Technique

Knowing how cells grow and divide can lead to more robust and productive plants

A large portion of a plant is hidden below the ground. This buried root system is essential for the plant: it provides stability, water, and food. In contrast to mammals, where the body plan is final at birth, the formation of new root branches ensures that the root system keeps growing throughout a…

Plant signals activate stem cells to regenerate tissue after being damaged

Regeneration of plants from dividing cells is a key process in agriculture. Horticulturists use it to grow new plants from small cuttings. Until just recently, the mechanism driving the regeneration process was largely a mystery. Researchers at Wageningen University & Research can now demonstrate how…

Research with 'plethora of gauges' sheds light on draining rainwater from greenhouses

For the Water Board of Delfland in the Netherlands, a student researched how the drainage of rainwater occurs in a horticultural company at different quantities of water. Holstein Flowers from De Lier cooperated in the project. Mathieu van Holstein: "Water which cannot be collected because of bottlenecks…

Horticulture lighting metrics: Understand grow lights

Choosing the best grow light for your facility is essential to growing healthy plants and getting a maximum return from your investment. One of the most challenging issues that growers interested in purchasing horticultural lights face when researching horticultural lighting is interpreting and…

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces

Nanobubble technology to 'significantly improve water quality'

Royal Brinkman and Moleaer join forces to significantly improve the water quality for the horticultural sector with a new 'Nanobubble' technology. Nanobubbles increase the oxygen content in irrigation water. Oxygen enrichment of the irrigation water significantly improves the quality and production of…

SenBox, Sendot

"Monitor sensor data anywhere in the world"

Monitoring sensor data anywhere in the world, that is possible with the SenBox that Sendot is introducing. SenBox is the sensor data platform with which important cultivation measurements can be followed in real time anywhere in the world. "This gives you the opportunity to gain insight faster with the…

A study with the model plant Lactuca sativa ˈDiablotinˈ

How to customize your plants with growth recipes

Production of leafy greens in a controlled environment has many advantages in comparison to greenhouses and open-field production. Along with being independent of weather,…

rectangular water silo under cultivation tables

Water storage that does not take up any space

A familiar problem: more water storage is needed, but there is no room for a silo.To solve this problem, Bucon Industries realized a solution by placing a rectangular water silo under cultivation tables. Through installer Stolze from Maasdijk, a rectangular corrugated water storage silo was delivered to…

Whitefly disrupts plants' built-in alarm systems

When plants are bitten by insects, they release a chemical scream—a cocktail of compounds that travel through the air. Some deter pests directly by confusing or repelling them; others indirectly protect plants by summoning predatory ants or parasitic wasps. Still others raise the alarm in parts of the…

webinar, May 24

Transitioning to white LED light in crop science

Fluorescent, metal halide and other traditional lighting sources have been used in crop science applications for decades. Researchers, whether from the corporate or university and research institute side need high quality light capable of taking their plants from seed to the generative stage in a way…

Students compete for plant growth chamber

Plantae and Conviron have collaborated to launch the Seeding Discovery Competition. The competition is aimed to equip a successful university or college student with a high-performing GEN1000 plant growth chamber that will enable them to fulfill a meaningful research program in the field of plant…

Light deprivation for cannabis crops

Humans have been trying to trick nature for a very long time. Horticulture itself was born out of the necessity to overcome natural limitations and thus being able to grow crops during winter times, for instance. Over time, many techniques have been developed in order to get the most out of a given crop.…

including Fluence, Priva, BASF, Aerofarms

New high-tech consortium develops crops for indoor agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium , a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. Sustainably feeding a…

"More than just hot air"

Correctly circulating air in a glasshouse can be tricky as you can’t see currents and airflow. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to optimise air movement in your glasshouse. by Jon Swain Optimising the climate for crop health should be a key objective of any grower, but achieving the optimum conditions is easier said…

New growth chamber offers cost-saving, user-friendly features

Conviron announced the launch of the new GEN1000 chamber. The new chamber comes equipped with new features such as cost saving LEDs, extended humidity range, advanced controller, and user-adaptable kits. With its ability to adapt to four different research applications, the GEN1000 offers an economical…

