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Dutch tropical plant grower, Aardam, invests in 3 additional dehumidifiers

"Less fungus, stronger plants and higher energy savings"

The big advantage of this machine is that the heat and CO2 remains in the greenhouse while the humidity in the air is being removed, explains Arthur Spruit of Aardam, a Dutch grower of tropical young plants. The machine in question is the dehumidifier of Israeli company Agam. In 2018, they installed the…

Five tips on monitoring hydroponic systems

Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosts Jon Greene of Bluelab Corporation in a new YouTube video. They discuss technical tips for pH and electrical conductivity (EC) monitoring in hydroponic plant production, as well as water management and the importance of maintaining…

Fluence launches Vypr 3x and Vypr Duo 3x2

"Growers now have a solution to leverage year-round crop production"

Fluence expanded its top light solutions and launched the Vypr 3x and Vypr Duo 3x2. The latest Vypr series additions feature Fluence’s diversified PhysioSpec spectra and efficacies up to 3.7 µmol/J. “This addition to the Fluence Vypr Series is just one example of how we are creating advanced solutions to…

Quebec grower, Les Serres Frank Zyromski, on Biotherm's bottom-heat carpet

Canada: "Even when it is -30° C outside, I can keep the soil at 22° C"

Les Serres Frank Zyromski, producers of 8 to 10 million cuttings annually, have found a way to maintain soil temperatures and reduce production time – even while temperatures dip as low as -34° C. “We save time with our crop – almost two weeks,” says Frank Zyromski, owner of the Rivière-Rouge,…

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Indicator species analysis: A useful tool for plant disease studies

Indicator species analysis (ISA) uses indices of an organism’s relative abundance and occurrence to estimate the strength of its associations with a priori groups of interest and a simple randomization test to evaluate the probability of association. Because ISA values tend to be greatest when a species…

The first 'quick wins' have already been made

NL: Maarel Orchids optimises cultivation and reduces costs with photosynthesis sensor

The mobile FluoMini photosynthesis sensor provides Maarel Orchids with new insights to optimise the cultivation. Cultivation manager Johan Langelaan applies them and yielded better results with lower costs. He is enthusiastic about the added value of his new tool.  For Langelaan, working with data is a daily…

Deliflor opts for hybrid lighting

With a view to the new lighting season, a future-oriented lighting plan and installation has been designed for Deliflor Chrysanthemums for its 13,000 m2 breeding greenhouse, in consultation with installation partner Enthoven and light suppliers Philips and Agrolux. New varieties of chrysanthemums are…

Proposal would add three new product categories to the DLC Horticultural Lighting Program effective July 1, 2021

DesignLights Consortium seeks comments on draft updates to horticultural lighting technical requirements

In response to member and stakeholder input, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released draft Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.1,…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

Havecon, VB and PB Tec

VEK Adviesgroep joins investment group Atrium Agri: adapting to changing horticultural industry

VEK Adviesgroep joins Atrium Agri, a partnership in greenhouse horticulture sector that was erected last year. VEK and Atrium will collaborate on horticultural projects both nationally and internationally. Managing Director Willem Nat is proud: "Our entire team stands behind this decision, were excited…

Hortilux

In high-wire cultivation, it's important that the light penetrates deep into the crop

Many growers who invest in LED lighting opt for wide-beam LED fixtures with a high light output. In this way, they aim to achieve optimal light distribution at the top of the crop and to limit investment costs. In high-wire crops, however, it is particularly important that the light penetrates deep into…

Steven van Looveren sees a decline in the demand for diffuse glass

"Light transmission of glass becomes more and more important”

The characteristics of the glass are important. Steven Adriaense, Van Looveren explains: “The light transmission is vital. That’s what it is all about now. The requirements are getting higher and higher these days. In order to show the product has a good light transmission, we supply the requested…

Reversed osmosis in combination with Artificial Intelligence

Partially because of the current issue of water scarcity, the sustainability discussion, and the legislation in the field of groundwater, the Van der Ende Groep has developed the Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO). The Nexus HPRO is equipped with a hydraulic design in combination with…

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Pepperpot Nursery

Sunshine on herbs pic.twitter.com/NBPaeoQWFp — Pepperpot Nursery (@pepperpotherbs) October 13, 2020

