Technique

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"Welcome to the Green Evolution"

As humanity seeks to tackle the double challenge of rising global famine and extreme climate conditions, food security as well as sustainable and weather-independent farming are becoming vital issues for policy-makers, researchers and ordinary citizens all around the world. Solutions developed by corporations like Hungary’s…

GLASE

How can crop production data advance the controlled environment agriculture industry?

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Open Data project aims to advance controlled environment research, machine learning and artificial intelligence through the collection and dissemination of crop production data. by David Kuack There is a considerable amount of data being generated by both private…

Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in FloralDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and Bloemen- en plantennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the most…

New agent cleans glass but does not affect anti-reflective coating

In a greenhouse, every percent of light counts. The arrival of diffuse glass with an anti-reflection coating provides a high light transmission and therefore a higher yield. However, also for this glass, the advantage does not hold up if the glass is dirty. A new cleaning agent that cleans the glass…

Manuel Bosink, BLV: “HPS systems are very popular”

Iceland continuously investing in supplemental growth light

Iceland is known for its short summers and icy winters. For many years, however, the country has found great success in producing fruit and vegetables under glass. This is possible due to the many geothermal sources from which the country’s energy is produced at very low cost. It is used to generate heat…

Delphy

China embraces autonomous greenhouse management

Since the corona crisis has developed as a worldwide pandemic, travelling has become very difficult - whether it's national, international or intercontinental. Before February, travelling was as normal as going to the supermarket. However, at some point going to the supermarket wasn’t even normal…

Linde Gastechnik sees great potential for Banarg Control in tomato cultivation

"With annual product losses of more than 1,700 EUR, the use of ripening gasses pays off"

Ripening gas Banarg has been known for several years as an agent for the optimal ripening of bananas and citrus fruits. However, the innovative process from the Linde Gases Division is now also being used more and more frequently during the production of tomatoes in greenhouses. The advantages for the…

Joint project of Chinese company and Dutch university underway

Greenhouse production management supported by greenhouse crop models

People’s living standards rapidly improve because of the development of economy in China , consumers demand for high-quality and safe agricultural products. Shanghai Lankuaikei Technology Development Co., Ltd. and Wageningen University in the Netherlands started a 4-year cooperation project “Big Data…

Fluence

Leo Lansbergen, Fluence, explains

Winter trials show promising results for LED in cucumber cultivation

LED lighting has been proving its worth in the cultivation of various crops. From tomatoes and herbs to strawberries and cannabis, many growers have already made the switch from HPS (SON-T). One crop that's still lagging behind a bit in this development is the cucumber, where growers still mostly favor…

25,000 euro research budget available for unmanned growing concepts

The Dutch Horticulture and Propagation Materials Top Sector (Topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen, T&U) invites entrepreneurs who want to develop an innovative idea,…

The smart (re)use of water

An optimal water flow with the correct fertilizer and nutrient dosing is very important for your crop. "We have extensive knowledge of irrigation, water disinfection and nutrient dosing and ensure you that you can manage your irrigation process in the most optimal way."  The best water for your crop Water is essential for growing…

Inholland

research also provides new ideas on contactless sensor

Sap flow data used as growth predictor through Machine Deep Learning

Sap flows in the crop are an important indicator of plant development. Students at Inholland University of Applied Sciences worked in the Ideal Research Greenhouse Lab to measure and visualize the sap flows in a cherry tomato crop, whereby Machine Deep Learning has been used to predict the growth of the…

Isijet is also used at Ortomad

A new technology that raises the quality of baby leaf seeds

The ISI Sementi research aims to raise the qualitative and quantitative standards of its own varieties, in this case of baby leaf, with Isijet technology, as attested by the Ortomad company. Ortomad, a company of the La Linea Verde group, was founded in 1998 and represents one of the first sites in the…

Oreon

The biggest advantages of water-cooling light fixtures

One of the biggest challenges with LED and HPS lighting: how do you keep the fixtures cool? Each manufacturer has its own solution for this. "Oreon is the only one who opts for water-cooling," the team with the company explains. "The fixtures are constantly cooled and the gained heat is stored…

