Technique

Augmenta raises $2.5m seed round

Augmenta, the company behind an AI-driven autonomous variable rate application of farm inputs, announced the completion of a $2.5m Seed Financing round led by San Francisco based Hardware Club and Athens based Marathon Venture Capital. The investment will help the company expand its operations in North and South America and…

US (CA): Mavericks Renewables selects Procurant for greenhouse IoT solution

Procurant, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the global food supply chain, today announced that Mavericks Renewable Energy, an energy-as-a-service provider for…

Ozone Event Agrozone focuses on water quality management

"A disinfectant is no longer ordered from a brochure"

How many rounds in the greenhouse does a grower make in a day? Enough to sometimes ‘not really’ see certain things. For example, a very slow, dirty cloth filter or a condensation gutter that empties directly into the clean drain. Recently, during a day on which water in Dutch horticulture - including the WaterEvent - was central, some seventy people gathered to reflect on water…

A hydroponics startup growing basil is developing their own LED technology

Agritecture spoke with Olivia Engel of St. Louis Indoor Produce (SLIP), a hydroponics start-up growing basil in the heart of the city. They're developing a new lighting technology that allows farmers to capture their lights’ heat and vent it in or out as climate control, and the cooler lights perform at…

US (IN): Purdue partnering on 5G research to improve ag automation

Purdue University scientists are collaborating with colleagues at North Carolina State University and others on fifth-generation (5G) and beyond wireless network research that holds promise for improved farm machinery automation. The National Science Foundation and an industry consortium awarded $24…

UK: Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture launched in Dundee

Agri-tech centre Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and farming technology company Liberty Produce have launched the Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture (IHCEA) at the James Hutton Institute’s site in Invergowrie near Dundee. CHAP partnered with Liberty Produce to develop and build the…

Five years of lighting innovation

The company Light4Food exists 5 years. What started as an experiment, has grown into a thriving company nowadays. This milestone was celebrated at the Light4Food premises in Horst, the Netherlands. Peter Christiaens started more than 10 years ago with an experiment in a shipping container. He bought LED…

Inauguration of ALTMARKTgarten Oberhausen

Experiments regarding urban agriculture

With the inauguration of the ALTMARKTgarten on the roof of the new Oberhausen job center on September 26, 2019, the starting signal for the flagship project of the inFARMING® concept has been given. Scientists from the Fraunhofer UMSICHT are researching on-site urban food production. Production systems and…

Identification and functional prediction of drought-responsive long non-coding RNA in tomato

In higher plants, several lines of evidence suggest that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) may play important roles in the regulation of various biological processes by…

Salk scientists use machine-learning algorithms to help automate plant studies

Machine learning helps plant science turn over a new leaf

Father of genetics Gregor Mendel spent years tediously observing and measuring pea plant traits by hand in the 1800s to uncover the basics of genetic inheritance. Today, botanists can track the traits, or phenotypes, of hundreds or thousands of plants much more quickly, with automated camera systems.…

Belgium: CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system to help generation of specific plant mutations

A team from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, led by Drs. Thomas Jacobs, Moritz Nowack, and Tom Beeckman has devised a CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system, CRISPR-TSKO. This system enables the generation of specific mutations in particular plant cell types, tissues, and organs. The…

Laser scientists shine a light on the future of farming

Work has begun on a pioneering project that will allow indoor farmers to pinpoint the best conditions for growing their crops. Grobotic Systems, a startup founded in Sheffield last year, has enlisted laser experts at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow to help develop its specialised…

Mobile measuring installation water quality tested

After a long introduction, the validation process has started for a mobile measuring installation with which the growers can test the water quality in their company on the spot. Andre van der Wuff: "Laboratory analyses are valuable but there is also a need for continuous security. An affordable mobile…

Book release

Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation

A new book has been published by award-winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited. Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation provides a comprehensive review of key advances in greenhouse and other forms of protected and controlled environment cultivation. Chapters…

New Zealand: Workshop workplace management and a look at automation

During August TomatoesNZ facilitated a workshop with a small group of covered crop growers and specialists to discuss key areas of concern when managing workplace practices in glasshouse operations. The group included representatives from tomato, capsicum and cucumber growing operations with both…

Greenhouses in Armenia to become ‘wiser’

The Armenian specialists at Smart Green have developed the Smart Greenhouse system designed for smart greenhouses. Media are installed in the greenhouse, which measure air and ground humidity, temperature, light level, carbon dioxide level, etc., all the data from the media goes to the main computer. The…

Partnership between Microsoft and USDA

New 'Farmbeats' project uses AI to increase grower efficiency

Farmers around the world are facing the urgent question of how to sustainably feed a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 — and the answer, in part, might be found nestled among the cornstalks and soybeans on a farm a short distance from Washington, D.C. The fields are outfitted with a…

Scientists discover new class of flavonoids

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, along with colleagues at Lincoln University and overseas, have recently discovered a brand new class of flavonoid pigments called…

New growing container for indoor organic vegetables

Greenhouse growers have a new solution for producing high-quality organic vegetables indoors. The A.M.A. 60 Growing Container, developed by A.M.A. Horticulture Inc., is a simple solution that satisfies organic growing standards in Canada. Developed with grower input in 2018 and successfully piloted by…

Can we meet the energy demands of automation?

