Technique

Can we meet the energy demands of automation?

As more and more technology is introduced to the horticultural world, energy demand is also very likely to rocket up. Of course, automatic solutions are already being used across many processes in horticulture, alongside their human operators – salad packing lines and ornamental pot spacing for example.…

Italian flower grower to implement ground source heat exchange system

Roots has signed a 12-month Letter of Intent with Italian ag-tech producer and nursery Cairo & Doutcher to install a commercial demonstration utilising Roots’ patented RZTO technology and explore distribution opportunities. Under the LOI, Roots will install its hybrid ground source heat exchange system…

€250,000 investment for developer of insect control drones

Insects are a huge problem in greenhouse horticulture. Pest control costs growers enormous amounts of money and energy and causes the sector much concern. Currently, pests tend to be controlled with biopesticides and chemical pesticides. But there is now a chemical-free solution and it comes from the…

Stimulatory effect of silver nanoparticles on the growth and flowering of potted oriental lilies

Nanoparticles exhibit unique biological activities and may serve as novel plant growth stimulators. This research consisted of a two-year pot experiment designed to find out if silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) might be used in the cultivation of Oriental lilies. In the first year, the effects of various…

Greenhouse water savings survey

If you are involved in greenhouse production, then the University of Sydney would like to hear from you! A Horticulture honours student is completing her thesis on water use efficiency in the Australian greenhouse industry. You can show your support by taking 10 - 15 minutes, to anonymously share your insights on water use…

UK: Highways England funding awarded to prove efficacy of plants in creating clean air zones

Biotecture have secured funding through a multi-million-pound Highways England and Innovate UK competition, to research how effectively plants can improve clean air zones. The data gleaned from this research will help to demonstrate how their Active Airflow Living Wall system can be utilised to create…

Plants use a common ‘language’ for emergency alerts

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? That’s a question that André Kessler, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and his research team addressed over a 12-year study that examined plant-to-plant…

Floating treatment wetlands for nitrogen and phosphorus removal in runoff

Few studies have been conducted that evaluate floating treatment wetlands (FTW) for treating container nursery runoff. The need for best management practices to reduce nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in agricultural runoff is acute, especially in regions with nutrient load limitations such as the…

LED platform for vertical farming provides 1820 PPF output and FarmVision AI

Illumitex announces NeoPAR XO, a major upgrade to their grow proven NeoPAR LED lighting system designed for vertical agricultural systems. The new NeoPAR XO brings the benefits of Illumitex’s horticulturist-curated artificial-intelligent machine-learning FarmVisionAI to the difficult task of vertical…

Digital bouquet making comes to the U.S.

Everybody in the flower industry knows that many samples have to be shipped to a US big box floral buyer, before the program is chosen. Sometimes a bouquet proposal is rejected on the basis of just one flower, which means a new sample has to be sent. And what about the sample box that is lost? The…

India: Punjab to set up Centre of Excellence for floriculture

Come March next year, farmers in Punjab growing flowers or those intending to diversify will have access to Dutch technologies pertaining to floriculture. To build capacity among the farming community while leveraging technology and innovation, the state government in collaboration with the Dutch…

testing three filtration set-ups

Comparing three ways to filter and disinfect rain water

Weeks of drought can occasionally be alternated with heavy showers in which large amounts of water fall from the sky in a short time. Strawberry growers cannot do anything about it, but can they do something with it? Yes, to ensure that they collect as much water as possible. Growers of protected…

New technology allows container operations to be monitored on smartphone or tablet

Shipping line personnel can now monitor and access container refrigeration unit operations from a smartphone or tablet, thanks toCarrier Transicold’s new Micro-Link® 5 controller, the industry’s first container refrigeration unit controller with wireless connection capability for improved visibility,…

How LED and HPS lighting affects air and leaf temperature

As growers are educating themselves more on different lighting technologies, we have been faced with questions many times over about what effects different light sources have on temperature and crop production; what is the difference between Convection Heat and Radiant Heat? Anyone remotely familiar with…

plans for major greenhouse complexes

Huafa Group acquires 25% of MegaPhoton

A large collaboration is announced in the horticultural industry. The Chinese Huafa Group is making its way into horticulture. Not only are they planning to build 500 hectares of greenhouses in China within the coming years, but they are also active in the lighting industry now. They acquired 25% of…

Germany: 'Pheno-Inspect' accelerates plant cultivation

What's the growth like? Have pests and diseases struck? Are the increased droughts affecting the plants? Breeders of new varieties have to collect extensive data on these questions. The start-up "Pheno-Inspect" of the University of Bonn wants to accelerate plant cultivation. Camera-equipped drones record…

Netherlands: Subsidy for new training system

HortiTech, based in Naaldwijk, The Netherlands, is one of the five companies selected by the Westland municipality to receive a subsidy from ‘Subsidieregeling Kennis en Innovatie Westland’ (subsidy program for knowledge and innovation in Westland) to finance their innovative training system. The Westland…

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Syngenta Flowers Europe

We're at Flower Trial Japan with our #Varinova cyclamen! We're looking forward to meet you there from 24 - 26 September. pic.twitter.com/nvVtIMVvHd — Syngenta Flowers Europe (@SyngentaFlowers) September 24, 2019

