Technique

Lighting systems and strategies compared in an optimally controlled greenhouse

LED lighting is appointed as the successor of HPS lighting in greenhouses since it can lead to a more sustainable cultivation, i.e. it converts electrical energy into…

Simple, but unique technique creates uniform light above plants

Since 2017, the Leaf Carrier from Bever Innovations is in production. The idea for the growing cart with lights started after contact between tissue grower John Bijl with Vitro Plus and Jacco de Ronde (from the lighting producer) in ... the gym. Bever Innovations was, up until then, a rather unknown…

China plans to digitize agriculture to battle hunger

AI defeats human team in growing strawberries

In May 2020, China Agricultural University and Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo hosted a "smart agriculture competition". Three teams of top strawberry growers, the traditional teams, and four teams of scientific AI experts, the technology teams, took part in a strawberry-growing competition in the…

Study on genome sequences for two wild tomato ancestors

Tomatoes are one of the most popular types of fresh produce consumed worldwide, as well as being an important ingredient in many manufactured foods. As with other cultivated…

Ottone Marco:

"Fewer root diseases since the roots are no longer in contact with the drain water"

"Since the substrate slab is raised, the humidity in the slab is lower and the drainage is better. The roots remain in the slab and are not in contact with the gutter's drainage, resulting in fewer root diseases. To us, those are the main benefits of the Spacer Premium piece, which raises the substrate…

First British cucumbers of 2021

Whilst the weather outside might be distinctly wet and windy, conditions inside the high tech glasshouses at Thanet Earth are a very pleasant and comfortable change. The team at Thanet Earth have been carefully tending the young cucumber plants with the first UK-grown cucumbers of 2021 due for harvest this weekend. The UK…

cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, figs and table grapes.

Growing fruit trees and grapevines in unheated greenhouses: the benefits

Growing fruit trees and grapevines in unheated greenhouses in cold climates is not only an ecologic solution but has also several significant advantages over growing them outside in the field, says engineer Dan Bostan, founder and president of the Montreal-based Human Wisdom, specialized in sustainable…

new system to reduce labor demand

"With a 4 or 5 month crop cycle, growers can carry out 2 to 3 cycles per year"

Carrying out two or three production cycles per year is common for cucumber growers, but tomato and pepper growers usually opt for a longer cycle. Yet in the new system created by the Spanish company NGS, this is possible as well. The Intensive Vertical Recirculating Hydroponic System places the plants…

In its webinar, Cascade analyzed the incidence that its Light Cascade® technology had on berry crops

A cover for berries increases raspberry production by 14%

The French company CASCADE presented the results of the different tests it carried out in the province of Huelva with the collaboration of the Agroindustrial Technological…

“If you find the right partners, your impact will grow substantially”

A lot is happening at Wageningen University & Research in the field of artificial intelligence. It is far too valuable to keep to ourselves, according to Ben Schaap (41), data science alliance manager at the Wageningen Data Competence Center (WDCC). "I know what is going on at Wageningen in terms of…

no more clogged drippers

On-site production of hydrogen peroxide provides solution against biofilm

Clogged drippers and biofilm in the irrigation system led to non-uniform irrigation and thus uneven growth in the tunnels and greenhouses of Danish berry grower Hunsballe Grønt. Ever since he’s started adding ultra-pure peroxide to the irrigation water, these problems have disappeared. Even more…

based on modified YOLOv3 framework

Tomato detection by robots in complex environmental conditions

Fruit detection forms a vital part of the robotic harvesting platform. However, uneven environment conditions, such as branch and leaf occlusion, illumination variation, clusters of tomatoes, shading, and so on, have made fruit detection very challenging. In order to solve these problems, a modified…

New technology for pesticide-free crops launched

Terra Vera has launched solutions to replace conventional pesticides and increase product safety and consumer confidence within the agriculture industry. Using patented technologies compliant with EPA regulations, Terra Vera offers producers a safe, effective, and sustainable approach to rid crops of…

Study on plant genome editing with new variant of CRISPR-Cas9

Alongside Dennis vanEngelsdorp, associate professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) in Entomology named for the fifth year in a row for his work in honey bee and…

US judge unlikely to ban hydroponic crops from organic label

In a legal battle over what constitutes organic farming, a federal judge signaled Thursday he is unlikely to find a 1990 law forbids labeling hydroponic and other crops not grown in soil as organic. Joined by organic farmers and trade groups, the Center for Food Safety sued the U.S. Food and Drug…

Flexible full line solution to accelerate crop breeding at a research facility

To accelerate breeding improvements of crops such as barley, the agricultural crop breeding company Nordic Seed recently opened its brand-new indoor research facility, which has a full line instalment from Senmatic. Nordic Seeds expects to speed its early stages of the crop breeding process from 3-4…

