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New type of photosynthesis discovered

The discovery of a new type of photosynthesis changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths.....

Video: How to calibrate a pH and EC meter

The pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of irrigation water, fertilizer solutions, and growing substrate can have profound effects on crop growth and development. A hand-held pH and EC meter is a convenient way to monitor your irrigation solution and rootzone. However, a measurement is only as good as the.....

Germany: Rosenhof Odendahl in the spotlight

"We grow a diverse range of roses in containers for the garden, balcony or terrace. The auction clock is for us a way to show off our new products," says Franz Josef Odendahl, who heads the family business. In the new 'Anlieferer im Rampenlicht' video, Veiling Rhein-Maas presents Rosenhof Odendahl from Neuss.....

NL: "Just like people, plants need healthy food"

Will algae be the new green gold? According to sustainable entrepreneur Ad van Vugt the answer is yes. With his company Algae Innovations Netherlands BV he, together with the University of Amsterdam, has started research into the application of algae: "We knew that our algae did something good for the growth.....

Maximizing photosynthesis under strong light fluctuations

Photosynthesis is the motor for plant growth, and depends heavily on light. The intensity of sunlight on a leaf can fluctuate a lot from minute to minute. Previous research in tomatoes shows that with a rapid transition from low light to intense light, it takes the plant more than 10 minutes before the.....

Podcast offers insider tips for greenhouse pros

New episodes continue to launch for STEM: Insider Tips for Greenhouse Pros, a podcast created specifically for commercial greenhouse growers, horticulture professionals and the customers they supply. Hosted by Ball Seed's Bill Calkins, each STEM episode features a guest sharing timely and relevant.....

Saint Lucia: Commercial orchid greenhouse management project launched

A new Taiwan-Saint Lucia agriculture project, Saint Lucia Commercial Orchid Greenhouse Management Project, has been launched at Union Orchid Garden facility recently.This latest venture aimed to develop a standardized model for the commercial production of orchid and enhance the greenhouse management.....

Potting media dilemmas & small-scale growers

When growers look back on a successful spring season they often can attribute their success to their employees, their pest management plan, and their plug supplier. Few if any ever credit their potting media supplier, yet the lynchpin for success in any good year can be tied to their potting media. I have.....

Pakistan: Flower growers in Sindh face water shortage

Flower growers in Sindh (Pakistan) are reluctant to cultivate seasonal varieties this year due to acute water shortage.The plantation of at least eight varieties in Sindh, locally known as gando (marigold), gul-e-sultan, gul-e-daudi, cut flower, tulip and others, usually starts in late August every year......

NL: De Zonnebloem celebrates 70 years

Seventy years ago, de Zonnebloem (the Sunflower) nursery was officially registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Alkmaar. Fifty years ago, the Oostveen family took over, when Wijnand and Julia Oostveen bought the florist/nursery in the North Holland town of Nieuwe Niedorp from the Takken family. The.....

March 9-12, Tehran

Iran to host International Symposium on Cut Flowers

The ISCF 2019 (International Symposium on Cut Flowers) will be held in Tehran, Iran from 9th to 12th March 2019, under the auspices of the International Society of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS).The plenary lectures will be given by leading scientists in diverse fields related to cut flowers including.....

Alstroemeria grower moves 1.8 hectares to hybrid lighting

Dutch Alstroemeria grower and plant breeder, H.M. Tesselaar Alstroemeria, will move a total of 1.8 hectares of greenhouses to hybrid lighting with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting. Using this hybrid system, the company aims to improve plant quality and increase winter production, while reducing energy.....

Influencing plant growth with LED light

Plant growth can also be influenced by light. Dr. Dirk Ludolph from LVG Ahlem looks at the LED technology from which the horticultural sector expects results with regard to elongation growth, colouration and contained substances. Specialist editor Dr. Heinrich Dressler has summarised the findings.Effects:.....

Philippines: Marijuana growers advised to grow flowers instead

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque advised Cordillera farmers to stop planting marijuana and instead grow what he said were cash crops, like cut flowers.In a press briefing in Bontoc, Mountain Province, on Tuesday, Roque told Cordillera farmers they could end up behind bars if they continued planting.....