Technique

European MP examines possibilities for wastewater reuse

"Application of reused (waste) water may in no circumstance become an obligation"

The European Commission wants to have minimum requirements for treated (waste) water. MEP Jan Huitema (VVD) therefore visited the waste water treatment plant (AWZI) Harnaschpolder and pepper grower Van der Lelij on 4 December at the invitation of GroentenFruit Huis, the Dutch Water Authorities and LTO…

Dennis Grootscholte, 4Evergreen, about the completion of phase 3:

"Better to have a larger pipe with a small pump than vice versa"

The most recent expansion of 4Evergreen Terneuzen in Westdorpe, Netherlands, was finished at the end of November. The completion of phase 3 brings the total acreage on this location to 54 hectare. The expansion project is doubling the size of the company. In 2012 the Grootscholte brothers went looking for a good…

New solutions to transform waste into useful products

PROLIFIC project promises new uses for legume, mushroom and coffee waste

PROLIFIC is a new European research project with the partnership of 17 partners from 8 European countries. It’s ambitious goal is to transform waste from legumes, mushrooms…

Avner Shohet, TAPkit:

"Every time we are surprised by the ideas of our clients"

“Why would you build a greenhouse on a roof in the middle of the city, with all the compromises and investments you have to make? Why not get out of the city, only 10 or 20 kilometers, to have a simple greenhouse with a smaller investment, and it gives the same solution.” Indoor farming With the TAP kit, Israeli company Teshuva Agricultural…

New technology at NatureFresh

With 175 acres of greenhouses to manage, NatureFresh is always staying ahead of the game by adopting new technologies, software programs, and machinery. They incorporate new innovations at every level of their operations – from making packing lines more effective with greater automation, to ensuring office staff can connect to one another…

Mixing by hand is a thing of the past

What do washing machines in hospitals have in common with agriculture? At first glance, not much. But for DEMA, one thing led to another. Jeff Smith, VP of Sales for Strategic Markets at DEMA, explains that in wash systems for hospitals, a system is needed to precisely measure and track the amounts of detergent. Having developed…

Penn State University research

USDA allows new strain of gene-edited mushroom

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom that is now at the center of controversy over GMO regulations of genetically modified creations. Researcher Yinong Yang developed a type of white button mushroom that looks identical to the type you’d buy in the produce section of a…

University of Nottingham research:

Green and edible cling film

In an attempt to replace polluting plastic materials and improve storage, safety and shelf life, University of Nottingham researchers have developed 100 percent biodegradable and edible food…

NASA technology to grow crops faster

NASA has created a new technology to grow crops on other planets with the prospect of establishing colonies on Mars or another planet in the future. A group of scientists from the John Innes Center, the Earlham Institute, the Quadram Institute in the United Kingdom, and the University of Queensland have…

NNO Coatings, European agent for nanotechnological glass reinforcement:

"Nano liquid penetrates glass and repairs imperfections"

The best of both worlds, is how Toon Sanders of NNO Coatings describes a new development in glass. As a European agent of patented nanotechnology from the American company C-Bond Systems, Toon has been swamped for weeks. There is plenty of interest in the innovative nanotechnology that's already being…

Rofianda launches luminaire in co-operation with Seoul Semiconductors

“Years of research and practical tests have led to a luminaire that meets all the lighting requirements set by greenhouse horticulture," says Ronald Gronsveld. "The luminaire…

New smart horticultural lighting solution for optimizing crop yields and costs

LumiGrow launched their newest wirelessly controllable LED lighting system for commercial greenhouse and indoor crop production. The LumiGrow TopLight is a powerful, versatile lighting solution built with various cost-saving optimizations for the professional crop cultivator – including a high photon…

Small Robot Company attempts to re-imagine farming with Tom

During the next few years, farming will change beyond all recognition, with robots replacing huge tractors, that’s the view of the Small Robot Company, a small start-up that has built its first prototype robot: Tom. Tom is part of a family of robots designed to operate at a more precise plan-by-plant basis, rather than…

US: Wi-Fi CO2 monitor and grow controller for growers nationwide

CO2Meter launches a new RAD-0501-W Wi-Fi Day/Night CO2 Monitor and Controller, providing growers with the ability to track all areas of their grow rooms wirelessly. Carbon Dioxide in high concentrations can result in serious injury and even death. By providing a monitor which maximizes plant growth, while monitoring and providing safety…

Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union…

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development:

"The digital revolution is advancing too slowly in the agricultural sector"

The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, has argued that the digitization of the primary sector should be taking place at a faster pace, so…

US (NM): Nanotech company launches quantum dot greenhouse film

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, has launched its first commercial quantum dot (QD)-containing product, the UbiGro greenhouse film. "We developed a safer, cheaper, more reliable quantum dot technology and are applying it in greenhouse films in order to red-shift the sun's spectrum year-round, regardless…

Stephan Kohn, Heinrich Glaeser Nachf. GmbH:

"Longevity due to high tear resistance, UV stability and weather resistance"

A sudden frost break in April, hail, heavy rain and other weather conditions, or the unwanted visit of an insect species in the fields: nowadays farms have to be prepared for almost everything. Based in Ulm, the GLAESERgrow division is working on solutions to ensure crop growth and harvest, even under…

A cosmic ray sensor to measure soil moisture

The Experimental Station of Aula Dei EEAD-CSIC has become a pioneer worldwide in the use of a portable cosmic ray neutron sensor to measure soil moisture in agricultural systems. The goal is to evaluate how the water content affects the processes of soil degradation due to water erosion, for example…

"New LED lighting technology ensures growers maximize quality and yield"

Hydrofarm has established an exclusive partnership in the United States and Canada for high power grow lights with Sananbio to launch “Photobio Powered by Sananbio”—a horticultural LED product line specifically formulated for high power greenhouse and indoor growing with a focus on strong results for…

UK: John Innes Centre continues retrofit with intelligent lighting solutions

Heliospectra announces a new order from the prestigious John Innes Centre in the UK. This order of Elixia and EOS lights complements the previous orders made by the customer and will be part of a new retrofitted glasshouse section fully run by Heliospectra’s helioCORE light control software. The order…

Lettuce biofortification with selenium in chitosan-polyacrylic acid complexes

Selenium (Se) is an essential element of the human diet. Therefore, it is necessary to implement Se in selenium-deficient soils and in the nutrient solution of soilless system culture. Although it is not considered as an essential element for plants, Se provides benefits at the level of redox metabolism,…

The future of light: HPS vs LED

HPS is the well-known and traditional fixture for growing all plants, so why should you take the “risk” of choosing LED for your greenhouse - and is it more beneficial to grow plants under LED light? Explore why controllable LED fixtures are a bright choice, and why more and more growers consider this a better solution than…

"With Personal Food Computers, nerd farmers are finding the best way to grow"

In his book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook details how grocery store tomatoes are both less nutritious and delicious than those grown decades ago. Industrial farming now grows crops for yield, sacrificing taste and vitamins for an…

Roots granted Australian patent

‘Smart pipe’ system provides targeted heat and cooling delivery to plant roots

Roots has been granted a patent by the Australian Patent Office for a key part of its Root Zone Temperature Optimization (RZTO) technology which optimises plant physiology for increased growth, health, productivity and quality by stabilising the plant’s root zone temperature. The patent titled Heat delivery system and…

Samsung expands horticulture LED lineups for indoor growers

Samsung announced new horticulture LED lineups, including full-spectrum packages and modules as well as color (monochromatic) LEDs. Optimized for lighting in greenhouses and vertical farming, the new LEDs provide a broader spectrum of light for healthier plant growth, enhanced farming environments and…

Nils Foss Excellence Prize for Robert David Hall for plant biochemical fingerprint research

Wageningen University & Research Professor Robert David Hall received the Nils Foss Excellence Prize for his pioneering research in plant metabolomics – defining the chemical fingerprint of plant materials. The award consists of 100,000 euro and an art work. FOSS, supplier of analytical solutions for the food…

Mr. Li from AgriPlus tells us the current trends

How is the growing technique developing in China?

