adopt this symbiotic technology.  Through various…

Urban farming in Malaysia

Urban farming is fast catching on in Malaysia with many young people taking it up to grow vegetables in city backyards. There are many types of urban farming but one that is popular with many city folk is hydroponics. Former pilot Eric Chuo Chuan Jin of Miri said he developed his interest in urban farming, particularly…

"Horticulture in New Zealand can support the country post-COVID"

Horticulture New Zealand says the findings of a Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) survey of the horticulture sector confirm that horticulture can fully support New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery.  "The BNZ’s survey found that horticulture has higher levels of optimism about the future – 71% of the sector were optimistic…

The history of aeroponics and why it matters

The aeroponic origin story is deeply rooted in space and science fiction. In space, crews must utilise all resources to their fullest potential, reducing, reusing and…

Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Samuel M Beebe, Ecotrust, 2008

Salt-loving edible sea vegetables might be the 'new kale'

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute recently completed a 10-week study to determine the optimal growing conditions for three…

Time was right for 'refreshing course' breeding F1 hybrid strawberry varieties

The test with growing strawberry plants on rock wool at ABZ Seeds could be called a refreshing course. What is happening this spring in the greenhouses of the breeder of F1-hybrid strawberry varieties is not new. In the nineties, ABZ and a rock wool producer already performed a test which showed there…

Improving tissue culture quality in bananas with LEDs

Bananas are the most consumed fruit across the world and make up about 75% of the annual tropical fruit trade (see for instance this infographic from National Geographic). With a growing population worldwide the demand for bananas is ever increasing. As a result tissue culture labs that specialize in…

Hydroponics gains ground in Chile's desert

Fernando Salinas Colque, a farmer from Chile, has launched an innovative initiative for the hydroponic cultivation of strawberries in the sector of Altos La Portada in the desert region of Antofagasta. According to the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, which…

Microgranular biostimulant in transplants to enhance growth and N uptake

Vegetable growers need high-quality transplants to ensure the success of their crops. Treating seedlings with protein hydrolysates and beneficial fungus has the potential to improve the health and quality of vegetable transplants via various biostimulant activities, but the best rates and application…

Spanish scientists showing the advantages of aquaponics in greenhouse melon cultivation

A study carried out by the Horticulture team of the Murcian Institute for Agrarian and Food Research (Imida) on aquaponics production systems, which combine soilless…

Jan Vrins, Bilancia, starts writing basic horticulture courses again:

"The amount of experienced growers abroad does not keep pace with new projects"

The foreign demand for knowledge and skills in horticulture is enormous. Increasingly, this knowledge and expertise has turned out to be a key factor in running a project well. And rightly so: there are greenhouses that are empty because the cultivation or organization was so bad that it turned out not to be profitable, says Jan Vrins of Bilancia Horticulture Projects…

Successive harvests affect yield, quality and metabolic profile of sweet basil

Sweet basil is an aromatic, tender leafy green cultivated for the fresh market and industrial processing. Like many other leafy vegetables, this species can be harvested more than once to increase productivity. Although the cut-and-come-again (CC) harvest strategy is widespread in basil, not much is…

US (NJ): First municipal vertical farming program to promote healthy eating in Jersey city

Jersey City is set to launch a vertical farming program that will bring 19,000 pounds of fresh produce to residents every year - free of charge - transforming areas of the city that traditionally lack healthy food sources. Mayor Steve Fulop announced a partnership with AeroFarms, a New Jersey vertical…

Evapotranspiration, what is it exactly?