Why greenhouse equipment needs to be simple

What is the number one thing to look for in commercial horticulture and agriculture equipment? Simplicity. Simple well engineered commercial horticulture equipment performs…

Identification of a dozen components in strawberries responsible for their post-harvest freshness

A study conducted by scientists from the University of Malaga (UMA), in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research (Ifapa) in Cordoba, the Max…

Operating greenhouse equipment up to 500 meter range without problems

With the increasing size of greenhouses, the importance of a well-functioning industrial remote control increases. The framework of the greenhouse must not be a hindrance and it must be safe to operate the most extensive machines. The new, modular Tele Radio Panther R23 receiver with PLd safety meets…

Hort Americas

Purchasing horticultural light; what you need to know

Lamp selection when speaking about plant production in the horticulture or floriculture field is a very important decision. Lamps can be a good investment when we ask ourselves the correct questions. When working with artificial lighting we first need to analyze the requirements of our growing system and…

Dutch consul in Chongqing will open Online Sino-Dutch Conference for Climate Control Technology in the Fruit Industry

How do Chinese and Dutch cold supply chains for fruit compare?

The Netherlands is an important distributor of agricultural products and a significant participant in the international fruit and vegetable market. Innovative Dutch technology for post-harvest management and climate control is widely applied in the agricultural industry to keep fruit and vegetables…

"Dry-fog is the next generation of aeroponics"

Lite+Fog, a Berlin-based company, started focusing on dry-fog systems as they noticed many benefits from it. "Dry-fog is the next generation of aeroponics. I started working on indoor farms for more than ten years. Because I did a lot of mushroom farming, I began to work with dry-fog and realized that it…

Protecting raspberries and strawberries

Harmful insects and high temperatures are two of the obstacles that berry fruits producers most face in summer, since they risk compromising crop quality, while creating uncomfortable conditions for workers. Arrigoni responds to these problems with two sustainable and high-tech proposals, which protect…

C.H. Robinson joins forces with Microsoft to digitally transform supply chain

C.H. Robinson and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced they are joining forces to digitally transform supply chains of the future by combining the power of C.H. Robinson’s…

Opportunities for greenhouse horticulture with servitization

"More focus on providing services, whether or not in addition to the supply of products, leads to turnover growth!", said Professor Jan van den Ende during the Greenhouse Technology as a Service event. Van den Ende inspired the more than 80 participants offline and online by outlining the opportunities…

I. Paucek

LED improves yield and precocity of greenhouse tomatoes in Mediterranean

In Northern Europe, the use of light–emitting diodes (LEDs) is widely adopted in protected horticulture, enabling to enhance plant growth by ensuring needed radiative fluxes throughout seasons. Contrarily, the use of artificial lighting in Mediterranean greenhouses still finds limited applications. In…

Czech tech company and university develop smart plant monitoring and protection system

A new project called Berabot emerged from a cooperation of tech group NWT and Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic. A third important team member is the biggest greenhouse farm of the Czech Republic – Farma Bezdinek. NWT has many years of experience in building production greenhouses as well as running…

Monopoly Monopoly

Technology will lead to innovation within China's agriculture

China's e-commerce giants are using data capabilities and supply chain upgrades to help boost development of the agricultural sector. In Shanghai's Chongming District, Alibaba and government authorities have signed a partnership to help promote the island’s farm products using digital infrastructure.…

Heliospectra

Understanding growth light terms

Choosing the best grow light for your facility is essential to growing healthy plants and getting a maximum return from your investment. One of the most challenging issues that growers interested in purchasing horticultural lights face when researching horticultural lighting is interpreting and understanding the many terms and…

TotalGrow launches Horticultural Lighting Guide

What is a mole of light? How much light will meet my goals? How can I discern if a light plan is going to provide these needed light levels and actually work? How does…