Irrigation technology is developing quite fast, and in a fast-developing market like China, this technology seems to develop even faster. According to Mr. Brian Li from AgriPlus, in recent years a new trend has been developing in China’s irrigation business. Nowadays, more and more high-tech irrigation…

Online system 'IP Garden' controls the whole cultivation process

Harvesting vegetables like in a computer game

Never again having dirty hands, no weeding, no toiling with heavy watering cans - and still end up with your own crisp fresh lettuce in your hands. The Internet and a clever…

UK: Worker facial recognition feature launched for fruit and vegetable producers

To make it easier for fruit and vegetable producers to manage their seasonal workers, Consus Fresh Solutions has developed a new Facial Recognition feature for its traceability software. Machine learning is used to identify staff and permit access, making clocking on and off a thing of the past and…

"Smart lighting makes growing easier and more cost effective"

After being in the LED market for years, ITC is now expanding in to horticulture with the Amplify and Amplify Plus product lines. Remarkable is how their smart LED lighting solution can be steered on the actual weather conditions at individual locations. "Our research resulted in grow light products, specifically intended to…

US: VividGro partners with GrowGeneration to launch lighting solutions for commercial growers

VividGro has designated GrowGeneration as its first preferred vendor for their GroBar-X series of lighting solutions. The GroBar-X is a semi-custom crop agnostic lighting solution. "While the industry is busy selling fixtures we are building lights," said David Friedman, CEO of VividGro. "There is…

"Broad spectrum and high photon efficacy help plants grow superior buds"

AEssenseGrows introduced a new line of grow lights optimized for premium value plants like cannabis. The AErix LBR003 grow light delivers the specifications required to improve the quality of buds grown indoors along with all of the automation features large cultivation facilities desire. AErix lights offer a balanced…

Spain: Inverdron, a project for greenhouse monitoring

The rector of the University of Almeria, Carmelo Rodríguez, has given an account of the progress made in the execution of the Transfiere Plan, focused on the granting of aid to companies for the transfer of knowledge to the province's strategic sectors. The initial budget for the Plan is 242,000 Euro and…

A total of 6 projects receive 28 million euros

Netherlands: Research grants awarded for stronger lettuce and smarter agrofood robots

Research grants were recently awarded to more than 75 scientists, along with the business community and various organizations in the Netherlands. Subsidies from NWO (the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) will go to six major research programs that were approved on November 8. The research will…

November 27-28, Brisbane

"Precision agriculture can revolutionise the industry"

What do data analytics and modelling, fertiliser applications, harvesting, irrigation, seeding, planting and spraying equipment, GPS systems, robotics and smartphone apps have in common? They’re all precision agriculture systems that can revolutionise various aspects of a farm's operations. And as…

"Next-generation light solution ensures high-yield, consistent harvests"

Fluence Bioengineering unveiled the new VYPR 2p and VYPR 2x light systems for controlled-environment cultivation applications. VYPR 2 is suited for sole-source and supplemental lighting applications addressing virtually every cultivation need across the produce, herb, cannabis, and ornamental growing…

Vietnam: In search of Israel’s hi-tech farming assistance

Hanoi wants Israeli firms who always pioneer in applying science and technology in agricultural production to cooperate with and support the city in hi-tech farming. This was said by Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Doan Toan at the November 7 conference attended by officials of the…

Waking sleeping plants with plasmas

In late February a grape vine shows the first sign of production; the small bud will grow into a cluster by early summer.  Commercial crops like grapes, peaches, berries and flower bulbs all go dormant in the winter, essentially sleeping through the seasonal cold before they resume growing, flowering and fruiting…

CAN (BC): Innovative food, horticulture and nutrition research at KPU secures major funding

A search for natural alternatives to pesticides is one of the innovative Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) research projects benefitting from nearly $600,000 of new funding. Projects to ease access to healthy food for several Indigenous communities and develop healthy eating habits in young adults were also supported…

"Small genetic differences turn plants into better teams"

Diverse communities of plants and animals typically perform better than monocultures. However, the mechanisms that are responsible for this have so far been a mystery to science. Biologists at the University of Zurich have now been able to identify the genetic cause of these effects. Their findings might…

FAO Director-General stresses the importance of creating jobs in rural areas

"Africa needs its young people to modernize its agricultural sectors"

Migration, both to urban areas and abroad, risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernize their agriculture sectors, which are key to achieving growth and prosperity, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said. "It is crucial that African countries also look at rural areas for…

