Technique

Kendal Floral uses air cleaning technology Bio Turbo

US flower distributor reports waste reduced by more than 50% in certain flowers

In order to prevent quick withering of flowers, Kendal Floral LLC, a US flower importer and distributor, installed the air cleaning technology 'Bio Turbo' in 2018 and since then, they have seen waste reduced by more than 50 percent in certain flowers. For this reason, they decided to equip more of their…

India: Flowers fight back pollution, bloom under LED lights

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In the farms of Panskura, Pakuria and Khirai, which send ornamental flowers like chrysanthemum and karen to the rest of the country and abroad, the desperation shows in the form of thousands of LED bulbs that light up the fields at night.

Korean government develops smart greenhouse technology

A new vinyl greenhouse has been developed that maintains an indoor temperature 2 to 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the outdoor temperature during summer. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) on Thursday unveiled a new greenhouse model, “High Temperature Enduring Innovative Smart Cooling House,”…

Van der Waay introduces AquaJet

"A ladder alone is no longer sufficient"

Marcel Koolmees and Joost van der Waay In a relatively short period of time, Van der Waay from Hazerswoude, the Netherlands, progressed from contractor to market leader in the building of greenhouse roof cleaners and chalk machines. In the last 10 years, attention for the greenhouse roof has increased. And there are many reasons for this. Because the greenhouses have be…

The Ukrainian heating pipe painting championship

Time is money, even in the case of creating greenhouse horticulture projects worldwide. So, if you are able to paint heating pipes even faster, then it's worth considering, right? Sebastiaan Hijstek of Horti XS filmed how they do things in a Ukrainian project, with both the purpose educate and entertain.

Martin Stolze:

"There is no standard for internal transport systems"

As specialists in the automatization of internal transport systems, Martin Stolze sees a shift. Where 5 to 6 years ago, there was mainly a demand for standard products, it is now more about projects, and these projects require a tailor-made approach. And also … What is standard? It is quite a broad…

Exploring floral evolution in Pelargonium

For flowering plants, there are multiple drivers of shape change that effect the process of speciation. In the background, species are constrained by their phylogenetic history, i.e. evolutionary changes that were advantageous to their ancestors, might turn out to no longer be beneficial. At the same…

Komet Sales and Bloomy BV announce marketing agreement

Komet Sales and Bloomy BV of Aalsmeer, Holland today announced a joint marketing agreement to give Komet Sales users access to BloomyPro software. BloomyPro is a 3D design and modeling software designed specifically for floral products. Subscribers to this service are able to create and edit flower…

"Achieve the best results by understanding grow light technology"

Hortilux recently participated in the Pro Manager Mastercourse Floriculture, a program that welcomes 15 horticultural managers from all over the world to visit horticultural key players in the Netherlands. Hortilux gladly shared its knowledge and insights on grow light with the group. The Pro Manager Mastercourse…

The Lowpad enters the greenhouse

Juggling many types of plants and many different customers can be quite a challenge, but no longer, now that the Lowpad comes into play. That at least is the potential of this smart Automatic Guided Vehicle. “If you consider that with young plant growers each tray is now picked up twice and that this represents more than half…

Harry Dullemans keeps developing fixtures

“You should never say you’re not there because then they will pass you by”

He doesn’t speak Chinees and his English is shaky at best, but Harry Dullemans, the founder of Agrolux, is still a successful fixture developer. The fact that he is 77 years old doesn’t keep him from his work. In his workshop, he tinkers on new fixtures and the requests for his work keep coming in. “You…

Creating dawn and dusk conditions with LED

Various lighting technologies such as HPS, LED and fluorescent illuminate the greenhouses and chambers of plant biology research facilities. Researchers are sometimes in need of a spectrum that’s a close match to sunlight in order to generate an outdoor phenotype in their trials, which subsequently…

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant's genetic information and the resulting behaviour, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases,…