Optimize lettuce growth with the right environment

In Part One of the Lettuce Blog Series GGS discussed the Greenhouse Structures to provide the best possible space for growing, now they consider setting up the inputs to create the best possible growing environment in that greenhouse. The first consideration is water.For hydroponic growing it is the…

Nanobubbles increase strawberry yield

In the Spring of 2020, trials were conducted by Delphy Research Institute in the Netherlands, on behalf of Moleaer to examine the effects that oxygen nanobubble enrichment of irrigation had on strawberry cultivation. Delphy’s broad experience in strawberries with Berryplaza and their ability to conduct…

Widely used in industries of fresh produce, cold chain, and medicine

Increasing attention paid to temperature and humidity recorders

Over recent years, consumer requirements for product quality have been increasing. Consequently, the requirements for temperature and humidity in various industries have become increasingly strict. Against this backdrop, temperature and humidity recorders able to conduct real-time monitoring of various…

Initial roll-out to begin in Mexico vegetable greenhouses

Bayer partners with Prospera to develop integrated digital solutions for vegetable greenhouse growers

Bayer has entered a strategic partnership with Prospera, an AI data analytics company specializing in machine learning. With a focus on agriculture, Prospera provides a transformative, digital farming system to vegetable greenhouse growers worldwide that generates insights and optimizes the growing…

Aytekin provides solution for year round production in high temperatures:

Turkish greenhouse builder successfully launches 7 hectare Polyclima greenhouse concept in Qatar

Nowadays, greenhouses with cooling systems are in high demand due to their ability to produce 12 months a year. Especially the countries with low energy cost, high temperatures at summer and expensive tomato prices are in more need. Turkey-based greenhouse development group Aytekin therefore delved into…

Sensors were allowed to prove themselves by test with increased pre-night temperature in tomato

In 'The Road to Digital Green Fingers' project, researchers increased the pre-night temperature in a tomato cultivation by one degree for four weeks. In this way, the crop was 'bullied' to see how far it could go, but especially also to understand the physiology behind the measurements. The better that…

Fluence leads global research initiative to study impact of light quality on plant development, yield and crop quality

Fluence has expanded its global photobiology research program, which encompasses studies on multiple vine crops, leafy greens and medical cannabis in the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Tapping into a global network of trusted research institutionsFluence leverages a network…

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Calculator now available on SupplyShift

Following last April’s news of their partnership and initiative to develop an on-line sustainability management tool, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and…

Indoor soft fruit cultivation in Horst: balancing between growth stages

In the Netherlands, Niels Jacobs is testing the indoor cultivation of various crops in a converted mushroom cell. In the research facilities of Light4Food, he is doing this on a larger scale, together with colleagues in a number of climate cells. At the moment, there is a raspberry cultivation on…

Defining photosynthetic photon efficacy

There has been some discussion online and in presentations recently about the issue of photosynthetic photon flux. The argument goes as follows: Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) is somewhat arbitrarily defined as optical radiation within the spectral range of 400 nm to 700 nm. Exposing plants to…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…

Management of heat stress in tomato seedlings

The production of protected cultivation of vegetables could be considered as a sustainable solution in arid and semi-arid regions. These regions already suffer from raising…

Recovering up to 95% of water with HPRO

Water scarcity, the sustainability debate and legislation relating to ground water use: these are all topics of great current interest that helped inspire Moor Filtertechniek (part of Van der Ende Groep) to develop the High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO) system. The HPRO has an innovative hydraulic…

How can Almería warehouses handle 35,000 job applications each campaign?

Jorge Escudero, consultant of human resources and organizational development of NexThinking Innovation, in the innovation area of Treze Estudio, has analyzed the results of a survey on job applications for handling warehouses in the Almería agro-food sector. What is the purpose of this study?The objective of this…

Pollinating robot looking to shake up $900m greenhouse tomato industry

An Israeli company that has created an autonomous pollinating robot has started its first trials in Australia. Arugga AI Farming is hoping its technology can transform Australia's greenhouse farming sector, especially greenhouse tomatoes, which are currently pollinated by hand. Chief executive Iddo…