“Better serving local installers and growers”

The demand for horticultural products is high in Canada and the United States. In order to serve this growing market, greenhouse technology provider Ridder cooperates intensively with North American support group Acrobat Projects. “Engineering, design and installation of state-of-the art greenhouse…

Study: Extending shelf life of fresh produce by up to 4 days

IFCO, a global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, announced today the results of a study on the impact of IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPCs) on the…

CAN (QC): Lighting technology replicates the sun

When Louis Brun visited Sollum Technologies’ Montreal office in 2016, he knew he had found his next big project. The serial entrepreneur is now partner and CEO for a company that he believes is poised to revolutionize commercial lighting for indoor gardening – with other potential applications to follow.…

Labor tracking in commercial greenhouses

In today’s greenhouse environments, it is more important than ever to fully understand your labor force. This includes understanding how they work, why they work, and what elements can be introduced for them to be more productive”, the team with Picas states. For this reason, they have brought together…

US: Researchers seek input from culinary herb growers

University researchers are seeking input from potted and fresh cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for the survey will help to steer the focus of this project. Currently, researchers from Michigan…

LED producer salutes 60 years of NASA research

BIOS salutes the men and women of NASA past and present, including two of their own – Robert Soler and Neil Yorio – who have worked with the agency for a combined 20 years pioneering LED lighting technology.   BIOS Lighting is continuing the tradition of bringing NASA technology to everyday life. BIOS’ Icarus agricultural…

US (IL): Study provides whole-system view of plant cold stress

When temperatures drop, plants can’t bundle up. Stuck outside, exposed, plants instead undergo a series of biochemical changes that protect cells from damage. Scientists have…

KWR:

"Underground thermal energy storage enables sustainable winter heating"

The Heatstore project recently kicked off, allocating 16 million euros of EU funds to research market-ready technologies for seasonal underground storage of sustainable thermal energy. 23 European companies from nine countries are participating. Six demonstration projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and…

What’s next in IoT and horticulture?

Industrial IoT is decisively moving from a possibility to a necessity. Pioneering businesses are bringing the capabilities of the Internet to physical infrastructure and equipment to enable new insights, efficiencies, and business models. As the technology matures we must move from asking “what if?” to…

UK: New software solution eases audit burden for small producers

Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance (QA) and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions based in Lincolnshire. To address this the company has…

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity?

Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen and, most…

Drought fighter found in soil

Some discoveries happen by accident. Consider how Sept. 28, 1928, unfolded: Alexander Fleming, back in the lab after a vacation with the family, was sorting through dirty Petri dishes that hadn’t been cleaned before he went away. A mold growing on one of the dishes caught his attention — and so began the story of the world’s…

VitalFluid produces plasma water with a cleaning and growth stimulating effect

Plasma water: a technological imitation of lightning colliding with rain

By making use of water, air and electricity, it is possible to develop plasma water. Water that is treated with a plasma, next to solid, liquid and gas, appears as a fourth state of matter in which a gaseous substance is slightly ionized, and it has unique properties. For example, plasma water stimulates…

Seven-figure order for ultra-wide spectrum cannabis LEDs

Earlier this month, Valoya, manufacturer of high end LED grow light solutions, introduced Valoya Canna+ to the market – a line of LED luminaires with an ultra-wide spectrum designed for professional cultivation of cannabis. As a company specialized in fine tuned spectra development, Valoya has…

High tech goniometer latest addition to Oreon's instrumentarium

After months of preparation, Oreon has put into service its new light measurement laboratory, after both the existing equipment and the space itself underwent a thorough upgrade. The goal was to be able to characterize fixtures in-house as accurate as internationally recognized laboratories. For this it…

"Making Dutch strawberries as competitive as possible"

The Greenery and Luminaid are conducting research into sweet autumn and winter strawberries. One of the most important parameters for this research is light, and the Greenery has asked Luminaid to provide the lighting. The test is being carried out at Botany in Meterik in Limburg, where The Greenery has…

"More air equals more fruits in strawberry growing'

The cultivation of strawberries is the most important one of the berries that are so popular in the recent times. Its high content in vitamin C and antioxidants makes its consumption continue to rise year after year. In recent years, strawberry crops have been technified to improve the quantity and quality of the…

