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French start-up launches lighting management platform

"Produce more, but better!" That is the slogan of the Provence start-up Vegetal Grow Development (VGD). The young company, created in 2018 after three years of research and development, has launched the first lighting management platform that analyzes sun exposure and conditions to optimize the…

German herb grower achieving larger, higher-quality yields with LED

Fluence is expanding its presence in the Emsland region of Germany through partnerships with growers and other horticulture specialists operating out of Papenburg. Elektro Evers, an engineering firm specializing in greenhouse technology, is Fluence’s exclusive systems integrator in the Papenburg region.…

“High-pressure fogging will become the standard in the market”

When Meteor Systems joined the North American market, growing on gutters wasn’t the standard there, but nowadays it is. Since optimizing production efficiency is a key point, more and more techniques are becoming common practice for growers,. To further help growers,  Meteor Systems have teamed up with MJ-Tech…

Walter van Vliet on next level sequencing with NimaGen

"At the forefront of what is possible"

NimaGen has put a new technique on the market, named Reverse Complement PCR. It is a new & novel Amplicon based targeted enrichment method for Next Generation Sequencing. With this technique, a broad spectrum of nucleotides can be analyzed accurately and the risk of cross contamination or carryover as…

Innovative tech insights for produce and floral from CES

The Produce Marketing Association, along with five innovative industry members, attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to learn about the technologies that will advance the global fresh floral and produce industries. Through the taste and feel of fresh produce and floral at our farmer’s market on…

Spain

Active container to extend the shelf life of tomatoes and peppers by more than 40%

A group of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has developed an active container capable of extending the shelf life of the vegetables contained in…

Mastering light management: Optimizing crop performance

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

First bell peppers lighting test Hoogstraten already harvested

For the second year in a row, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing tests with lighting for bell peppers. This season, harvest was extra early, last Wednesday January 8 to be precise. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the test center: "Normally, the first harvest is in March or April." Wednesday, Roel…

"He who sows AI shall reap accurate predictions"

Good harvest forecasts are key for an optimal pricing strategy and labor planning. Under and over production, for example, can have major consequences for pricing. In addition, you can only deploy your manpower properly if you know how much and when they should harvest. Making accurate predictions about…

Software tool promotes efficiency and collaboration for growers

Calculate the value of your own products and make decisions about future production based on your own data. GreenPlan is a tool in production planning and the production budget and can be used to provide an overview of production, costs and earnings. GreenPlan is a multi-user program that reduces personal…

Education supports growers switching to Next Generation Growing

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

Coline Laurent, Connecting Food

Blockchain technology is gaining importance in the fruit and vegetable sector

The French company “Connecting Food” developed a transparency platform based on blockchain technology. “By scanning the QR code on the packaging of the final product, consumers are able to know when the product in their hands was produced and if all the specifications have been met,” explains Coline…

Revisiting the measurement of light

The energy source for plant photosynthesis is light. Plants are able to use the energy contained in the photons (light ‘particles’) they receive to drive chemical processes that produce the necessary ‘building blocks’ for plant growth and development. Light is not the only environmental parameter that…

more and more sensors in the greenhouse

"Leaf and stem thickness will tell you the stress level of your plant"

"Each action you perform has a certain real time effect on the plant that we cannot perceive with our naked eyes, but with sensors we can see how the plant really reacts to all external influences. The stem and leaf are made up of cells that will fill or deflate depending on the stress situation of the…

Netafim delivers innovative agriculture tech solutions worldwide

From drip irrigation to digital farming

Trellised vines snake their way up to a literal glass ceiling inside one of several greenhouses, each constructed differently and yet all tricked out with the same state-of-the-art technology. This little agricultural park is right in the center of Netafim’s research and development site in Kibbutz…

Improving irrigation efficiency through Water-Smart Agriculture

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

Digitelling the future of horticulture

Klasmann-Deilmann is driving digitisation forward in commercial horticulture. At the International Plant Fair (IPM) 2020, the company will be presenting IT solutions that…

Is your greenhouse's air quality still good?

