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"New filler for high soil compactness"

The Versa Filler is the newest filler in the Visser product line. The machine features some unique technologies to achieve a uniform and high soil compactness, without damaging the trays. Specially designed for seedling trays with small and deep cells.This uniformity and compactness is achieved by using.....

US (MI): Top distinction for reduced water use in plant production

When Tom Fernandez was a graduate student pursuing his doctoral degree at Michigan State University (MSU), his academic adviser Ron Perry was working on a large multistate research project (NC-140) focused on improving tree fruit production and sustainability through changes in rootstocks.Perry would bring.....

International collaboration leads to new TC transplantation method

In a joint effort to modernise tissue culture transplanting, Majestic Youngplants from Australia, BOCK Bio Science from Germany, and TTA from the Netherlands introduced a transplanting method for the tissue culture market. The outcome of this collaboration boosts average nursery capacities from 3,500 tissue.....

DNA tests lead to discovery of plant thought to be extinct

Missouri Botanical Garden researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. The methods and results were published in Oryx. The authors include Garden researchers in both St. Louis and Madagascar.Dracaena umbraculifera was described in 1797 from a cultivated.....

UK: "More investment in robotics is needed "

An AHDB Horticulture survey has revealed that 82 per cent of UK growers believe recent developments in automation have helped reduce their reliance on labour.Growers also report key areas for future investment should be focused on harvesting and improvements within the pack-house.Areas of production with.....

India: Running water grows flowers in aquaponics operation

Arkaprabha Das and Subhadip Mitra have introduced aquaponics on a plot near Canal More under Kharia panchayat of Jalpaiguri Sadar block, 8km from the town.With assistance provided by the Fish Farmers' Development Agency and the district administration, they have come up with the project.They have dug four.....

Royal Brinkman improves mobile webshop

Royal Brinkman introduces a new version of its mobile webshop, making it easier for growers to place an order or to request a quotation via their smartphone.Mobile ordering has increased enormously among growers in recent years. This is not a surprise, because it operates very fast and you can order with.....

How to reduce overwatering of growing media

Water is essential for plant growth and development. Water is used by plants for transpiration (to lower leaf temperature), it acts as a solvent, it is involved in chemical reactions like photosynthesis, and it transports nutrients through the plant. The purpose of watering a plant is to replenish the water.....

Researchers see a use for Mexico's abandoned greenhouses

Researchers at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) have come up with an innovative proposal for the huge number of abandoned greenhouses across the country: modify them for use as solar dryers for fruit, vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants.An estimated 75% of greenhouses in Mexico are.....

What in your irrigation water affects your media pH?

The media pH of your crop can affect the overall health and quality of your crop. If the pH of the media is not within an acceptable range for the crop you’re growing you may experience deficiencies or phytotoxicity depending on the crop and the macro or micronutrients affected. "Often times I hear the.....

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NL: DNA technology provides new possibilities

The developments of biotechnology are going extremely fast. Ten years ago, it took millions of euros and years of work to decipher the genetic code of a living organism. Nowadays you have that information for less than a thousand euros and in a few days time. Naktuinbouw investigated what DNA technology can.....

"DryGair gives grower the reins"

Less than two years ago, the first units were installed in a Dutch greenhouse. Then another, and again another one, and yet another. Now, more than 50 units have been installed at over 30 companies in the Netherlands. "It's all I do now," says Eef Zwinkels of Royal Brinkman. The company started a.....

ErfGoed pipe

More uniform crop with more uniform irrigation

VIDEO For us patents are not a goal in itself, says director of ErfGoed Hugo Paans, but a result of innovation. One of these is a pressure-resistant PVC pipe for the supply and discharge of water on the cultivation floor. By using this pipe it is possible to distribute water very evenly over the cultivation floor.....

US: Two new botrytis and thrips projects underway

In 2017, a special AFE research campaign was established to address the control and management of Botrytis and thrips.The goal is to raise $1.5 million through industry support to conduct new and innovative research leading to effective control procedures and management strategies. The research will lead to.....