Plant scientists reveal how chloroplasts maintain energy efficiency

Photosynthesis is the most important energy-harvesting process on our planet, and Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) plays a crucial role here – it provides the energy needed for carbon fixation. A team of researchers from Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, and the US, used a fluorescent protein sensor in a model…

"Quickly gain ten percent more light”

The use of LED lighting in cucumber growing can significantly increase yields. This is the finding from the LED trial which Philips Horticulture LED Solutions is conducting at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The trial is carried out using the Qlipr system from Pellikaan Gewasklemsystemen.   In September 2014 Philips Horticulture LED…

Netherlands: New automated plant phenotyping device at WUR

Shared Research Facilities (SRF) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has recently purchased a new mobile device suitable to automatically phenotype plants. The company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) from the Czech Republic has developed the Robin PSI PlantScreen system based on specific…

Increasing the lifetime of your HPS lamp with an open reflector

Supplementary lighting with high-pressure sodium lamps is widely used to increase the yield of greenhouse vegetables and cut flowers. To achieve the maximum benefit from their lighting, growers are advised to change the lamps after an indicated time. The lamp changes are necessary because the light…

Jan Janse and Kees Weerheim (Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture):

Research with blackberries and raspberries under clear and diffuse glass

Both with blackberries and raspberries the demand for a year round production of good quality berries is growing. To achieve this it is necessary to use lights on the cultivation in the Dutch greenhouses during the winter, but this has not been done enough on these woody crops and the experience is…

Greenhouse gaming

So, you just can't get enough of working in the greenhouse, but you still have some spare time to kill... well, maybe a new video game will be your thing then. RimWorld , a construction simulation game set in space, contains concepts like hydroponics and geothermal energy . Could be worth checking out during those long fall and…

Freshman students research light recipes for kale

Kale. Is there a more Dutch product than that in the vegetable aisle? Maybe it is due to the ever-changing seasons us Dutch people love so much. Because kale is a typical winter vegetable, nice on a cold winter's night. Growers are also happy with kale, because it is a crop that grows wonderfully in our…

Using machine learning to make cultivation recommendations

Sam Sarjant works as an ICT Software Developer at AgroCares. In his job as a developer he works with cutting edge technologies involving machine learning on a daily basis. In…

Remote detection of growth dynamics in red lettuce

The production of food crops in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) can help mitigate food insecurity that may result from increasingly frequent and severe weather events in agricultural areas. Lighting is an absolute requirement for crop growth in CEA, and is undergoing rapid advances with the advent of tunable,…

Sander Hogewoning (Plant Lighting) about lighting test

Bell pepper year round with LED or Hybrid Lighting

In week 38 bell pepper plants from the variety Mavera have been planted in two test greenhouses of the Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk. One greenhouse with hybrid lighting (SON-T + LED) and one greenhouse with 100% LED. The research is being conducted by Delphy Improvement Centre and Plant Lighting and…

Iron Ox start-up

Will America's future farmers be robots?

Angus possibly will be America’s farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, and he is a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Angus is a robot. To Brandon Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to…

Valoya Canna+

"Ultra-wide LED spectrum benefits chemical expression in cannabis"

The research into the interaction of the cannabis plant and light is growing but is yet not abundant due to bans which still exist in most places around the world. One thing we do know for sure is that high quality light will result in a high quality plant, one with a good chemical expression. Valoya, the manufacturer of LED grow…

Akumbha van Kooten, Yield by Nature

"Stronger crop and cleaner cultivation with oxyhydrogen"

It seems a somewhat explosive affair, starting a business in 'Knallgas' (as oxyhydrogen is also referred to). And that's what it is, in the sense that it can, for example, increase the germination vigor of the bulbs and other cultivation products explosively. Because irrigation water 'loaded' with the…

European seed industry, unanimously in favor of CRISPR

The ESA (European Seed Association) held its Annual Conference in Madrid this week. It was attended by more than 1,000 participants from 47 countries, representing nearly 500…

Antwerp Province, Limburg Province and greenhouse horticulture sector work together on innovations

"We believe in a co-creative approach within the greenhouse horticulture sector"

New technologies are coming to the market. Often these are not ready-for-use. To prevent this, the Antwerp Province (Flanders), the Limburg Province (the Netherlands) and stakeholders from the greenhouse horticulture sector are joining forces. Together they will build new technologies that are more…

Does it make economic sense for you to install grow lights?

