Technique

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Who in horticulture robotics really knows how far the competition is along?

The fourth edition of Future Trends & Innovations was recently held. Unlike earlier editions, it was completely online this time, and with more applications than ever before, noticed organisers AVAG, TNO, Stichting Hortivation and GreenTech contently. There was also plenty of discussion from behind the…

GE Current expands horticulture distribution network to support indoor growers across Eurasia

GE Current, a Daintree company, has signed three new distribution partnership agreements with Agro Top Garden, Helle-Tech Oy and Vitro HTS to make its full Lucalox HPS and Arize LED portfolio available to more greenhouse growers across Europe and Asia. The deals inked will provide growers focusing on…

Newly designed gutter integrates aerated substrate mat support

The Spacer, developed by the Spanish company Hydroponic Systems, brought hydroponic growers the benefits of soil level gutters: better ventilation between the drain channel and the substrate with a reduction of disease pressure and a healthier root system as result. In the years after, these benefits…

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to…

Folium 2.0 hits the market ahead of schedule

Autogrow has launched the second generation of its Folium Smart Sensor Network, ahead of schedule to meet customer demand for greater access to data in the cloud.    “Since the initial launch of Folium in February, we have had fantastic feedback from customers requesting further features. Because of our focus on usability…

Ronald Hoek, Blue Radix:

"AI with a human touch is the golden combination"

Cultivation management in the greenhouse is becoming increasingly complex. How do you turn this challenge into opportunities? Blue Radix rises to the challenge and adds artificial intelligence to the daily decision making in the greenhouse. “The solutions based on algorithms provide growers with a…

Autogrow challenges other industry players to publish APIs

Autogrow is calling for more public APIs (Application Programming Interface), giving increased access for growers to their own data, and fostering faster innovation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry.  “To date, large industry players have not publicly published APIs’, but our argument is that…

Horticultural specialist Bauer joins Bosman Van Zaal

Thomas Bauer has joined Bosman Van Zaal as senior technical sales consultant, where he will use his knowledge and experience to support the international sales team of the Dutch specialist in horticultural projects. In the past, Bauer has specialised in specific cultivation systems for the international horticultural…

Hortilux introduces Hortiled Top Summit & Vertex

"LED fixtures have to fit seamlessly with the grower’s existing situation and new requirements"

Growers have a wide range of different business and cultivation goals, meaning that every grow light solution is unique. "LED grow light is increasingly used in existing greenhouses, so the LED fixtures have to fit seamlessly with the grower’s existing situation and new requirements. For this reason we…

Extra choice of valve position in CO2 dosing unit shortens intake route for outdoor air

Now that growers are no longer allowed to bring in air from the boiler house for CO2 dosing because of the risk of contamination, many systems need to be adapted to draw in air directly from outside. Depending on the intake and valve position, that can result in many inconvenient detours in the pipework.…

Aqua-Traxx Sweet Spot drip tape and Toro Fittings add new options for irrigation

Improving drip irrigation designs and efficiencies, new Toro Aqua-Traxx Sweet Spot drip tape is a 6/8” Interior Diameter (ID) drip tape that gives growers a one-of-a-kind product that splits the difference between standard 5/8” ID tape and 7/8” ID tape. With new Aqua-Traxx Sweet Spot drip tape, growers…

Michiel van Spronsen on SmartGlass:

"Our glass effectively reduces haze when wet and increases hemispheric light transmission"

“Look at most glass through a microscope; it actually looks mountainous and jagged despite appearing smooth to the naked eye,” according to Michiel van Spronsen of Glascom Tuinbouw. Etched glass, such as Glascom’s SmartGlass, is polished and very smooth, providing multiple benefits to the grower. Adaptive…

"We anticipate energy savings of approximately 2.4 to 3.3 kWh per square foot per year"

Candidus was awarded a $683,562 Conservation Innovation (CIG) Grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Working in collaboration with NRCS and CEA farmers across the US, the company will implement adaptive lighting control technology in 12 commercial greenhouses in Virginia, Michigan,…

CE-Line follows up GreenTech Award win with field tests at growers

Last Tuesday, CE-Line received the GreenTech Innovation Concept Award for their CELINE technology. CEO WIlco Dijkstra is happy: "Irrigation water with flavor is coming, we are going to install CELINE in the field in the coming months." The CELINE technology was labeled by the jury of GreenTech Live &…