Guide sheds light on growing vine crops and their lighting requirements

Pepper, tomato and cucumber crops require consistent levels of light for year round production. There are many things to consider before investing in a lighting solution and understanding your growing environment – and the goals you want to achieve – will help in choosing a system that best suits your…

"Everything that can be automated in water, is automated"

Ball valves for irrigation used to be manually operated, but nowadays this is increasingly more automated. Someone who knows all about water technology in the greenhouse, is Hein Braaksma. "Everything which can be automated, is more and more often automated. The water-technical installation in a…

Data-driven cultivation with e-Gro at Erwin Theeuwen

Erwin Theeuwen grows cocktail tomatoes in Wellerlooi in Limburg with his former classmate, Ger Derikx. As one of the first users of the system Derikx has gathered a year of experience using e-Gro, the software platform for data-driven Precision Growing. Through each stage in the growing season he is…

University of East Anglia

Controlling plants with the power of light

University of East Anglia scientists have helped find a way to control different plant processes – such as when they grow – using nothing but coloured light. The development reveals how coloured light can be used to control biological processes in plants by switching different genes on and off. The…

New AutoStix developments in North America with the AutoStix Media Strip

Visser Horti Systems through joint development with Ball Horticultural Company, introduce the latest innovation within the AutoStix program: the new AutoStix Media Strip for the North American market. After promising test results in North America and Europe this new concept enables growers to import…

"By placing the critical components of the electronic ballast at the top of the housing, the cooling is significantly improved”

Improved HPS-fixture introduced by DLI

Following the introduction of the LED TopLight fixture, now Dutch Lighting Innovations introduces the improved DLI HORTI fixture. A major focal point was the cooling of the critical components on the electronic ballast. With the in-house development of this fixture, DLI says it sets 'a new standard' in…

Coronavirus accelerates the rise of the robot harvester

When UK farmers found themselves short-staffed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government launched a campaign urging the public to cover the shortfall and “Pick for Britain”. With the recruitment campaign struggling to convert applicants into farm workers and Brexit already disrupting the supply…

Zoef Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radijs:

"Unique geothermal heat pump installation for sale"

With the acquisition of leafy greens nursery BiJo from 's-Gravenzande in 2015, Yilmaz Radijs also acquired what they call the best radish soil of the Netherlands. In addition to the land, the closed greenhouse concept of the nursery was also unique. During a festive reception, former Economic Affairs minister…

Fully illuminated foliage with new luminaire in strawberry cultivation

Luminaid presents a new luminaire, called Floralux.spectris. The newly developed light spectrum approaches diffuse sunlight and provides the professional grower with an ideal balance between man and plant. "Floralux.spectris provides the desired crop response, while staff in the greenhouse maintain a comfortable…

Hortinergy

Calculating optimal equipment and settings, before the greenhouse is built

“Our software calculates the best configuration of a closed greenhouse for any crop all over the world,” says Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy, a French technology company. It’s mostly used before the construction of a closed greenhouse to select and size the equipment. It helps to make sure that…

Tiny spectroradiometer measures 340 nm to 1010 nm for agriculture

nanoLambda, a leading spectral sensor company, announced a new version of XL-500, with an extended range from 340 nm to 1010 nm, measuring UV, Visual and NIR ranges all at the same time. The tiny BLE spectroradiometer XL-500 measures and records light spectrum with absolute power values, not only SPD…

Water use efficiency in greenhouse systems and the application in horticulture

Traditional culture system (TCS) in open field is high demanding in water and other natural resources and thus has driven the development of protected cultivation systems with innovative horticultural growing techniques. Greenhouse systems and soilless culture system (SCS) can allow obtaining high yields…

New light recipe increases growth and yield of sweet basil

Light is a crucial element for plant growth and production. High-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps are considered not very electrically efficient as they generate high radiant heat, and as a consequence, there has been a lot of interest in replacing HPS lamps with new more efficient lighting sources in the…