Interview with Giovanni Lutri, producer from Scicli (RG)

"Smart Hydroponic Grow System increases production by 40%"

One of the main problems affecting growers is the loss of soil vitality. Coir is applied to deal with this but, as irrigation strategies are often unsuitable, this technique does not always reach its full potential.  Obtaining active plants with a higher production potential is the objective of the Smart Hydroponic Grow System, an example of innovative technology and…

Plant stress management, a key objective for Domaine des Mattines

Domaine des Mattines, a leading Swiss tomato producer, is particularly focused on plant stress management using innovative technology in 2021. Jeremy Blondin, the sixth-generation leader of the farming family, has always believed that plant stress management is a key issue in producing fruit of superior…

Design and simulation of a control for the opening and closing of the side ventilation

An optimal control for the opening and closing of the side ventilation windows of a greenhouse can be obtained from a mathematical model of the crop and the greenhouse. In the greenhouse model, control input is the ventilation, and to carry out the instrumentation in the immediate future, this term we…

Kenya: Technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer

Sustainable and effective cold chains are crucial for the transportation of food and medicine, but in many parts of rural Africa they have been sorely lacking. Tackling this…

GP Solutions begins production of "better than organic" strawberries

GP Solutions announced it started R&D into growing strawberries, and will soon begin cultivation of the popular fruit. GrowPods - controlled-environment micro-farms - allow…

26,5 hectares under lit-cultivation

Dutch coop, Kompany, has first conventional lit-cultivation cucumbers available again

Last year, the Dutch cooperative, Kompany, had own-grown cucumbers available year-round for the first time. That was thanks to one of its growers using LED lightning. "That went well for both the client and grower. We aim to expand this further this year," says a Kompany representative. They now have the…

"Workers in food sector receive high priority"

US: Using FDA data to support COVID-19 vaccination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Foods Program has been using a new data analysis tool, called 21 FORWARD, that the agency created to help inform the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, through an important partnership between the FDA, members of Operation Warp Speed, the Centers for Disease…

Study on rapid detection of nutrient content of hydroponically grown lettuce cultivars

The analyses of online quality measurements of four lettuce cultivars (Rex, Tacitus, Black Seeded Simpson, Flandria) using hyperspectral image processing techniques have been studied. Seedlings were planted in Rock-wool cubes and fed for 3 weeks using hydroponic nutrient solution containing 0, 50, 100,…

Grants received for greenhouse program at US high school

The hydroponics system at Southern Garrett High School Agriculture Education Greenhouse will be updated thanks to two grants. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil in water.Grants were received from the Maryland Retired School Personnel Association and the Maryland Food Council. The…

"Which type of hydroponic system is better?"

Whether talking about nutrient film technique (NFT), deep water culture (DWC), drip irrigation systems, aeroponics systems, ebb and flow systems, or any other system we should agree that these are all just variations of irrigation systems. Suppliers of hydroponic systems will all tell you why theirs is…

Study on photosynthetic photon flux in lettuce cultivation at different shading levels

Protected cultivation has grown in Brazil. Generally, greenhouses are covered with transparent plastic film and shading screen. The plastic, over time, loses its transparency…

Scientists reveal structure of plants' energy generators

Researchers have revealed the first atomic structures of the respiratory apparatus that plants use to generate energy, according to a study published today in eLife. The 3D…

Signify CEO eyes $2B agricultural lighting market

Reaffirming the importance of horticultural and agricultural lighting to its future, Signify CEO Eric Rondolat recently projected industry-wide market revenue from the sector…

Plant cells of different species can swap organelles

More than a decade ago, plant geneticists noticed something peculiar when they looked at grafted plants. Where two plants grew together, the cells of each plant showed signs of having picked up substantial amounts of DNA from the other one. In itself, that wasn’t unprecedented, because horizontal…

New Phytotron climate chambers for plant research

Utrecht University renovated the climate chambers of the Phytotron in the Hugo R. Kruyt building between March and November 2020. The Phytotron is the main research facility for the plant scientists of the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB). The test phase is now over and the facility has been…

Sharjah's eco-domes with indoor growing areas

From aquaponic agriculture and solar-powered "rain-making" panels to energy saving eco-homes, the latest environmental projects at Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park offer a glimpse into the future of the UAE. Water and environmental technologies are two of the six key research projects…

Partnership to bring turnkey hygiene solutions for Mexican and Central-American markets

A newly established partnership will bring turnkey hygiene solutions to the Mexican and Central-American horticultural markets. The partnership involves Dutch company Elpress and the Mexican company Asesores and Invernaderos.  "We are globally active and continue to broaden our markets to the greenhouse horticulture…

FAA issues first fully automated flight authorization

Drones capable of watering cabbages without human intervention

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still developing rules on the use of drones, but individual companies are gradually getting some kind of license.  Now, the FAA for the first time approved fully automatic drone flights for commercial purposes. The permit was issued to a small Massachusetts company,…

the answer is yes

Can LEDs affect the taste and smell of vegetables?

