Technique

A relationship between tomato fruit softening, cuticle properties and water availability

While fleshy fruit softening has long been mechanistically linked to cell wall disassembly, the importance of the fruit cuticle in water relations and firmness has been suggested through studies of the long-shelf life delayed fruit deterioration (dfd) tomato genotype. Researchers tested the hypothesis…

Autogrow and Ridder

Competitors join forces to push the industry forward

In order for the industry to move forward, collaboration is necessary. That’s what Darryn Keiller, CEO with Autogrow, is convinced of. “Everybody is innovating, but innovating in silos. There’s no real sharing of advantages created for the broader industry - and that’s the only way of speeding up…

Soon to be found in 100 Japanese drug stores

Check your intake of greens with ‘Veggie meter’

For those who doubt they are getting enough vegetables in their diet, there is a drug store operator will introduce a fingertip-reading device that tells you. Kirindo Holdings Co.'s "Veggie meter," which was produced and developed by a US firm, is being sold in Japan by Tokyo-based trading company Altech…

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning help Indian vegetable farmers

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are helping farmers grow better crops. The technology has now made an entry into agriculture and aquaculture farms to benefit the…

Using machine learning to predict metabolic pathways in tomatoes

Understanding the steps in metabolic pathways is important for understanding health and disease, whether in people or plants. But figuring out these biochemical pathways is difficult and time consuming. So why not have a machine do it? Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University in Israel have…

US (TX): Researchers study super-repellent surfaces for safer fruits, vegetables

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, TEES, were recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National…

Vietnam: 'Impressive progress' in hi-tech agriculture development

After two years of carrying out the hi-tech applied agriculture project, the agricultural sector of Kon Tum province has made impressive progress and achieved very encouraging results. Kon Tum province defines that hi-tech agriculture development is an important solution to promote agricultural growth…

Producing more with less water

Quality water for the agricultural and horticultural sectors is becoming a pressing problem throughout the world. At the same time, food production must go up. That calls on market gardeners to use the available water efficiently. Coatings can make a contribution here as well. In Northwest Europe, market gardeners are not yet…

TotalGrow launches new Mult-HI light fixtures

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow has launched the new TotalGrow Mult-HI fixture line. "These high intensity, multi-bar light fixtures from 170-640W at up to 2.7 µmol/J provide exceptional growing power, quality and uniformity with excellent affordability and ease of implementation, all at only…

Paul van Paassen:

"Light gain in greenhouse after applying AntiCondens leads to more production"

For crops that are switched in the summer, this is the ideal time to apply AntiCondens to the inside of the greenhouse cover. It is a good preparation for the coming humid season, when condensation droplets block valuable light. Tomato grower Paul van Paassen has been using AntiCondens for three years,…

The effect of negative pressure irrigation on tomato production

Stable water and fertilizer supply by negative pressure irrigation improve tomato production and soil bacterial communities. That is the conclusion of a study, intended to…

Why decoupled aquaponics

Most aquaponic systems are single loop and fully recirculating. This means that the fish and plants exist in a single loop and share the same nutrient-rich water. The reason these are the most popular is because they are simple to build and operate. But single loop systems are also a compromise because the plants, fish and…

"In the greenhouse? Put on your AR glasses"

Can Augmented Reality (AR) help with training harvesting staff in a greenhouse? Or can AR-glasses show whether the crop is healthy? Wageningen University & Research is researching this with a consortium of breeders and suppliers. That research focuses on the question: how can we use Augmented Reality…

5G-enabled farming robot launched in east China

In a greenhouse, a white robot moves in between two rows of leafy greens while data about the plants are gathered and fed back to a control room. The robot was put to use in east China's Fujian Province, and unlike many other agricultural robots, this one is 5G-enabled. That means the real-time picture…

Modern growing: data driven, digital horticulture

As the global supplies are struggling to catch up with growing demand for food, conventional farming is expanding at an alarming pace deleterious for the environment. "Modern horticulture is the golden solution for this rising problem addressing a number of issues that are left unattended in other…

New germinator features advanced controller and cost saving LEDs

Conviron announced the launch of the new GEN1000-GE germinator chamber. The new chamber comes equipped with new features such as an advanced controller and cost-saving LEDs. The GEN1000-GE is specifically designed for gauging the health and performance of various seed lots under a wide range of…

Frigga is looking for retailers across the globe to work together for mutual benefit

China: Frigga announces assets management solution for real-time monitoring in a push for true AI

Frigga announced multi-lingual support for their real-time monitoring solutions last month, as well as the launch of their mobile app Frigga Track. These innovations were well-received in the Chinese market and overseas. Frigga came with another important announcement this month. The company announced…