As light emitting diodes (LEDs) become more efficient and more affordable, an increasing number of greenhouse and plant factory growers will consider installing LED luminaires to light their crops. In the case of greenhouse growers, these luminaires would provide light to supplement natural sunlight. For…

with precise, automated harvest forecasts

"AI enables cutting costs and streamlining operations"

New results demonstrate greenhouses can automate important tasks using artificial intelligence (AI). The agriculture technology company, Motorleaf, has new findings and a testimonial demonstrating the industry-changing performance of their greenhouse automation services. "Of particular significance are…

USDA awards funding for light and plant health research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded funding to the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to support new research that has the potential to address one of the grand challenges of this century—food security and the ability to sustainably feed a rapidly…

Climate cell on wheels helps Dutch growers with LED dilemma

"Everybody wants to do 'something' with LED and has the feeling something has to be done with it, but what? There's so much going on and being offered - how to get started and what to do?" That's why the Hortilux & Green Simplicity teams created a research solution for the industry. Currently they're…

App prevents heat illness for farm workers

On Sunday, October 7, Apple demonstrated its Apple Watch heat based capabilities by featuring "Calor", a new app aimed at protecting rural farm workers toiling in summer fields picking the nation's fruits and vegetables. Calor, conceptualized and created by 18-year-old Faith Florez, alerts farm workers about their…

Parametrization of aerodynamic and canopy resistances for modeling evapotranspiration of greenhouse cucumber

Estimating the latent heat flux accurately is important to improve greenhouse crops irrigation schedules. Aerodynamic and canopy resistances, as two key parameters in the Bulk transfer equations, are already difficult to measure in the open field and even more in greenhouses. In a new study, an experiment was conducted…

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew study:

Plastic-eating mushrooms aid in combating growing waste crisis

A new study from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, claims that fungi are capable of expediting the breakdown of plastics. The aspergillus tubingensis fungus was featured in the State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report, which also documented that fungi are optimal in producing sustainable building…

Harm Vogels, Intracare:

"It is not necessary to clean the irrigation system during crop rotation"

"Completely clean drip lines, hoses and drippers. That is the conclusion after extensive inspection of drip irrigation systems that have been treated with Hydrocare during cultivation," explains Harm Vogels, Market Developer Horticulture at Intracare. He sees that even up to the last dripper no bio film…

Research into various light spectra

In the last twenty years the area and intensity of lighting in the greenhouse horticulture has increased considerably, with a resulting increase in the electricity usage. An advantage of LED lighting when compared to the regular SON-T lighting is the much higher conversion rate of electricity to light. Furthermore, LED…

Havecon opens North America office

Blue, yellow and white balloons, more people than they expected and a very good vibe. Yesterday the Havecon team officially opened their North American office. From the premises in Niagara on the Lake, the turnkey supplier will reach out to growers in the US and Canada and help them continue to grow…

ERP software gives growers full view of operations

ET Grow is a simple, yet sophisticated ERP software solution designed for the Agri-Tech industry, supporting all parts of the business, not just one. Allowing users to access, view and update their daily operations on the go, ET Grow works with businesses from seed to sale.  The company's development team are constantly working to improve…

"Cooling tech increases lettuce growth 132%"

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has just released results from a successful pilot on Romaine lettuce — these show a 132% increase in lettuce leaf fresh weight using the company’s proprietary Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) cooling technology. The lettuce growing cycle was reduced by almost half,…

India: Agri & Food innovation platform launched

ThinkAg, a platform for Agri and Food innovation co-founded by Ankur Capital, with Mr. Ram Kaundinya, Mr. Raman Ahuja and Mr. Hemendra Mathur, brings together corporates and stakeholders in the industry to build India's largest network for innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. The platform aims…

Scootering through the greenhouse

Greenhouses are getting bigger and bigger and that is why growers are increasingly aware that their employees are spending a lot of time walking through the greenhouse. It just can happen that one or more employees have to walk for minutes from the canteen or from the entrance to the path where they have…


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