Philippine agri chief wants growers’ groups to directly import and sell fertilizers

In a bid to help stem the skyrocketing prices of fertilizers due to tight global supply, the Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines is encouraging farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) to import fertilizers directly from international producers and suppliers to reduce the farm input’s…

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Student business turns waste water into plant growth

On many farms, "poop water," or the wastewater from livestock, ends up in large manure lagoons. However, Lemna, a 2020 startup co-founded by ASU alumnus Travis Andren, is working to revolutionize the idea of waste in animal farming by turning this poop water into plants. Lemna, operated by a trio of ASU…

Vegetative and productive responses of tabasco pepper to fertigation and plastic mulching

The use of plastic mulching and high-frequency hydroponic drip irrigation (intensive production methods) watering cycle may increase tabasco pepper crop production per unit area. To test this hypothesis, two randomized block experiments were conducted in a greenhouse, using a 2 × 4 factorial scheme with…

Spanish growers share experience with biotechnology

"We have greatly improved the life of tired soils and the vigor of the plant"

Edypro studies and develops biotechnological fertilizers. Since 1996, the Valencia-based company has been distributing their products in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. In this article, several growers share their experience with using Edypro's products. Strawberry crop treated with Procuaje Radicular…

'It saved the farm' Cape hatchery turns fish waste into sustainable fertilizer

What saved Blue Stream Aquaculture Cape Cod from death-by-COVID was fish waste.  The 161-year-old West Barnstable trout hatchery, which raises brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout, saw its business nearly cut in half by the pandemic. The company’s primary business was stocking ponds for fishing derbies in…

The Region of Murcia prohibits the use of nitrogen fertilizers in zone 1 of the Mar Menor

The Government of the Region of Murcia announced that it will prohibit the use of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers in all of zone 1 of the Mar Menor, the closest zone to the…

New liquid mycorrhizal inoculant with 2-year shelf life

Mycorrhizal Applications has released MycoApply® EndoThrive, which is a new liquid mycorrhizal inoculant product for professional use. The new addition to the MycoApply…

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The response of tomato to biochar addition under reduced nitrogen application

Tomato is an important economic crop that is widely consumed worldwide. Tomato production is mainly limited by the use of nitrogen fertilizer, sunlight, soil and water conditions. Biochar is one of the soil amendments, and it is recognized as a promising practice for improving crop production in…

Enhancement in bell pepper plants with application of Roholtiella sp. under soilless cultivation

Cyanobacteria are found to be renewable and sustainable additives for growth improvement in crops. Extracts and biomass of three nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria namely, Roholtiella sp., Nostoc ellipsosporum (QUCCCM99), and Desmonostoc danxiaense (QUCCCM112) isolated from a Qatar desert environment were…

Australia: Researchers develop method to convert urine into fertiliser

A research team at the University of Melbourne developed a way to convert human urine into fertilizer. Making use of electro-bioreactors, a membrane-based technology used to treat wastewater, the scientists extracted nitrogen and phosphorus from urine to create fertilizer. As the method makes use of…

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Could recycled wastewater offer the UK an alternative to imported fertilizers?

Research at Cranfield University, in collaboration with Severn Trent and Microvi Biotech, is utilizing the ability of bacteria to recover nutrients from wastewater. The recovered product has the potential to provide a sustainable, green fertilizer alternative in the food sector and for the public’s use…

VitalFluid (NL) presents first results of natural nitrogen trials

"Lightning in a box"

VitalFluid presents the first results of the first lettuce grown with Vitalfluid Natural Nitrogen. The lettuce is growing in a vertical farm of the Botany in Venlo at the Brightbox. In this hydroponics system, the lettuce is growing on just water with fertilizers. "We compare two cells, the reference cell is set up with common fertilizers…

Wim van Marrewijk, Vena Vitae:

"We need to move away from fighting symptoms and start focusing on the entire system"

"We know that it is never one factor that determines soil health. As an agricultural sector, we are fighting the symptoms, when we should be focusing on systemic management to get the soil to work properly," says Wim van Marrewijk, who recently set up the company Vena Vitae Benelux BV. Long term Wim…

New method makes vital fertilizer element in a more sustainable way

Urea is a critical element found in everything from fertilizers to skin care products. Large-scale production of urea, which is a natural product of human urine, is a massive…

Plant booster and protection hits Spanish market

SIPCO Innovations is pleased to announce the launch of its new product Hyshield in Spain this August, in partnership with Hortitec. This European launch comes after the success of Hyshield™ in the North American market and the increasing demand for this product in the marketplace. Hyshield is derived from…

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Pre-Empt: An organic hydroponic fertilizer

Organic hydroponics is possible. Growers can implement organic practices for hydroponic systems by using nutrient solutions derived from organic plant and animal material or naturally mined compounds. In order to certify the organic origin for a product you must look for OMRI-listed products. The Organic…

NL: “Empowering strawberry plants through nutrition made us more reliable”

Driven by the ambition to do things even better, strawberry grower Rob van Enckevort from De Peelkroon BV was keen to take Plant Empowerment a step further to improve the fundamental health of his crops through nutrition. “Quality is always an issue with strawberries, just as with any fresh produce, and…


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