Technique

New plug and play devices deliver dissolved oxygen to plant roots

Dissolved oxygen (DO) does many things for your plant. It is a critical but often overlooked piece that helps plants uptake nutrients through the roots. Dissolved oxygen is the mechanism that allows the nutrients to be absorbed through the root membrane. "Without sufficient levels of DO, there will be no…

"Controlling soil moisture can remove the need for chemical growth retardants"

Poinsettias, the classic ruby red Christmas plant, are a species that often rely on the use of plant growth retardant (PRG) to ensure they achieve the optimum number and size of bracts at the height of their selling season. With protective environmental legislation threatening to reduce the use of such PGR chemical…

US (NM): Nanotech company launches quantum dot greenhouse film

UbiQD, a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, has launched its first commercial quantum dot (QD)-containing product, the UbiGro greenhouse film. "We developed a safer, cheaper, more reliable quantum dot technology and are applying it in greenhouse films in order to red-shift the sun's spectrum year-round, regardless…

UK: Clay Lake Project update: cladding & irrigation

KG Greenhouses has posted another video of their 9 hectare turnkey project in England . Project manager Carel Pronk presents the progress of the project and has become a celebrity himself due to these videos. "It’s great to see all the different stages of such a project and to see the speed in which it is being realised." In the video you…

Harm Vogels, Intracare

"It is not necessary to clean the irrigation system during crop rotation"

"Completely clean drip lines, hoses and drippers. That is the conclusion after extensive inspection of drip irrigation systems that have been treated with Hydrocare during cultivation," explains Harm Vogels, Market Developer Horticulture at Intracare. He sees that even up to the last dripper no bio film…

CAN (BC): Flower supplier to deliver customers real-time availability

West Coast Floral Growers and Distributors has partnered with LinkGreen to deliver customers access to real-time inventory when ordering online. West Coast Floral Growers and Distributors has been in operation since 1989 and has become a premier supplier/distributor of cut floral and live potted plant materials in BC,…

"New modular LED system offers flexibility and high performance"

In October Sylvania Lighting released the newest product of its horticultural lighting solutions, the Sylvania Gro-Lux LED Linear. Gro-Lux LED is designed as a modular passively cooled LED complete fixture, which is an all-in-one solution for every stage of plant growth and suitable for every crop. For the development, Sylvania paired up…

Relaunched online platform showcases water conservation tech

Ecologel Solutions announced the relaunch of Hydretain.com , a new and improved site for the company’s flagship water conservation technology, Hydretain. Ecologel is a developer and manufacturer of innovative products for plant science and water conservation. Ecologel Solutions produces environmentally…

New on Floriday: small-volume sales

The Floriday platform was recently expanded with a useful new function: sales via Clock Presales. It is now possible to sell small volumes and achieve a better price without extra transport costs. You can sell up to half of your clock supply via the Floriday platform one day before the auction from midnight until 5:55…

"Offered in eight colors, new LEDs enable faster plant growth, greater crop yield"

Lumileds introduced the Luxeon SunPlus 2835 Line of LEDs , which provide the color options and high photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) needed to maximize plant growth rate and crop yield of a variety of plants and vegetables. Growers can select specific color points or design a customized spectrum. The…

Rack Item Optimizer (RIO) awarded patent

FlowVision has received its first patent for its Rack Item Optimizer (RIO) software. After many years of working on RIO rack optimization software, they received the patent October 2, 2018. This is the fifth patent FlowVision has received for its software products. FlowVision's RIO software is designed to work…

Nick van den Berg, Bunnik Plants

NL: How to become a recognized zero drainer

Bunnik Plants in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, is recognized as zero drainer. In the talks with DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond, the Waterschap Schieland and Krimpenerwaard, the pot plant companies have been able to demonstrate they are not draining waste water. Nick van der Berg, cultivation specialist at…

US: Wi-Fi CO2 monitor and grow controller for growers nationwide

CO2Meter launches a new RAD-0501-W Wi-Fi Day/Night CO2 Monitor and Controller, providing growers with the ability to track all areas of their grow rooms wirelessly. Carbon Dioxide in high concentrations can result in serious injury and even death. By providing a monitor which maximizes plant growth, while monitoring and providing safety…