Did you know flue gases from a boiler are not, by definition, purer than those from a CHF? Not many people do. It is, therefore, a good idea to map greenhouse gases. Glitch is…

Frigga provides real-time monitoring solutions for global supply chains

Frigga announces real-time, single-use wireless thermometers for dry ice and liquid nitrogen

Last month Frigga announced online support in 12 languages for "Frigga Track", an app that allows for real-time cold chain monitoring solutions. The app has received positive…

What plants want: LED technology helps provide fresh food

During dark season, many of us experience the effects of not getting enough light. As soon as the days get shorter, we feel more tired and exhausted. Plants are in a similar situation - when they don't get enough light, their photosynthesis doesn't work sufficiently. Plants predominantly need red (640 to…

Biofilm – hidden threat for vegetable and fruit crops

Biofilm is a hidden threat for all crops which are watered via a network of irrigation pipelines. Biofilm starts with a thin ‘greasy’ layer inside irrigation pipelines and can grow to a thick wall of organic pollution which can eventually block drippers and sprayers. Before blockage of the water supply…

Artificial pollination technology developed

"About 75% of the world’s nutritional diversity depends on insect pollination in quantity and quality. However, the number of species and the insect population in the world is decreasing. Honeybees, the main insect pollinator, are facing Colony Collapse Disorder and are in short supply." That's why the…

App has already saved 28.6 million meals in Europe

Danish company ‘Too Good To Go’ to fight against food waste in the US

The Copenhagen-based company Too Good To Go, which connects users of its app with restaurants and shops that sell unsold food for a third of the price, is understood to be ready to expand into the US. The Danish company has been on a four-year mission to stamp out food waste in Europe, but now it wants…

Supplemental LED inter-lighting increases tomato fruit growth

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

Horticulture research yields light bulb moments in the improvement of greenhouse growing

The illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life. Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used. Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is…

Malaysian brothers cultivate indoor farming

Agriculture technology firm Plant Cartridge Sdn Bhd has developed a growing kit to enable sustainable urban farming at home. Now, it is utilising its knowledge for the growth of smart industry-scale farms in response to an insatiable demand for safe and sustainable food produce. By collaborating with…

How to properly store your greenhouse portable modular conveyor

When the production season starts to slow down, you might be wondering what you need to do to properly store your greenhouse’s portable modular conveyor over the coming months. Though portable modular conveyors are easy to maintain, there are a few steps you’ll want to take before you pack them away for…

Using artificial intelligence to guide watering decisions in Canada’s greenhouses

Getting smart about greenhouse irrigation

For Canada’s greenhouse operators, crop irrigation and finding experienced growers to manage it, are among their greatest challenges. Historically, greenhouse growers have made decisions about where and when to irrigate, visually checking the water status of plants — often spending several hours and…

German tomato grower goes full LED on 5,000 m²

In 2014, Gemüsebau Steiner built a new 11.8 ha tomato greenhouse in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria. A further 7.8 ha was added in 2016 and the company now grows tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Production from the greenhouses is completely carbon neutral, using heat from local geothermal and biogas…

Marcel van der Knaap, Rimato:

"Geothermal project Trias was too good to resist"

Greenhouse company Rimato in the Dutch town of Honselersdijk grows TOVs on a surface of over 14 hectares. Since the last six months, Rimato has been receiving geothermal heating through Trias Westland. Co-director Marcel van der Knaap: “We actually didn’t even need geothermal heating, but Trias is a…

Priva launches Phil: growing services

“The program is doing something that a person cannot"

Using data in the greenhouse is an important topic these days. As Meiny Prins, CEO with Priva, shared today, the company has decided to expand their hardware business and help growers use this data in their greenhouse. “The program is doing something that a person cannot,” says Mike Flux with APS Group,…

Meiny Prins, Priva, ready for new future:

"With our new direction we want to answer grower's questions more clearly"

After 60 years of active service in the horticultural industry as a producer, Priva is ready to pivot into a new direction. Since 2015 the company has been slowly preparing for a future that they are now ready to commit to; providing services in addition to their hardware solutions. Meiny Prins, CEO of…