Physiological responses of seedlings under different light-dark cycles

Tomato and cucumber seedlings were grown in a growth chamber to evaluate the effects of different cycles of light–dark exposure conditions (T0 (control treatment) (1 cycle of 24 h distributed in 18 h of light exposure and six hours of dark), T1 (two cycles of 12 h distributed in nine hours of light…

Norwegian strawberry picking robot popular due to COVID crisis

The corona pandemic has once again demonstrated how dependent agriculture is on seasonal workers, but Norwegian growers may get help from robots next year. For Norwegian growers, the development of autonomous robots cannot move quickly enough, especially now that many of them are struggling to find…

Scientists begin developing math and plant biology video game

Plant science meets gaming

Renee Dale, PhD, postdoctoral associate in Ivan Baxter and Christopher Topp’s lab, used to experience math anxiety. She questioned her ability to do complicated mathematics, even though she was interested in the subject matter. “Math anxiety is a perception that can definitely impact how you perform. It can also prevent…

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Artificial intelligence in the greenhouse

When will human growers become obsolete?

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

Manual stick inserting is a thing of the past

Positioning and inserting the milled sticks is physically hard work, people stand bending over all day. That is why Beekenkamp Plants chose the Mobile Sticking Machine (MSM) by Flier Systems. Ron Duijvestijn, manager at Beekenkamp Plants, knew about the existence of this system for quite a while. He went…

Ceres

An introduction to far-red light

Ceres wants to help their clients become smarter growers by staying at the forefront of greenhouse technology. The company does their own research on greenhouse systems, and collaborates with research institutions to optimize their structures. Below you can find an overview of red and far-red light radiation and its effects on…

Custom irrigation unit lets growers inject fertiliser solutions simultaneously

Based on years of experience in irrigation, Stolze developed a custom made AIS Greenworks irrigation unit, for a tomato grower in Queensland, Australia. This unit controls the mixing of fertiliser stock solutions with irrigation water and makes EC and pH control easy for the grower. This provides growers…

Screenhouses add value to agriculture in Hawaii

CTAHR won the first Story Lead Contest for eXtension Farm Journal. Interim Associate Dean of Extension Jeff Goodwin submitted the winning story last month, about the outstanding success of a Cooperative Extension project on screenhouse technology that leads to much higher yields and reduced insecticide…

"Innovative combinations increase effectiveness"

Sustainable technologies against salinisation, algae growth and water scarcity

Water scarcity and soil salinisation are major problems in many parts of the world. In many countries, people lack the resources to access new water sources or to effectively treat and reuse it. Today we know working with chemicals is far from future proof. In contrast, the application of sustainable…

SmartWash system could have applications treating viruses in the workplace

Once the dust has settled following the COVID-19 pandemic, there is likely – many in the produce industry believe – to be an increasedawareness of the importance of safety in the food production process, including during the washing and preparing of vegetables. Here, treatments from JBT alliance partner,…

Berry Gardens

UK horti cooperative Berry Gardens installs solar system at Kent headquarters

UK horticulture cooperative Berry Gardens has installed a 993kW solar system at its headquarters in Linton, Kent. The company was able to access a £780,000 (€851,000) green loan from HSBC UK to finance the installation. Berry Gardens is the largest grower-owned horticulture co-operative in the UK and…

Space peppers to spice up astronauts' diets

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

Increasing water quality and efficiency

Tackling agricultural water scarcity

Rainwater storage basins are a critical source of irrigation water for greenhouses and open field cultivation. In recent years, the European spring and summer seasons have been warmer and drier, decreasing water availability and increasing dependency on storage basins for open-field agriculture. To…

Cascades Fresh

New environmental packaging line for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry

Cascades, a company who works with eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, announced the launch of its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for…

New X-ray inspection system for beverages, liquids and solid foods

Mekitec Group, a global manufacturer of food quality control systems based on X-ray technology, announces the launch of a completely new X-ray inspection system, Sidemekitm, targeted for the product safety and quality control needs of food and beverage producers worldwide. Mekitec describes their newest…

Kyle Barnett and Rob Spivock talk Ag Tech

In a new two-part episode of the CropTalk series, #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Robert Spivock, Director of Technology at GE Current about what makes an LED horticulture light truly reliable, using cars as a reference point for the listeners. Listen to the podcast here. 