As more and more technology is introduced to the horticultural world, energy demand is also very likely to rocket up. Of course, automatic solutions are already being used across many processes in horticulture, alongside their human operators – salad packing lines and ornamental pot spacing for example.…

Marco Tidona from Aponix talks about new accessories for the Aponix vertical barrels

Adapter to fool-proof irrigation in vertical farming system

Aponix’ Vertical Barrel systems have been on the market for a while now, and since their conception, they have offered an alternative to rack systems as a way of making use of three-dimensional growing spaces. Aponix is releasing some new additions to make the system even more easy to use. A new adapter…

Learning how to screen

A group of young plant pathologists attended a two-week training course at WorldVeg headquarters to immerse themselves in best practices for sample collection and pest and disease diagnosis. An international training workshop on “Methods for disease and insect resistance screening for germplasm characterization and vegetable…

The colonization of tomato plants with a beneficial desert root fungus protects against effects of salt stress

A symbiotic boost for greenhouse tomato plants

Use of saline water to irrigate crops would bolster food security for many arid countries; however, this has not been possible due to the detrimental effects of salt on plants. Now, researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), along with scientists in Egypt, have shown that…

New mobile app aims to make industry-wide food traceability a reality

iTradeNetwork, provider of supply chain management and intelligence solutions for the food and beverage industry, announced a pilot program with grower/shippers of select…

Talking about tomato-on-the-vine Provine, with and without VR glasses

"Keep to six and grow with sufficient space, the best way of growing"

How is the development in the head? Just one of the questions during a talk about the Provine, the tomato variety created by Nunhems* introduced officially last year which is going to fill the gap in fruit weight between large and middle tomatoes-on-the-vine. In an interactive setting led by a trio of…

‘Snip, edit, grow’ with gene editing techniques for improving food security

The Earth's increasing population and changing climate pose major threats to food security. Experts estimate that the world's population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, with higher temperatures and changes in rainfall adversely affecting crop yields in many regions. Countering this threat will require…

US: USDA announces $1.89 million investment to support rural small businesses and communities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director J. Scott Angle announced today the Agency’s $1.89 million investment in small business research grants. “It is great to support rural small businesses. These businesses will use their investment to create something that will help farmers and…

Researchers team up to breed a better berry

The complicated genetic code of berries makes it difficult for berry breeders to develop new, tastier, healthier cultivars — or varieties — of blackberries, black raspberries and red raspberries. However, a new partnership between food and agriculture company Pairwise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

Plants use a common ‘language’ for emergency alerts

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? That’s a question that André Kessler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and his research team addressed over a 12-year study that examined plant-to-plant…

Kickstarter campaign featuring Climeworks carbon dioxide removal launched

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlines it in its most recent special report on 1.5 degrees: in order to limit global warming to safe levels, not only global emissions have to be reduced to zero, but also it will be necessary to remove “substantial” amounts of CO2…

"Grafting conveys a lot of merits in terms of disease resistance and yield maintenance"

Zheng Wang, vegetable crops advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in Stanislaus County, visited an ag class at Stanislaus State to discuss a state-of-the-art vegetable production practice that involves grafting, reported Alivah Stoeckl in Stan State News. Grafting plants onto specially bred rootstocks is…

Greenhouse strawberry grower Dutch Berries:

"Easier to register production and hours'

In September 2018, strawberry grower Dutch Berries implemented the Nitea Work-IT software in the new greenhouse in Zuilichem in the Bommelerwaard. Dutch Berries consists of two blocks of 10 hectare. In the greenhouse, strawberries of the Elsanta variety are grown, one of the most grown varieties.…

Tom Ammerlaan (Themato) about Pro-Vida:

"No more plant stress because of oxygen deficiency in water"

Oxygen is something that nobody can do without. Humans, animals and plants could not live without oxygen. Plants and flowers in the greenhouse need oxygen at the roots. Sufficient oxygen contributes to the water and nutrient intake of the roots so that the quality of the plant is improved and the plant…

iFarm project: SaaS platform 1 module release

The production monitoring module of the iFarm SaaS platform was released on September 13. Product director, Mr. Oleg Kostenko shows how the module works. In this version of the module, one can monitor the data on microclimate as well as light switching on and off. The system warns about critical…