A Webinar about replicating sunlight from any part of the world with LEDs

Plant biology researchers frequently study plants whose natural habitat is half way around the world. Growth chambers enable them to accurately replicate conditions such as lighting, humidity and CO2 saturation. Some research also demands that researchers perform trials on remote locations or collaborate…

Agrona introduces AG Clean+

Organic soap for a clean greenhouse roof

In the summer there is sometimes too much, in the winter often just too little. Yes, the sun cannot be controlled. To catch every ray of light in the coming dark days, it is time for growers to remove chalk and coatings from the greenhouse roof. This is now possible with an organic cleaning product based…

CO2 GRO begins first commercial floriculture demonstration in Canada

Toronto based CO2 GRO has begun its first commercial demonstration project of its CO2 Delivery Solutions with a Canadian floriculture operation in the Niagara region. The demonstration is being conducted at the customer’s commercial greenhouse with the goal of demonstrating more developed root systems in…

New Zealand grower shares how orchids reproduce

Many of the blooms on display at the National Orchid Expo in Palmerston North (New Zealand) are likely to have been bred from test-tube "babies". The pollen donor and surrogate flower will have been hand-picked by growers, the ripened seed pod delivered to a laboratory, germinated and nurtured in a dish…

Greenhouse drone manufacturer selected as StartLife startup

Biological approaches to treat aquatic pests and diseases or an aerial scout in the greenhouse: just two examples of the eight food & agtech startups selected to participate in the fall edition of StartLife Accelerate. From the fifty early-stage food and agtech startups who showed interest in the…

Lighting control platform enables dimming on demand

Candidus is a startup company in Athens, GA, USA, that focuses on smart lighting control systems for the greenhouse industry. Their mission is to reduce the cost of supplemental lighting for greenhouse growers by implementing an adaptive lighting control system. Candidus was co-founded by Drs. Erico…

End of season is coming: cleaning gutters and greenhouse roofs

We're not going to emphasize again the importance of hygiene in horticulture, not dwelling on virus pressure and not talking about the urge to organize your crop rotation. We're just showing various solutions to these issues. One of the newly realised products is the Hortiwash. This device can be used…

Argus VP and General Manager Michael Heaven:

"Collecting data is not the issue, using data is what matters"

When talking about data in greenhouses, the collecting of data might not be the issue nowadays, with many tools being available to do so. Using the data is the real issue: Making the numbers accessible to the right persons at the right time, and being able to respond to it in the correct way is more of a…

Gartenbau Klein chooses AquaHort against Phythium and Phythophthera

Gartenbau Klein is a potted plant grower in Appenfelden, Germany. In connection with the increasing pressure of Phythium and Phytophthora, VDH Watersystemen has placed an AquaHort in the ebb/flow installation. All the water flowing to the greenhouse, around 50 m3 per hour, passes the AquaHort. After the water…

How to create your ideal light environment

There are three characteristics of light you should consider when designing the ideal light environment for your crops: light quality, light quantity and light duration. Once you understand how these characteristics work together, you can optimize your lighting environment to grow healthy, uniform crops,…

GraphicALL Systems

Showcasing the best plant passport solutions

Now that the introduction of the new plant passport on December 14 is getting closer, it is time to take action. In the video below, supplier & service provider GraphicALL Systems is happy to give an overview of the best available solutions. With the help of these systems, a suitable solution can be found for every grower. Print and manually applyWhen the production number…

Real-time loggers provide temperature and location information

DeltaTrak® will be launching two new FlashLink Real-Time Prime In-Transit Loggers at Asia Fruit Logistica, Stand 3W41, Sept. 4th – 6th, 2019, at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. With these two new models of real-time monitors (loggers), DeltaTrak has expanded its line of real-time loggers with cost-effective and…

Night cooling greenhouse projects gaining ground

KUBO has developed a new system of night cooling for use in Ultra-Clima greenhouses. The innovative principle can reduce greenhouse temperatures in climates with high night-time temperatures to the desired level. This enables both increases in productivity and quality and year-round growing. KUBO is…

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Tristram Plants

It’s only September but Binsted Nursery is thinking of spring. Bulb potting has started with Snakes Head Fritillary. Our newly refurbished topping machine which covers up the bulbs is working a treat. @Farplants @TonGlorie #gardening #bulbs pic.twitter.com/P6MEsGY717 — Tristram Plants (@TristramPlants) September 2, 2019

Frans van Dorsser, Shipherd Nurseries, about 30MHz sensors

"Digitizing a couple of climate variables limits crop loss”

Shipherd Nurseries is a cut flower nursery specializing in roses and gerberas located in Pukekohe, New Zealand. The family-run business has been around for over 30 years and consists of over 19,000 square meters, where roughly 50 different varieties are grown. Frans van Dorsser has been the owner and…

Ozone system provides 'brain food for roots'

Cardinal Fresh has announced a new addition to its family of ozone sanitation products to include large or small greenhouse crop water systems. "Ozonating greenhouse water is the most cost-effective way to completely and confidently sterilize feed water. It has proven to be far superior to either UV or…

Young plant propagators pleased with Philips LED toplighting

Three North American growers recently shared the news of excellent results growing under Philips LED toplighting. After successful trial installations in 2016, Kalamazoo Specialty Plants, Lucas Greenhouses and Jolly Farmer all completed significant expansions of their Philips LED grow lights lighting for…

Applying the technology on sheds or technical rooms is currently easier

Application of transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses still limited

Research on the feasibility of placing transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses shows that the application is still limited. Inno-Agro reached this conclusion after…

How to prevent momentum causing disappointing results?