The importance of a good dipcontainer

From now on, the new pipe rail dipcontainer / sanitizer from Berkvens is available at Steenks Service. Why you need a dipcontainer A dipcontainer is very important if you want to work as hygienic as possible in the horticulture industry. The dipcontainer is filled with a disinfectant so an employee can…

Hyperspectral imaging technique to detect Potato Virus Y

In temperate regions, the main diseases of the seed potato crop are caused by viruses and bacterial infections ( Dickeya and Pectobacterium ). In the Netherlands, the world’s major supplier of certified seed potatoes, these two diseases are responsible for an average 14.5% declassification of seed lots…

Speeding up the instalment of new screens

When you think of a Skytrain, you might think of public transport, or maybe a new upgrade to the Star Wars fleet. Think again. The vehicle is developed for the Novavert HS2 roof screen system, speeding up the installation process. Automation is key in the current horticultural world. With labour being an…

Turkey: Engineer grows greenhouse tomatoes in bags

An engineer, Ergin Inal, in Antalya has managed to successfully grow tomatoes in bags in his greenhouse. The grower had previously managed to grow green pepper in bags and now moved on to tomato production. The grower first filled the bags with perlite and then planted 16 tomato seedlings in each one.…

"This tool helps growers and greenhouse builders to make the right choices"

Building a new greenhouse requires a lot of thinking and making the right choices. Which technology do you put in the greenhouse and which not? One or two screens, LED or not? Technology is expensive and it would be a shame if the technology you purchased has not the optimum return on investment you were…

Koppert partners with Ecoation

"We want to create sensors together to better detect pests and diseases"

Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands and the Canadian based Ecoation have signed a cooperation agreement on June 13th 2019. The contract was signed at the GreenTech fair in Amsterdam. The objective is to use each other’s knowledge for better data collection in the monitoring process of crop…

Laser branding of sweet potatoes shown

Plastic free packaging is hot at the moment, but how do you communicate to the final customer without it? One of the options is lasering fruit and vegetables. José Antonio Maya of Cool Port Packing shows how this works with sweet potatoes in the video below.

"Using the measurements directly from the crop gives us a stronger indication of whether we’re doing something right"

Since it was founded by two husband and wife teams in 1982, Madestein UK has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of Leafy Salads and Herbs across the United Kingdom. The company currently focuses on growing whole head lettuce (round lettuce, curly leaf lettuce, red butterhead lettuce) and fresh…

New greenhouse light automatically dims or brightens to complement natural light

California Lightworks announces a new supplemental LED light for greenhouse grows: the GHPro 340. This high-efficiency, spectrum variable LED light gives greenhouse growers optimum control over their growth cycle and product. Equipped with photosensors to read the levels of natural light, the GHPro 340…

North Carolina State University

New microneedle technique speeds detection of plant diseases

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in just one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional…

Supporting OEMs to create ideal LED based horticulture lighting

A one size fits all approach is rarely the best solution, and when it comes to lighting for horticulture and agriculture that is definitely the case. Whilst LED grow lights have been available on the market for over 10 years there is still a great deal of research being undertaken on how to capitalise on…

Edypro and Tecnova anticipate the challenges of the future for agriculture

Study on new tomato production techniques to deal with climate change

Anticipating the challenges that the agricultural sector will have to face worldwide as a result of climate change, the Tecnova Foundation's Experimental Center, working in partnership with Edypro and Tecnova, has launched a project at European level for the development of new tomato production…

Earlham Institute’s AirSurf-Lettuce platform

Innovative lettuce imaging UK

Earlham Institute researchers have created a machine learning platform to categorise lettuce crops using computer vision and aerial images. The platform, called AirSurf-Lettuce, is capable of scoring iceberg lettuces with high accuracy of greater than 98 per cent, according to the study. The researchers conducted field trials…

"Stunning water savings in Spanish greenhouses"

Clisol is a huge greenhouse complex in Almería, Spain, which was featured in a BBC documentary about agricultural innovation . As part of a drive towards greater efficiency, they decided to install the Aqua-4D system. The early signs showed the system having a positive impact, and on an October 2018…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems, LetsGrow.com

Plant Empowerment: Sustainable Growing Foundation spreads GPE knowledge

Growers who apply Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) in their cultivation strategy are getting great results, hence this sustainable concept deserves to be disseminated worldwide. Hoogendoorn Growth Management , Svensson , Hortilux , Saint-Gobain Cultilene , Koppert Biological Systems and initiator…

Effects of cooling systems on greenhouse microclimate and cucumber growth under Mediterranean climatic conditions

Two experiments were conducted in different cropping seasons under Mediterranean climatic conditions to investigate the impact of two cooling systems (fan-pad evaporative as opposed to fan ventilation) on greenhouse microclimate and soilless cucumber growth. The second objective of the experiment was to…

Is adding fertigation to your growing mix right for you?