LED platform for vertical farming provides 1820 PPF output and FarmVision AI

Illumitex announces NeoPAR XO, a major upgrade to their grow proven NeoPAR LED lighting system designed for vertical agricultural systems. The new NeoPAR XO brings the benefits of Illumitex’s horticulturist-curated artificial-intelligent machine-learning FarmVisionAI to the difficult task of vertical…

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

The benefits of multi-layer cultivation... in a greenhouse

The germination and propagation of herb plants is done in a vertical set-up on the concrete path (just before the ponds) at Christ Monden's nursery in Etten-Leur. What once started as a cautious test has now become standard practice there. Christ Monden and Bas Dirven A number of years ago Christ asked…

Greenhouse water savings survey

If you are involved in greenhouse production, then the University of Sydney would like to hear from you! A Horticulture honours student is completing her thesis on water use efficiency in the Australian greenhouse industry. You can show your support by taking 10 - 15 minutes, to anonymously share your insights on water use…

Gebroeders Koot implements Nanobubble solutions

"Consistently growing good quality tomatoes means playing a top sporting match every day"

Gebroeders Koot, a member of the Prominent Group, is a hydroponic tomato grower located in Poeldijk in the Westland that grows the Brioso variety.  It is a 5-hectare glass greenhouse with 2 hectares under lighting. Owner Geert Koot is a passionate grower who grew up in the greenhouse industry and has built…

Morphology measurement method for greenhouse plants based on the Kinect sensor self-calibration

Plant morphological data are an important basis for precision agriculture and plant phenomics. The three-dimensional (3D) geometric shape of plants is complex, and the 3D morphology of a plant changes relatively significantly during the full growth cycle. In order to make high-throughput measurements of…

Lots of attention for the opening of the new Syngenta Innovation center

Yesterday, there was a celebration going on at Syngenta in the Dutch Enkhuizen due to the opening of the company’s new innovation center. The opening of the 40 million euro costing center drew in a lot of interested parties. The power of the breeding sector and that of horticulture shine through in the…

China’s Shunyi district pilots IoT in greenhouse strawberry production

Strawberries aren’t a top export for China but that doesn’t mean the country’s agriculturists aren’t focused on boosting production. To improve production and profitability of the crop, a greenhouse producer in China’s Shunyi district in Beijing trialed an IoT-based solution in partnership with China…

Scooter popular mode of transport in the greenhouse

Employees in more and more nurseries are scooting along the greenhouse. The sturdy scooter from Steenks is doing well in the horticulture sector, a year after launching. High demand for scooterChristian Heymeriks, Steenks Service: "We have mainly supplied to the Netherlands, but also in Australia, Belgium,…

Patrick Casteleyn, MechaTronix:

"One extra layer with lighting in strawberry greenhouse, also a big step forward"

Because it is becoming increasingly difficult for growers to obtain a building permit for the expansion of a greenhouse, it is important to use space creatively. Strawberry growers are also struggling with this, but unlike growers of lettuce, herbs or leafy crops, multi-layer cultivation is not yet that established.…

How LED and HPS lighting affects air and leaf temperature

As growers are educating themselves more on different lighting technologies, we have been faced with questions many times over about what effects different light sources have on temperature and crop production; what is the difference between Convection Heat and Radiant Heat? Anyone remotely familiar with…

Cherry tomatoes cultivated remotely

Second Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge promises to be even more challenging

Last year the Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge of Wageningen University & Research already demonstrated that it is possible to grow cucumbers 'remotely'. This year the challenge is being organized again - the level of difficulty is now going up a bit, and that is mainly because of the crop: cherry…

Flexible solution for the urban area

First German Lidl metropolitan branch opened in Frankfurt-Niederrad

Ground-level parking, open two-story entrance area and a spacious, bright salesroom on the first floor: The first Lidl-Metropole branch in Germany opened on September 19, 2019, at 7 o'clock after about one and a half years of construction.With the new property in Frankfurt-Niederrad, Lidl has come up with…

Germany: A software update will instruct space tomatoes to sprout

It’s hard enough to grow tomatoes from seeds out in a sunny garden patch. To do it in sun-synchronous orbit—that is to say, in outer space—would seem that much harder. But is it?  That’s what plant biologists and aerospace engineers in Cologne and Bremen, Germany are set to find out. Researchers are preparing…

Greenhouse vegetables available on remote islands

Visitors to the LUX Hotel can from now on enjoy their greens super-fresh. That might not seem very strange - but please keep in mind that the company is located in Belle Mare Plage. Indeed, one of the most beautiful beaches on the world, but also located very remotely: on Mauritius. That the guests can…