There is a widespread misconception that the taste of vegetables is solely based on genetics of the plant species and cannot be enhanced by cultivation techniques or environmental conditions. "That would be true in a scenario where other cultivation parameters were universally normalised," the team with…

Study on planting media and nutrition concentration lettuce yield

Lettuce is a vegetable whose commercial value is quite good and the demand for lettuce has increased, including from hydroponic results. The use of rockwool planting media in…

Seeds cleaned by activated air

Ralph Weir, Zayndu's CEO says: “The Aurora Z10 is the first in a series of products and is aimed at high-value seeds for which there is no treatment at present. The seeds are contained in a sealed rotating drum and we introduce a current, which splits oxygen and nitrogen molecules into individual atoms creating a plasma. This…

Belgian tomato producer Tomw@tt opts for 8-cylinder gas engine

Being one of the first customers of the 6-cylinder variant of the Rolls-Royce Bergen B36:45 gas engine series in 2018, the Belgian tomato producer Tomw@tt has again opted for the highly efficient gas genset. With the new order, Tomw@tt will be the first customer to install the 8-cylinder variant of the…

after-market installations of screens in Canadian greenhouses:

"Installing light abatement wall systems can be especially challenging in poly greenhouses"

January 2021 has brought change to the municipality of Leamington, Ontario as the Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw comes into effect. The bylaw comes shortly after Kingsville enacted its own light abatement regulation, and in response to concerns over light pollution. Under the new bylaw, greenhouse…

Lucas van der Zee

Lab-grown fruits

Currently, one of the greatest barriers faced by vertical farmers is the huge electricity demand, to which the artificial lighting requirements are a major contributing factor. Innovators are working hard to solve this problem and exploring possible solutions that implement scientific and technical knowledge from a range of…

Innovation industries invest in new optical spectroscopy start-up

By shining an infrared light on, for example, a tomato, you can see whether it is ripe. Part of the light is reflected. Another part is absorbed. "If we collect enough data, you can use that light to see how many sugars the tomato has," says Maurangelo Petruzzella, Managing Director and co-founder of…

40 years of Svensson Climate Screens

"Here because of you"

"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years," is a statement with which Bill Gates encourages us to look at the big picture. The year 2020 had a significant impact on our lives, both professionally and personally speaking. "In a year filled with so many changes and…

Louis Brun, president and CEO of Sollum Technologies:

"Being able to produce peppers during the winter really piques the imagination"

Although most people are putting 2020 behind them, many agricultural companies have managed to find a silver lining in this challenging year. Sollum is one such company whose perseveration has led to an exceptional 2020, and a promising 2021. Sollum™ is a Montréal-based company that manufactures smart LED…

Kenya: AI-powered machine vision system rends farmers more predictability

One of the main challenges that most farmers in Kenya face today is the lack of correct information which helps them make better decisions regarding their harvest dates,…

Canadian company announces

Hidroexpo feasibility to improve pepper yields

Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. is pleased to announce positive interimresults from its CO2 Delivery Solutions™ commercial feasibility on greenhouse grown peppers with Hidroexpo in…

Dutch companies set up joint venture for insect counts on plants

Botany from Horst-Meterik and Aris from Eindhoven have created a new joint venture: PhenoVerius. PhenoVerius focusses on sales, service and further development of observation systems for plant-related pests and diseases. The management of PhenoVerius is formed by Peter Korsten and Rien den Boer. Uniting expertiseFor…

Community group buying has brought Big Tech disruption to China’s smaller cities

In China, a community group buying is the latest big e-commerce trend, with consumers ordering fresh food on their mobile phone and companies such as Didi, Meituan and…

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Possible resilience to pests in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)

New study on LED lighting strategies in eggplants

Over the last decade, LED lighting has gained considerable interest as an energy-efficient supplemental light source in greenhouse horticulture that can change rapidly in intensity and spectral composition. Spectral composition not only affects crop physiology but may also affect the biology of…

"Robot labour will soon be available for passive greenhouse growers too"