AgTech is revolutionizing the way crops are grown the world over, both in indoor and traditional environments. The ability to control environmental factors and agricultural processes with extreme precision leads to better crop yields, better resource management, lower costs, and improved environmental…

"Growers can cultivate tomatoes as effectively with PhysioSpec Greenhouse as they can under HPS"

Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in cooperation with Fluence by OSRAM and greenhouse consultancy Vortus, has released initial results of a tomato cultivation trial comparing the efficiency of full-spectrum LED supplementary lighting against a high-pressure sodium (HPS) installation. Preliminary…

KUBO launches data platform Pylot

KUBO is launching a striking innovation during GreenTech: Pylot. That is the name under which the greenhouse builder from Monster is launching its own horticulture data platform. Pylot combines, analyses and, most importantly, provides insight into the increasing flow of data in greenhouses. The software…

Machine learning platform helps categorise lettuce crops in fields

At Earlham Institute (EI), artificial intelligence based techniques such as machine learning are moving from being merely an exciting premise to having real-life applications, where it’s needed most: improving efficiency and precision on the farm. Transplanting lettuce at G’s Growers plantation field,…

Recirculation of the nutritive solution in hydroponic culture

One of the biggest problems of the 21st century is, perhaps, the need to provide water for the growing world population. The water supply must meet the demands for human, agricultural and industrial consumption. While the demand for water is increasing in relation to the available water resource, there…

Crux Agribotics launches ‘pay-as-you-use’ model

Crux Agribotics launches SPaaS, a ‘pay-as-you-use’ model “to enable any grower worldwide to implement and leverage the advantages of Robotics“. Crux Agribotics launches its SortiPack Robots for Automated Grading, Sorting & Packing of fruit and vegetables at Greentech 2019. With this innovation it…

Current introduces one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W HPS products

Today at GreenTech, Current, powered by GE announced the release of the Arize Element Top Light, a one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W High Pressure Sodium (HPS) products. “With Current’s lighting tech expertise combined with feedback from leading plant scientists, systems integrators and growers,…

Far-red radiation interacts with relative and absolute blue and red photon flux densities

There has been a rapidly growing interest in far-red radiation for indoor agriculture, but empirical or anecdotal evidence often draws inconsistent conclusions, according to…

Daily Light Integral: Are your plants receiving the right amount of light?

Light is one of the most important factors growing any crop. But, how can you be sure that your plants are receiving enough light? There is a way to measure the light intensity received by your plants. Light occupies a large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. But just a fraction of the spectrum is…

and that's just Ridder!

Water, cloud services, CO2 and screening novelties presented at GreenTech

What topic is most important in current horticulture? Is it water, is it data management, is it CO2 or is it energy? Why not innovate on all of them is what the team with Ridder must have thought. During the GreenTech, they are launching mulitple innovations that will enable greenhouse growers produce…

New aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova

Greenhouse horticulture partner Alcomij develops and manufactures smart greenhouse horticulture solutions. Alcomij’s latest innovation is the aluminium greenhouse roof system Optinova. "Thanks to high-quality materials, a smart design and the use of new technology, the Optinova forms the basis of a…

Interactive effects of grafting techniques and scion-rootstocks combinations on cucumber

The density of herbaceous crops creates a suitable environment to produce pathogens in the soil that intensify the attack of pathogens traditionally controlled by disinfectant, which are mostly prohibited and unlisted because of their toxicity. Grafting is an alternative technique to enhance abiotic…

Three ways innovation will transform the fresh produce supply chain

The fresh produce supply chain was once pretty much invisible, but today’s consumers are eager to know the story of how and where their food is grown and packaged. A recent report from Innovative Fresh and Pink Sky stated: “It is increasingly important to talk to customers about food production, food…

Reinventing agriculture: From drip irrigation to smartphone farming

When most people think of Israeli agricultural technology, drip irrigation comes to mind. Pioneered by Kibbutz Hatzerim’s Netafim in 1965, the company has produced over 150 billion “drippers” for farmers in 110 countries since its establishment. Like much of Israeli innovation, technology was born out of…

Lerdy Duijvestijn (Prokeur) about NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10:

"Smoldering connections in the control cabinet show that electrical safety inspections are really needed"

He has visited many growers in recent years, and that will certainly not become less in the coming years. On January 1, 2022, almost all (greenhouse horticulture) companies in the Netherlands will have to comply with the new fire safety standard NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10. The inspection has been in force…