The evapotranspiration rate (ET) is the basis for a correct and accurate irrigation system design and one of the most relevant calculation parameters. Underestimating this value can result in water stress - lack of crop growth - yield loss. At the same time, overestimating this value one may face extra…

Corona crisis bad luck and opportunity for cultivation in All Climate Greenhouse

Since January, a school research project has started again within the World Horti Center research center in the All Climate Greenhouse. A large number of participants work together with students in an innovative greenhouse in which both indoor and outdoor climate can be controlled. The active involvement…

Quality improvement of melons in hydroponic system

The quality-oriented fruit production in well-controlled enclosed hydroponic systems has been greatly enhanced by the technology of precision agriculture. Over-fertilization has been commonly applied to the traditional hydroponic culture of fruit crops, without considering different nutrient demands…

15-meter-high aquaponics plant to be built in Chemnitz

Aquaponics in the big city

The corner building at Peterstraße 28 was in a miserable condition in 2012, and demolition was imminent. Angelika Scheuerl, who has been running the socio-pedagogical care service Delphin Projekte…

Royal Brinkman

Royal Brinkman introduces Valent Pepper twine

"By using less stretch, the plant stays in a better position throughout the growing system"

Royal Brinkman introduces the Valent Pepper twine, a twine that is now even more suitable for growing peppers. This is because there is a considerable reduction in elongation. In addition, Valent Pepper twine is flexible and soft for plants and employees and is UV-treated. Martin Meuldijk, Product…

Godfrey Dol in Kazakhstan

Cultivation with 83 degrees difference between summer and winter

The challenges of growing in Kazakhstan? "It starts with the climate," Godfrey Dol tells us. "In winter, it can be -45°C, and in summer +38°C." Godfrey, of the Dutch company Glasshouse Consultancy, talks about his newest project in Kazakhstan at QAZ Tomat. Greenhouse climateGodfrey has spent a lot of time…

Cornell University

Indoor growers wanted for CEA survey

A Cornell team is leading a new project to investigate how Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability. Strategic FEW (food, energy, water) and Workforce…

Are biostimulants the way ahead to increase tomato yield and productivity?

The tomato is one of the widely cultivated vegetables across the globe, next only to the potato. Its use in the dietary patterns of various countries and as processed and…

Protected cropping focus in Northern Australia

The popularity of protecting growing practices is rising in the Northern Territory. In this article, NT Farmers Industry Development Manager Greg Owens outlines the reasons behind this growth, the investigation into year-round protected cropping vegetable production, and how NT Farmers is helping growers…

Field Good Farms

Regenerative approach to farming

When Isabelle Spence-Legault’s ancestors settled their Cache Bay acreage in the 1800s, the land was cleared of trees to make way for the farming that would follow. But well over a century later, as she and her partner, Ryan Spence, continued the family tradition, they quickly discovered that northwest winds sweeping through…

What can agro-industrial compost do for lettuce?

A study of the RETOS project of the State Research Agency, in which researchers from the School of Agronomists of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), the Miguel…

LED growlights in NAC Breda stadium

Mid-2019 Oreon started an extensive research at football club ‘NAC Breda’ on how LED light affects a grass playing surface in combination with the unique ability to apply extracted heat directly over the grass. The research was done over the period of September 2019 to March 2020. In cooperation with…

An innovation offered by Idromeccanica Lucchini

Step forward in growing strawberries thanks to the Saturn Bioponics system

The hydroponic cultivation of strawberries through the Saturn Bioponics system is an important step forward. Thanks to its reliable systems in coconut fiber or peat, the Saturn Bioponics system provides a better environment for the root, direct control over the nutrition of the plant, maximum water…

Hortlamp

Influence of far-red intensity during the seedling stage on hydroponic lettuce

Light levels are among the most limiting factors in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). LEDs can be used to provide light using less electricity. Far-red light can be delivered using LEDs but has traditionally not been considered beneficial (and thus added unnecessary electricity cost). Strategic…

The greenhouses of the future

Recirculating hydroponics and robotic technology to save on fertigation and labour

This is what the greenhouses of the future are like: recirculating hydroponics and robotic technology to save on fertigation and labour. They allow double cultivation and increase production by taking full advantage of the surface with high densities, generating greater profitability. This innovation…

Wouter Verkerke talks about new greenhouse crops

What do papayas, vanilla and black pepper have in common?