For years, growers have been struggling with labour shortage. Even before COVID prevented seasonal labourers to work abroad, growers did not always have enough employees to get the job done. Employing a multi-functional robot instead would solve many of these problems. After all, robots can not only…

Taiwan-based company combines LEDs with AI for energy efficiency

Agromeans has recently developed proprietary lighting modules that aims to solve the three main problems faced by indoor farmers – high cost of electricity, cost of labor, and…

New hydroponic plant pot showcased

Plantlogic is a company that aims to constantly challenging itself to design and improve their pots to help customers achieve the best results. "Our recent challenge has been…

Smart farming supply chains could decrease food wastage by 50%

In a recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOUN), it was discovered that approximately 1.6 billion tons of food per year are either…

The making of Monarch: a Dutch powerhouse

After the introduction of the Monarch, the smallest high-tech water-cooled LED grow light with the biggest impact, thousands of fixtures have been produced in our high-tech production facilities in the Netherlands. This introduction video gives you a look behind the scenes.

Sustainable alternative for cleaning food surfaces

"Nanobubbles can provide solution to E.coli and Listeria"

Moleaer, a nanobubble technology company, in partnership with researchers from Virginia Tech, have evaluated and concluded that oxygen-filled nanobubbles are successful in…

Urban Farming using LEDs from Fluence by OSRAM

Year-round under-glass herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin

ECF Farmsystems uses innovative LED lighting solutions from Fluence for todays herb cultivation in the heart of Berlin. An innovative urban farm, ECF Farm Berlin (ECF Farmsystems) uses techniques for greenhouse and vertical cultivation of basil. The farm also uses aquaponics to naturally fertilize the…

Evapotranspiration partitioning of greenhouse grown tomato

New study on water productivity in greenhouses

Greenhouse industry has been rapidly expanded worldwide. An accurate partitioning evapotranspiration (ET) into transpiration (T r) and evaporation (E s) is critical for developing precise irrigation scheduling and enhancing water productivity in greenhouses. In a new research, a team proposed a modified…

Joseph Sbrocchi, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

"The limited venting ability is especially problematic in the spring and fall"

Passed on December 8th, 2020 by the municipality of Leamington, the “Greenhouse Light Abatement Bylaw” was enacted in an effort to curb light pollution by the region’s numerous greenhouse operations. Under the bylaw, greenhouse operators must close sidewall and endwall curtains an hour before sunset…

Hydroponics maximizes use of resources for efficient agriculture.

Hydroponics: the unrealised potential In India

Hydroponics is a contemporary method of horticulture or growing plants, usually farm produce, without using soil. In this way, plants grown hydroponically grow faster and healthier than plants in the soil. While this technology has promise and is gaining traction, the initial cost of setting up a…

Experiments with fish waste as fertiliser

Qatar: Aquaculture farming project begins producing vegetables

Qatar’s national agricultural project began producing on Tuesday, marking another milestone in the country’s self-sustainability plan. The project, developed by Agrico through an aquaponic system, refers to a food production system that couples aquaculture – raising aquatic animals with hydroponics…

Uncovering how plants see blue light

Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research from Prof. Nitzan Shabek’s laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular. “Plants can see much better than we can,” Shabek said. Plants…

Combating aging population

Fruit harvesting robot to be employed in Japan

A conglomeration of parties, including Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), has developed a prototype of a robot that automatically harvests…

Polish grower Pawel Karpinski on his journey from 100% HPS to 100% LED use

"I believe you should look for the newest solution to be ahead of the market"

At his farm in Zuromin, Pawel Karpinski grows tomatoes in 3.5ha of glasshouses but found it difficult to expand due to rising production costs, stagnating prices and growing international competition. In 2017, Karpinski started hydroponic production of lettuce in a new 6200m² greenhouse. Phase 2 in 2019…

New ideas to separate specific nutrients from wastewater

The possibility of extracting specific nutrients from waste water in a very targeted manner is becoming increasingly important. Louis de Smet's research group, part of Organic…

AR glasses also work in a greenhouse without WiFi

A greenhouse resembles a Faraday cage: the steel construction prevents that some radiation can reach the inside of the greenhouse. For example, it is difficult to get a good internet connection in a greenhouse. This can be tricky for some applications, such as Augmented Reality glasses. The Greenhouse…

$20 million raised to improve farm management in Asia

CropIn, a global artificial intelligence and data-led agri-tech organization empowering stakeholders to reimagine agriculture with data, has raised US$20 million in a Series C…

How farming techniques can help soils absorb carbon from air

With global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rising significantly, Valent BioSciences produced a new video showcasing a viable solution. This video stresses how sustainable…

