Technique

US (OK): An IoT system specifically for the cannabis grow industry?

Deep Sky Mobile, a partnership between AppSwarm and AI VentureTech, announces the launch of Internet of Things (IoT) solution to assist industrial companies in building…

"This tool helps growers and greenhouse builders to make the right choices"

Building a new greenhouse requires a lot of thinking and making the right choices. Which technology do you put in the greenhouse and which not? One or two screens, LED or not? Technology is expensive and it would be a shame if the technology you purchased has not the optimum return on investment you were…

Research project to develop specific LED lighting recipes for medicinal cannabis

Signify announced a new long-term research collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) to investigate how LED lighting can influence compound production, quality and plant characteristics of cannabis or marijuana crops grown for medicinal purposes. The research’s results will support…

Smarter lighting: more efficient energy consumption and higher medical cannabis yield

Technological developments around grow light mean new possibilities for medical cannabis growers. Developments in light sources and light recipes give growers better control over crop yields and characteristics while reducing energy costs. There is a trend for growers to make the step from HPS to LED or…

Valoya marks 10-year milestone with new brand image

Since 2009 Valoya has been committed to discovering and bringing to the market finely balanced LED light spectra that feed the plants with just the information they need and thus help growers reach their cultivation targets efficiently. The first ones to see the value in Valoya’s offering were…

Jon Greene, Bluelab:

"By going there and teaching these guys, we found that they did a better job"

As the cannabis industry emerged, a whole new set of technologies became available to growers around the world. Transitioning from small-scale to large-scale operations requires growers to be particularly in tune with their growing equipment, as there are many parameters to have under control, which…

New Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact

"Easily switch from HPS to LED toplighting"

Signify enables growers to switch more easily to LED lighting by introducing the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact to the European market. The compact, passively cooled LED toplighting provides a 1-to-1 replacement for HPS lighting that fits seamlessly in existing HPS set-ups and trellis…

Thrive Agritech launches Apex grow light

Thrive Agritech announces the release of the new Apex LED top light. Apex is a 300W grow light utilizing leading-edge LED chip technology producing an ideal combination of power and efficiency with a spectrum optimized for plant health and crop yield. Apex is intended for high intensity applications such…

New high voltage 600-Watt fixture introduced to the Elixia family

Heliospectra AB announces a new introduction to the company’s expanding product portfolio. The new Elixia model features a high input voltage ranging from 277- 480VAC power supply for the company’s popular, fully adjustable spectrum and software-controlled LED light solution. The high input voltage…

Why cannabinoids are synbio’s next big market

One of the biggest challenges facing medicinal cannabinoids is the growth of the plant itself — and extraction of pure cannabinoids from the plant in consistently high amounts. There are over 100 known cannabinoids, and we don’t know what most of them do. They can be present in the plant at such low…

Agronomic evaluation of biochar, compost and biochar-blended compost

Agronomy has published a paper reporting the results on the agronomic performance of organic amendments in the EU 7th FP project “FERTIPLUS—reducing mineral fertilizers and…

From two cloths to just one

The trend in darkening is mainly found in the increase in the number of layers of cloth in the greenhouse. The screens are installed double and even triple. But ... with the launch of PhormiTex Eclipse Dry by Phormium, a new dimension is given to it. This cloth is designed to offer a solution for the rising humidity in the…

Intelligent burners make growing easier

Intelligent burners that activate themselves, automatically change their burning depending on the weather conditions and respond to a variety of situations. Given the current…

New control program makes data easy to access

Crop decisions aren't always easy to make and in addition software isn't always easy to access. The team with Senmatic has given additional attention to this in their SuperLink 6 update. The program is intuitive and is easy to manage, providing data collecting possibilities and easy control of the…

Believing in LED or choosing for HPS?

"What started as interlighting, was followed by the top light. How long it will take before every grower has full LED lighting in their greenhouse, we do not know, but we have come a long way with regard to technique. Still, not every grower is making the switch to LED, and that is because HPS has proven…

"VPD can adjust day to day watering based on the environment your plant is in"

Can something as simple as watering your plants be improved upon? Is there a way to save some money with a more efficient method of watering? “Yes, and by harnessing what the plant wants to tell you, namely the plants transpiration”, says Daphne Brogdon from Micro Grow Greenhouse Systems. “Relative…

Why your grow should be digitally integrated

If you’re not digitally integrated in some form or fashion, you’re going to get left behind in this industry, according to Illumitex. Everything is moving towards feedback loops, telling customers how they can make better decisions and manage their grows so that they can be more profitable in the end. In…

Modular LED lighting solution lets growers customize their facility

Heliospectra announces the launch of the new Mitra series, a modular LED lighting solution. The Mitra design boasts high-intensity light output and electrical efficacy of up to 2.7 µmol/J. Designed for high light crops, including cannabis and vine crops, the initial linear and square fixture modules can…

"Emission-free cultivation requires knowledge of damage limits"

Crops in greenhouses receive water to grow. But growers often add other substances to that water, such as fertilizers, crop protection agents or cleaning agents (to keep the water system clean). Certainly the latter agents can damage the crop if the water concentrations are too high. But the question is:…

Ridder introduces the Ridder CO2 Optimizer

"Get your CO2 spend in line with your plant activity and profits"

After last year’s nomination for the GreenTech Concept Award, the Ridder CO2 Optimizer is now officially launched as a commercial product and participating for a GreenTech Innovation Award. The Ridder CO2 Optimizer is the first autonomous advisory tool to help growers apply the best possible CO2 dosing…

Climate heat mapping for indoor growing environments

A lot goes into designing a good indoor agriculture environment, from selecting the right lights, to ensuring proper irrigation, optimizing airflow, and more. But while the…

What causes blocked drippers?

Uniform, precise watering is necessary to obtain maximum yield and optimum water use efficiency. This also reduces excess leach water, reducing the need to remove nutrient feed water out of the greenhouse. Irrigation lines and drippers/emitters may become blocked during the growing season. These blockages can be categorized as…

New chemical tool to block endocytosis in plants identified

Plant cells absorb many important substances through a process called endocytosis. In plants, endocytosis is essential for nutrient uptake, passing on cellular signals and plant-microbe interactions. However, the vital nature of endocytosis makes it challenging to study using methods from classical…

Sensors equipped with ventilation for accurate measurement results

Many growers have them in their greenhouses in 2019: sensors. They are the virtual senses that provide the grower with insights in temperature, humidity, and CO2. The more accurate, the better. “Sunlight and heat can influence the measurement results, so a good casing for the sensors is important,” says…

Medical Cannabis in Australia growing rapidly since October 2016

"Control over the entire process is required throughout the year"

The medical cannabis industry in Australia has been growing rapidly in the last few years since it was legalized in October 2016. The team with Powerplants has expanded its activities into this new industry and shares their insights on how to produce a pharmaceutical grade product consistently throughout…

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…


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