US: Bushel Boys eyes Iowa expansion

Tomato growing company Bushel Boys eyes an expansion to Iowa. This week the mayor of Mason City, Iowa, announced on Facebook in his "Monday Minute," that Bushel Boy, based out of Owatonna, Minnesota, is proposing to build a $35 million facility in the city's industrial park south of 43rd Street Southwest…

‘Bonduelle and large Dutch supermarkets as regular buyers’

"The relevance of oxygen is even higher in a DFT system"

"Deep Flow Technology is nowadays a serious and sustainable alternative to the growth of leafy vegetables in the open ground." That is stated by Andre van der Stoel, owner of Industrial Product Solutions BV (IPS). IPS develops and produces (automated) DFT systems. The principal of DFT (growing leafy…

Martian vegetable plots as a solution to waste

Last year, a simulation of the landing on Mars and an isolation period of 28 days carried out in Oman were used to test the tools and procedures that may be used for future explorations. An example of a Martian vegetable plot Italy provided fresh food to operators from the Austrian Space Forum thanks to…

Germany: Jeff Schell awards for outstanding research

This year, it was junior scientists from Pakistan and China who received awards from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. The awards were presented on 23 May 2019 at a scientific congress held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Institute. The postdoctoral award went to Dr…

Olivier Be2Grow and Delphy are working together

"We are going to combine data with cultivation knowledge"

Measuring and detecting whether blossom end rot is starting somewhere on a plant and then seeing how a plant recovers at night. A lot is possible with the sensors in greenhouses these days. But can one use these measurements to improve their cultivation? A treasure trove of information The 2Grow sensors…

Hortilux launches Hortiled Top 120v19

"Cultivation under LED lighting is very different to cultivation using HPS fixtures"

With its new Hortiled Top 120v19, Hortilux is in the race for the GreenTech Sustainability Award 2019. "The limited energy consumption of the new Hortiled Top 120v19 not only means lower energy costs, but also a location requires less capacity to achieve a higher crop yield. In addition, growers require…

New ethylene generator to be demonstrated at Hort Connections

Hort Connections will be taking place in Melbourne, Australia from June 24 - 26. One of the US-based companies exhibiting at the show is Catalytic Generators. The company manufactures ripening equipment and will be showcasing the latest version of its Easy-Ripe® ethylene generator which was just launched…

A new lighting option for growers

Green Image announces the world wide introduction of their Horticultural Optimized LED Lighting Products. These LEDs and their optimized Spectra are designed for traditional…

Netherlands and China to collaborate on developing greenhouse horticulture

Development of four World Horti Centers in China

China and Dutch greenhouse horticulture have been exchanging knowledge and high-tech innovations for years. This collaboration will intensify over the coming years thanks to the development of no fewer than four knowledge and innovation centres modelled on World Horti Center. Greenport Food & Flower…

New HQ, CEO and Global Director of Sales for LumiGrow

LumiGrow today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jay Albere II as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board effective immediately. Jay Albere previously held positions as COO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing at LumiGrow. “During this time of rapid change in the industry,…

A Vidi grant for the question of 'How flexible is photosynthesis?'

Emilie Wientjes has received a Vidi grant for her research into the flexibility of photosynthesis. Chloroplasts in plants use light to make sugars. However, the intensity and colour of the light falling on a leaf varies greatly during the course of the day. "My Vidi research will use advanced techniques…

European Commission:

"Uptake of new technologies remains far below expectations"

The European Commission calls on Member states to take advantage of the potential of new technologies and digitisation in agriculture, with the aim to improve the…

and 2 cooled greenhouses and 3 cooled storage rooms

NL: 34 Climate chambers installed at Syngenta research and breeding center

For the R&D Technology Center of Syngenta in Enkhuizen, Nijssen realized 34 climate chambers, 2 cooled greenhouses and 3 cooled storage rooms. The new center for research and breeding is part of a multi-year investment program from Syngenta. The Technology Center is cooled with a central cooling…

Mikhail Hutton, Artemis:

"A full view of your farm all on one platform"

A clogged pump fails to deliver nutrients across your aquaponic farm. A power outage disables LED lights in every zone of your vertical facility. You underestimate your harvest labor needs and don't have enough employees to fill your orders. These are risks that growers face every day. "It's no wonder…

China: "A suitable pre-cooling method is key to preservation of quality"

Fruit and vegetables retain a lot of heat from the field even after they are harvested. This residual heat accelerates the aging process and even causes fruit and vegetables to decompose. Furthermore, the residual heat affects the freshness and color of the product. A quick and even method of eliminating…