Large-scale bitcoin mining can help greenhouse growing

Energy consumption from Bitcoin mining is massive, and people are taking notice. The increases have been scaling fast, with mining energy usage quickly surpassing the totals…

Theo transfers leadership to Tom at TK-Topboiler

Theo Kleijweg from TK-Topboiler will be taking a step back. Tom Reeven will take over and become the new General Manager. "Tom has proven to be a good successor," says Theo. As co-owner of the company, he will remain involved in the developments and will assist Tom where necessary. Along with that, he…

Survey to provide insight on emerging indoor farming trends and challenges now live

Allison Kopf, CEO of Artemis said, "We’re looking forward to learning how growers are facing new challenges such as COVID-19. In the past, expansion was one of the prime goals for growers and we’ve asked some new questions around the topic. We will be sharing even more information related to technology…

The best read HortiDaily articles of 2020

Although some of you might prefer to leave 2020 behind, we're looking back one last time. Here are the best read articles of 2020. Did you read them al ready?  Our list contains only articles that were published in 2020, not articles that were clicked on in 2020. This is because otherwise in our Dutch publication…

Schwab-Guillod invests in sustainable transport solutions

Swiss fruit trader goes for hydrogen trucks

Some 20 years ago, the fuel cell was touted as the undisputed technology of the future. At the time, it was inconceivable to many that trucks without diesel engines would be rolling along our roads in the near future. In 2019, Hyundai Motor Company founded Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility AG as a joint venture…

between NSW and Vic. despite hard border

Australia: New permit system allows agricultural workers to travel

The Victorian Government has introduced a permit system that will allow agricultural workers to travel between NSW and Victoria despite the implementation of hard borders.…

challenge to enhance automation in Canadian production

Enhancing automation in controlled environment agriculture farming

The Canadian organisation Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC is launching a challenge to enhance automation in the production and harvesting operations of CEA facilities. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an indoor technology-based production system where crops are grown under a modified and…

a mini automated greenhouse

Students investigate growth potential of Robogrow

A group of Taranaki students who have created their own mini automated greenhouse have been given funding to produce their idea on a bigger scale. Inglewood High School's Robogrow project is one of seven given funding as part of the Curious Minds community science programme, which is led by Venture…

Key patent protection for on-site peroxide generation technology

HPNow announced that the European Patent Office has issued European Patent No. 3430182 granting it protection for key technology breakthroughs in direct electrochemical peroxide generation. HPNow’s core technology is direct electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from electricity, water and air.…

Pinduoduo’s strawberry-growing competition produces tech start-up to serve farms

Zhi Duo Mei, a team of technology experts that took part in Pinduoduo's Smart Agriculture Competition, became the first group out of the contest to commercialize their technology as local farmers sought the team's help to improve their agricultural yield. Led by Cheng Biao, the team had planned to use…

“A vitamin space greenhouse”

Space wheat, peas, onions and lettuce… dreams of planting your own food in space have taken a huge leap forward. And it’s all thanks to a small step by a clever new system. How do you grow something in space when there’s no gravity, electromagnetic field or sunlight? For more than 50 years, scientists from different countries…

Data platform PYLOT grows to 500 hectares worldwide in one and a half year

Since its introduction at Greentech 2019, the software platform PYLOT is now being used at almost 500 hectares of greenhouses. This milestone coincides with the commercial launch of PYLOT Professional 2.0. "During that time we have certainly fulfilled the promise of becoming a worthy product," business…

Darryn Keiller & Henry Gordon Smith:

“The shift from the old way of farming is going to be a big feature in 2021”

In a normal year Henry Gordon Smith, CEO of consultancy firm Agritecture and Darryn Keiller, CEO of technology company Autogrow would have met up quite a few times and would have discussed the challenges and developments of the industry regularly. This year though everything has been different – like it…

'IKEA package' from the Netherlands for drinking water scarcity in developing countries

"Here in the Netherlands we may not realise it every day, but water is increasingly scarce around the world," says director Dick van Regteren with Genap. The company from 's…

CMGL

Curtis Mathes Grow Lights seeks DLC listing for its Harvester systems

Curtis Mathes Grow Lights is seeking testing and certification from the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) for its Harvester horticultural lighting systems. DLC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve energy optimization by enabling controllability with a focus on quality, people, and the…

Bram Steiner Award 2020 for best publication on soilless culture presented to Chris Blok

The Bram Steiner Award 2020 for best scientific publication in the field of Soilless Culture has been presented to Chris Blok of Wageningen University & Research. Blok is…

Never too much or too little, that's what disinfecting water with UV is all about