Central Food Technological Research Institute - Mysuru, India

CFTRI comes up with low-cost tech for storing tomatoes

Keeping in mind the plight of tomato farmers battling price fluctuation, the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has come up with a low-cost…

Red Sun Farms releases new web-tool

US greenhouse grower launches product locator tool

Red Sun Farms, the vertically integrated American greenhouse grower, announced the release of a new web-tool to help consumers locate their products. The tool helps consumers…

"LED lighting in greenhouses helps but standards are needed"

While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products. Many lighting companies market their LED (light-emitting…

"Prepare for the future with Harvest Forecast"

There are two questions growers and merchants worldwide have been struggling with for years: “What will the production be for the following weeks?” and “What does my labor scheme need to look like?” So far, manual predictions have been used to answer these questions, but the results of these often…

New technologies of Chinese strawberry industry showcased at festival

Last December 18-20, the 18th China Strawberry Culture Tourism Festival and the 1st Asian Strawberry Industry Symposium was held in Jinan, Shandong. To showcase new technologies of Chinese strawberry industry, to promote the latest scientific and technological achievements, strengthen communication and…

Strengthening techniques for greenhouses

Greenhouses are specially designed to provide suitable conditions which favor growth and production of plants annually. This is achieved through their unique structural characteristics which enable them to carry out their specified functions. For a greenhouse to be termed as well-designed, it must…

Ground coupled heat pump system to heat, cool and dehumidify greenhouses

"We are challenging the idea that “high tech” means “expensive” when it comes to greenhouse design", the team with Ceres explains. Following their patented passive solar structural design and our Ground to Air Heat Transfer, now they launch a new climate control greenhouse system: Ecoloop.  The Ceres Ecoloop…

Stay away from the controls to stay in control in a semi-closed greenhouse

Growing in a semi-closed greenhouse offers many advantages, but please, stay away from the controls to stay in control. That's what Wouter Kuiper with KUBO says when sharing the experiences of the Ultra-Clima greenhouses. By now 600-700 hectares of these semi-closed greenhouses have been realized around…

Success in the vertical cultivation of lettuce and basil with the use of LEDs

Thanks to the doctoral thesis "Led lighting for indoor cultivation of leafy vegetables and herbs" by student Giuseppina Pennisi, prepared under the supervision of professors at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT - Spain) and defended at the Italian University of Turin, now lettuce and basil…

Cereal research benefits from steerable light solutions

World's oldest agricultural research institute, Rothamsted Research from Harpenden, United Kingdom, works with a wide array of food and cereal crops in both glasshouses and walk-in plant growth chambers. This year they will be retrofitting the antiquated metal halide lighting in their growth chambers…

Rhizophagus intraradices inoculation benefits tomato plants under water deficit conditions

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

Block lot strawberries added to Coöperatie Hoogstraten app

In 2019 Coöperatie Hoogstraten once again worked hard to put more than 32,500,000 kg of strawberries on the market through auction. Although for many people the auction evokes the image of an old-fashioned sales system, Coöperatie Hoogstraten resolutely opts for innovation and digitisation without…

Spectral and hyperspectral technologies as an additional tool to increase information on quality and origin of horticultural crops

Nowadays, consumer awareness of the impact of site of origin and method of production on the quality and safety of foods, and particularly of fresh produce, is driving the research towards developing various techniques to assist present certifications, traceability, and audit procedures. With regard to…

"Vacuum cooling is essential to maintain leafy greens’ quality"

Leafy greens vegetables are increasingly grown through hydroponics, sometimes under protective structures, said Mr. Arvin Lau from Vegfor Cooling Technology Limited. After working in the the fresh produce industry for several years, he saw a clear development in the process of growing leafy green…

Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground

“Keeping greenhouses healthy can be simple and cheap”

Ecological treatments with ozone are gaining ground for their safety, but also for the high demand for organic or zero waste fruit and vegetable products. “Ozone is an effective natural disinfectant formed by three oxygen atoms. Its main advantage in agriculture and the food industry is that it…

Ziv Shaked, Drygair:

"Dehumidification offers a lot of benefits for greenhouse growers"

The team with DryGair is convinced of a few things. The power of dehumidification for example – something that might not come as a surprise since they manufacture dehumidification systems. Then there’s the importance of reaching optimum efficiency, making it possible to grow the best crop with the lowest…

How much light does my crop need?