Climate computer for mid-range segment

Four years after its introduction, Hotraco Horti from Horst (NL) has already sold several thousand Orion-GC climate computers to growers large and small in dozens of countries. According to the manufacturer and resellers, simplicity, reliability and ease of use explain this success. ‘It is easy to…

University trials prove benefits of LED lighting in strawberry cultivation

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

Boosting strawberry crop using IoT and Computer Vision

Fruit growers and preservers Wilkin & Sons have joined forces with academic experts at the University of Essex in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to monitor and prevent disease of their strawberry crop using the latest computer vision techniques. Wilkin & Sons, who have farmed in Tiptree for…

Growing food out of thin air

Agriculture faces considerable challenges: population growth, soil pollution, and heavy use of water reserves. To overcome this, we need to rethink the current yield-based model used by the agricultural sector. Aeroponics may offer a solution. The agricultural sector today faces the huge challenge of feeding an ever-growing…

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

US researchers develop robots to help on the farm

The University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory team has accelerated work on the TerreSentia robot, a nimble and semi-autonomous machine that can provide the same attention to detail as human labor. “Essentially, with the COVID-19 crisis, two things happened. One is the urgent need to keep…

How climate screens can guide tomatoes through summer

Although they are innovative but often deliberately not in the frontline, Vereijken Nurseries is the first Dutch company in exposed tomato cultivation where the Harmony 1315 O FR has been installed. "In 2018 we built a new greenhouse," says co-owner Eric Vereijken. "We first looked at the type of glass.…

Labor cost savings in crop care

The cost of labor is a big part of the budget of a greenhouse horticulture business. In addition, it is difficult to find good workers. Saving on labor without compromising on the quality of the work will therefore be very appealing. Take tomato cultivation, for example, which is a very labor-intensive crop. Based on the…

D'Arrigo California

Electronic shipping kiosk implemented to minimize check-in processes

D’Arrigo California has implemented shipping kiosks at their shipping facility in Salinas, CA. This innovative tool, which contains a proprietary software program, was developed to improve efficiencies of the shipping process. D’Arrigo California’s investment in the electronic shipping kiosks and its…

From traditional to Data Driven Growing

Around the globe, companies and governments are heavily investing in both new and existing greenhouses as well as crop growing expertise. They aim to meet the increased demand for availability of (quality) food in a world that enjoys a growing population. In effect, this also spurs the demand for…

Which AI algorithm will have the greenest thumbs?

On June 15 the kick-off of the Smart Agriculture Competition took place in Yunnan, China. Contestants of this high-tech showdown will have 3.5 months to remotely grow strawberries in a sophisticated greenhouse using artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven algorithms. The winner of the Smart…

Robotics effort addressing agricultural labour gap

A large UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address agricultural labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking and packing fresh…

Kittipong Jirasukhanont

Robots might ease UK migrant worker shortage

Britain is troubled by a lack of labourers to pick up its ripe fruit in 2020. The Coronavirus and Brexit have caused an uproar among the United Kingdom’s fruit and vegetable…

TEKNOSERA, highest high-tech greenhouse in Turkey, expands

"Lowering our cost price thanks to expansion"

With a height of almost 10 meters, the greenhouse that Richel built for Teknosera two years ago was the highest one in Turkey. It still is, and it will also be one of the largest: the geothermally heated greenhouse is being expanded to almost ten hectares. “Since the installation is prepared for it and…

Greenhouse tutor system helps save money

The proverb "time is money" perfectly synthesizes the concept behind the work necessary to perform tutoring operations in a greenhouse. During this step, a patented system that facilitates the tying of plants, thus saving on execution times, is extremely necessary. Ideal Tutor, patented by SIA Sicilia…

"The future may be closer than you think"