US (PA): 60,000-square-foot vertical farm built in Braddock

Fifth Season, an indoor farming company, announced plans for its first highly efficient, commercial-scale indoor vertical farm, which will open in early 2020 in Braddock, an historic steel town near Pittsburgh. Fifth Season, originally founded as RoBotany Ltd., is a consumer-focused technology company…

Jack Mooney, Costa Group:

“Data is everything, especially when looking to make every graft count”

Keeping grafted seedlings healthy can be a challenge for any grower. This is also the case for Costa Group, who are currently building the largest nursery in Australia. Yesterday Jack Mooney, of Costa Group Australia, spoke at the Grodan International Propagation Seminar about how they keep grafted…

plans for major greenhouse complexes

Huafa Group acquires 25% of MegaPhoton

A large collaboration is announced in the horticultural industry. The Chinese Huafa Group is making its way into horticulture. Not only are they planning to build 500 hectares of greenhouses in China within the coming years, but they are also active in the lighting industry now. They acquired 25% of…

Netherlands: Subsidy for new training system

HortiTech, based in Naaldwijk, The Netherlands, is one of the five companies selected by the Westland municipality to receive a subsidy from ‘Subsidieregeling Kennis en Innovatie Westland’ (subsidy program for knowledge and innovation in Westland) to finance their innovative training system. The Westland…

UAE: Food challenge to encourage innovation in agriculture and food security

The UAE Government on Tuesday opened registration for the Foodtech Challenge, an innovation-based food production contest launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is being organised by the Food Security Office, in…

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Replicating sunlight from any part of the world with LEDs

Plant biology researchers frequently study plants whose natural habitat is half way around the world. Growth chambers enable them to accurately replicate conditions such as lighting, humidity and CO2 saturation. Some research also demands that researchers perform trials on remote locations or collaborate…

Propagation tests with cameras in the greenhouse

Beekenkamp Plants has entered into a partnership with Applied Drone Innovations. A start-up that develops greenhouse monitoring systems. They collect and process valuable data with the aim of increasing the quality of the crops. Applied Drone Innovations works with a drone and a camera that can be placed…

Making the invisible climate in the greenhouse visible

Climate models are widely used in research for calculating the climate in the greenhouse. Those models are usually governed by assumptions such as climate homogeneity. They do not take into account, for example, that air flows or objects in the greenhouse may result in different microclimate over the…

US (CA): Why the lettuce mitochondrial genome is like a chopped salad

The mitochondrion, "the powerhouse of the cell." Somewhere back in the very distant past, something like a bacterium moved into another cell and never left, retaining some of its own DNA. For billions of years, mitochondria have passed from mother to offspring of most eukaryotic organisms, generating…

40 years of climate screens: from dark to diffuse

"When it turned out that screens also saved energy, demand grew enormously"

Exactly 40 years ago Ludvig Svensson delivered his first climate screen to a Swedish grower who - looking for a sun protection screen - approached the neighboring textile manufacturer. Although Svensson in Sweden still produces curtains and upholstery fabrics, that production has been overshadowed by the…

Growing lettuce locally: How close can you get?

When talking about the future of food production, almost everybody agrees that food can be produced much closer to the consumer. Especially when looking at the US lettuce market, the distances travelled by leafy greens are encouraging indoor farmers to join the market. Then, there’s the second question:…

New technology allows container operations to be monitored on smartphone or tablet

Shipping line personnel can now monitor and access container refrigeration unit operations from a smartphone or tablet, thanks toCarrier Transicold’s new Micro-Link® 5 controller, the industry’s first container refrigeration unit controller with wireless connection capability for improved visibility,…

MA: Precision irrigation in a blueberry farm in Agadir

In Agadir, Morocco, the climate is very dry and in the summer the temperatures are very high. For African Blue South Farms, a 20-hectare blueberry greenhouse this means that irrigation is very important. “Blueberries are a very difficult crop to manage agronomically speaking. To ensure its survival, we…

Agrona introduces AG Clean+

Organic soap for a clean greenhouse roof

In the summer there is sometimes too much, in the winter often just too little. Yes, the sun cannot be controlled. To catch every ray of light in the coming dark days, it is time for growers to remove chalk and coatings from the greenhouse roof. This is now possible with an organic cleaning product based…

"Diffuse coating provides for better light distribution within the crop"

Two years ago, when owner Frank van Lipzig was in need of a new crop manager, he expressly chose someone without experience with cucumbers. The reason for this was that he wanted someone able to take a new, fresh look at the crop, without the baggage of ingrained habits. The new person – Peter van…

September 30

US (MI): Square Roots opening Farm Campus in Michigan

On September 30, Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open their newest indoor farm on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. This is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service locations across…