In the horticultural value chain, various aspects of a cultivation add value.  Sun, artificial lighting, and sometimes also packaging before a product is shipped, are all part of this value chain. However, water is also part of it and it must be clean. Nonetheless, a UV disinfection system is not the installation…

"Robots and technology to change retail as we know it"

Dr Sanjit K. Roy, UWA Business School and Dr Gaganpreet Singh, Jindal Global University, look at a retail revolution that is under way, where robots are playing an…

Closed ecosystem in a designer cabinet

Agrilution brings herb gardens into the home with their "Plantcube"

It will always be spring in your kitchen. That is what the "Plantcube" from Agrilution promises; a fully automated greenhouse that enables vertical farming even on a small scale. Maximilian Lössl, Co-Founder and CEO, spoke about the first experiments in his parents' basement, the new features of the…

The Silicon Prairie: How the Danforth Center is helping transform St. Louis into a Silicon Valley for plant science

On the evening of Saturday November 14, members of the Danforth Center’s premier giving group, the Danforth Society, were invited to a virtual event titled “Toast to Innovation,” which offered a chance to look back and celebrate how the Center has been able to foster a community of plant science…

HPNow introduces HPGen 2021 models

"On-site hydrogen peroxide generators offer improved robustness, cost-performance, ease of operation"

Peroxide made simple – that is HPNow’s mission: the company’s products generate Peroxide UltraPure™ directly on site, when and where required, in an autonomous and safe manner. And with further improvements introduced to its HPGen on-site Peroxide UltraPure generators, that got even simpler. Meet HPNow’s…

no up-front capital expenditure

Light supplier and capital partner provide funding solutions for growers

GE Current, a Daintree company, has today announced a partnership with Aquila Capital, to provide funding solutions for growers looking to install low-energy LED lighting, through funds managed or advised by Aquila Capital. "The partnership will allow growers across Europe who are designing new indoor…

WUR

The pros and cons of emerging technology in our food system

Emerging technologies for food systems, however optimistic, all have some potential negative trade-offs. This is pointed out in a new international study in which WUR also participated. “We have to find the best way to achieve all Sustainable Development Goals at the same time.” Humanity faces the grand…

Optimise production by plant load management

Every tomato grower wants to optimise production and quality, especially in wintertime when prices are often highest. Despite applying additional HPS or LED lighting, PAR light is the main restricting factor in this period, so the art of growing now is achieving optimal light use efficiency (LUE) and a…

"gaining experience for scaling and sales on hectare scale"

High quality algae from fully automised production facility in Dutch greenhouse

Algae grow fast, and in the case of spirulina, they're also rich in protein. This makes it an interesting product to grow with a view to the future. That's why, in the academic world, there's a lot of research into microalgae. More and more greenhouse growers are interested in algae production nowadays.  But:…

CAN (NS): Carbon-neutral greenhouse facility coming to Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University (CBU) and ViaTalenta Group Ltd (VTG), with its Americas headquarters in Canada, are delighted to announce their collaboration to foster economic growth and environmental and social impact in the region. Through their portfolio companies, VTG will invest $20-24 million in…

CEA growers might miss out on UV light benefits

“CEA agriculture has increased in importance in 2020, with restraints on traveling, shipping and transportation,” says Triston Hooks, Research Associate at Texas A&M AgriLife. However, there are also some issues around it. Triston states that both indoor and greenhouse growing typically block or lack UV…

Hydrologic Purification Systems

The practice of maintaining a water filter

Let’s be honest, 2020 was weird but, the practice of maintaining a water filter is not. There are a couple of things about water filtering during the “winter downtime,” if that applies. First, make sure and run the system daily, even if you're not currently growing or if in between harvests.  It’s important…

USDA and NASA's agreement to improve agricultural, earth science research

“As we’ve seen over the past 100 years, increasing innovation in agriculture is limitless,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “This partnership between USDA and NASA will bring together the best research, science, and technology we have to offer to help produce more food to feed the…

Carnegie Mellon University

The salad days of AI

Nidhi Jain has never had much luck growing plants. "I've tried to work with plants, but they didn't want to work with me," said the senior computer science major from California. "So I've stuck to succulents." Green thumb or no, Jain and her classmates in the School of Computer Science's "Autonomous Agents" course this fall…

Getting jolly with Gakon

It's the season to be jolly and as it's the year in what everything is unusual, Gakon and Vilosa decided to combine both and organise a Christmas Drive Thru for their staff. This means that you'll see the greenhouse builders like you never did before.  The Christmas Drive Thru was expertly built by both companies on the Gakon site…

Belgium lettuce grower opts for Signify

Full LED solution offers increased production and faster growth cycles at De Glastuin