Hort Connections 2019

JAIN launches field monitoring solutions

Officially launching at Hort Connections, Jain Logic provides a rich set of agronomic tools and analytics for the Australian Horticultural sector, through an expanded suite of field monitoring solutions that growers can trust. ● Soil Moisture Readings ● Weather Analytics ● Irrigation Infiltration ●…

"Exogenous application of amino acids improves growth and yield of lettuce"

As natural plant growth stimulators, amino acids are widely used to improve the yield and quality of crops. Several studies have illustrated the effects of different amino acids on lettuce plant parts. However, the effects of applying single amino acids on root growth remain elusive. The objective of a…

Marcel Schulte, Holland Gaas:

"Guiding systems for every type of window and greenhouse"

The horticultural world is changing rapidly and technological developments are evolving. To be able to continue to offer the grower the best available products, Holland Gaas is therefor constantly optimizing and developing its systems. Their newest introduction is the stainless steel crescent pin guide.…

World's first raspberry-picking robot set to work

Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the world’s first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits. After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting…

"Horticultural systems have a lot of potential outside the farms as well"

Growing plants all depends on the perfect climate. And if plants benefit from climate screens, why not the computers – and the employees – in a big office building? At KMD, one of the biggest IT companies in Denmark, they recently got the HS2 system of Novavert installed. And that was, according to Niels…

Plastic replacement made from vegetable waste created in Spain

The Aragonese firm Feltwood has developed an innovative industrial material that is manufactured from agricultural vegetable waste and which has become an ecological…

Growing together with Phenomics

The cooperation achieved in the Phenomics Consortium would seem especially difficult to achieve. After all, what is the point of assembling together people from technology and defense corporations, agriculture companies and academic institutions? And what common language can high-tech professionals hope to find with farmers not…

Breakthrough technique for studying gene expression takes root in plants

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a popular method for…

Hort-inoc

Costa Rica: Researchers create a new digital application to ensure safety of veg

A group of researchers from the School of Agronomy of the University of Costa Rica, UCR, has created the Hort-inoc digital tool with the aim of avoiding contamination of vegetables and ensuring their safety. This innovative digital platform, which can be used from tablets or smartphones, allows…

Charging your electric car while driving

While the development and construction of electric cars with heavy duty batteries, a limited range and a fairly long charging time are being worked on globally, Israeli company ElectReon is developing a system with electromagnetic coils underneath roads, which charge the batteries while driving. So no…

New collaboration make data-driven cultivation possible

Data-driven cultivation, also known as Data Driven Growing, is a common concept. How can greenhouse growers respond to this? LetsGrow.com and Gearbox Innovations work together…

Belgium: Tomato Masters complete 5.4Ha LED installation

Flemish tomato grower Tomato Masters and Plessey will complete the LED installation of 100% Hyperion top lights this year, bringing the overall level of supplementary light to over 200 umol/m²/s. The main installation was undertaken in 2018 with plans to reach full light output in 2019. At 5.4ha, it is…

German lettuce grower Brimmers:

"Heating the greenhouse by cooling our LEDs"

German lettuce grower Brimmers once again opts for Oreon's water-cooled LED luminaires for the expansion of its location in Straelen. This time it concerns the Oreon Grow Light 3.0. Thanks to the higher output of this new luminaire (2,050 µMol / w / s), significantly fewer lamps are needed in phase 2 to…

Adriano Desideri, SOLHO:

"Off-grid energy system opens up new possibilities for greenhouses"

Building a greenhouse and connecting it to gas and electricity in some regions is more challenging than in others. While in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe an extensive infrastructure is available, in the Middle East and North Africa that is often not the case. But there they do have a lot of…

Christiaan Rijnhout, Roamler:

"New monitor gives weekly insight into Dutch, Belgian, German, and British hard discounters' fruit and veg sales"

Dutch information technology company, Roamler, has been offering a service to retailers and trading companies for years now. They provide these businesses with detailed information and photos. Roamler does this using a smartphone community. In this way, growers, exporter, and retailers are kept directly…

From two cloths to just one

The trend in darkening is mainly found in the increase in the number of layers of cloth in the greenhouse. The screens are installed double and even triple. But ... with the launch of PhormiTex Eclipse Dry by Phormium, a new dimension is given to it. This cloth is designed to offer a solution for the rising humidity in the…

17,000 square feet

US (NC): Vertical farm in former factory site doubling in production capacity

In Burlington, North Carolina, a nondescript building belies the busy hive of a salad greens farm inside. Your Local Greens, the new venture of successful serial entrepreneurs and mental health philanthropists Doug Calaway and John Battle, is presently expanding in response to market demand. "Our…