There is an optimal amount of light for every crop. Too little means that production will be low. But too much will put pressure on the yield and quality. So custom work is always key. Tomatoes and cucumbers (max. 30 mol per m2) These crops love light. They can convert 30 mol light per m2 per day* into production.…

Wouter van den Bosch fills blackberry greenhouse with HPS:

"In order to learn, you have to be daring"

"We only know little so far, but much more than a few months ago," says Wouter van den Bosch from Bosch Fruit, a 1.3-hectare blackberry cultivation company in Berkel en Rodenrijs. He has been growing blackberries since 2017 and soon started experimenting with lighting. Initially with LED only, but since…

"The new standard in substrate measurements"

For many growers, the root zone of the plant is still unexplored territory. This is now a thing of the past: the new CARA MET sensor from Cultilene offers a better, more accurate and more reliable insight into the situation in the root zone. This offers opportunities to optimise the irrigation and…

The first Chilean greenhouses with real-time climate monitoring are ready

The Region of Valparaiso already has the first Chilean greenhouses equipped with technological sensors that will allow monitoring different environmental variables inside…

PB tec, VB and Havecon

Bom Group enters into strategic alliance with new partnership Atrium Agri

This week, on 18 December, Bram van der Kooy and Piet van Vliet transferred their shares in the Bom Group. The company is now in the hands of the current management (Mike Vermeij, Rob Grootscholten, John Meijer, Rick van den Ende and Martin van Zeijl) and Atrium Agri, a new partnership of three close…

Better light distribution over the crop

Proven results of LED interlighting for high-wire cultivation?

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

Growing number of Chinese horticultural companies bring in foreign technology

The 18th China Greenhouse & Horticulture Industry Conference took place on November 13th, 2019, in Guiyang City. This conference attracted more than 700 participants from horticultural companies, research institutions, and government departments across the globe. It is worth noting that this year for the…

14 days on the water and high quality upon arrival

Ozone allows for ocean transportation of bell peppers

Traditionally, bell peppers haven’t been a big ocean container mover as they don’t hold up very well in long transit times. “They are a weaker vegetable variety and several challenges limit their shipability,” says Christian DeBlasio with Purfresh. “First of all, they are very susceptible to decay,…

New device capable of disinfecting fruit and veg and charging your cellphone

YouPin, a remarkable device capable of disinfecting fruits and vegetables while also allowing wireless charging, is now available for sale in China. The device, manufactured by the company Ningbo Youban Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd., is currently being backed by crowdfunding and more than 3,900…

Micha van NIeuwkerk (Van der Ende Groep):

"Sodium removal and less drainage go hand in hand"

It is (or actually ‘was’) a challenge to remove sodium from water and, at the same time, to retain as many nutrients as possible. Van der Ende Groep developed the Poseidon to meet the above task, and it was achieved - the first 20 installations have now been put into operation. Growers mainly focus on…

Investing in artificial lighting: when to do it, and how to select the best options?