US: CO2 monitor and grow controller upgraded for current industry standards

For years, the CO2Meter engineering team has created customized monitors and controllers for growers and gardeners, staying on top of the latest trends and technologies in the dramatically emerging cannabis and agricultural markets. "Carbon Dioxide enrichment in grow environment can reap huge benefits…

"Ventilation is essential to cannabis cultivation"

In professional cannabis greenhouses ventilation plays a vital role. Through circulation of air, heat distribution in the greenhouses is optimized, which enhances a uniform development of the crops. With the V-FloFan, Multifan offers the grower the opportunity to reduce the negative impacts, due to…

Growers discover difference when adding dissolved oxygen with nanobubble technology

Growing a healthy crop in a greenhouse is all about monitoring variables. This usually brings to mind temperature, humidity, pH, nutrients and light. One variable that gets overlooked is dissolved oxygen (DO). In three separate case studies an ardent strawberry grower, a hydroponic produce grower and an…

Danish firm offers fully automated cannabis production

Cannabis production is the talk of the horticultural industry. Around the world, licenses are being issued to growers who are trying to get a foot into the new world of medicinal cannabis. However, as it is produced for medicinal purposes, the cannabis plants must be grown and handled in…

Ratios in the light spectrum: A brief overview

One of the main benefits of LEDs when compared to other light sources is the possibility to create a customized spectrum. With a spectrum customized to a specific application, plant morphology, uniformity, quality of yield, time of flowering and other parameters can be better controlled. This benefit of…

Is there really that much difference between LED lamps?

Many LED light manufacturers claim their lamps can be used for horticultural production. But do they provide the right wavelengths of light to meet plants’ needs? Growers often ask Michigan State University horticulture professor Roberto Lopez if they can use the LED lamps available from their local home…

AgroCares signs partnership with Concentric Ag

"Our customers will have actionable data on their smartphones within minutes"

AgroCares CEO Henri Hekman and CCO Rob Beens signed a partnership with Concentric, one of the biggest developers of biological and plant nutrients inputs in Canada, during the Agri Food-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco (19-20 March 2019). As a result of this partnership, Concentric Ag Corporation…

Dümmen Orange introduces Basewell perennials

North America: Perennial growers now have access to a new rooting technology

Dümmen Orange introduces the next phase of Basewell at California Spring Trials, March 24-26 in San Luis Obispo. The Basewell assortment has been newly expanded to include top-selling perennial varieties, opening up the benefits of this innovative technology to perennial growers across North America.…

Understanding plant-microbe interactions

While it’s true that Canada’s cannabis industry has been leading the way on legislation and acceptance of cannabis as both a medicine and a recreational product, what’s also true is that the industry still has a long way to go to reach the standards necessary for medical acceptance worldwide. This means…

App enables users to control greenhouse controllers from their phones

Bartlett Instrument Company has introduced their latest mobile application, Headgrower. Headgrower is a mobile application for greenhouse customers and builds on the features and reliability of Bartlett controllers. This application makes it easy for users to control their greenhouse controllers from…

Optimal microclimate on crop level

Due to several technical improvements in modern greenhouses and more intensive cultivation methods, the necessity of controlling humidity levels on crop level increases. Meaning ventilation plays a vital role as this results in a better and more uniform climate. With the V-FloFan, Multifan offers the…

Controlling electrical conductivity in fertigation

Measuring conductivity is a great way to check your nutrient levels. Spot checking is great, but why not monitor and adjust automatically? In this way you can monitor multiple points in your growing operation all at once. Read on to learn more about electrical conductivity and fertigation systems.

Topping and fimming: high-stress training for maximum yield

Growing cannabis surely poses different challenges than any other crops. Choosing a specific technque could represent the difference between healthy and abundant yields, and weak and small plants. Precisely beacause of this, the supplying company Growlink steps forward providing interesting and…

Israeli MMJ grower to shift to EU amid red tape

Recently incorporated medical-cannabis grower Together Pharma is moving some of its greenhouses to the EU amid Israeli red tape that is threatening to strangle the budding industry. Together Pharma signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an unnamed European Union country to set up a 30,000 sq.m.…


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