4 benefits of automated control systems in a commercial greenhouse

From semi-automatic control systems, to fully automatic control systems, more and more growers are seeing the benefits that automation brings to their growing environments. Here are a few of the reasons to consider automating the environmental controls in your commercial greenhouse: Creates and maintains…

India: Research centre to grow potato without soil

Soil and other growing media, such as cocopeat, are no longer necessary for growing potato as Potato Technology Centre (PTC) at Shamgarh in Karnal with the help of Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, is going to start work on a research project for producing potato in air by the aeroponics…

"Double cropping tunnel-grown raspberries can increase overall yields"

Eric Hanson, Brent Crain and Josh Moses of Michigan State University recently published in HortScience “Cropping on primocanes and floricanes increases yields of organic raspberries in high tunnels”. Results from this study indicate that fruiting both primocanes and floricanes (double cropping) can…

Christ Monden, De Kruidenaer, about growing on water:

"Compare systems and take blow molding seriously"

Hydroponic cultivation is taking off. It is a development that started not so long ago. Christ Monden from De Kruidenaer grows on water. His tip for other growers: "Compare systems and take blow molding very seriously. Then the benefits will automatically become clear." Advantages which Bas Dirven,…

Fluence goes Europe

Fluence by Osram LED horticultural lighting has been launched in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), supported by an experienced team of technical advisers to help growers produce the best crops possible to meet market demands in the region. The move follows Osram’s acquisition last year of Fluence Bioengineering. “The…

New double-ended lamps for plant growth

Ushio America introduces new 600W DE HPS and DE MH lamps to its Hilux Gro professional-grade horticulture series. Specifically designed and rated for use in open fixtures, these 600W DE lamps are optimized to run on 600W electronic ballasts. Growers can maximize potential in smaller spaces or increase…

October 15-17, Troy

US (NY): Explore the Future of Lighting at the 2019 LRC Research Summit

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will hold its 2019 Research Summit from October 15-17 in Troy, New York. At the event, LRC Partners, Alliance Members, and LRC Members will come together to network, discuss, contribute, and learn from each other on timely topics…

"This robot will tell you if your plants are sick"

A small white chart is leisurely driving between bell pepper plants. In fact, it is a robot that can be of great importance to the grower. It creates disease maps of agricultural plots and detects the disease areas. According to Volcanic Center where this robot was developed, this early detection of…

Nickey Mann, PCA:

“It is a battle to find skilled people to keep up with the technology”

“In Australia the protected cropping is worth 1.8 billion dollars to the economy and it is the fastest growing one. It is also a global trend due to different climates and climate changes”, says Nickey Mann of Protected Cropping Australia (PCA). In this video by NSW she tells about how glass greenhouses…

Video: Greenhouse glazing is a precision job

What would a glasshouse be without glass? As soon as the frame is in place it is up to the glaziers to supply the greenhouse with glass. “Glazing is a precision job which definitely requires some experience”, says Henry van der Lans, who has been glazing for over 40 years. His employees work on projects…

A look into the 'crop kitchen' of the World Horti Center

The World Horti Center features a greenhouse complex with many different departments. How is it arranged that all crops receive enough water and food on time? With a substantial internal system. The tweet below shows how it works exactly. Benieuwd hoe we er in ons onderzoekscentrum samen voor zorgen dat…

US: Innovation incubator selects first cohort of agtech startups focused on sustainable solutions

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has selected five early-stage companies for the program’s first agtech cohort. Each company participating in this…

Korean grower automates tomato production

Agricultural Corporation Wooil Farm Co., based in Hwaseong, south of Seoul, is an example of how smart farming solutions can revolutionize the traditional agricultural industry. The smart farm, South Korea’s largest, producing around 3,000 tons of tomatoes annually, said its staff members do not even…

Kenya: 'Mr Agriculture' runs model farm to educate growers

Rodgers Kirwa, popularly referred to as ‘Mr Agriculture’ by friends and associates, is an award-winning agronomist. He believes if youth take up agriculture and do modern farming, Kenya would not be subject to famine every year. Kirwa, 27, grew up in Nandi, a county full of tea farmers. His interest in…

Eloy Boon, General Manager Iribov

Ploidy determination in plant material regarding flow cytometry

A breeder does good business when he can deliver the varieties his clients ask for. In the past, this would mean walking through the trials with a wish list, now it generally means putting his material under the microscope. It is there, with the help of increasingly precise techniques and calculation…

Siebe Duivenvoorden, Celtic Cooling

There is no one best coolant

Nowadays, when people talk about refrigeration technology, the conversation soon turns to the recent developments in this field. Working in the refrigeration technology sector is challenging and interesting. This is thanks not only to the phasing out of F gasses. Synthetic coolant prices have also increased. Refrigeration…