Rooted Farmers: 'Designed by flower farmers for flower farmers'

Rooted Farmers, an online sales platform exclusively for flower farmers, designed by flower farmers, is now entering its third year of development. Rooted was founded and is run by Slow Flowers member Amelia Ihlo, a flower farmer based in Etna, New Hampshire, who runs Reverie Flowers.  We include more on how…

Greenhouse climate control through fogging and misting systems

Water droplets smaller than a human hair

Humidity control is a crucial element of protected agriculture, and one around which the discussion is consistently developing. Whereas relative humidity was previously the main parameter considered by growers, vapor pressure deficit is becoming an industry standard when discussing humidity in…

Soil disinfection technology to solve the problem of lily continuous-cropping obstacles

Recently, it was learned from the observation meeting on lily soil-borne disease prevention and control supporting technology and experimental demonstration site in Shaoyang,…

How photoperiod, DLI, temperature and PGRs influence growth and development of succulents

Anthony Soster is an M.S. student at Michigan State University and is currently investigating how daily light integral (DLI), day and night temperature, photoperiod, and plant…

RII

webinar, October 29

Liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop

RII partners with LDL, DLC, ASABE & three manufacturer members to host a liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop. Register now for the upcoming workshop on 10/29 at 1pm ET on liquid-cooled LED lighting technology to learn how utilities and the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry are evolving…

IIVO, 'next level climate computer'

Hoogendoorn Growth Management introduces 'biggest innovation yet'

On October 8, 2020, Hoogendoorn Growth Management organized an exclusive launch event to launch what they call their biggest innovation yet: IIVO. "It's not just a new all-in-one process computer, but so much more than that", says Martin Helmich, CCO Hoogendoorn. "IIVO is a next level climate computer." 'Complexity…

Tom de Smedt, export manager RKW Hyplast about Grafeno:

"We accidentally discovered the film lets through more PAR light”

Optimal light management, excellent mechanical properties, and very high sulphur resistance are the standards the new RKW Hyplast greenhouse film needs to meet. “It was quite the challenge, but we succeeded. Our new film‘Grafeno’ has become a high quality and pollination-friendly film”, says Tom de…

Manipulating light to improve greenhouse production of specialty cut flowers

Caleb Spall is an M.S. student at Michigan State University and is currently investigating how light quality, DLI, and photoperiod influence flowering and morphological…

Lightweight silo cover offers quick and easy installation

In the past months, Albers Alligator developed and brought to market the Alligator SiloDome together with Buwatec and BUWADome. The SiloDome is a water silo cover with a maximum capacity of Ø 15.00 meters which completely seals off the silo. When the water surface doesn’t get completely sealed, algae can…

Kroptek LED Solution, Surrey

Energy efficient transition allowing over 50% savings in annual lighting costs

In September 2019, the National Plant Phenomics Centre initiated a tender process to replace the horticultural light equipment in one of their main grow rooms. This internationally renowned center works both with academic and industrial partners in the UK and globally, namely by providing access to…

Marcel van der Lugt, Lugt Lisianthus:

"Where we used to be able to grow 5 flowers per branch, we are now at 15 flowers per branch"

With a combination of HPS and 25% LED lights with a light level of 364 µmol/m2/s on 5.8 hectares in Monster, the Netherlands, Lugt Lisianthus is able to grow more flowers and firmer stems with a shelf life of 14 days. “We chose Signify because of the quality and reliability they provide. In addition, we…

Automation of irrigation with LetsGrow.com

About 3 years ago, a collaboration was established between Vineland Research & Innovation Center and LetsGrow.com. The reason for this collaboration is the growing demand for…

Rite Hite GmbH offers advanced solutions for cooling and freezing halls

"Optimal sealing during the distribution process saves a lot of energy"

Energy losses and, therefore, high costs are an all-too-common occurrence in the refrigeration and frozen goods sector. Thousands of euros' worth of energy are lost every day. That's during loading and unloading, as well as the opening and closing of indoor cold stores. That's shameful and entirely…