US (AZ): Agrivoltaics proves mutually beneficial across food, water, energy nexus

Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today's changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. Agrivoltaics, the co-locating of agriculture and solar photovoltaic panels, offers a possible solution, with new University of…

UK: Heliospectra to supply new technology for John Innes Centre

Heliospectra, an intelligent lighting technology provider for greenhouse and controlled plant growth environments, announces a new order from the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom. This order of Heliospectra’s fully controllable Elixia LED lights complements the previous orders made by the customer…

Winning teams for participation in Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge announced

On Friday 13 September, five winning teams for the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge were announced in Bleiswijk. This followed after a 24-hour hackathon, in which 21 international teams took part. The second edition of the challenge was organised by Wageningen University & Research and Tencent. The five…

Lighting research consortium brings CEA community industry-ready technologies

Without light, plants can't grow. The continued advance of controlled environment agriculture means that sunlight is often supplemented and in some cases completely replaced by artificial lighting. It works well, but there's one caveat: artificial lighting can take a lot of energy. Reason enough for the…

"Cooling technology increases total plant yield of basil by 30%"

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited (ASX: ROO, Roots or Company) has successfully used its Root Zone Temperature Optimisation (RZTO) cooling technology to increase the harvest yield of basil plants by 30 percent under extreme heat in the Arava desert in Israel. While basil is grown and…

Incotec presents sustainability strategy at SMT 2019

"Use of X-rays to upgrade seeds fits in 'Mission Zero'"

Seed improvement company Incotec has recently added a number of organic top-up products based on X-rays for tomatoes and peppers. It fits in the new theme of the company that will be presented at Seed meets Technology (September 24-26) in Zwaagdijk: Mission Zero. Erik Jan Bartels, Managing Director: "The…

New laser technology to achieve prolonged shelf-life

Belmark has partnered with PerfoTec to introduce a system designed to achieve prolonged shelf life and consistent quality of fresh produce; thereby contributing to a reduction in food waste and lower carbon footprint. On the left is Martijn de Bruin, Technical Director – PerfoTec. On the right is Jason vande…

Greenhouse drone manufacturer selected as StartLife startup

Biological approaches to treat aquatic pests and diseases or an aerial scout in the greenhouse: just two examples of the eight food & agtech startups selected to participate in the fall edition of StartLife Accelerate. From the fifty early-stage food and agtech startups who showed interest in the…

Tips on how to properly use commercial LED grow lights

LED grow lighting has fast become a staple in the commercial greenhouse, indoor farming, and CEA grow op industries - replacing the standard grow light sources with improved lighting through LEDs. Growers that have installed LEDs have seen results that show increased yields and decreases production costs…

Pest control with Agrintech nets

Professional agriculture is increasingly focusing on pest control (e.g. Halymorpha Halys), as pests have damaged and continue to severely damage crops. Protecting crops is now a must in agriculture and defense tools to prevent attacks and reduce the use of pesticides and treatments must be implemented.  In horticulture, attention mainly…

Debets Schalke broadens website

"Investors want to know their possible ROI"

“In recent years, our company has focused more on global turn-key greenhouse projects, or large-scale projects in which we not only supply the greenhouse, but also all the necessary installations and growing requirements." Speaking is Dylan Schalke, owner of Debets Schalke. The company has been around…

Slamotra increases light intensity with new lighting system

Slamotra in Kruibeke (BE) grows various lettuce varieties on more than 3 hectares. It has very successfully done so for a number of years using Oreon LED lighting. Owner Franky Hens is now having a large number of fixtures in his current lighting installation replaced by the new Oreon Grow Light 3.0. This…

September 19, 2019

Seminar: Plant Empowerment and Data-Driven Growing

On September 19, 2019, during Horti Asia in China, Hoogendoorn and Svensson jointly organize a seminar on Plant Empowerment and Data-Driven Growing. The session will start with an introduction to Data-Driven Growing. Of course, major trends related to data practices in horticulture, such as Big Data and…

Lighting control platform enables dimming on demand

Candidus is a startup company in Athens, GA, USA, that focuses on smart lighting control systems for the greenhouse industry. Their mission is to reduce the cost of supplemental lighting for greenhouse growers by implementing an adaptive lighting control system. Candidus was co-founded by Drs. Erico…

Carnegie Mellon University

Strawberries researched in development of insulin pill

More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and must inject themselves with insulin two to four times daily. Researchers have been looking for ways to administer the…

Michigan State University and Nanjing Agricultural University in China finalize dual-degree agreement

The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) in China entered a dual-enrollment agreement on undergraduate and graduate programs in food and agriculture. The Ministry of Education in China also approved the joint…

