Growing under foil: Evanthia benefits from compact wireless sensors

Evanthia is one of the Dutch greenhouse horticultural sector’s many stars. It has been working under the shelter of glass for more than 25 years, cultivating cut flowers and tropical plants and breeding seeds. Cultivation is continuously optimized, thanks in part to the use of 30MHz sensors. Evanthia…

Molecular cloning and functional analysis of a Chrysanthemum vestitum GME homolog

GDP-mannose 3, 5-epimerase (GME, EC 5.1.3.18), a key enzyme in the ascorbic acid synthesis pathway, catalyzes the conversion of GDP-D-mannose to GDP-l-galactose in higher plants. Here, a homolog of GME was isolated from Chrysanthemum vestibulum. The cDNA sequence of CvGME was 1131 bp and contained a…

The HC Companies

"Automated equipment for growers requires the correct container"

Securing and retaining qualified laborers is a struggle for North American organizations. As a result, today’s growers are pivoting towards automated equipment as a viable, scalable, and cost-effective solution to combat those current labor struggles. While purchasing automated equipment presents…

Christmasworld exhibitors reveal their insights

Christmas trends in demand in 2022

Which color and theme worlds are trending in Christmas decorations this year? And what was particularly in demand in this second exceptional pandemic year without a chance of visiting the leading international trade fair for festive and seasonal decorations? International Christmasworld exhibitors reveal…

First report of leaf blight caused by stagonosporopsis citrulli on garden Geranium in China

Garden geranium (Pelargonium × hortorum L.H. Bailey, Geraniaceae) is a popular ornamental plant cultivated worldwide, whose extracts are used in cosmetics and medicine (Jugulam et al. 2001). On the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China campus (Chengdu, China), leaf blight on the garden…

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Plant tissue culture challenges in Ethiopia and alternative options for low-cost media

Plant tissue culture (PTC) is the cultivation of any part of a plant in nutritionally defined media under an aseptic and controlled environment, regardless of season and weather. The application of PTC leads to the mass propagation of varietal, high-quality seedlings of ornamental plants, medicinal…

Oxygen, the 'forgotten' ingredient?

It goes without saying that water management in greenhouses is an aspect of cultivation that needs to be utterly monitored and adjusted. Think of the pH, the EC, the amount of algae, fungi, diseases, etc. But one factor that is at least as important as those is often forgotten, observes CEO André van der…

Four users of the 30MHz platform explain

4 case studies on monitoring and optimizing irrigation

How to monitor and optimize irrigation? Four users of the 30MHz platform explain how to use the platform for accurate EC and water content information. “The ability to reprogram our irrigation and nutrient dosing is priceless. If we get the substrate wrong for even one day, then we stand to lose 20-30%…

"Coatings and high-pressure misting keeps crops growing"

The summers of recent years have resulted in a turnaround. More than ever before, growers are looking for the optimal shading and cooling combination. The instruments they use for this purpose are coatings, movable shade screens, and humidifiers. “In Central Europe, growers are increasingly installing…

How to propagate seedlings in Jiffy Peat

Hoocho Shows us how to propagate seedlings in Jiffy Peat/Coco Pellets Hoochos explores the worlds of Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Permaculture, Homesteading, Fermentation, Technology and DIY Builds to look at the world through a larger lens that can incorporate the best of everything into a rich and…

input asked from Dutch, Mexican, and Moroccan growers

What is the added value of Software-as-a-Service for growers?

Even though many benefits have been defined about Software-as-a-Service for the horticultural industry, Annelot Schmeitz sees there is still a disappointing low utilization…

ams OSRAM’s Oslon Square Batwing receives two awards at LightFair 2022

ams OSRAM announced it received two awards for its Oslon Square Batwing at this year’s LightFair. The celebrated LED, which is used for horticulture lighting, was recognized for its performance, reliability, efficiency, ease of integration/use, and innovation with a LEDs Magazine BrightStar Award for…

Sustainability and science in crop growing

Improving lighting recipes for potted plants

Sustainability is becoming a key concept in greenhouse horticulture as growers seek to reduce energy consumption while achieving better yields. Wageningen University in the Netherlands joined forces with Hungary-based lighting provider Food Autonomy to deliver the best lighting conditions for pot…

