Cultivation

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…

Labor, water & climate

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…

papaya and mango

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…

Germany: Wastewater treatment plants provide a valuable resource for growing vegetables in greenhouses

Wastewater treatment plants have the job of purifying sewage. But science also sees these as a valuable resource. Wastewater – and what it is made up of  – is now being used in new agricultural solutions. As part of the SUSKULT Project, an urban greenhouse is to be set up which will utilize resources from…

"Tailor-made training program in Bangalore is a huge success"

Three years ago, HollandDoor came in contact with a family in Bangalore that had a mission: contributing to the rural development in Karnataka, India, by offering a Practical Training and Service center, called AgroTie, for farmers. The center would offer the rural community a place to gain knowledge,…

US (HI): Aquaponics might be a path to better health for native Hawaiians

For centuries, native Hawaiians fed themselves by developing sophisticated systems of fishponds and irrigated taro patches. But societal changes disrupted their connection to traditional food sources, leading to high health risks for diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. Now a community intervention is…

Extra attention for hygiene in crop rotation

Removing the old tomato crops is at hand for many unlighted growths. The current situation around ToBRFV requires extra attention for hygiene in this period. Even though you can think to be free from viruses, you could have missed it in an old crop. Make good agreements with the contractor. Particularly…

New 16-litre pot will help with the early phases of berry cultivation

As well as the large volume pots for blueberries, Beekenkamp has added a 16-litre pot to its berry and blackberry cultivation pot series. This 16-litre pot can be used for a good start in cultivating berries. The additional height of this 16-litre square pot guarantees maximum drainage. The pots also…

Adaptation of plants to salt stress:

Characterization of sodium and potassium transporters and role of CBL gene family in regulating salt stress response

Salinity is one of the most serious factors limiting the productivity of agricultural crops, with adverse effects on germination, plant vigor, and crop yield. This salinity may be natural or induced by agricultural activities such as irrigation or the use of certain types of fertilizer. The most…

Harm-Jan Eikelenboom, The Greenery: "We want to see if we can offer this concept year-round"

Little & Fresh: Small organic vegetables for small families

Whole cauliflower or heads of lettuce are standard in the supermarket. Why would a one or two-person household want these? The Greenery and Rijk Zwaan did a consumer survey. This showed that smaller vegetables are a way to reduce vegetable wastage. These two Dutch companies recently presented the new…

Palestinian inventor sees aquaponics as vital to agricultural transformation

Seeing the poor state of many Palestinian farms, Maroof Rabba’, a Nablus-based accountant, began to teach himself aquaponics, a technique that combines hydroponics — the cultivation of plants in water — and fish farming. Rabba’, a skilled linguist, became a master of the craft by reading books in Italian…

Nunhems introduces the UpStage cucumber variety for non-lighted high-wire crops

"Variety for spring cultivation does well under changing circumstances"

After successful trials last year, Nunhems will introduce the UpStage variety to the market for the 2020 spring crop. "It is a powerful variety from start to finish," says Rens Muusers, Sales Specialist at Nunhems, about UpStage*. Supplemented by Peter van Ninhuys, cultivation manager at Van Lipzig…

Substrate volumetric water content controls growth and development of containerized culinary herbs

There are no chemical plant growth retardants that may be used on containerized culinary herbs intended for consumption. The objective of the authors of a new study was to quantify the effect of substrate moisture content on the growth of four commonly produced culinary annual herbs grown in containers…

US (MD): Commercial aquaponics in Gaithersburg

Bella Vita Farms LLC in Gaithersburg, MD opened a new greenhouse with an aquaponic system about three months ago. The farm has had no problem selling their produce. In fact, they cannot keep up with demand and the farm already plans to expand the aquaponic system. Bella Vita staff noted that not only…

Digging into nighttime humidity in semi-closed glasshouse

"Plants prefer a higher humidity at night"

The approach to day-time humidity in the semi-closed glasshouse differs much from the conventional glasshouse. But how does the superior air movement affect the plants at…

US (VA): Arlington’s only commercial urban farm

Tucked in an unassuming strip mall on Lee Highway, with no signage or disclosed address, Fresh Impact is under the radar of most Arlingtonians, but well-known among local chefs, particularly higher-end chefs. Founded in 2017, the company has grown over 300 different rare herbs, varieties of greens, and…