New smart horticultural lighting solution for optimizing crop yields and costs

LumiGrow launched their newest wirelessly controllable LED lighting system for commercial greenhouse and indoor crop production. The LumiGrow TopLight is a powerful, versatile lighting solution built with various cost-saving optimizations for the professional crop cultivator – including a high photon…

Samsung expands horticulture LED lineups for indoor growers

Samsung announced new horticulture LED lineups, including full-spectrum packages and modules as well as color (monochromatic) LEDs. Optimized for lighting in greenhouses and vertical farming, the new LEDs provide a broader spectrum of light for healthier plant growth, enhanced farming environments and…

The future of light: HPS vs LED

HPS is the well-known and traditional fixture for growing all plants, so why should you take the “risk” of choosing LED for your greenhouse - and is it more beneficial to grow plants under LED light? Explore why controllable LED fixtures are a bright choice, and why more and more growers consider this a better solution than…

Opportunities to measure content substances in plants wirelessly

One of the principles of energy friendly greenhouse cultivation, is the (scarce) light being optimally converted into assimilates, preferentially in the product to be harvested. The only way available now to determine whether nutrients and assimilates are in the 'right place', is by taking leaf samples…

Crossing Ecuadorian borders, gaining foothold in Colombia

Farm management software Unosof expands in South America

"Significantly improve the way farms are managed and operated through the use of technology." With this aim in mind, Jeremy Adams, Jeroen van Vliet and their colleagues started to develop farm management software 10 years ago. After 5 years, the web based software, Unosof, was finished and could be…

"New LED lighting technology ensures growers maximize quality and yield"

Hydrofarm has established an exclusive partnership in the United States and Canada for high power grow lights with Sananbio to launch “Photobio Powered by Sananbio”—a horticultural LED product line specifically formulated for high power greenhouse and indoor growing with a focus on strong results for…

Waking sleeping plants with plasmas

In late February a grape vine shows the first sign of production; the small bud will grow into a cluster by early summer.  Commercial crops like grapes, peaches, berries and flower bulbs all go dormant in the winter, essentially sleeping through the seasonal cold before they resume growing, flowering and fruiting…

"Next-generation light solution ensures high-yield, consistent harvests"

Fluence Bioengineering unveiled the new VYPR 2p and VYPR 2x light systems for controlled-environment cultivation applications. VYPR 2 is suited for sole-source and supplemental lighting applications addressing virtually every cultivation need across the produce, herb, cannabis, and ornamental growing…

“Not just fighting, but also controlling biofilm build-up in your irrigation system”

“Water is the most essential nutrient for plants. Healthy and productive water supports a profitable greenhouse, resulting in improved yields, longer shelf-life and reduced risk of disease.” Speaking is Jim Shubat, co-founder and CTO of SanEcoTec® Ltd. The Company developed the AVIVE® water treatment…

Controlling conditions according to plant temperature opens up more possibilities

The temperature of the crop sometimes differs widely from the greenhouse air temperature. For this reason, it is a good idea to continuously measure the crop temperature. By far the greatest number of growers control their greenhouse climate using the monitoring box. This measures the temperature and humidity while the climate computer…

A software solution for irrigation issues

Worcestershire based Readyhedge report on how the Hunter IMMS (Irrigation Management & Monitoring Software) has provided an effective addition to their irrigation system. Installed during 2017-18, it has enabled Readyhedge to improve control of the watering on the whole nursery. With the 2018 summer being so…

Double Check Lily & Total Systems

NL: An entire internal transport system from one supplier

Recently, we reported on the Top Loader , a soil processing system from Total Systems, that Double Check Lily installed in combination with two cooling drums. But that was not all, because a complete harvest line was also installed at the grower. The lilies undertake their whole journey from cutting to packaging on Total Systems…

US (IL): Study provides whole-system view of plant cold stress

When temperatures drop, plants can’t bundle up. Stuck outside, exposed, plants instead undergo a series of biochemical changes that protect cells from damage. Scientists have…

Vertical farming of tissue culture transplants

Vertical farming (VF) of transplants in growth rooms with LED lights, CO2 injection, and precise control of temperature & humidity has potential to optimize the rooting environment. However, increased cost of VF (especially capital and electrical cost) needs to be offset by shorter crop time and…

"Small genetic differences turn plants into better teams"

Diverse communities of plants and animals typically perform better than monocultures. However, the mechanisms that are responsible for this have so far been a mystery to science. Biologists at the University of Zurich have now been able to identify the genetic cause of these effects. Their findings might…