Water silos are getting stronger...and higher

The larger the diameter of the tank, the lower the tank will be. This was the principle in the world of water silos. It had everything to do with the water pressure becoming too high. However, with current technology, the improved quality of steel, and improved technical calculations, it is possible to…

Aad van Ruijven from Hortipar and recently also Dutch Growing Solutions:

"American greenhouse horticulture is way ahead when it concerns lighting"

"If I were a Dutch grower, I would rather emigrate sooner than later," says Aad van Ruijven of Hortipar. The reason? “The prices that American growers receive for their product are much higher than in the Netherlands, which makes it much easier over there to invest in lighting. The payback period (3-4…

Houweling's keeps UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse patent

On October 11th 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the validity of the U.S. patent directed to the UltraClima Semi-Closed Greenhouse. The Ultra-Clima Patent was opposed by eleven greenhouse manufacturers, who combined efforts to challenge the patent.  However, the U.S.…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

Sercom enters British horticulture with first climate computer

October 2019 marks the point that Sercom supplied the very first climate control computer system in a greenhouse in England. Owner Oliver Wass of Olivers Plants in Colchester, selected the company as the supplier of an SC800 climate computer, at his nursery. Although the company supplied a climate…

New FLIR thermal imaging cameras launched

QA Supplies showcased a new line of thermal imaging cameras at the 2019 Fresh Summit Conference & Expo. The company says FLIR handheld thermal imaging cameras bridge the gap between single spot infrared thermometers and FLIR's thermal cameras with Lepton micro thermal sensors to detect heat or cold…

Edwin Huybers about Pylot:

"Already 51 greenhouses working with new data platform"

The Pylot data platform was launched at the Greentech. Already 51 greenhouses in 7 countries are working with the system, which was launched by Kubo at GreenTech. Thanks to the platform, growers can actually use th…

Tiny spectroradiometer helps find spectral diet for plant and human

Spectral sensor company nanoLambda announced XL-500, a tiny BLE spectroradiometer with free Android and iOS apps, designed for lighting researches and industrial uses in plant, animal and human centric lighting fields. The XL-500 measures and records light spectrum with absolute power values, such as SPD…

"All biological control in your pocket with new app"

All the biological control in your pocket, anywhere, anytime and instantly: Bioline Agrosciences has taken the challenge with theBioline App. The Bioline App is a mobile application developed by Bioline Agrosciences to help producers and distributors to implement their biocontrol programs in the best…

"The ultimate goal is to close the water cycle"

Discharging crop water is actually a waste of both expensive water and expensive fertilizers and at Priva they don't like that at all. That's why Kees van der Kruk is happy to inform us on the developments concerning the closure of the water cycle. What do we know and what is still unknown? Vital…

Jochum Genuit, Mienis Water:

"Water management is more important than ever"

To run a successful business a grower needs high production, low production costs and quality. Water and water management is an essential part to achieve that. According to Jochum Genuit of Mienis Water, water management is more important than ever. Jochum Genuit at the IFTEX 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Clean…

VR glasses slowly becoming known in horticulture

Visiting the greenhouse without visiting the greenhouse

There is no doubt that they attract attention. But, in the long run, VR glasses must be more than just a nice gadget. "Promoting our growers is our main goal now," says Costin Beliciu of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG). This company was at the PMA in Anaheim, California. "However,…

@MitchellNursery

Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse

Our Poinsettia crop is beginning to color! #poinsettia#Christmas #ChristmasGift #greenhouse pic.twitter.com/5DfN86Wkkc — Mitchell's Nursery and Greenhouse (@MitchellNursery) October 24, 2019

Fluence LED grow lights now available at RF Agriculture

RF Agriculture has recently announced the addition of Fluence Bioengineering’s Spydr, SpydrX, SpydrX Plus, Vypr 2p, and Vypr2x commercial LED grow light systems. These commercial LED grow light systems are made with OSRAM’s LED chip sets. All Fluence Bioengineering commercial LED grow lights are also…