Do you recognize the second plant from the left in the below picture? Most of the participants in the webinar on the Greenhouse Pharmacy project, held as part of the WUR Urban Greenhouse Challenge, had no problems seeing this was a vanilla orchid. It got a bit trickier when Professor Wouter Verkerke…

Comparison of the technology of aquaponic systems

Aquaponics is the combined culture of fish and plants in recirculating aquaculture systems, an ecologically sustainable horticultural production technique with long traditions. The objective of this study is to compare flood-and-drain and a water crossflow system and examine the differences in the water…

US (MS): Blueberry growers expect high quality, average yield

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties. “A lot of growers are working through how to deal with harvest, packing and sales because of COVID-19,” said Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University…

New Sessions Focus on Hort Research

HRI Launches tHRIve Series

The Horticultural Research Institute has created a new web-based series featuring key research findings that help environmental horticulture businesses grow. The series is called tHRIve and aims to…

Photosynthetic performance of red leaf lettuce under UV-A irradiation

The objective of this study was to evaluate how different UV-A wavelengths influence the morphology and photosynthetic behavior of red-leaf lettuce. In the experiments, the main photosynthetic photon flux consisted of red and blue light, supplemented with equal doses of different UV-A wavelengths (402,…

PhytonIQ produces Asian root vegetables on eight floors

Wasabi cultivation in Austria's Burgenland

Wasabi is difficult to cultivate and was not readily available in Austria for a long time. The plant needs two years to grow - a long period, during which a lot can go wrong. The root is actually native to Japan, but since 2017 it has also been growing in Austria, under strictly controlled conditions in one…

From the nursery to the roof top:

Climate protection thanks to living plants

Plants are natural air conditioning systems. They store water, only to release it again in a well-dosed manner. Thanks to innovative solutions from horticultural companies from North Rhine-Westphalia and elsewhere, it is child's play to 'green' roofs in cities and municipalities. Their climate protection…

Harvest 2020: Mobilizing people to become growers

Harvest 2020 is a new PHS program focused on addressing growing hunger and food insecurity in the Philadelphia region. The team with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society asks the community to dig in and plant more food crops this year with extra to share. "Our goal is to mobilize 100,000 people to grow and…

Use of tomato landrace as rootstock improves response under water deficit conditions

Grafting onto drought tolerant rootstocks has been proposed as a useful strategy to overcome future water scarcity periods. The ‘de Ramellet’ tomato is a drought tolerant landrace selected under semiarid Mediterranean summer conditions under rain-fed or low irrigation. In a recent study, the responses of…

US research to study disease resistance in lettuce, boost cultivar production

Lettuce is one of the top ten vegetables cultivated in the United States and for good reason. Romaine, iceberg, leaf and butterhead types of lettuce are staples in refrigerators around the world. Used as a basis for salads, as a topping for burgers and sandwiches, as a bread substitute for wraps, and…

Why the indoor farming movement is taking off

As the world emerges from a pandemic that has kept about one in five people in their homes for weeks, it's little surprise that the idea of indoor farming is gaining traction. After all, we've had a lot of time to think about what we can do indoors — and maybe even ponder what we may have done outdoors…

Cinéma Moderne

This cinema has transformed itself into an indoor urban garden

It's hard to say when movie theatres in Montreal and around the world will be opening for now, but until they do, why not use some of that space for some plant life? As Audrey Hepburn put it: "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." At the dine-and-watch movie theatre Cinéma Moderne in Montreal,…

"Lettuce on water 'is spoiled' so less equipped for stress"

Growing on water is done in greenhouses for years, usually in a closed system in which water with nutrients circulates. Norwegian growers cultivate, among others, curly…

Triple helix for the Serbian Red Gold

Year in, year out, Serbian strawberry producers face the same problems throughout the production chain: In the fields, in storage, in marketing and in sales. For that reason…