'Easy-to-use growth model' combines weight and light

Wireless Value presented its wireless sensors for the first time at the GreenTech in Amsterdam. Before Covid, Bas Visser could already be found at fairs exhibiting his products. However, things have changed. For instance, Bas is now a shareholder and director, together with Feike Oenema, a technical man…

Understanding LED inrush current and the financial impact on your lighting design

As more growers around the world implement LED lighting technology in their greenhouses, project managers and lighting strategists encourage them to gather all the facts about a fixture before making a short-term decision on a price that could cost more in the long run. A problem can arise if an…

Air Tray Racks bring simple and effective reduction of labor within reach

"I don't believe in automating just to automate"

It seems like a super simple solution, and actually, it is. "Yet the improvements it brings in terms of labor are substantial," says David Dobos with Blackmore.  At the GreenTech show this year, David Dobos with Blackmore showed Air Tray Racks, which they developed together with Dutch company Van Schaik Racking…

FAR

A new digital tool helps growers identify when aphids are reproducing

Developed through a partnership between the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) and Kiwi ag-tech company HortPlus, the free-to-grower ‘Aphid Tool’ can be accessed via the Weather & Disease portal on the FAR website. The tool helps identify periods that are most favorable to aphid reproduction, helping growers…

"Peroxyacetic acid a safe and effective alternative to chlorine-based hygiene programs"

“As operators are trying to get away from using chlorine products, we have a patented method of creating peroxyacetic acid on-site without producing the peroxide by-product. We can do this at any pH and any strength,” says Eric Smith, National Sales Manager of the Horticulture Division at BioSafe…

Greenhouse software tool helps growers calculate light distribution of growing facility

Cerise365+GreenHouseDesigner is a software tool developed specifically for horticultural lighting design, including greenhouses, polytunnels, vertical farms, and plant factories. It is a web-based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) subscription application accessible on any desktop, laptop, tablet, or…

Greenlife Industry Australia

AU: New smart technology and remote sensing survey

Nursery managers and staff are being encouraged to fill out a short survey developed by Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) to help gather insights on the uptake of smart…

Why more growers are choosing polycarbonate panels

In greenhouse crop production, an operation is only as effective as its structure’s cladding. To produce consistent, high-quality harvests year-round, growers need a cladding that will help create ideal conditions for their crops, regardless of the environment outside. Along with improved plant growth,…

Carl van Loon looks back on 28 years of Australian horticulture

After 28 years in the Australian horticulture industry, and as of today, Carl van Loon, founder of Powerplants, is taking a well-deserved moment of respite. He has been one of the main drivers behind the rise of high-tech horticulture in Australia, and it all started when he was working with his parents…

Decorum Summer Fair welcomed 110 visitors

The Decorum Summer Fair was held on Wednesday, 14 June. All Decorum flower growers were present at this in-house exhibition and proudly showed what is growing and flowering in their greenhouses. The trade fair was visited by more than 110 visitors and took place at FloriWorld in Aalsmeer. Decorum provided…

WNLA

Grow lights for herbs: which option to choose

Growing plants indoors could not get enough natural light. As a result, grow lights are required to meet the light requirements of indoor plants. Choosing the best grow lights for herbs can be a daunting endeavor, especially for beginners in indoor plant gardening. People spend hours online attempting to…

Ecozen

How agritech startup Ecozen helps farmers grow with its solar products

Ecozen Solutions, founded by IITians, has come up with solar-powered cold storage and water pump, which help farmers irrigate crops and store perishable items like flowers, fruit, and vegetable. Indian farmers are always at the mercy of weather due to the lack of several critical solutions, including storage…

Caterpillar control with insect filter system at Florein Gerbera's

Protecting cultivations from unwanted insects from the outside in an affordable, environmentally friendly way, preserving desired insects indoors in conjunction with an optimal climate. This is exactly what Reinier Zuidgeest of Florein Gerbera's was looking for, and he found the right partner for this in…


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