Technique

US (VT): Food testing labs breaks into testing cannabis, hemp

A food testing lab in Vermont is breaking into the cannabis and hemp industry. Bia Diagnostics started 12 years ago. The company specializes in analyzing allergens and finding what's in your food, and now it's adding cannabis and hemp testing. Co-CEO and Owner Thomas Grace says it's important consumers…

How to control cannabis odor

Cannabis plants have a strong odor when they are at the flowering stage of growth. In states where cannabis can be grown legally, there are strict odor control regulations on greenhouses that grow legalized marijuana. Most other crops produce odor as well, but cannabis has the strongest odor, and the most severe consequences if…

CAN (BC): LED supplier selected for annual production of up to 12 million tissue culture starter plantlets

Pharmagreen Biotech will use Signify's Philips GreenPower LED Lighting in their Cannabis Biotech Complex currently under development. The complex will be a large-scale tissue culture production, research and storage facility of genetically identical, disease and pest-free plantlets with consistent and…

New platform to provide actionable data, improve yields and prevent crop loss

urban-gro is launching the Soleil Sense and Soleil 360 Platform at NCIA’s 6th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo in San Jose, California on July 23 and 24. Providing commercial growers the ability to access environmental growing data anywhere, Soleil Sense and the Soleil 360 Platform is designed…

Controlling light extinction means controlling production

Everyone in horticulture knows the rule of thumb that 1% more light results in 1% more yield. That means that as a grower you naturally want your crop to receive as much light as possible, and for there to be gradual light extinction in the crop. "Light extinction is the reduction of the amount of light…

Things growers should never do in a semi-closed glasshouse

One of the main attractions for retailers and consumers alike to choose glasshouse produce, is the reliability with which the glasshouse produces quality and quantity of produce in a safe way. The semi-closed glasshouse has extended that reliability in the way it manages summer heat, pest and disease and…

Smart LED grow lights launched for vertical cannabis production

LumiGrow announced the release of their vertical grow light solutions. “Our newest BarLight Series is precision built for high-yield cannabis growth and commercial extraction,” said Jay Albere, LumiGrow CEO. “Growers have been patient for LumiGrow to release a vertical cannabis solution – and we’re proud…

Frigga launches super-low-cost "temperature + light sensor" real-time monitor

The Frigga team released the Z9/Y9 real-time asset management monitoring solution last month, and now they are mounting a large-scale global promotion and marketing stage. The…

Testing different light recipes

LED lighting and the light recipes that go with it are developing rapidly. This, in turn, makes it easier for growers to adapt to crops' differing qualities and yields, while reducing energy costs.…

"In the greenhouse? Put on your AR glasses"

Can Augmented Reality (AR) help with training harvesting staff in a greenhouse? Or can AR-glasses show whether the crop is healthy? Wageningen University & Research is…

"Aluminium roller benches create ideal cultivation conditions"

Since the full legalisation of cannabis cultivation in North America, the demand for smart cultivation solutions has increased significantly in recent years. Old sheds, warehouses, factories and greenhouses are being made suitable for the cultivation of large amounts of cannabis. In order to organise the…

INDO Lighting:

"We replaced the traditional LED driver for a much longer lifetime"

If a grower decides to invest in LED lights, he’ll want to keep them working as long as possible. British company INDO Lighting recently introduced a new LED grow light to the horticulture industry, which operates reliably over long periods in high temperatures; offering growers a product lifetime of…

South Australian government shows interest in Israeli root zone temperature tech

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has hosted a government, departmental and business delegation headed by the South Australia Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, The Hon Tim Whetstone MP, at its research and development hub in Beit Halevy, Israel. The delegation also…

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…


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