Guggenheim

and the tomato man takes care of them in empty city New York

Guggenheim tomatoes are monitored from the Netherlands

Although the Guggenheim’s “Countryside” show was shuttered by the pandemic, its crop of cherry tomatoes is still growing, and feeding New Yorkers. In a video Infinite Acres shows how they realised this project.  The team with Infinite Acres tells how they realised the growing facility in New York and how they…

Resource utilization efficiency in continuous lettuce production

New plant production systems with a low environmental impact (or a high resource utilization efficiency) are necessary for urban agriculture development. A recent study explores the benefits of closed plant production systems (CPPSs) with artificial lighting using a commercial CPPS at Osaka Prefecture…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

Dutch pepper acreage nears 1500 hectare

It should no longer come as a surprise: the cultivation of strawberries in greenhouses (or tunnels) is growing and by quite a lot as well, according to an update from the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (Statistics Netherlands). 103 hectares were added in 2019. There is also growth in the fruit…

NASA

Challenges for a sustainable food production system on board of the International Space Station

The possibility of prolonging space missions—and consequently the permanence of humans in space—depends on the possibility of providing them with an adequate supply of fresh foods to meet their nutritional requirements. This would allow space travelers to mitigate health risks associated with exposure to…

Vertical urban agriculture finds its niche in Brazil

Pink Farms, a vertical urban garden that was born in 2016 with the purpose of producing food at the place of consumption, is located in São Paulo, the largest city in South…

Pruned side shoots as propagation material in greenhouse cucumber

In recent years, the protected cultivation has emerged as one of the technologies to overcome climatic diversity and has potential to increase productivity and quality of vegetables. Simultaneously, protected cultivation is also being promoted extensively by various Government Schemes in India and plenty…

Demand for micro-herbs dried up overnight

A nursery growing micro-herbs for the restaurant trade feels the effects of COVID-19 and faces the challenge of moth-balling its high-tech equipment. In this Landline video, Pip Courtney tells about the microgreens business with regards to COVID-19.  Source: ABC.

Strawberry cultivation at height: how to deal with climate and temperature distribution

The multi-tier cultivation of strawberries at Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is in full swing. At the end of January, the strawberries were planted and if all goes well, this fall another cultivation will be started so the growing can continue. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the Proefcentrum, talks about how…

Citiponics

Singapore: Vegetables at HDB carpark rooftops

The rooftops of nine multi-storey carparks in Singapore will be converted for use to farm vegetables and other food crops later this year. The tender for the sites was launched yesterday by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA): five single sites in Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Toa Payoh, Hougang and Choa Chu Kang…

Lancaster University

Phytohormone profiles of lettuce and pepper grown aeroponically

Enhancing root-zone (RZ) dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) levels of plants grown aeroponically can increase biomass accumulation but may also alter phytohormone profiles in planta. New experiments investigated how CO2 gas (1500 ppm) added to an aeroponic system affected phytohormone concentrations of…

A pilot for greenhouse grown vanilla

Australian attempts to grow vanilla have had limited success but a prototype climate-controlled greenhouse on a pilot farm just north of Sydney might change that. Vanilla is a hard to grow, labour intensive crop, which makes it very expensive.  Watch the video here. 

"The tomatoes will enter the Chinese market in large volumes this autumn"

"Chinese production of the tomato variety 'Crown Vegetable 106' grows every year"

"The surface area devoted to tomato plantation in China is huge and varied, including greenhouse plantations in north China and open-field plantations in south China. The…

How to grow vegetables on Mars

This may not be the right time to bring this up, but let’s just say it: there’s strong reason to believe illnesses like COVID-19 might become more prevalent in coming years. When we encroach on previously untouched areas—such as wild lands, dense jungles and tropical forests—we unleash unknown viruses that our bodies have no…