P.L. Light Systems introduces NXT-LP Ceramic Metal Halide Luminaire

"The next best thing to sunlight"

The 315W NXT-LP CMH luminaire is the latest complement to the P.L. Light Systems product family. This professional-grade luminaire delivers optimal lighting performance both as a standalone technology or when used to supplement existing lighting applications, according to the manufacturer. The luminaire’s…

Marjan Schnetz, Ockham Group:

"Fruit and vegetable companies entering the block chain - beware of retailers using you as marketing puppets"

Marjan Schnetz wrote a paper about the use of Blockchain applications within the Logistics Agri-chain. She is studying Horticulture and Agribusiness, part-time, at the…

Innovative breeding campus for BASF in Nunhem

BASF Vegetable Seeds, a breeding company that produces high-grade seeds for 24 different vegetable crops, opened its new state-of-the-art breeding facility in the Dutch village of Nunhem in 2018. This has increased the company's capabilities for providing consumers and the supply chain with new vegetable…

Controlling growth with light: more in winter, diffuse in summer

For a grower, every ray of sunlight entering the greenhouse in winter is a bonus. Light is also welcome in summer, provided it is properly distributed throughout the crop. This can be achieved by combining coatings. Two vegetable growers are leaders in this field in the Netherlands. Paul Moerman (left)…

Botswana: New farming technologies can improve production

Farmers have been urged to adopt the precision agriculture method to improve yields and use new emerging technologies to ensure food security in a changing climate. Speaking during a Climate Smart Agriculture seminar, on the sidelines of the Science Week, at the Goodhope Kgotla, recently, Botswana…

New food preservation technology mimics natural sun cycle

Beko recently unveiled their HarvestFresh technology which will be available across a range of refrigerators. The technology, developed for Beko fridges, uses not one, but three effective colors (green, blue and red), which mimic the 24-hour sun cycle and natural sunlight. This combination will simulate…

Where computer sciences and plant sciences meet

As technology becomes more integral to agriculture, the demand for professionals skilled in both trades continues to rise at a fast clip. Michigan State University (MSU)’s IMPACTS — Integrated Training Model in Plant and Computational Sciences — program brings together graduate students studying plant…

Argus VP and General Manager Michael Heaven:

"Collecting data is not the issue, using data is what matters"

When talking about data in greenhouses, the collecting of data might not be the issue nowadays, with many tools being available to do so. Using the data is the real issue: Making the numbers accessible to the right persons at the right time, and being able to respond to it in the correct way is more of a…

"New cucumber clip easier and faster to use"

Launched in 2013, the Ergo Clip has become one of ARaymond’s most popular and bestselling product. Designed specifically for the cucumber market, the innovative 14.5mm Ergo Clip fastening system is ideal for the production of delicate plants within a greenhouse setting as it reduces damage and maximises…

New cloning system allows development of transgene-free edited crops

Researchers from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and Durham University in the UK developed a tried and tested cloning system for genome editing with a monitoring module that lights up when a transgene is detected. This new technique provides an option for researchers to have an efficient…

Optical sorting machine could reduce labor requirements

Introduced to offer potato and vegetable growers and processors automated optical sorting of dirty crops, Tong has been offering the option within its Caretaker mobile grader and static grading lines as an alternative to traditional manual inspection facilities. The optical sorter for dirty crops can…

Fairy tales of white light – Does white LED light give better growing results?

The horticultural lighting market is in constant movement, and it’s getting harder and harder for a grower to find reliable product information and independent research results. One specific myth continues to live its life year after year – that is the debate over white LED light, which is considered to…

"Better soil, higher yield and more taste for tomatoes"

Tomatoes are the world’s most-grown vegetable for the food processing industry. Farmers in many countries use polyethylene (PE) mulch films to increase the tomato yield by controlling weeds, soil temperature and water usage. Thin PE mulch films must be removed from soil after harvest. As it is often…

How to create your ideal light environment

There are three characteristics of light you should consider when designing the ideal light environment for your crops: light quality, light quantity and light duration. Once you understand how these characteristics work together, you can optimize your lighting environment to grow healthy, uniform crops,…

Real-time measurements meet optimized greenhouse irrigation

“As we say in Holland, measuring is knowing,” says 2Grow co-founder Olivier Begerem with a knowing smile. “In horticulture, there are still too many things being done based on assumptions, still too many mistakes being made. In our opinion, it’s time to stop assuming and start measuring.” Indeed,…

End of season is coming: cleaning gutters and greenhouse roofs

We're not going to emphasize again the importance of hygiene in horticulture, not dwelling on virus pressure and not talking about the urge to organize your crop rotation. We're just showing various solutions to these issues. One of the newly realised products is the Hortiwash. This device can be used…