Video on interpreting irrigation water quality

A new YouTube video by Dr. Paul Fisher from the University of Florida IFAS Extension describes how to sample, interpret, and solve chemical issues for water used to irrigate greenhouses and nurseries. Dr. Fisher introduces the free online WaterQual tool on the www.cleanwater3.org website to interpret…

"Water cooling improves the lifespan of the entire LED fixture"

Since the introduction of LED fixture 'Monarch' earlier this year, Oreon has been able to illuminate many projects with this high power 1000W LED grow light. This LED fixture has been specially designed to replace a 1000W HPS fixture in the greenhouse 1 on 1 (using the same cabling).  More than six months later,…

"application to basin great brainteaser"

Market launch Tank Level Indicator just a starting point for Aad Verduijn

Aad Verduijn introduced the Tank Level Indicator back in May. The very first product from Avecon, a company with which Aad has mainly marketed his services since 2006. It was therefore exciting to see how the market would react to a physical product, made and conceived in Maasdijk. "Positive,…

Chinese robot restaurant

Robotization has taken off in recent years. In warehouses, you increasingly see robots packing or sorting products. This Chinese restaurant only needs people to eat its food. Robots do everything else. Useful, right?

"Particularly in basic and mid-tech, a lot of gains can be made with simple automation"

Jan Wijgerse sets up own product line with GHBD Holland

For the international grower with greenhouse horticulture ambitions the range of high-tech technology on the market can be overwhelmingly. Once the greenhouse with all the trimmings is in place, arranging everything properly is not that easy. "Then you see that intervention is done manually, while all…

Real-time tracking of import movements with Cargo Tracker

Combining data from various sources allows shippers who import goods through the port of Rotterdam to visualise the supply chain more clearly. A pilot project of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is now a fully-fledged application called Cargo Tracker. Portbase will be developing the application in the…

New irrigation controller series

Dramm is upgrading its irrigation control line with the introduction of the ProLine Irrigation Controller Series. Building on the capabilities of the RainPro Controllers, the ProLine increases the…

BioTherm's journey: 40 years and counting

It all started with two teenagers and one invention

From heating to air and water optimization solutions, used by growers in at least 20 countries. Today’s BioTherm encompasses it all - and to think that this journey all started with two teenagers and one invention in the 80s. We had a talk with one of the owners, Jim Rearden, about their journey, the…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

"The future starts in Eelde"

The first new services for Royal FloraHolland growers and buyers will be available from Monday, 21 September. With the preparations carried out in recent months, Eelde is now an ultramodern hub, with the very latest services. Watch the video where location manager Thomas Bugel shows you how Eelde is preparing for the future. Source:…

GreenTech

Nominees for GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 announced

The exhibitors of GreenTech Live & Online submitted 26 innovations for the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020. An expert jury selected 12 nominees from all entries in 3 categories namely ‘Innovation’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Concept’. The winners will be announced during the virtual opening of GreenTech Live…

@fargro

fargro

The High Sheriff of West Sussex paid us a visit, on his tour of the county showcasing resilient and successful organisations in key sectors. Here's Fargro's MD Richard Hopkins giving Dr Tim Fooks the site tour. Find out more: https://t.co/mXkYOGOSmU #horticulture pic.twitter.com/67hXrRXJqS — fargro (@fargro) September 16, 2020

Ridder launches HortOS

Keep control over large-scale horticulture businesses

Ridder’s new ecosystem, HortOS, will help horticulture businesses scale up, harness data to generate knowledge and be part of the digital transformation. "We want to give businesses even more control by enabling partnerships, unlocking data and sharing relevant, accurate information. The aim is to…

DesignLight Consortium released version 2.0 of Technical Requirements for Horticultural LED

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released the final version of its Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.0, an update that will…

by adding Yunnan AiBiDa Greenhouse Technology Co., Ltd.