Porta Nova expands LED toplighting trial with dedicated rose spectrum

Porta Nova, one of the world’s largest growers of Red Naomi roses, is expanding its Philips GreenPower LED toplighting trial with a dedicated rose spectrum after a successful hybrid trial with LED on a small area. The LED toplighting with rose spectrum allows them to increase light levels year-round…

UK: New software solution eases audit burden for small producers

Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance (QA) and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions based in Lincolnshire. To address this the company has…

US: Researchers seek input from culinary herb growers

University researchers are seeking input from potted and fresh cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for the survey will help to steer the focus of this project. Currently, researchers from Michigan…

Kenya: New water treatment system at the De Ruiter East Africa

“Our goal was to get better and more reliable water quality and to save costs at the same time”, Rob Letcher, Managing Director De Ruiter East Africa. As rainwater is limited and drilling a borehole prohibited, they were depended on the lake. However, “even though the lake is often of good quality, it is…

Royal FloraHolland's Gerhard van der Bijl named CxO of the Year

On 30 October 2018, during a festive award show in the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, Gerhard van der Bijl of Royal FloraHolland won the Computable Award CxO of the Year. Floriday achieved a second place in the category ICT Project of the Year. According to the jury, Gerhard owes his nomination to the redesign of the IT organization in…

NL: Three screens above each other at Florensis

In the horticultural area in Dinteloord in the Netherlands, a lot of construction is taking place. And next year that will be even more. Florensis will then build a greenhouse of approximately 6 hectares. That will be a high-tech greenhouse with a 'high-tech screen installation'. The decision was made to…

US (MI): Positive flower grow trials using CO2 foliar spray technology

Toronto based CO2 GRO announces a series of positive flower grow trials using dissolved CO2 spray versus no CO2 gassing at a commercial Michigan flower greenhouse. The first two trials were done on Vinca Minor “periwinkle” flowers that were sprayed with dissolved CO2 in a large commercial greenhouse that does not…

Quantifying the effect of substrate microenvironment on root growth by 3D imaging

Erin Yafuso is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida and is working to assist growers by identifying the best ways to supply adequate water and oxygen to plants roots. Producing a healthy crop is anchored in the roots of a plant. Dr. Fisher and Erin are studying the relationship between water to oxygen and effect on…

Science confirms: lavender smell calms us down

Research published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience shows for the first time that the vaporized lavender compound linalool must be smelt—not absorbed in the lungs - to exert its calming effects, which could be used to relieve preoperative stress and anxiety disorders. "In folk medicine, it has long been believed…

Floralife and Oasis Grower Solutions acquire library of 20,000+ articles

Floralife and Oasis Grower Solutions, divisions of Smithers-Oasis Company, have recently purchased a library database of research, technical and trade journal articles on…

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity?

Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen and, most…

Developing LED lighting strategies for indoor floriculture transplant production

Post-doctoral research associate Yujin Park at Michigan State University investigates how the radiation spectrum of sole-source LED lighting influences growth and development characteristics of floriculture transplants. A new method of producing floriculture transplants is indoors using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). However, one of…

UK: New software solution eases audit burden for small producers

Smaller vegetable, fruit and flower producers still using paper-based systems are struggling to meet the ever-increasing requirements of retailers for quality assurance (QA) and traceability, says Derek Thompson, co-founder of Consus Fresh Solutions based in Lincolnshire. To address this the company has…

Plant scientists reveal how chloroplasts maintain energy efficiency

Photosynthesis is the most important energy-harvesting process on our planet, and Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) plays a crucial role here – it provides the energy needed for carbon fixation. A team of researchers from Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden, and the US, used a fluorescent protein sensor in a model…

CAN (ON): Basil grower uses light spectrum to improve flavor, fight disease

Freeman Herbs is a family-owned business that grows a wide variety of organic fresh herbs in Beamsville, Ontario. Founded in 1979 by Tim Freeman, Freeman Herbs is one of the biggest growers and distributors of fresh herbs in Canada. They currently grow 12 organic herb varieties year-round, including…

Increasing the lifetime of your HPS lamp with an open reflector

Supplementary lighting with high-pressure sodium lamps is widely used to increase the yield of greenhouse vegetables and cut flowers. To achieve the maximum benefit from their lighting, growers are advised to change the lamps after an indicated time. The lamp changes are necessary because the light…

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…


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