Canada: Helping Ontario farmers save time and money with technology

The Government of Ontario and Government of Canada are giving farmers in the province a faster and better way to support integrated on-farm decision-making. Work is currently underway to rebuild and modernize AgriSuite - a free online suite of tools to support agronomic, environmental and land-use…

Emerson announces cargo-tracking bluetooth app

Emerson announced today at the Asia Fruit Logistica convention the release of its latest product offering, the GO Bluetooth Plus Logger. The GO Bluetooth Plus Logger utilizes…

Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge livestream of 24-hour hackathon

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and Tencent will organise the 2nd edition of its International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in which multidisciplinary teams from all around the world will use artificial intelligence to remotely produce vegetables. The goal is to explore how artificial…

CAN (ON): $5 Million funding for innovative Greenhouse Technology Network

A new network for research and technology in Southern Ontario’s greenhouse sector is about to blossom, thanks to $5 million in new FedDev Ontario funding that will allow Niagara College to create an innovative Greenhouse Technology Network. On September 3, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle and Niagara…

"Smart farming: A magic bullet to meet the increasing demand for food"

The United Nations estimates that by 2050 the world population could grow to about 9.7 billion from today’s estimated 7.7 billion. To put it simply, there will be about 2 billion more of us and we will need to increase food production by up to 70% to meet future demands. Boosting production to that degree…

Video: Greenhouse hit by a tropical storm

It was a serious tropical storm that hit the Culiacán region in Mexico at the end of August. With severe rain and wind the retractable greenhouse was attacked quite heavily - but it held up. "The reinforced polyethylene roof coverings can't blow off since they are suspended below stainless steel wires", the…

How do you achieve the ideal light recipe?

The honest answer is that the ideal light recipe is still too expensive. The ideal would be a dynamic recipe that is different at the end of the day to how it was at the start. There are light sources available in which the light spectrum can be adjusted, but at present, they are mainly used in research…

Genap focuses on local production

"If you want to grow sustainably, local presence is a must"

There is a world wide call and necessity to store water. Genap, supplying water storage tanks to the agricultural and horticultural sector since ages, notices an increase in the demand and therefore focuses increasingly on local production. In November, production in Kenia started, while another…

testing three filtration set-ups

Comparing three ways to filter and disinfect rain water

Weeks of drought can occasionally be alternated with heavy showers in which large amounts of water fall from the sky in a short time. Strawberry growers cannot do anything about it, but can they do something with it? Yes, to ensure that they collect as much water as possible. Growers of protected…

Real-time loggers provide temperature and location information

DeltaTrak® will be launching two new FlashLink Real-Time Prime In-Transit Loggers at Asia Fruit Logistica, Stand 3W41, Sept. 4th – 6th, 2019, at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. With these two new models of real-time monitors (loggers), DeltaTrak has expanded its line of real-time loggers with cost-effective and…

The global need for plant breeding innovation

On 28-29 June last year, OECD organised a conference on Genome Editing. The conference proceedings and related publications have just been published. Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding Innovation Advocacy at Euroseeds, gave a presentation on the global need for plant breeding innovation on behalf of…

Faster way of trellising the plant

Getting ready for the new crop? An Italian company has found a way that can help you getting ready for it fast. Their newly developed system helps growers to trellis the crops faster. Ideal Tutor aims at replacing the manual tying of plants. "In agriculture, the productive process can make a huge…

The 'great potential' in horticultural waste

The plants that need to make room for the new cultivation in the coming months, most of the time gets turned into compost. But are there any better ways to use this green waste? A cheerful British voice tells the viewers of the video about the possibilities that sustainable use of horticultural waste…

New choices for Priva products in the Australian marketplace

AIS Greenworks have always had a Priva technician on staff, and feedback from growers was that they also wanted an alternative supplier for the product range. Greenworks now offers the full suite of Priva irrigation, fertigation and climate controllers in addition to installation and ongoing maintenance…

The effects of full-LED system combination on pepper

Whereas LEDS are used all over the world to better the growth of tomatoes, lettuce, berries and many other crops, it isn't being used on pepper often. Costs are too high and ideal circumstances haven't been found. Turkish developers now share their insights on the possibilities of opening up this crop…

Night cooling greenhouse projects gaining ground

KUBO has developed a new system of night cooling for use in Ultra-Clima greenhouses. The innovative principle can reduce greenhouse temperatures in climates with high night-time temperatures to the desired level. This enables both increases in productivity and quality and year-round growing. KUBO is…

US (IL): Research Park's $3.2M greenhouse to help researchers try to speed up gene editing in crops

Researchers hope to speed up gene editing in crops at a new greenhouse being built at the University of Illinois Research Park. They could eventually grow corn in the 9,000-square-foot facility, which will have 14-foot walls. “What we want to install in there is the state-of-the-art equipment to be able…

How to determine if LED grow lights are a good investment

Based on the benefits controlled environment growers are experiencing with LED grow lights, a return on investment (ROI) analysis could help you decide how quickly the payback would be for your operation. As LED grow lights continue to become more affordable, an increasing number of greenhouse growers…

future of Canadian horticulture

"New roles will require workers to interpret data not ripeness.”