Smart Aquaponics

Smart aquaponics as a next step in urban farming

A system combining fish farming and vegetable cultivation may be the next step in urban farming and a circular and environmental friendly economy. Scientists at the University of Liège and their partners are working on a smart version of this system, which can be monitored by an app. Haïssam Jijakli,…

Freezing tolerance in blueberries

Every spring blueberry growers are anxious looking at the weather forecast. Are the buds and flowers resilient enough to withstand the low and freezing temperatures that occur occasionally? Some growers have a sprinkling installation to protect their plants but there are fields where this option isn't…

CHAP

Upscaling controlled environment agriculture in the UK

The Innovation Team at Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) has been undertaking a period of stakeholder engagement within the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) sector and across relevant parties to deliver solutions that support the sector. The aim is to underpin collaborative innovation in…

I Dream of Fish

Boy who dreams of fish turns passion into project to feed the hungry

When Miles Lin was 3, his grandfather started teaching him how to fish. By the time he turned 9, fishing had become his passion. “Almost every night, I would dream about fishing, and the fish I would catch,” says Lin, now 15. “When my parents told me not to waste food because there are people in the…

Autogrow

Growing crops outside their natural home

I grew up eating tasty fresh mangoes from my backyard in Borneo. There is nothing better than a sun ripened mango that the rats haven’t got to first. I once wondered if you can you grow mangoes in a cooler climate like New Zealand (where I live now). The answer is no. Well, not without a lot of…

Hye-Ji Kim

Characterizing nutrient composition and concentration in aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Aquaponic nutrient studies often use various types of water containing high levels of mineral nutrients for water supply, making it difficult to accurately determine deficient nutrients limiting crop yield and quality across the systems. To avoid interference with background nutrients, researchers used…

Green-Dome as local solution for sustainable basic food supply

The Garden of Eden from the MABEWO Solar Dome

Start-up companies are revolutionizing the production of food worldwide. Indoor farms and closed cycles are being used to develop innovative methods to satisfy human hunger. Closed cycle: Cultivation and recyclingContrary to what the normal visitor to a farm can imagine, the use of the sun and the soil is…

MDPI

Physiological and biochemical responses to salt stress in cultivated eggplant

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) has been described as moderately sensitive to salinity. In a new study, researchers characterised the responses to salt stress of eggplant and S. insanum, its putative wild ancestor. Young plants of two accessions of both species were watered for 25 days with an irrigation…

thanks to fans in the greenhouse

“We experience fewer issues in cultivation and save energy”

The horticultural company Gebroeders Raijmakers in Heusden grows vine tomatoes on more than 46 acres of land. While the origin of the family business lies in the 1950s, the current company was founded by the two brothers and has grown significantly over the past years. In 2017, another expansion was…

how plants defend against high light:

Photoprotection visualised

The CambPlants Hub presents work from the Kromdijk Lab, located in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. This is a condensed version of the work that was to be presented at Cambridge Science Festival in March 2020. In this video researchers from the Kromdijk Lab explore how plants are affected by and…

Agronomy

Main root adaptations in pepper germplasm to phosphorus low-input conditions

Agriculture will face many challenges regarding food security and sustainability. Improving phosphorus use efficiency is of paramount importance to face the needs of a growing population while decreasing the toll on the environment. Pepper (Capsicum spp.) is widely cultivated around the world; hence, any…

through multi-state initiatives CDFA

California: $3.8 million for specialty crop industry

Four projects submitted by California were selected for funding for the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s…

Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

The power of cooperation

Every grower’s ultimate goal is to maximize the yield and quality of their crop, while minimizing the use of resources, to save costs. Exactly this is the mission of the teams competing in Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, only then without ever entering the greenhouse. So what is the best way to…

Spanish scientists investigate the use of passive heat and cold systems in greenhouses

The Spanish agricultural research institute IFAPA, from Almería, has been developing a project for the introduction of sustainable technology to greenhouse cultivation in the Mediterranean. The aim is to reduce climate stress in horticultural production through passive heating and cooling. Vegetable…


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