We all know light is one of the most important factors affecting plant growth and development. But, how can we know if the use of artificial lighting will improve our production and our income? And how can we select the best source of light? The use of artificial lighting will be essential when growing…

April 23-24, Westland and Delft

Robots in the greenhouse

RoboCrops is a key event that seeks to accelerate the development of robotics in greenhouse horticulture with hackathons, presentations and matchmaking. The global leaders in the field of robotics in this sector will be gathering in the Netherlands on 23 and 24 April for the first edition. The annual event brings high-tech…

Improving the efficiency of tomato grafting

Horticultural grafting is routinely performed manually, demanding a high degree of concentration and requiring operators to withstand extreme humidity and temperature conditions. Researchers presents the results derived from adapting the splicing technique for tomato grafting, characterized by the…

Drying process improves the nutraceutic value of perilla leaves

Fresh leaves of Perilla frutescens (perilla) are used as a culinary herb in East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Perilla is an annual short-day plant that…

Cor Pellikaan (PellikaanQ):

"Clip system reduces risk of contamination by 75%"

Currently the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is in the spotlight. The number of countries where the virus is appearing is growing. The question is how growers, together with other parties such as suppliers, can prevent the virus from spreading. According to Cor Pellikaan from PellikaanQ,…

p2raumdesign presents cold vapour system for fresh products at ExpoSE

"We want to offer the young generation of direct marketers holistic store concepts."

Last year, p2raumdesign won the Innovation Award at expoSE/ExpoDirekt with the brand new LiftBoXX. Exactly one year later, Rainer Palinkasch moved to Karlsruhe again and presented a new, innovative store concept for the farm shop to the specialist public there. In cooperation with refrigeration and cooling…

HAS-students temporarily back at BrightBox

Lighting test with basil as useful ‘pastime’

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

Optimum water content: a blueberry case study

To optimize the irrigation strategy growers must have a clear understanding of the moisture, drain and EC levels. Last week we published about how to improve the irrigation efficiency, today it is about the optimal conditions to be reached.  "Maintaining the optimal moisture conditions for crops growing in…

Effect of light intensity on rooting and growth of hydroponic strawberry runner plants in a LED plant factory

To rapidly produce strawberry transplants from cuttings, suitable light intensities for unrooted runner plants at the rooting stage and rooted runner plants at the seedling stage were determined in a plant factory under LED lighting by researchers. At the rooting stage, unrooted runner plants at the…

Why sensors are useful in indoor grows

Greenhouse sensors are critical components of your indoor grow monitoring systems. Sensors continually measure specific conditions within a particular location and report that data to the system.  As agricultural technology changes the way farmers grow, it's essential to stay informed on the latest advances…

"Ultimately, the whole industry will switch to water-cooled LED lighting"

He's convinced that ultimately, the whole horticulture industry will switch to water-cooled LED lights. Being a producer of the product that doesn't come as a surprise, but Jan Mol of Oreon has a story behind the products. "It originated in the search for a more sustainable alternative. We succeeded in…

Lower Bavaria presents pilot project

Cucumber water instead of road salt

The road maintenance companies in Bavaria produce millions of litres of liquid road salt, year after year. In the near future, some of this will come from cucumber production.…

CAN (ON): Grower updates irrigation system with nanobubble technology

Green Circle Farm operates a seven-acre glass greenhouse in Leamington, Canada, where they grow cucumbers and peppers. Owner Isaac Friesen, like many other growers in the area, relies on successful crop harvests each year for his livelihood. As most growers will attest to, it is a demanding job at the…

Recordings reveal that plants make ultrasonic squeals when stressed

Although it has been revealed in recent years that plants are capable of seeing, hearing and smelling, they are still usually thought of as silent. But now, for the first…

Boosting the value of processing tomatoes with by-products

Facing rising production costs and market challenges, the Australian processing tomato industry needs to identify new uses for waste streams to generate greater value and profitability from current production. That’s a key observation from 2018 Nuffield Scholar and Victorian processing tomato producer,…

Paskal DrainVision Floor-Scale

"Following the online water content in the substrate will improve irrigation efficiency significantly"

Optimal irrigation strategy throughout the day and along the growing period requires a deep understanding of the growing substrate, plant physiology and the water uptake by the plant. In some cases, improper irrigation practice is implemented, accompanied with excess or shortage of water. "Early…

Satellites tracking US food supply, aiding farmers

Farmers across America's Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, before the first freeze sets in. September rains made a late harvest even later. Heavy spring rains flooded millions of acres of cropland around the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Missouri rivers. Some farmers never…