Since the introduction of Philips GreenPower LED Toplighting Compact from Signify, many vegetable, fruit and horticulture growers have made the choice to fully equip their greenhouses with LEDs. "By combining this LED lighting with the GrowWise Control System, it is possible to both control and dim the…

luminaire production and distribution to be stopped

BLV to focus exclusively on HPS / MH lamps

BLV has decided to stop production and distribution of luminaires in the field of horticulture lighting as of 01.01.2021 and to concentrate exclusively on the manufacture and…

"In 90 m² we can produce the same amount of vegetables as in 10,000 m² of land"

Onubafruit hosts highly technological vertical strawberry cultivation pilot project

Huelva's second-degree cooperative Onubafruit is hosting a highly technological vertical strawberry cultivation pilot project developed by Telefónica and Vertical Green, which…

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an eye-catching, pink upgrade that saves energy, money

Michigan State’s research greenhouses are bringing in LED technology

What do you get when you mix some green and white plant science with Spartan sustainability and teamwork? The answer, it turns out, is pink greenhouses. Working with the university’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, the MSU Plant Science Research Greenhouse Facility installed colored LEDs inside…

Effect of grafting and harvest stage on the quality of black cherry tomatoes cultivated in Vietnam

Black cherry tomato is an important source of nutraceutical compounds; however, the quality of fruits depends on the cultivation technique and maturity stage at harvest. In a recent study, the physical and chemical properties of non-grafted and grafted tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum cv. OG) were…

"Efficient Irrigation, forward thinking."

Resource use, labour and energy costs are hot topics nowadays. Growers are more often looking for solutions to reduce the amounts of water and labour necessary for watering and to reduce the energy and nutrients requirements for the growth of plants. For more than 20 years Soleno Textiles, a division of…

200,000 sq. foot company Evolution Growers presented

Energy company plans indoor agriculture facility for Estevan, Canada

The newly launched company Evolution Growers yesterday presented its indoor 200,000 sq. foot agricultural facility based in Estevan, SK. "Not your ordinary greenhouse, this facility addresses food insecurity issues by producing Saskatchewan grown vegetables, fruits and trees to our existing supply…

Philippines see push of online delivery platform for agri products

In the Philippines, farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are urged to get on board with Deliver-E, an integrated end-to-end e-commerce platform for agricultural and food products. On Monday, the Department of Trade and Industry officially launched the platform in partnership with the…

pH tests for hydroponic leafy greens

Last year Van der Knaap Groep performed two different trials with hydroponic lettuce. Karel de Bruijn: “We used mineral nutrients in one pond and organic in the other. Last year's trial was successful. The filtration system did its job. The membranes ensure the bacteria can't pass through. That's why our…

Argos smart scanning system for trolleys

Professional growers nowadays are supplying a large variety of plant species to their clients. A very labor-intensive process and in addition to the extensive audit work, it’s also a very error-prone process leading young plant propagators to expensive and often compromised solutions. That’s why TTA…

Switching from lads to land, Himachal post grad makes it big with hydroponics

Yussouf Khan, a horticulturist from Himachal Pradesh practices protected cultivation at his farm. He has six greenhouses that provide ideal growth conditions for the plants. Indoor plants are known for being low-maintenance with a lower chance of contracting diseases. A horticulturist in Himachal Pradesh…

Climalux introduces new LED light system for horticulture

Several years ago, the horticultural sector has started to use LEDs as artificial light systems. However, developments were still needed in terms of efficiency. With a smart combination of new LEDs, steering and cooling technology, Climalux is making headway with the CLX V1000: an artificial lighting…

Ecoation introduces OKO Tantalus

"Same mission, upgraded platform, shaped by lessons learned"

Available in January 2021, ecoation’s next generation of the OKO platform (OKO Tantalus) offers several upgrades including the world-first 8K 360-degree virtual walk with live broadcasting software and cart-independent hardware that allows the platform to be easily installed on existing fleets. These…

Pinduoduo smart agriculture competition winners announced

Technology beats humans at growing strawberries in greenhouses

Technology beat farmers at growing strawberries in the inaugural Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo, China’s largest agri-focused technology platform, underscoring its potential to raise agricultural productivity and increase food security. The four technology teams, which employed data…

"Light is most undervalued greenhouse cost"

If you ask a good greenhouse operator, “What is your cost of natural gas? Electricity? Building cost per square foot? Operational cost per square foot?”, he’ll give you detailed answers. Ask him, “What is the value of the light you receive?” and you’ll get a different response. “…Uh, what?” he might…

"Adopt high pressure fogging to minimise crop loss"