Covering water buffers prevents evaporation and algae growth

“We get a lot of requests for covering water surfaces from all over the world”, says Bas van der Elst of Hendic. “A lot of valuable water is lost due to evaporation otherwise, and without adequate coverage, algae growth causes trouble in the filtration- and drip systems. Storing water in silos and…

@HawkesmillNurs

Hawkesmill Nurseries

Booked for the new #StarWars film yet? Our #alpines are ready for their trip to the #gardencentre #cinema. Pass the plant nursery popcorn & buckle yourself in for a hyperdrive of #dianthus magnificence!Fire Star, Arctic Star, Pop Star, Shooting Star, Starlette, Starry Eyes pic.twitter.com/jtjuHO2ToQ — Hawkesmill Nurseries (@HawkesmillNurs) October…

Solution for biofilm buildup and water pathogen launched in the U.S.

Bio-Cide International have reached an agreement with Key Solutions and LLK Greenhouse Solutions, a national horticultural service provider offering design, supply/distribution and construction solutions, to bring their Oxine®WT solution to the American market. Oxine®WT can be used to disinfect media,…

US (TN): Special Growers receives large donation of LED lighting

Special Growers, a nonprofit organization in Blount County, hires people with a range of disabilities to grow, cut, package and deliver plants and herbs to local restaurants. Earlier this month, Horticulture Lighting Group donated $12,000 worth of LED lights to the organization. HLC, a company based in…

Netherlands: Drying seeds will be a piece of cake with speed controlling ventilation

The drying cabinet of Van den Berg Climate Techniques can be found in the laboratories of the biggest vegetable- or flower seed producers, as well as at growers who dry their own seed for production or research. The design of the drying cabinets has remained the same for over 25 years. After all, why…

China: Developing intelligent agriculture and activating industrial spring water

Since intelligent agriculture has taken root in Gui’an, farmers have expressed their preference after tasting the benefits: with big data, it is clear at a glance where the soil is suitable for planting and how. There is a "Yunshang Agricultural School" in Doochang Village, Gaofeng Town, Gui'an New Area.…

Tips to improve grow room and greenhouse temperature control

Managing the temperature inside of the grow room or greenhouse is essential for plants to grow to their full potential. When temperatures are outside of the desired range for a crop, critical biological processes, like photosynthesis, may slow down or even be brought to a halt. Two common causes for poor…

Roots and ClearVue to collaborate on greenhouse opportunities

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Limited and ClearVue Technologies Ltd have signed a collaboration agreement to explore complementary sales opportunities within the growing greenhouse sector, including the construction of a world-first demonstration greenhouse in Israel. Under the agreement,…

Trade with more insight by using Insights

Meet Insights, the successor of FloraneXt. Insights provides real-time insight into price and market developments, making it easier to set a good price for clock presales and direct trade. The clear, graphic presentation of information also makes it easy to spot trends. Insights gives you all the…

Russia: Greenery and potted flowers will be grown by robots in Moscovsky greenhouse

Robots in the new universal greenhouse by Moskovsky Agricultural Holding with an acreage of 1.8 ha will allow for the year round production of lettuce, tulips and potted flowers. With that, they are planning to grow 3.5 million pieces of flowers by the start of International Women’s Day. “Robotics is…

@PanAmNursery

Pan American Nursery ‏

Our lovely lovely lavender is all freshly potted and getting ready for the winter here in BC! We have both English and Spanish lavender as part of our collections, hardy to zone 6! #perennials #onlythebest #winteriscoming https://t.co/GPrNzQZW2z pic.twitter.com/3SWtoS253j — Pan American Nursery (@PanAmNursery) October 15, 2019

US (CA): Mavericks Renewables selects Procurant for greenhouse IoT solution

Procurant, a Silicon Valley technology company transforming the global food supply chain, today announced that Mavericks Renewable Energy, an energy-as-a-service provider for…

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…

@SyngentaFlowers

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…

@TristramPlants

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


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