Jim Still with Global Cooling

"Precoolers are “perfect for berries & cherries”

Jet-Ready Precoolers, designed and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are ”perfect for precooling and recooling berries and cherries,” according to company founder and president Jim Still. “Small diameter and fairly expensive fresh produce especially berries,” he explained, “can deteriorate very…

"VPD can adjust day to day watering based on the environment your plant is in"

Can something as simple as watering your plants be improved upon? Is there a way to save some money with a more efficient method of watering? “Yes, and by harnessing what the plant wants to tell you, namely the plants transpiration”, says Daphne Brogdon from Micro Grow Greenhouse Systems. “Relative…

Chinese researchers show drip irrigation

The city is making good progress in conserving the use of water, the Shanghai Water Authority announced at the opening ceremony of water-saving awareness week over the weekend. At the demonstration base of the National Engineering Research Center of Protected Agriculture, scientists are growing peppers,…

LED innovation for the cultivation of algae

C-LED and Fotosintetica & Microbiologica Srl, a spin-off of the University of Florence, have developed a partnership to study the effect of LED lights to help the growth and development of microalgae within photobioreactors: closed and protected systems, optimal for the growth of photosynthetic…

National University of Singapore

Researchers develop fluorescent probes to detect Ethylene

Ethylene gas released during the fruit ripening process can be detected using new fluorescent probes. Ethylene is a gaseous plant hormone that regulates a wide range of biological processes in plants. The methods that are currently used for measuring ethylene gas, which include gas chromatography and…

New HQ Havecon & Voorwinden Group opened in style

There aren't many women active in greenhouse building, but last Saturday it was three girls that took care of the most important job of the day. The daughters of Henk Verbakel, Havecon, hit the red button, officially opening the new facilities of Havecon & Voorwinden Group. From the 1.5 hectare HQ,…

Believing in LED or choosing for HPS?

"What started as interlighting, was followed by the top light. How long it will take before every grower has full LED lighting in their greenhouse, we do not know, but we have come a long way with regard to technique. Still, not every grower is making the switch to LED, and that is because HPS has proven…

Why your grow should be digitally integrated

If you’re not digitally integrated in some form or fashion, you’re going to get left behind in this industry, according to Illumitex. Everything is moving towards feedback loops, telling customers how they can make better decisions and manage their grows so that they can be more profitable in the end. In…

Edible protein coating on perishables as a solution for food waste

It is a sad truth that Americans waste approximately 290 pounds of food each year. That’s 20 percent of all the food on people’s plates – enough to feed 2 billion people. Globally, that number goes over 1.3 billion tons of food every year. Countries like South Korea, however, are getting ahead of the…

UK - Lancaster University engineers

Vegetables could help strengthen concrete

Engineers at Lancaster University are working with Cellucomp in the UK to research how concrete can be strengthened and made more environmentally friendly by using root…

Biggest obstacles are legislation and permits at the moment

Are algae and horticulture a promising match?

On April 24, Greenport Aalsmeer brought a number of interested growers, specialists, and researchers together around the theme 'Algae and Horticulture.' The goal of the meeting at Waterdrinker was making an inventory about the state of affairs of algae cultivation in the Netherlands: which initiatives…

Northern Italian trial greenhouse to test floating systems in winter

"Water temperature essential element in growing on floating systems"

"Growers have been using floating systems for years, but not always in the right way. We verified that an essential element is the temperature of water." Speaking is Gian Paolo Menarello with Idromeccanica Lucchini. The company set up a testing area in a company located in northern Italy to grow lettuce…

Fresh start for Thermoflor with Deforche

“Expanding knowledge of specialist greenhouses to the Netherlands”

‘Topped up’ greenhouses they are called, the research greenhouses on the roofs of four buildings located in the technology park Zwijnaarde in the Belgian city of Ghent. The greenhouses were created by Deforche Construct. At Thermoflor, they normally don’t concern themselves with projects like these, but…

Essentials for growing hydroponic strawberries successfully

Strawberries are a high value crop recognized for their flavor, color and nutrient content. However, growing strawberries can be a challenge. The following information provides the essentials that should be considered when growing strawberries in hydroponic production systems. Hort Americas offers an…

The first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping

Kuehne + Nagel launches KN Pledge

With the newly launched full container shipment solution KN Pledge, Kuehne + Nagel is the first logistics service provider to offer an online solution for Full Container Load…

Optimization of photosynthetic photon flux density and root-zone temperature in coriander

Coriander is an important aromatic plant, and contains abundant secondary metabolites that are considered to be beneficial for health. The demand for high-quality and fresh…