Signify expands Philips Horticulture research partner network in China

Signify signed a cooperation agreement with Yunnan AiBiDa Greenhouse Technology Co., LTD, to formally become a research partner using Philips GreenPower LED products as supplementary lighting for its greenhouse floriculture production improving crop growth efficiency and quality in western China. AiBiDa…

TTA sorting machine running at full speed

New forest nursery officially opened in Czech Republic

For several years, and particularly over the last three years, Europe has been dealing with the challenges of deforestation. Drought, forest fires, storm damages and insect attacks (like the bark beetle) are the consequences of that - the forest has to endure a lot. Therefore, governments are more and…

Gemüsebau Steiner relies on industry-specific ERP-solution from activeIT

"With traceNET-Production, processes can be planned and controlled effectively”

Gemüsebau Steiner is a family business founded in 2014 in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria, which specialises in natural, fresh and above all sustainable vegetable cultivation. Today, with over 200 employees, Gemüsebau Steiner and BIOhof Kirchweidach cultivate 32 hectares of land with tomatoes, peppers,…

Temperature data loggers guarantee high product quality of Panama papaya

Papayas from Panama are well known and their export volume is growing every year. However, this fruit easily spoils during transportation and storage. One of the main questions in this industry is how the papaya can best be kept fresh during distribution. The Panama papaya exporter Panafruit S.A.…

At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT)

It is time to space the poinsettias; watch these robots work!

Christmas may feel far away, but preparations are in full swing at poinsettia growers. At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT), for example, they were busy with spacing the poinsettias last week - and no, not manually. In this fascinating video, posted on Linkedin by Chris Cybulski, we see…

Star Roses invests in new water managing system

"It will make us one of the pioneering flower companies in Latin America"

Despite the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ecuadorian rose farm Star Roses has decided to invest in state-of-the-art technology that allows greater control and precision in the management and conditioning of water for their crops, which potentiates the production results. The system; Isii…

Mprise organises webinars about ERP & Apps for seed companies

Also in September, Mprise Agriware will host two webinars. The first session is about crop management and seed production management. We will focus on the management of production contracts with ERP software. The second webinar is about working from one digital source, without Excel files or paper. This…

Ascania-Flora chooses Oreon

Ukrainian rose grower takes another step with choice for LED

Oreon’s LED fixtures are to be installed mid-October at the Ukrainian company Ascania-Flora, one of the largest rose growers in the country. Some 220,000 roses are grown here every day (of which 95% for the domestic market), but the company wants more. Ascania wants to grow and innovate and has chosen…

Growers on OASIS by Control Dekk

"We see just the right amount of water go exactly where it is needed"

In 2013, Control Dekk was founded on the simple idea that automated hanging basket irrigation could be simple and effective. Seven years later, greenhouses across the United States and now in Canada are recognizing the value of Control Dekk’s proven OASIS technology that saves growers time and conserves…

Plantae

Imaging flowers: a guide to current microscopy and tomography techniques to study flower development

Flowers bear the reproductive organs and determine the reproductive success of plants by producing fruits and seeds. Flowers usually include four whorls of organs: sepals, petals, stamen and carpel. In this review, Prunet and Duncan discuss various microscopic and tomographic techniques to image flower…

Besseling Techniek introduces #roofwashertuesday

With the peak of summer behind us, the days are getting shorter and growers in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for fall. Screen products (chalk) and coatings are removed from the glass and the desire for a clean greenhouse roof is once again topical. The amount of requests for a roof washing…

The effect of increasing levels of supplemental LED light on greenhouse-grown cut gerbera

To investigate the influence of supplemental lighting intensity on the production (i.e., rate of flower development, flower quality, and yield) of cut gerbera during Canada’s supplemental lighting season (November to March), trials were carried out at a research greenhouse. Five supplemental light…

Stan van Steekelenburg, Beekenkamp:

"We have gained reliability in the germination process"

Stan van Steekelenburg has been working for Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals for 2 years now. He started working as a Trainee and is now working in the research and cultivation departments. He spends most of his time on research within Beekenkamp. He does this mainly on the basis of tests. He looks at how…

Valoya and Citizen Electronics enter a licensing agreement

Citizen Electronics Co. Ltd., developer of electronic devices and applied products and Valoya, the research driven LED grow light manufacturer, have entered a licensing agreement whereby Citizen Electronics will take Valoya’s LED spectrum portfolio into use. Citizen Electronics will apply Valoya's…

Monitor temperature and humidity for perishables with LogTag data recorders

QA Supplies recommends the UHADO-16 and HASO- 8 humidity and temperature loggers for monitoring current humidity and temperature readings simultaneously. These unique products are ideal for recording and monitoring the environment within a barn, warehouse, cooler, refrigerated transportation, and more. LogTag’s…