Wiskerke Onions has been one of the key customers

New cargo visibility tool tracks temperature, humidity and CO2 levels

Maersk has released its revamped Remote Container Management (RCM) platform featuring the virtual assistant Captain Peter. Since its launch to customers in September 2017, over 3,600 companies have signed up for RCM and the transparency on information from the over 380,000 refrigerated containers of the…

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…

Australia's first fully robotic end-to-end vertical farm

After four years of research and development, the Stacked Farm's fully automated end-to-end vertical farm will soon be supplying leafy greens to national wholesalers including Sumo Salad, QSR, Dnata, Crown Resorts and Morco Fresh. This means Stacked Farm's urban-grown produce from Burleigh Heads will be…

NASA awards second contract to "tailor the solar spectrum for enhanced crop yield for space missions"

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 24-month contract provides $750,000 in funding for UbiQD's collaborative…

Smart water monitoring technology ensures water and food safety

Water intelligence innovator Ketos and Dramm Corporation announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the United States and Canada. Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety, Dramm will use Ketos water monitoring solutions to provide growers with mission-critical…

USDA announces fellowships to develop the next generation of agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty…

KPN raises its profile at GreenTech

GreenTech is the most important platform for professionals in horticulture, with a strong focus on technical innovation. As an innovation partner in data and technology, KPN is keen to position itself in this sector and GreenTech offered an ideal opportunity to come into contact with an interested…

Using pathogen-specific viruses to control pathogen outbreaks

Precision medicine for plants

Researchers from the Utrecht University, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of York (UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (China) have developed a new technology to selectively destroy the pathogen that causes the devastating wilt disease without side effects on other beneficial microorganisms. Bacterial…

"Why CRISPR is so incredibly necessary"

Cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a tough nut to crack in terms of plant breeding. It is a tetraploid crop, which means it has four sets of chromosomes and it is largely a heterozygous crop, which makes potato research and breeding through traditional crossbreeding a huge challenge. But help is on…

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…

CAN (ON): Kingsville looking to take action against light pollution

The Town of Kingsville is taking steps to dim the brightness in local skies caused by the area’s expanding greenhouse industry. The town recently sent bylaw officers out to inspect some greenhouses, checking whether they were in compliance with their site plans requiring blinds and side curtains. “It’s…

DNA markers may help hop breeders

The hop plant (Humulus lupulus) is dioecious, which means male and female sexes are on separate plants. Female hop plants are essential to the beer brewing industry, however, hop plants are wind-pollinated and the presence of a male hop plant near commercial hop fields can result in seed on the female…

Using an app to digitize scouting for potential issues

Nathalie Zwinkels has been working as a Crop Protection Specialist within Beekenkamp Plants for 3 years. “Crop protection is the best and most challenging job there is,” says Nathalie. “Digitization is becoming increasingly important in horticulture and I am proud that this also happened at Beekenkamp!…

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…

Jun Aizaki's 'HyO-Cup'

Sustainable coffee cups grown from vegetables

When pondering the question whether the humble gourd could one day replace single-use coffee cups, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Jun Aizaki came up with his latest invention, the HyO-Cup. HyO-Cups are designed as an alternative to standard coffee cups, which are typically lined with…

Houweling’s European patent reinstated

On November 13, 2019, the Boards of Appeal for the European Patent Office (EPO) reinstated Houweling’s European patent directed to its Ultra-Clima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima European Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent. The…

"The focus is now on the lowest possible light absorption in the PAR area and less reflection"

Coating makes higher insulating greenhouse roof possible without much loss of light

In common low-e coatings, applied in double-glazing for buildings, often an extremely thin layer of silver is used. This virtually completely eliminates the thermal infrared…

Data Protocol for sharing greenhouse production data

"Smart data use will strengthen our greenhouse production method"

The horticultural sector gathers vast amounts of (plant) data daily. FVO acknowledges the strategic value of this plant data. In consideration of its growers, FVO drew up a Data Protocol. This Data Protocol enables growers to control their own data. The protocol attempts to facilitate the data exchange…