Water Efficient Technologies (WET)

Water saving research already bearing fruit in the UK

Soft fruit growers in the UK look set to benefit from new commercial-scale water saving research which is being developed to improve precision irrigation and fertigation techniques. Farm levy board AHDB is to co-fund the Water Efficient Technologies (WET) Centre, which aims to accelerate the uptake of…

A new quality analytics tool for fresh produce

New testimonials reveal improvements with iTradeFresh

iTradeNetwork a provider of supply chain software for perishables, and Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) have published new testimonials about AWG’s remarkable improvement in…

US research and advisory company Gartner:

"Grocery retailers take lead on blockchain adoption"

According to US research and advisory company Gartner, 20% of the top ten global grocers will use blockchain for food safety and traceability by 2025. Joanne Joilet, Senior Research Director at Gartner: “Blockchain can help deliver confidence to their customers, and build and retain trust and loyalty.…

"Doubling production and lowering labor costs thanks to up & down system"

To double the agricultural production while maintaining the same surface: compared to traditional cultivation systems, the “Up & Down” tool allows to cultivate the double number of plants per square meter, giving an advantage to agricultural producers. Europrogress will present the system during this…

What are floating treatment wetlands?

In a new YouTube video, Dr. Sarah White (Clemson University) discusses the functionality of floating treatment wetlands for the nursery and greenhouse industry. This is the first of three videos on this technology, which is part of the Clean WateR3 in Three series. For more information: Water Education…

Climate heat mapping for indoor growing environments

A lot goes into designing a good indoor agriculture environment, from selecting the right lights, to ensuring proper irrigation, optimizing airflow, and more. But while the big four – light, water, nutrients, and air – are the major keys to plant growth, the size and quality of a crop is highly dependent…

A night shift in the greenhouse

Most of our working hours at the Horticulture team are clocked during daytime. But did you know that we also regularly put in night shifts? Nighttime is when we measure if the LED lighting installed gives off the light intensity we calculated. But why at night? by Leontiene van Genuchten and Rachid Allaoui It’s important for…

What causes blocked drippers?

Uniform, precise watering is necessary to obtain maximum yield and optimum water use efficiency. This also reduces excess leach water, reducing the need to remove nutrient feed water out of the greenhouse. Irrigation lines and drippers/emitters may become blocked during the growing season. These blockages can be categorized as…

Plenty to invest in writing light algorithms

"We have to listen to plants in a plant-based industry"

To bridge the gap between fundamental research and applied science, Plenty has hired Tessa Pocock as Director of Lighting Optimization. Bringing over 30 years and over 1,000 spectral experiments on dozens of food and floriculture crops, she shares the newest light knowledge with us. "We’re writing light…

New chemical tool to block endocytosis in plants identified

Plant cells absorb many important substances through a process called endocytosis. In plants, endocytosis is essential for nutrient uptake, passing on cellular signals and plant-microbe interactions. However, the vital nature of endocytosis makes it challenging to study using methods from classical…

Vietnam: Light stabilizer for greenhouse films helps growers increase crop yields

BASF and Tân Hùng Cơ Masterbatch Manufacture Co. are working to help farmers increase their yields and save resources with more durable greenhouse films. Tân Hùng Cơ, a manufacturer of additive masterbatches for plastic films in Vietnam, is now using BASF’s plastic additive Tinuvin NOR 371 to increase…

"Emission-free cultivation requires knowledge of damage limits"

Crops in greenhouses receive water to grow. But growers often add other substances to that water, such as fertilizers, crop protection agents or cleaning agents (to keep the water system clean). Certainly the latter agents can damage the crop if the water concentrations are too high. But the question is:…

Alternative rootstocks for eggplant

Grafting is generally considered effective in ameliorating vegetable crop tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. The use of interspecific hybrid as rootstock for eggplant…

Filtration in greenhouse horticulture: why?

The attention for water systems in greenhouse horticulture has increased due to legislation, with the purification obligation for greenhouse horticulture on discharging water.…

Combining HPS and LED for higher tomato yields and longer illumination periods

Mid-September 2018, we began a new round of trials in our tomato demonstration greenhouse at the Delphy Improvement Centre. In this project, Merlice vine tomatoes from De Ruiter Seeds are cultivated under a combination of Philips high pressure sodium (HPS) and Philips GreenPower LED grow lights. We try…

Cucumber grower Hans Polman:

Purifying water with large ozone installation

The greenhouse horticultural company Polman, located in the Dutch town of Erica, grows cucumbers year-round in rockwool. In one garden, with a surface area of 5.6 hectares, they grow three traditional high wire crops, and in another garden, 4.0 hectares, they have four crops with interplanting in the…


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