Why AI will transform the greenhouse industry

There are so many advances and innovative developments in AI and other state-of-the-art technologies in the horticultural sector that it sometimes seems hard to keep up. This article will zoom in on the five reasons why AI will transform the greenhouse industry. “Everyone is talking about big data, but…

urban agricultural technology players brought together by UKUAT

"Very little has really been established in urban agriculture, but we are innovating and that is exciting"

Bringing together key players in the UK Urban Agriculture industry. That is the goal of UK Urban AgriTech (UKUAT). The organisation helps growers, suppliers, researchers help each other out. UKUAT brings them together and is a platform for information and knowledge. In February of 2020, the collective…

Aqualux UV disinfection series expanded

Artechno now with four UV disinfection devices on the market

In order to be able to disinfect drain and outlet water from 1 to more than 100 cubic meters, the UV disinfection device Aqualux has been expanded with different variations. There is no longer one, but four types of systems with different capacities, which are now available from the engineering company…

Light systems for self-sufficient Russia

APH Eco Culture is one of the largest greenhouses for vegetable and fruit growers and suppliers in the world. They supply eco-friendly, safe and healthful vegetables, fruits and greens to Russian consumers. Eco Culture has a total of 233.26 hectares of modern greenhouses in the Stavropol, Lipets, Tula…

Improving tissue culture quality in bananas with LEDs

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

Suwin Puengsamrong

Robotics to fill soft fruit labour gap

UK growers to trial new robot-based systems to combat labour shortages

UK growers are set to trial several new robot-based systems this season on farms producing strawberries, apples, blueberries, lettuce and broccoli. A UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking soft fruit and…

Three screens for Belgian bell pepper grower

Double screens are very common in the bell pepper world, but De Groentetuin takes it a step further. Besides a double energy screen, they also use a blind. De Groentetuin grows bell peppers on 13 ha in Merksplas (Belgium) and has made significant efforts in energy saving in recent years, for example by…

Pentalayer films for greenhouses

TEHMCO S.A. is a 40-year-old Chilean company specialized in the manufacture of plastic solutions, through its wide range of products, for the mining, health, agricultural and construction industries, among others. Having established a well-earned reputation of world-class service and developing state of the art products, Tehmco…

Daily light integral app and training videos

A new web app is available to calculate the light intensity and photoperiod required to achieve a certain daily light integral for plant growth for an electric light source,…

A project by Agribologna

Reduce by half the amount of water used for courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines

Saving water when growing zucchini, aubergines and cucumbers is possible. Agribologna has launched the "Sapience" project, financed by EIT Climate KIC, of which the Agribologna Consortium is an active member, in collaboration with the 'Fondazione Bruno Kessler' (FBK) of Trento and Tessa Agritech srl. The…

Finnish micropropagation company turns to LED circular lights for best plant quality

After having worked for 10 years as the manager of the laboratory at Häme University for Applied Science in Lepaa campus, Finland, Tiina Nyman decided to start her own company for micropropagation two years ago. Taimiemo Oy provides its business customers with certified strawberry plant material for…

Teaching a robot to harvest tomatoes

​Harvesting a pepper or a tomato, removing a leaf; simple actions, you would think. But programming a robot in a way that it can do this is almost impossible. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating how a self-learning robot can be of…

“Technique should be at the service of the plant and the requested end product”

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen many conventional greenhouse vegetable suppliers add the growing medicinal cannabis industry to their business. The consultants of Cultivators operate the other way around: with the collaboration with Tim van Hissenhoven, they are expanding into the lettuce &…

Valoya announces program

Patented LED grow light spectra to other manufacturers

Valoya has announced a spectrum technology licensing program making their patents available to LED manufacturers and horticultural LED fixture providers. Valoya’s extensive patent portfolio in the field of horticultural LED lighting is a result of significant innovation and investments into R&D over the…

China hosts its own AI cultivation challenge

Hot on the heels of the second Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge organized by Wageningen University & Research, comes another AI cultivation challenge, this time in China. In 120 days, artificial intelligence versus top planting masters are challenged to grow strawberries in the Yunnan Plateau. On May 25,…

