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Deep learning helps robots count orchids

Robots and automation are omnipresent in horticulture nowadays. One example of this is counting the number of flowers and buds in phalaenopsis plants. Computers are able to do this much faster than humans - however, there's a catch. The number of open flowers during delivery of phalaenopsis plants keeps.....

Special box extends shelf-life of flowers

At the recent Fruit Logistica trade show held in Berlin, Janny MT, a French company, was showcasing, among other products, their Janny MT Module. This is a controlled atmosphere bin. Adrien Buisson, Sales Manager for Northern Europe at Janny MT, saw a significant opportunity for this equipment in the region......

"Avoid cutting losses by prioritizing sticking"

Lower leaf yellowing and senescence of problematic species can be reduced or prevented by prioritizing sticking and updating your cultural procedures. by Roberto G. Lopez - rglopez@msu.eduFigure 1A and B. Lower leaf yellowing and poor rooting in dahlia can be an indication of ethylene and extreme temperature.....

US: Customs will inspect 1 billion flowers imported for Valentine's Day

Customs and Border Protection officials are expecting to process and inspect more than 1 billion imported stems of flowers in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day next Wednesday, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson confirmed Friday.Although the DHS agency is often associated with apprehending.....

DoKaSch provides Opticooler for Ethiopian Airlines

DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, the provider of climate-controlled solutions for air cargo, welcomes Ethiopian Airlines as a new client for its Opticooler. Recently, the airline and the German ULD provider signed a master agreement.“We are very glad to offer our customers a highly reliable packaging solution.....

US allows import of dendrobium from Taiwan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium spp. in growing media from Taiwan into the United States. After careful analysis, APHIS scientists have determined that this.....

US: Delayed shipments can stress vegetative cuttings

Winter weather can turn any trip into an adventure. Over the past few weeks, a combination of freezing rain and snow across the southern U.S. has caused significant transportation delays on highways and airways alike. Given that shipping season for vegetative cuttings began in earnest several weeks ago, the.....

Canada: Deadline pushed back for Greenhouse Certification Program

As of January 29th, 2018, the rollout of the United States-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP) is delayed, as government agencies and industry associations complete preparation of training and guidance packages for their staff and members.What does this mean? For those currently on the Canadian.....

New Zealand court fines plant smuggler

An air passenger has been fined $2250 for following his cousin's advice to smuggle plant cuttings and seeds into New Zealand.Deo Rajan Gounder appeared in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty of trying to bring 4 plants and 11 seeds into Auckland Airport in July last year.MPI.....

Video: Phytosanitary clean peat for bulb packaging

Dutch flower bulbs are exported all over the world. To protect them from damage and dehydration during transport, the bulbs are packaged in sanitized crates filled with peat. Peat with the RHP quality mark is also for this application safe: originating from controlled areas, phytosanitary clean and.....

India: Training on dried flowers technology and value addition

A two-day training program on dried flowers technology and value addition was conducted from 7th December to 8th December 2017 at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hirehalli. Mr. Jagadish K.N, SMS (Agri. Extension) welcomed all the participated resource persons and trainees for the programme. Dr. N.Loganandhan, Head and.....