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Plants capable of rapid, long-distance defensive signaling to warn leaves of danger

Plants have a built-in wound sensor and rapid communication system that allows them to defend themselves when attacked by insects, new research from the University of Missouri has found. Insects cause an estimated $470 billion in crop damage worldwide every year. Prior research has shown that plants can defend themselves…

Researchers use biotechnology to develop blue rose

For centuries, gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses with no success. But now, thanks to modern biotechnology, the elusive blue rose may finally be attainable. Researchers have found a way to express pigment-producing enzymes from bacteria in the petals of a white rose, tinting the flowers blue.…

Climate cell on wheels helps Dutch growers with LED dilemma

"Everybody wants to do 'something' with LED and has the feeling something has to be done with it, but what? There's so much going on and being offered - how to get started and what to do?" That's why the Hortilux & Green Simplicity teams created a research solution for the industry. Currently they're…

Electronic tags keep tabs on greenhouse variables

Over the past 100 years, Sheridan Nurseries has grown into one of Canada’s leading landscape architecture firms. Operating on more than 1,200 acres of growing space in Southern Ontario, the company now produces 600 varieties of perennials to go along with 600 nursery stock varieties. For the past few years, it has also offered…

'Plant orchestra' gives people a glimpse into the inner life of plants

Wageningen University & Research and KunstLab Arnhem are working on a collaborative project known as Bio Orchestra, which translates plant growth into sound. People can experience the inner life of plants through sound as part of an interactive installation that opened on 2 October 2018 in the Forum…

Iron Ox start-up

Will America's future farmers be robots?

Angus possibly will be America’s farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, and he is a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Angus is a robot. To Brandon Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to…

Closing the data gap in horticultural research

A few weeks ago, 30MHz spoke to horticultural consultant Chris Need about the role real-time data plays in helping growers prevent disease (in this specific case pansy mottle syndrome), and discussed how remote monitoring of plants and their environment can help drive more informed, immediate…

"Empower your plants and your business"

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, the official North American launch of the new book Plant Empowerment will be held. The launch will take place at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada. Jan Voogt, one of the authors, will deliver a keynote speech…

Alstroemeria company Together2Grow chooses Hortilux’ Hortiled Top fixtures

"Investment in LED should increase production and quality"

LED in alstroemeria is hot: more and more growers are choosing LED fixtures as an addition to HPS lighting. Alstroemeria company Together2Grow has also followed this. They have installed Hortiled Top fixtures from Hortilux. Grower Bernard Zuidgeest expects to increase production by 10 to 15% and improve…

Outdoor study lends insight into flower timing

Research on plants grown outdoors has revealed new activity of a key gene that controls when flowers appear. The results indicate that lab conditions used by plant scientists worldwide need to be altered to better match outdoor conditions, to gain a more realistic understanding of plant behaviour. Flowering gene The study identified a…

Capturing the spectral composition of light sources

Light management is a critical factor in commercial greenhouse and growth chamber efficiency. "Growers can gain enhanced control of desired plant characteristics by accurately measuring and optimizing the composition of your supplemental light", Abby Brooke with LI-COR Biosciences explains. That's why…

Hortilux

‘Generic light recipe per crop is bullshit’

Many growers believe that the light output of a fixture is indicative of the efficiency of a grow lighting installation. Hortilux sees this differently: a grow light solution should contribute to the goal the grower wants to achieve―increased production or a better tasting product, for example. This goal…

Japan: New plant species discovered in museum is probably extinct

A single non-photosynthetic plant specimen preserved in a Japanese natural history museum has been identified as a new species. However, it is highly possible that this species is already extinct. These findings were published on September 13 in Phytotaxa. This plant was discovered in Kobe, Japan, in…

LED Grower's Guide for Ornamentals

LumiGrow, a smart horticultural lighting company, released their LED Growers’ Guide for Ornamentals. This guide has been developed to instruct ornamental crop growers on how to use LED lighting strategies to maximize profits, boost yields, increase crop quality, and elicit desired plant characteristics…

Nutrient removal from drainwater: the e-Phos showcased

The e-Phos is designed by Fraunhofer institute (DE) and was adapted to remove the nitrate and phosphorous from the drainwater and recover that phosphorous as fertilizer. A combination of ion exchange and the electrochemical phosphorus recovery technology ePhos has been showcased at PCS on the 12th of…

Theo Stolze, Stolze B.V.

UL/CSA certified cable welding system launched

Americans and Canadians require horticultural suppliers to obtain an UL/CSA certificate for their electronic and electrical products. In the Netherlands there weren't any companies that could supply prefabricated cabling that met these requirements, Stolze B.V. has now acquired the certification. Theo:…

collaboration between sensors and lights specialists

"No duplicate sensors, lower costs and uniform data"

Fewer sensors in the greenhouse, lower costs and greater consistency between data. Those are the most important advantages of the collaboration between LetsGrow and HortiSense. Through a link, data from the climate computer is now also available in HortiSense, the digital platform of Hortilux.…

Ron van Dooren, Beltech:

Smart cameras predict future development of cuttings

Smart cameras see things people don't see, or miss. If this concerns any specific wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum not visible to the human eye, we speak of multi-spectral technique. And we looked for a guy to tell you all about it, meet Ron van Dooren from Beltech, a Dutch company specialized…