Royal Brinkman

Royal Brinkman introduces Valent Pepper twine

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

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

"Keep better track of humidity and energy balance with Connected Screening 2.0"

Controlling your climate by connecting knowledge

Connected Screening connects the advanced Hoogdendoorn iSii software with a wide range of Svensson screens to allow full control of humidity transfer, light transmission and energy savings in your greenhouse. It shows how much humidity can be transferred through the screen, and how you can increase plant…

Ecoation and epdimeiologists University British Columbia team up

Greenhouse growers fight Corona and Tomato Brown Rugose Virus at same time

Ecoation Inc. has filed a patent on a ground-breaking new technology that enables the company to provide real-time IPM risk projections and predict biocontrol agents’ distribution in greenhouses. In collaboration with epidemiologists at the University of British Columbia who conduct research on COVID-19,…

Université de Sherbrooke

Université de Sherbrooke invention

Canadian roboticists create third arm to pick up fruit

Roboticists from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada have invented a waist-mounted remote-controlled hydraulic arm that can help pickers with gentle tasks like picking fruit, but: it also possesses the strength to smash through walls! The goal of the novel new joint is to “mimic the performance of a human…

New agri-food challenges due to COVID-19

The agri-food sector (agriculture, horticulture, food processing and food manufacturing) faces substantial challenges due to a labour shortage caused by the Covid-19 crisis. This could lead to severe problems for many market sectors, such as fruit and vegetable picking in particular. There is an…

Smart farming at the crossroad of agriculture and IoT

Tackling the challenges posed by climate change, dwindling resources and the exponential rise in population numbers puts significant pressure on the global farming industry. Advances in technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) allow farmers to engage in science-based agriculture independent of…

Joachim Keus, Ridder:

"The time of postponing has passed"

What would the Corona crisis mean for the international oriented horticulture sector? Closed borders? Cancelling of products? The industry was worried when the virus broke out. Now, a few weeks later, Joachim Keus, responsible for the Benelux sales of drive systems and screens by Ridder, is of the…

SmartFresh technology expanded to include avocado, broccoli, melon, tomato, mango and stone fruit

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has expanded the global application of its flagship SmartFresh technology solution to optimize the consumer experience for a wide range of crops…

A custom walk-in chamber to address outdoor growth chamber challenges

A&L Biologicals’ Agroecology Research Service Center serves as a research facility dedicated to the detection of microorganisms that affect agricultural production. With plant root health as its primary objective, A&L Biologicals seeks to provide clients with research and innovative technology that…

Protecting plants with movable LED lights

A LED light-based treatment to combat a physiopathology that weakens tomato plants: this is the goal of the experiments - co-organised by C-LED and Urbinati Srl - being performed at a greenhouse in Casalmaggiore, in the province of Cremona. Everything stems from a request made by experts at the…

Fluence expands top light series

"There’s no such thing as one perfect spectrum for a crop”

“There's no such thing as one perfect spectrum for a crop. It’s just too complicated: the ideal spectrum is a combination of different factors and is also cultivar dependent, but much more comes into play: the natural light at the cultivation site, the target light level, electricity costs and the…

from pioneering to success

Herman Hermans 20 years in high-wire cucumbers

"When I think back to when we started with high-wire, I remember exciting, pioneering times," says Herman Hermans, Innocrop Consulting. The startup was a time of trial and error and close collaboration between growers, consultants and BASF Vegetable Seeds to resolve bottlenecks in the shift to high wire…

Smart LED lighting supplier secures CDN $3.9M of funding

Sollum Technologies, a company inspired by nature to offer greenhouse producers smart LED lighting solution that dynamically recreates the full spectrum of the sun’s light, closed a second round of funding of 2.7 million Canadian dollars from Investissement Québec and its initial investors. The first…

"It's time to highlight the shadow side of grow light"

The larger the supply, the more difficult the choice. The latter certainly applies to the lighting market in greenhouse horticulture, where with the rise of LED lighting, the number of suppliers is increasing very rapidly and one luminaire or installation promises to be even better and more sustainable…


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