New light system for Vineland Research

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recognized as Canada’s leader in horticulture research and innovation. Located in Ontario’s Niagara region, on a 218-acre campus, they are an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing horticulture science. The campus is comprised…

The HC Companies

"Automation friendly containers are critical in getting the job done"

Labor shortages continue to remain an issue in the horticulture industry, and automation-friendly containers are looked upon as the solution. Many greenhouses and nurseries are turning towards contract employees to fill the labor void. But while they provide the physical assistance required in the…

also saves 40 to 70 percent of energy

Hygroscopic solution takes aim at humidity issues

The high relative humidity in the greenhouse was one of the main reasons for Hungarian fresh herb grower Akkos to invest in a dehumidifier. About four years ago, they installed the dehumidification systems of Agam Greenhouses and since then, plants are more healthier and more stable than before. Special…

New Zealand company launches a new, cheaper method of removing ethylene from cold stores

New Zealand company Ethylene Free launched a new method of removing ethylene from cold stores this week. According to Roger Cherry who owns the company, this method removes 99% in a single pass and costs less than 50% of existing methods while only needing a standard single phase power point. “Existing…

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The hidden plants that ‘bleed’ nickel

Sixteen years ago, Aiyen Tjoa was exploring a small mining town of Sorowako in the heart of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Sorowako once had been a home to immense diversity of plants, and most of them were found nowhere else. But then the small town became the hub of one of the largest nickel mining…

Autogrow releases public API to empower growers

Autogrow has released a public API (Application Programming Interface) allowing connectivity between their Folium sensor network and other farm sensor data. “Growers currently feel frustrated by not having systems that speak to each other. And the truth is that, until other large industry players also…

John Henderson, Floral Computer Systems

"Avoid buying something that needs a fix"

As a hobby, the challenge of salvaging and fixing broken things may be good for your morale; but in business, it is often a bad idea. It will probably take you much more time…

Plant nanobiohybrids as living sensors for on-site environmental pollutants detection

Photoluminescent metal organic frameworks (MOFs) were grown into a living plant (Syngonium podophyllum) via immersing their roots in aqueous solution of disodium terephthalate…

Considerations when automating your horticultural facility

In a constant search for achieving more efficient processes, automated environmental controls have proven to be key for horticultural facilities as they help deliver a more…

RF Agriculture

Best types of grow lights for flower and bloom grow cycle

When growing in a commercial greenhouse, all aspects need to be controlled and kept at the optimum levels for plants to grow and thrive. Anything less than optimal will lead to undue stress and will affect the overall quality and yields of crops. Proper lighting is one of the essential elements in a…

Study shows substantial benefits in relation to concrete floors, trolleys

Ventilated floor shows growing benefits in phalaenopsis

Offering phalaenopsis growers increased flexibility. That was the aim when setting up a study into whether Phalaenopsis can flourish on a cultivation floor. Is the cultivation floor comparable with, or even better than, traditional trolley systems? During this study, which was initiated by Erfgoed who…

Spanish/English bilingual video series educates on nursery best management practices

UF/IFAS Extension has added a series of bilingual videos as part of its Greenhouse Training Online program. The latest videos on nursery best management practices are available in the UF IFAS Extension BMP playlist on the program’s YouTube channel. The videos were developed by Tom Yeager from the UF/IFAS…

Marjoland uses Signify’s LED lighting

Dutch rose grower achieves higher production, improved quality with dedicated light recipe for roses

Marjoland, one of the largest rose growers in the Netherlands, has achieved the highest quality and a higher production for its Red Naomi! Roses by using the dedicated rose light recipe for its hybrid lighting installation provided by Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting. Previously,…

CambridgeHOK

the Eden Project

One BMS system instead of 49 separate ones

In 2010 Eden Project recognised the need to control its indoor climates more efficiently. CambridgeHOK's team was chosen to implement a new Building Management System (BMS), converting it from no less than 49 separate control systems. Key part of the initial work was ensuring temperatures were always maintained…

Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in HortiDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Bloemen- en plantennieuws and Groentennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the most…


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