Innovate UK launched ISCF – Future Food Production Systems funding call

If you look through the KTN’s ‘Pre-competitive vision for the UK’s plant and crop sector’, the UK-RAS white paper on ‘The Future of Robotic Agriculture’, or the NFU’s ‘Future of Food 2040’, they are all ubiquitous in acknowledging the prominent threats to and from traditional land-based agriculture. It…

SeedNL launched to improve the productivity of growers in developing countries

On the 16th of October, international World Food Day, SeedNL was launched. SeedNL is a public-private partnership with as its goal to strengthen the seeding industry in developing countries to improve the productivity of local growers. The projects of SeedNL aim at training the growers to grow better…

University of New Hampshire research:

“It's possible to extend the strawberry season”

University of New Hampshire research has made clear that it's possible to grow strawberries in the state from early summer through late fall. The New Hampshire Agriculture…

Seminar video:

US (NY): Improving controlled environment culinary herb production

If you missed Monday’s Cornell University Horticulture Section seminar, Improving Controlled Environment Culinary Herb Production,  with Christopher Currey, Iowa State University, it has currently been posted online.  During the seminar, Christopher discusses all facets of culinary herb production in controlled environments…

Research into the combination of geothermal heat, lettuce cultivation and fish farming started

Under great interest, the project Geofood has been started. The aim of Geofood is to investigate whether geothermal heating can not only be used to heat greenhouses, but also to breed fish. As a symbol for opening the new aquaponic facilities, a floater with lettuce plants was placed on an aquarium with…

From Motown to Growtown

US (MI): Detroit's urban farming revolution

Rising from the ashes of decades of urban decay, the US city of Detroit is fast becoming an urban farming capital. Many residents are now producing organic food locally - reducing the environmental footprint of their food by cutting down on carbon emissions from transport and on chemical inputs. They are…

Tomato Masters, Belgium:

"Fragmentation is never a good thing"

The tomatoes from the Tomato Masters greenhouse in Belgium go straight to the retail sector. This can be done thanks to the good partnership this grower has with Coöperatie Hoogstraten. Introducing a new variety, therefore, always happens in consultation and is only happening when the product's taste,…

Blueberry production in Chile:

Renewal of varieties drives growth

The increase in blueberry exports from Chile is based on the new plantations registered in recent years, which have been carried out to renovate orchards but also to increase…

US (OH): Hydroponic greenhouses grow voc rehab opportunities

Hydroponics greenhouses are excellent locations to provide vocational rehabilitation for adults with developmental disabilities. The Abilities Connection has been providing voc rehab services since 1956. Most of their 300 workers-in-training focus on manufacturing and repairing air cargo nets for the US…

Nigeria records 40% post-harvest losses annually in tomato production

Nigeria records about 40% post-harvest losses in tomato production annually, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has said. Chairman Governing Board of RMRDC, Abdullahi Tambuwal stated this at the presentation of tomato seeds to vegetable farmers in Sokoto. He also noted: “While the…

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, Hawthorne Gardening Company and National Farm to School Network

US: Collaboration launches new hydroponic school garden project

Because every student deserves the opportunity to experience the wonder of hands-on STEM education and hydroponic gardening, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, Hawthorne Gardening Company and National Farm to School Network launched a new pilot project to integrate indoor growing systems into underserved…

Changes in the chemical composition of lettuce in response to biofortification

A two-year greenhouse study was conducted to assess the effects of the application of I (as KIO3), Se (as Na2SeO3), and salicylic acid (SA) in nutrient solutions on the chemical composition of six lettuce cultivars, i.e., two butterhead lettuces (BUTL), “Cud Voorburgu” and “Zimująca”; two iceberg…

Queensland horticulture producers travel to the desert to learn

While the Granite Belt is currently experiencing the region's worst drought in living memory, six Granite Belt Growers Association members, along with a representative from the Lockyer Valley Growers Association and DAF staff travelled to the UAE last week. The delegation exploring how innovation and…

South Africa school sets stage for aquaponics training curricula

As South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for schools to explore integrating aquaponics into their curricula to meet a growing demand for practical skills and food security, one school in Ekurhuleni is already proving his point. At a special press event last Thursday at Laerskool Kempton Park,…

US (NH): UNH research finds growers can substantially boost strawberry season

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researchers at the University of New Hampshire have more than doubled the annual yield of strawberries and quadrupled the length of the N.H. harvest season by growing specific varieties of fruit in specific conditions. The new research provides a road map for…

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…


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