With increasingly more unpredictable weather in the UK, growers often face difficulty trying to optimise their glasshouse temperature, and minimise crop mortality. In-efficient combinations of heat and irrigation paired with fluctuating weather will undoubtedly bring condensation into the environment,…

New GAN 1000W for cucumber grower Norsk Agurk in Norway

In 2018, the Norwegian population bought 26,000 tonnes of cucumbers - yet they are hungry for more. The cucumber is highly in demand in the Norwegian market and therefore Gavita is the sole supplier for all replacement of existing lighting systems at Norsk Agurk in Sola, Norway. General manager Aslaug Joa…

David Hinson, TSO Greenhouses

"We hope to have 1,000 acres under glass in the next 10 years"

Two native Kansans are manufacturing a state-of-the-art farm facility on very little land. By building solar-powered greenhouses, the pair hope to revolutionize farming – and…

Tevel Aerobotics wins award for Best Field Robot Concept 2020

The International Forum of Agricultural Robotics - FIRA - and the magazine Future Farming awarded the Prize for the best robot concept 2020 to Tevel Aerobotics Technologies,…

Newly launched high-pressure aeroponic cloning system

Developed specifically for commercial cultivators requiring premium bare root cuttings, a newly launched HPAC system utilizes industrial-grade components and a simplified modular design to achieve this highly effective method of propagation This CCH2O - High-Pressure Aeroponic Cloning (HPAC) system is…

KUBO 75 years:

From village blacksmith in Monster to world player in greenhouses

It may not have been the festive anniversary year that was initially planned. But despite everything, our pride about KUBO's 75th anniversary is undiminished. Three quarters of a century later, the family firm that started business in Choorstraat in Monster is now one of the top international greenhouse…

The interaction between salinity and nutrient solution temperatures

A large number of studies on salinity in hydroponic systems have been carried out, but few of them have evaluated the interaction between salinity and nutrient solution temperatures. In Brazil, two experiments were carried out in a randomized block design from January to February (Experiment I) and June…

Biocaptur S50 lures insects into trap

Combatting Tuta Absoluta with LED technology

LED lights are being used more and more in the horticultural industry, most often as grow lights. Yet now the Spanish company ATG Ingeniería has launched a tool in what LED lights are being used as crop protection. "Biocaptur S50 is the first biological control device against Tuta Absoluta," they say…

Roll’N Grow makes heating floors and benches easy

Bottom heat that rolls out like a carpet

Growers now have a quick, easy way to provide the game-changing root zone heating that plants prefer. Roll’N Grow covers benches and floors with growth-enhancing heat in a fraction of the time it used to take. “The benefits of root zone heating are well documented – some growers say they won’t produce…

2Grow and 30MHz partnership

'New app offers detailed plant insights to grow smarter'

Biotechnology company 2Grow and 30MHz have joined forces to develop smart data tools that provide growers, breeders and researchers with even more detailed insights into the health and needs of their plants. This year they developed a new application: 2Grow Plant Insights. The app will become available…

Growers mitigate labour pressures with efficient technology

Labour represents roughly one third of greenhouse growers ongoing costs, meaning that even a modest improvement can result in a big impact to bottom line performance. "With rising labour costs and Covid-19 related labour pressures, it is more important than ever to run a highly efficient business that…

HSE 300: New automatic solution for spraying in a greenhouse

HSE 300 is the latest solution for spraying in a greenhouse. The machine has two spraying bars up to 3m high, one spraying the end of the row, the other spraying the plants on both sides. Both are equipped with nozzle heads that can be adjusted and individual setting of the spray liquid stream. "The…

AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems

"Artificial Intelligence improves America’s food system"

Technology is everywhere in the 21st century, and America’s food system is no exception. Scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Western Human Nutrition…

LESA’s Plant Science team:

"Engineered Solutions for horticulture help create food security for the future"

As rapid urban population, global warming, energy consumption, and water supply issues continue to mount, controlled environmental agriculture or CEA is becoming increasingly important amongst growers needing sustainable and readily available crops regardless of location or climate. LESA’s Plant Science…

IoT and nanobubble technology enable to monitor irrigation water quality

Moleaer, the leading nanobubble technology company, in collaboration with AMI Global, an industrial IoT technology provider, is launching new real-time water quality and equipment remote monitoring services. These new offerings will be available on all of Moleaer’s nanobubble systems, starting first with…

Creating and modifying custom horticulture spectral solutions with online horticultural calculator

Luminus Devices new horticulture calculator offers system engineers the opportunity to choose from over 30 of Luminus horticulture LEDs and create their own ‘recipe’ for specific luminaires and to save and output a complete LED bill of materials. System designers can select multiple LEDs and establish…


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