Momentum can be a cause of disappointing results in the semi-closed glasshouse. So what is it, and how can it be prevented? Godfrey Dol, an expert on growing in semi-closed glasshouses, shares his experiences. Figure 1 below shows a bird’s-eye schematic view of a semi-closed glasshouse. Figure 1 Airflows…

Flame retardants — from plants

Flame retardants are present in thousands of everyday items, from clothing to furniture to electronics. Although these substances can help prevent fire-related injuries and deaths, they could have harmful effects on human health and the environment. Of particular concern are those known as organohalogens, which are derived from…

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Neil Alcock ‏

Week 34 updates - Heuchera Plug and P9 Trolley deals https://t.co/NFLllyp7g2 pic.twitter.com/x5D2nTisXS — Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) August 23, 2019

"Being duped by fake CCT5 Containers is a thing of the past"

A solution to finding ‘fake slots’ of CCT5 Containers

The Dutch company, Van Vliet Containers, has introduced a functional, affordable solution for scanning and counting CCT5 containers. At the beginning of 2019, Container Centrals introduced a new CCT5 RFID label. This was done for more than 3 million containers, including CC Pool. Before the introduction…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

"Less guessing, more precision fertilization"

Measuring is knowing, but does the grower also know what happens in the water in between nutrient measurements, and so what happens indirectly with his cultivation? Actually no, but that is the direction to take when growers want to continue optimising. Measuring a lot more is therefore important and…

This way you reveal the effect of a fan in the greenhouse

Fans in the greenhouse are of course installed for a reason. But if you choose to install (an extra) one, you clearly want to know its effect. But how do you show that, except with rows of figures, in a simple manner? With a smoke test, as shown below by Hinova when using the Hinovator.For more…

Lowpads improve order picking at warehouses Montapacking

Looking for an innovative solution to improve logistic processes in their warehouses, Montapacking chose to implement Lowpad. Montapacking is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the Netherlands and provides logistics for more than 600 webshops. The company is highly technology-driven.    The Lowpad is a…

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Peter van Rijssen ‏

Vaccinium Flamingo production. This is the worlds first variegated blueberry! pic.twitter.com/gYIWl5SnQy — Peter van Rijssen (@PlantippPeter) August 13, 2019

"A controlled misting system increases the crop productivity"

“High pressure misting systems allow growers to humidify the greenhouses, but also to control the temperature better,” says Alexander Ievgeniuk with Lubing. “It’s a tool used in warmer climates, but also in cooler climates growers can benefit from the extra control they gain over their crop.” In order to…

'Security camera' helps grower take action before it's too late

Nowadays the grower has no shortage of extra 'eyes'. Cameras, for example, help growers to monitor the growth of their crops. Yet there are very few cameras that can help growers to detect problems in cultivation early on in the way GreenspectIR, a hyperspectral camera that looks over the grower's…

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MetrolinaGreenhouses ‏

Over the next four weeks we will be diving into the four main features that make Metrolina a sustainable greenhouse! Join us to learn more about our water source, biomass heating system, recycling of plastic trays and pots, and pest control! #sustainableoperation #growinggreen pic.twitter.com/SBwrBJIDXz — MetrolinaGreenhouses (@MetrolinaGHS) August…

Raymond Lescrauwaet, Reflecoat

With this coating, SON-T light fixture gets a second life

What if you could provide reflectors from SON-T light fixtures with a new layer that better reflects the light and moreover creates a better spectrum? Then you hit two birds with one stone and also the reflectors, that have already been more or less written off, will get a second or even a third life.…

using LED as an additional tool

Early disease detection with SporeCam sensors

LumiGrow is launching a new product-line of early disease detection sensors and services. The LumiGrow SporeCam sensors (powered by Scanit Technologies) can capture, inspect, and classify harmful airborne spores for diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Botrytis. The result is growers can optimize pest…

Phosphate removal from nursery runoff using an iron-based remediation system

Phosphorous (P) losses from containerized plant production nurseries can be significant due to the low nutrient retention capacities of the soilless media components. Many states are developing or have developed more stringent rules for limiting nutrient discharges into public waterbodies to improve…

US: BloomyPro launches 3D virtual bouquet design platform at IFE in Miami

BloomyPro was invited by IFE (International flower Exhibition) to do a 3D virtual Bouquet session at their Education day. IFE 2019 was held in the always sunny, Miami City. Even though BloomyPro is being used in the Netherlands by Bouquet operations and customers with great success, it is something new…


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