“Canada could gain $11 billion in annual GDP by 2030 by closing the agricultural labour gap and accelerating investment in technology,” says a new report by the Royal Bank of Canada. It says that investment into and adoption of new technologies in the sector is a necessity to offset the labour crisis…

Ozone system provides 'brain food for roots'

Cardinal Fresh has announced a new addition to its family of ozone sanitation products to include large or small greenhouse crop water systems. "Ozonating greenhouse water is the most cost-effective way to completely and confidently sterilize feed water. It has proven to be far superior to either UV or…

China is trying to boost its crops by using electric fields

Chinese scientists are exposing crops to powerful electric fields in an attempt to make them grow faster without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Inside the huge commercial greenhouse on the outskirts of Beijing, heads of lettuce sit in neat rows while light gently pours through the glass above.…

Applying the technology on sheds or technical rooms is currently easier

Application of transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses still limited

Research on the feasibility of placing transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses shows that the application is still limited. Inno-Agro reached this conclusion after…

Feeding the 11 billion: the small Dutch town ending our food crisis

Describing itself as the primary knowledge-intensive agrifood ecosystem in the Netherlands, Food Valley, as it's known, promises food-related solutions "in the region and far beyond", via co-operation between companies, knowledge institutions, innovation centres, education and government. The base for…

Italy: Retailers use Blockchain and QR Codes for traceability

Large Italian retail chains and several food manufacturers are investing in projects to monitor and trace the entire food supply chain in order to make it more transparent to customers, for example, by enabling them to identify information on the label using a smartphone. Modern consumers are quite…

Mitchell Prins, Cresco:

"Shorter growing period and higher production with multi-layer cultivation"

On a road in a horticultural area in Honselersdijk, we find the family-run company Cresco. The Prins family has been growing cresses for wholesale and retail for four generations. Cresses are freshly germinated plants, such as garden cress and watercress. We are talking to two generations from the Prins…

"They have been able to get so much out of so little"

In this video, Freethink dives into Dutch horticulture to find out about the future of food. Obviously, they take a look into a greenhouse, because "if there is one place that approach is most clear, it is in their unrivaled greenhouse growing operations."   Ernst van den Ende, WUR Head of Plant Sciences, explains…

How to prevent momentum causing disappointing results?

Momentum can be a cause of disappointing results in the semi-closed glasshouse. So what is it, and how can it be prevented? Godfrey Dol, an expert on growing in semi-closed glasshouses, shares his experiences. Figure 1 below shows a bird’s-eye schematic view of a semi-closed glasshouse. Figure 1 Airflows…

Research LED lighting for soft fruit

Grow light is still rarely used in soft fruit like strawberries and blackberries. It's often difficult to achieve a good business case with HPS, because the season is short and the grower has to make profit with few kilos. The cost of usage (electricity) doesn't always outweigh the benefits.  With LED, it…

Offering efficiency and scalability in vertical farming

How is vertical farming going to change food production? No one can predict the future, but vertical farming has been identified as an important development in the growing demand for healthy food. Product Engineer Pim de Jong is going to provide us with detailed information about the advantages and…

CA (BC): Did the aliens arrive? No, but LED lights did

Here we go again. By investing in modern lights, lowering the energy needs of the horticultural industry, growers every now and then do not get applauded, but are being compared to E.T., Yoda, Groot, Avatar & Spock. Indeed: the aliens might have arrived again.  Last night, the lights came from local cannabis…

"Being duped by fake CCT5 Containers is a thing of the past"

A solution to finding ‘fake slots’ of CCT5 Containers

The Dutch company, Van Vliet Containers, has introduced a functional, affordable solution for scanning and counting CCT5 containers. At the beginning of 2019, Container Centrals introduced a new CCT5 RFID label. This was done for more than 3 million containers, including CC Pool. Before the introduction…

Test Proefcentrum Hoogstraten will run until the beginning of October

Full-LED ahead of SON-T reference system in lighting test tomatoes

To be able to grow tomatoes year round in the Netherlands and Belgium, light is required. In winter, sunlight alone is not enough, so growers opt for lighting. But what is the best choice, LED or SON-T? Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing a test that will run until October. The lighting most opted for…


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