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Eco startup works with farmers to process coconut husk waste into sustainable alternative to peat moss

Following the launch of its sustainable textile products made from pineapple leaf waste, NEXTEVO announces its development towards processing coconut husk waste into sustainable materials by Q2 2022. NEXTEVO has formed an exclusive partnership with Sambu Group, a coconut products manufacturer, to process…

"Peat environmental footprint scores are similar to those of non-peat components"

After more than two years of intense work, Growing Media Europe (GME) announces the publication of the first sector-wide Growing Media Environmental Footprint Guideline.…

Coco substrate sensors available for Chinese growers

Growficient supplies a so-called ‘plug-and-play’ system that supports growers in monitoring and optimizing their irrigation strategy. They can be used in vegetable crops such as cucumber, pepper, and tomato, as well as in soft fruit crops like strawberry. Now, Growficient has decided to join forces with…

Oasis Grower Solutions:

Reducing labor costs, improving efficiency

“Up until now, there has been little focus on labor savings, reduced labor, and improving efficiency. That is how AeroMax and our family of hydroponic plugs got started. We sought to cut labor requirements and increase efficiency in the entire process,” says Dr. Vijay Rapaka, global research manager at…

"Water scarcity is by far the biggest challenge in the Gulf region"

In twenty years' time, many regions on the world map will turn red in terms of freshwater availability. According to Sander van Golberdinge of Grodan, this will pose an enormous challenge for food production. "This is very alarming, but it also represents a great opportunity for high-tech greenhouse…

New hydroponic starter plugs for optimal start

Growcentia, an agricultural biotechnology company, announced the release of its newest addition to the MAMMOTH product family for hydroponic cultivation. MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are pre-moistened, individually packaged trays.   MAMMOTH Starter Plugs are a 50/50 mix of coco coir and sphagnum peat moss, which offer growers…

5 November 2021,11:30-13:00 (UTC)

Peatland partnerships in climate change mitigation and nature recovery

The International Peatland Society (IPS) will hold a networking event on "Peatland Partnerships in Climate Change Mitigation and Nature Recovery" on Friday, 5 November 2021 at 11:30-13:00 UTC+0 at the COP26 Peatland Pavilion in Glasgow, Scotland, and virtually. The program and key messages of the…

Stonewool plugs 'save' water-based pak choi and lettuce cultivation

At Marck Hydroponics, in a greenhouse measuring approximately 1 hectare, around 2 million lettuce and pak choi plants are grown in a hydroponic floating raft system every year. Since mid-2019, Arthur Marck and his brother Theo have been cultivating these crops in this growing system. After a search with…

Brazil: Pindstrup Group acquires large supplier of growing media Brazil

Pindstrup announces the acquisition of Carolina Soil do Brasil, which is the largest supplier of growing media to the horticultural sector in Brazil. Yesterday, documents were…

Gel substrate allows growers to achieve higher yields with minimal OpEx

“Vertical farmers are looking at continuous improvement to gain economic and competitive advantage. HYPERroots substrate enables them to get more with less and to do so more predictably,” says Erik Caso, CEO and Chairman at Proterra Ag, Inc.  “Farmers need consistent performance they can rely on and, in fact,…

Growing Media Europe publishes LCA guideline for Growing Media

After more than two years of intense work, Growing Media Europe (GME) announces the publication of the first sector-wide Growing Media Environmental Footprint Guideline.…

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Irish households sending their recycling to be composted to fight peat

Ireland’s organics recycler Natural World Products (NWP) has commented on the latest recycling statistics for Northern Ireland, calling for a greater emphasis from local councils to encourage higher levels of compliance from householders. Well over half of all household material sent for recycling over…

US: Substrate scientist to study future of soilless systems

There is an unprecedented growing global demand for soilless substrates in horticulture due to the increased production of ornamental, vegetable, soft fruit, and Cannabis crops in soilless growing systems.  While many may be familiar with hydroponic and aquaponic systems, most crops in soilless growing systems…

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Strawberry substrate production systems: a review by Omafra

Growers have many options when it comes to establishing strawberry substrate production. OMAFRA’s Erica Pate reviews different container options, tabletop and suspended systems, and different structures used for strawberry substrate production. For more information:OMAFRAwww.omafra.gov.on.ca 

New gel growing medium for better propagator growth announced

Proterra Ag announces a new gel grow medium, HYPERroots™, which aims to enable propagators to achieve higher yields consistently with minimal OpEx. Testing in CEA and with conventional outdoor growers shows that, compared to other existing substrates, "HYPERroots reduce the amount of water required to…

RF Agriculture

The benefits of coco coir in hydroponics

In a hydroponic system, a grower does not use traditional media. Instead, other media are employed to provide a safe and secure growing area for plant roots. Of these media, one of the most popular is coco coir, which offers many benefits that make this media a go-to for the majority of all growers in…

Horticultural growers protesting in Dublin

"Horticulture sector abandoned by government's inaction"

Horticultural growers, led by IFA President Tim Cullinan, were protesting outside Leinster House in Dublin on Wednesday, October 13. The protest highlighted the ongoing challenges around harvesting horticultural peat and its central role in the sector. The matter will be raised in the Senate on October…

Launch of Biogrow Philippines

"Philippines offer great potential for coco substrate market"

Over the last couple of years, the supply of coco peat for the horticultural industry has not been easy. The weather in production countries like Sri Lanka and India, a shortage of processing facilities, logistical challenges, and then Covid-19 have all been great challenges for the industry. When the…

"Growing more quality with less, AgTech in hydroponics is part of the solution”

“Being a grower has taught me a lot, it has allowed me to experience the problems and challenges us farmers deal with, and this is why I know firsthand that we must now implement sustainable farming methods such as hydroponics in order to be more efficient in the use of water/nutrition and have more…

Belgian retailer reuses bread waste to grow mushrooms

Colruyt Group reuses its own bread waste to grow mushrooms. For the production of this circular product, they entered into a cooperation with ECLO, formerly known as 'Le…

Substrata announces the launch of online store

Biochemical manufacturing company Substrata announced today the launch of its new online store, making it easier for customers to purchase what they need. “The reason for the launch of our online store is to make our product more accessible to customers around the world. Customers can now order products…


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