New filters for Ball Seed WebTrack

Ball Seed WebTrack, the horticulture industry’s leading business management system, is pleased to announce a new filtered search function with the latest update for its desktop platform. Orders created with a keyword search can be enhanced through Filters, which offers relevant ways to sort the thousands…

New LED toplighting with higher output for light-loving crops

Signify announced the introduction of the new Philips GreenPower LED toplighting high output with a light efficacy up to 3.0 µmol/J and an output of 800 µmol/s. The new module will help greenhouse growers improve the growth of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other crops that require a lot of light. The…

"Grower becoming more of an entrepreneur"

"Also in Thailand growers are increasingly becoming entrepreneurs." This is according to Thomas Ruijter with Agri Solutions Asia. Fifteen years ago, Thomas and his companion Menno Keppel left for Thailand to start their technique supply company. These days they see both the companies and the quality…

Tunisia: Underground irrigation tech helps growers counter drought

Underground irrigation technology has helped 100 farmers in Tunisia to continue farming during droughts. It is dubbed the Buried Diffuser and this technology utilizes half the amount of water that drip irrigation needs, while raising yields 3 to 5 times. It also ensures that no water is lost through…

March 6-7, Stratford-Upon-Avon

UK: New conference to drive technology advancements in horticulture

Leading developers and influencers in agri-tech are being invited to exhibit at SmartHort 2019, a new conference designed to connect innovators with the horticultural industry. Commercial businesses, research or service organisations using technological advances to drive real change in the industry are…

What you should know about LED grow lights

How do LED grow lights work?

Energy-efficient LED grow lights are the lighting of the future of agriculture. They are not only economic in their use but they produce better plants as well, in comparison to all traditional lighting options. In the texts below you can read how the LED grow lights work, how they affect plant growth and what advantages the LED…

Plants control photosynthesis similarly, regardless of origin

Plants carry out photosynthesis and thus form the basis for most life on earth. Researchers from Kaiserslautern and Potsdam have now investigated whether the production of photosynthesis proteins in land plants and algae differs. To do so, they examined translation; this is the process by which the…

2.3 µmol/J

New high intensity top-light launched

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow have launched the new TotalGrow High Intensity Top-Light. The features and benefits of this new light form include: Efficiencies for full spectrum grow lighting at 2.3 µmol/J Cost effectiveness IP65 waterproofing Simple and unobtrusive installation with built-in…

Australia: What research should the nursery industry invest in?

A new project is set to unearth leading research and development (R&D) from around the world and develop a roadmap that will help guide future R&D investment and collaborative opportunities for Australia’s nursery industry. The six-month project, Global Review and Gap Analysis of Nursery Industry…

JOBU helps Danish grower with new insert

The label is (not) blowing in the wind

At the nursery and during the trials the problem of labels being blown away by the wind did not occur, but once delivered to the customers, it happened. It appeared to be a common issue, Danish garden plant grower Gunnar Christensens Planteskole found when inquiring at different garden centers. In…

UVC light also suitable to disinfect auction buckets or cultivation vases

Bacteria and fungi can be deactivated with UVC light. This principle is already widely used in water systems, but nurseries can also disinfect auction buckets or cultivation vases with the aid of light. This reduces the risk of contamination with flowers and plants. It contributes to the vase life and…

Bernardo Greeve, KG Greenhouses:

"Nine hectares is a big project, also by British standards"

A nice project in Great Britain for KG Greenhouses. Over the coming months, a 9 hectare greenhouse will arise in Spalding. It’s the third time the Dutch company builds for their client Neame Lea, a British grower of a wide range of potted plants and bedding plants. "Nine hectares is a big project, also…

Passively cooled LED offers bright, uniform light for all crops

FlowerMax offers an innovative, intelligent lighting and control system for the flowering stage for all crops. With the needs of indoor farmers in mind, VividGro has developed a lighting solution for the flowering stage of plants that combines ease of use, energy efficiency and stability. The FlowerMax…

UK: Cambridge scientist photographs tiny plants

If you are interested in fern gametophytes or in deep focus macrophotography, the new Chlorohpyllosophy Youtube channel has just been launched giving guidance on how to start in this fascinating area. The work was funded by grants from the Biomaker 2017 and OpenPlant 2018 funding rounds and the work was…

Listen to your roots

Roots can be “listened to” while growing – and worms when burrowing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research present a new method for soil analysis. The new Method opens a window for science, says Or: “We can learn when roots grow, for example." (Photo: Colourbox) Healthy soil is…

Wagagai in Uganda chooses Service Engine

Wagagagai is the first foreign horticultural company to opt for Royal Brinkman's Service Engine. In mid-2017 Royal Brinkman launched the Service Engine, a digital service and maintenance tool available on smartphones and PC, which gives the grower more insight into the service and maintenance at the…

"Optimizing fertilization for a resilient plant"

NL: New test facility for NovaCropControl

In order to analyze the current intake of nutrients in plants, plant sap measurements are increasingly carried out. NovaCropControl is specialized in this type of measurements and has, since this spring, a test facility available in a newly built plastic greenhouse. Koen van Kempen of NovaCropControl:…

How the cut flower industry could use AI to grow

The UK flower industry could contribute more to the UK economy if they were better supported and understood by the AI community and other technology areas. by Caroline Chibelushi, KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Manager for AI As a keen gardener myself, the first time I related flowers with AI was in 2012, when…


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