RF Agriculture

Prepping grow light systems for winter

With Fall underway and Winter right around the corner, commercial and industrial growers that utilize either HPS grow lights, MH grow lights, LED grow lights, or any other type of grow light system for that matter, should know that it is about time to inspect, maintain, replace, and/or repair all grow…

GrowFlux Dimmer

Fifty light fixtures, controllable in the palm of your hand

When controlling light levels in a greenhouse, is there better way than simply turning the lights on when clouds roll in and off when sunlight returns? GrowFlux, a…

GlobalGAP

GlobalGAP to make digital checklists mandatory as of November 2020

The use of the GlobalGAP Audit Online Hub will become mandatory for all certification bodies worldwide on 15 November 2020. The Audit Online Hub helps to gather inspection information in an effective way. Users can create and share digital checklists and inspection reports. Initially, the following…

FarmVisionAI releases mobile app for powerful in-field AI

FarmVisionAI has released a mobile app designed to engage growers in-field with vision AI stress detections. The mobile app brings FarmVisionAI’s horticulturist trained AI to a smartphone platform that can be used while scouting plants and walking the farm. Location specific information allows the grower…

Introducing Plantonomy: Priva’s autonomous growing technology

From over 10,000 to a maximum of 6 settings: making growing easier

“I was a grower myself. All day long I was reading the crop, adjusting all the settings to get the job done. That’s more than 10,000 settings, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. That’s not working if you want to expand the greenhouse industry. And it’s not just these growers – it's also the next…

SunTracker Technologies

Improved Daily Light Integrals with satellite data

From its introduction forty years ago, the Daily Light Integral (DLI) metric has become an important tool for determining monthly daylight availability for crops and estimating supplemental electric lighting requirements for greenhouses. DLI charts for the continental United States have been available…

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Indicator species analysis: A useful tool for plant disease studies

Indicator species analysis (ISA) uses indices of an organism’s relative abundance and occurrence to estimate the strength of its associations with a priori groups of interest and a simple randomization test to evaluate the probability of association. Because ISA values tend to be greatest when a species…

University of Pennsylvania

Dueling proteins give shape to plants

In an elegant choreography, plants take cues from their environment and channel them into form: flowers, roots, or branches. In a new paper in Nature Communications, biologist Doris Wagner of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues identified some of the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into…

John Innes Centre

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR

Researchers know how to make precise genetic changes within the genomes of crops, but the transformed cells often refuse to grow into plants – one international team has devised a new solution. The Dubcovsky lab at UC Davis in California, US, have developed a new tool helps ease this process by coaxing…

IIVO, 'next level climate computer'

Hoogendoorn Growth Management introduces 'biggest innovation yet'

On October 8, 2020, Hoogendoorn Growth Management organized an exclusive launch event to launch what they call their biggest innovation yet: IIVO. "It's not just a new all-in-one process computer, but so much more than that", says Martin Helmich, CCO Hoogendoorn. "IIVO is a next level climate computer." 'Complexity…

Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy:

“We’ve made everything international in the new version”

In October, Hortinergy will launch the newest version of their software for the American market. Vincent Stauffer, director of the company explains what has changed since the previous version. The Hortinergy software is used to simulate and design traditional, closed and semi-closed greenhouse projects,…

Filip Uhlir | Dreamstime.com

"Big issues face the cannabis industry but A.I. is here to help"

If two markets are pretty much guaranteed to make money over the next decade separately it's artificial intelligence and cannabis. Together, the pair could form a perfect storm thanks to COVID-19 driving demand. Adrian Holguin, CEO of CannaShark Consulting, started consulting for cannabis companies in…

"Particularly in basic and mid-tech, a lot of gains can be made with simple automation"

Jan Wijgerse sets up own product line with GHBD Holland

For the international grower with greenhouse horticulture ambitions the range of high-tech technology on the market can be overwhelmingly. Once the greenhouse with all the trimmings is in place, arranging everything properly is not that easy. "Then you see that intervention is done manually, while all…

Phil Gibson, AEssenseGrows:

"Cannabis can be a spectacularly profitable crop"

There are many voices in the industry saying that the cannabis market will be similar to the brewery one, with two separate segments: mass produced commodities sold for a relatively cheap price, and premium-quality product aimed at those more educated consumers. Both of these can be extremely profitable,…


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