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)…

Steel rising in Morehead

AppHarvest entered a new phase of construction at their facility in Morehead, where steel is quickly rising. "More than 200 of our 600 containers of construction materials have arrived on site, where our construction teams are nearly complete with grading and levelling 624,000 cubic yards of land. Day and night, they're always…

How to best convert light into production

Systematic cultivation produces the best possible fruiting vegetable production and quality. Crop consultant Wim van Wingerden highlights how the use of a light plan can increase production.  The production of fruiting vegetables comes down to as effectively as possible converting available solar energy (Joules)…

‘Clean Tech’ firm building indoor farming lighting, plant monitoring, and data science platform

G2V Optics, an Edmonton-based firm developing smart lighting technology around the world, is embarking on several new commercial agricultural partnerships after closing a round of seed financing that raised CA$1.875 million (US$1.4 million). “Our technologies optimize the nutritional efficiency and…

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced

Open source means that the copyright holder allows users the rights to study, change, and distribute software to anyone and for any purpose. Open source for many IT companies is considered to be a somewhat important part of their strategy, since it allows for more flexible development and quicker…

Research update project Grow!

"Wireless sensor network deteriorates as plants grow"

A greenhouse has very complex and dynamic climate conditions. The climate in the greenhouse can vary per location and there are differences based on air level and distance to…

CAN (ON): Grant awarded for research into understanding gene silencing in plants

A research partnership involving PlantForm Corporation and a University of Guelph scientist has been awarded an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The $25,000 Engage Grant will advance research by Dr. Joseph Colasanti on understanding gene silencing…

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…

Agriculture blooms from LED boom

LED lights are shining bright in the horticultural sector, where their low cost and high efficiency are making it possible to increase yields from indoor agriculture. As a result, farmers of tomatoes, leafy greens and a wide variety of other produce are relying on LEDs for their urban farms. An entire industry of indoor…

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…

Arjan Pauw, Gavita International:

"3000 luminaires per day with up to 100 people on the floor"

Gavita International completely outgrew its location due to the growing demand for HPS lamps. At the end of 2018, the old production location was replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production facility on the industrial site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. A beautiful and large new location where it is…

Kees Luykx opts for more focus on irrigation water in ToBRFV control:

"Every grower knows that irrigation water is a very large source of contamination"

Based on all the measures that are taken to prevent the spread of the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), you would expect that the virus wouldn’t be able to spread any further. The opposite seems to be the case, now the virus has spread more in the Netherlands than expected and hoped. "Apparently,…

over 50,000 hectare protected cultivation

Mexico's growth discussed at ExpoAgroalimentaria

"Mexico should take advantage of its trade agreements and the potential of protected horticulture to seek new markets and not be vulnerable to threats like these from US President Donald Trump," said Alfredo Díaz, head of the Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) during his participation…

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,…

"Balancing irrigation and evaporation to create optimal conditions for the root zone

Water balanceWhen talking about Plant Empowerment, Hoogendoorn Growth Management means using the information the plant provides to guide your growing processes. An important part of Plant Empowerment is balancing various elements of the growing process. One such element that needs to be balanced is water…

Rino Kaljouw has a 'sniffing pole' in his greenhouse

Rino Kaljouw, cucumber grower from Sint-Annaland: "NOx and ethylene are like assassins which can do a lot of damage to my cucumber cultivation even at low concentrations". For this reason, he has installed a 'sniffing pole' between his crops, so he can monitor the greenhouse air 24/7 to be extra sure. The…

Korean government develops smart greenhouse technology

A new vinyl greenhouse has been developed that maintains an indoor temperature 2 to 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the outdoor temperature during summer. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) on Thursday unveiled a new greenhouse model, “High Temperature Enduring Innovative Smart Cooling House,”…

and receives CE marking

New business management to cruise control aeroponics

AEssenseGrows has introduced a new set of business management features that deliver greater insight to cultivators. "The Guardian Cloud Intelligence central management system brings cloud-based data analysis and visualization of complete grow operations to AEssenseGrows’ advanced software platform for…

How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’

Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility

Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Due to…

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…

Aaron Bickell:

"I have a passion for newer life cycle companies"

After a long career in the Agri-banking industry, it was time for change. Aaron Bickell has been through some interesting and challenging years helping both Viscon Group North America, and Formflex/Metazaet Canada expand and prosper in the North American horticultural market. Now that the Leadership of…

The Ukrainian heating pipe painting championship

Time is money, even in the case of creating greenhouse horticulture projects worldwide. So, if you are able to paint heating pipes even faster, then it's worth considering, right? Sebastiaan Hijstek of Horti XS filmed how they do things in a Ukrainian project, with both the purpose educate and entertain.

US (NM): Successful commercial trials with luminescent greenhouse film

UbiQD has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award 2019 for its UbiGro luminescent greenhouse film, cited by the market research firm as the first product of its kind. Additionally, UbiQD has now publicly released completed commercial plant trial data in a new white paper…

Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand:

"More light and higher production thanks to diffused glass"

A few years ago, French tomato growers Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand, members of the Solarenn growers’ cooperative, invested in Cultilene’s Albarino diffused glass. This glass achieves positive results and a clear added value in practice, as is evident after three growing seasons. Pascal Lorand and…

Maersk to pilot a battery system to improve power production

A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving…

Bluelab wins another Innovation Award

"Accessible solutions to help growers with better insight into substrate or water"

“Excellence in Innovation”. That’s what Bluelab was awarded last week at the New Zealand International Business Awards 2019. It’s the second innovation award the team won this year: earlier they won the Excellence in Innovation award at the Bay of Plenty Export New Zealand Awards. “A rapid, serial…

How Plant Raisers Ltd are taking propagation ‘Off Grid’

Producing seedlings in an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility

Plant Raisers Ltd, the largest propagator of glasshouse salad crops in the UK, has in addition to a recent expansion of its conventional glasshouse facility, partnered with sister company IGrowing Ltd to develop a system to produce seedlings using an off-grid LED lit vertical farming facility. Eliminating…

Terrateck shows off different tools in new video

Cheddar Inc. shared a new video showing off Terrateck's tools that help simplify various different elements of growing. One of the tools can be used to cleanly burn holes into tarp to open it up for planting seedlings. Watch the video below to see what other useful tools they have available.

The Lowpad enters the greenhouse

Juggling many types of plants and many different customers can be quite a challenge, but no longer, now that the Lowpad comes into play. That at least is the potential of this smart Automatic Guided Vehicle. “If you consider that with young plant growers each tray is now picked up twice and that this represents more than half…

Edwin Huybers about Pylot:

"Already 51 greenhouses working with new data platform"

The Pylot data platform was launched at the Greentech. Already 51 greenhouses in 7 countries are working with the system, which was launched by Kubo at GreenTech. Thanks to the platform, growers can actually use the endless flow of information, that can be collected in the greenhouse, in their cultivation. "The information is clearly presented and is usable for the growe…

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…

Harry Dullemans, founder of Agrolux, keeps developing fixtures

“Never say you’re not there, then they will pass you by”

He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…

US (CA): Smart lighting network deployed in California greenhouse

MeshTek Labs, a Dallas-based IoT company, announced a partnership with California Lightworks, a Canoga Park, California-based company, on a smart lighting mesh network running more than 2,000 devices. The deployment sits inside a 52,000-square-foot greenhouse handling horticultural products. The network…

Netherlands: Self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse wins design prize

Marjan van Aubel, a designer by profession, won a Dutch Design Award at the last Dutch Design Week with a self-sufficient hi-tech greenhouse, equipped with solar glass. The greenhouse, with the name Power Plant, was well appreciated by the more than 350,000 visitors who visited the event in Eindhoven.…

$2 Million investment completed for crop protection company

Violet Defense Group announced that it has raised an additional $2 million in funding for its germ-killing business, Violet Defense and its agricultural lighting business, Violet Gro. This round of capital was led by Kirenaga Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in New York and…


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