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Hortinergy

Calculating optimal equipment and settings, before the greenhouse is built

“Our software calculates the best configuration of a closed greenhouse for any crop all over the world,” says Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy, a French technology company. It’s mostly used before the construction of a closed greenhouse to select and size the equipment.  It helps to make sure that…

Water use efficiency in greenhouse systems and the application in horticulture

Traditional culture system (TCS) in open field is high demanding in water and other natural resources and thus has driven the development of protected cultivation systems with innovative horticultural growing techniques. Greenhouse systems and soilless culture system (SCS) can allow obtaining high yields…

Scientists begin developing math and plant biology video game

Plant science meets gaming

Renee Dale, PhD, postdoctoral associate in Ivan Baxter and Christopher Topp’s lab, used to experience math anxiety. She questioned her ability to do complicated mathematics, even though she was interested in the subject matter. “Math anxiety is a perception that can definitely impact how you perform. It can also prevent…

Cost-effective embedded platform for greenhouse environment control

A new paper presents the development of a cost-effective automatic system for greenhouse environment control. The architectural and functional features were analyzed in the context of the realization of a controlled-environment agricultural system through all its stages: installation, deployment of the…

"innovative combinations increase effectiveness"

Sustainable technologies against salinisation, algae growth and water scarcity

Water scarcity and soil salinisation are major problems in many parts of the world. In many countries, people lack the resources to access new sources or to effectively clean and reuse it. Today we know working with chemicals is not future proof. The application of sustainable technologies to treat water…

Increasing water quality and efficiency

Tackling agricultural water scarcity

Rainwater storage basins are a critical source of irrigation water for greenhouses and open field cultivation. In recent years, the European spring and summer seasons have been warmer and drier, decreasing water availability and increasing dependency on storage basins for open-field agriculture. To…

Alberto Salguero Quiles

Researchers identify genes that tell plants when to flower

How do plants know when it is time to flower? Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have studied this question and identified two genes that are key to this process. They were able to show that the ELF3 and GI genes control the internal clock of the plants that monitors the…

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

US researchers develop robots to help on the farm

The University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory team has accelerated work on the TerreSentia robot, a nimble and semi-autonomous machine that can provide the same attention to detail as human labor. “Essentially, with the COVID-19 crisis, two things happened. One is the urgent need to keep…

Tiny spectroradiometer measures 340 nm to 1010 nm for agriculture

nanoLambda, a leading spectral sensor company, announced a new version of XL-500, with an extended range from 340 nm to 1010 nm, measuring UV, Visual and NIR ranges all at the same time. The tiny BLE spectroradiometer XL-500 measures and records light spectrum with absolute power values, not only SPD…

KeyGene successfully applies selective DNA sequencing in plants

Scientists of research company KeyGene in Wageningen, the Netherlands, are the first to report the application of adaptive DNA sequencing in plants, applying the Read Until tool of Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Using a combination of the Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION sequencing device, a powerful…

The history of aeroponics and why it matters

The aeroponic origin story is deeply rooted in space and science fiction. In space, crews must utilise all resources to their fullest potential, reducing, reusing and…

Cannabis facilities: air filtration, UV-C air disinfection and odor removal

Cannabis legalization has been a passionate topic over the last few years and is engulfing many countries and states. In the beginning of the legalization movement, many Cannabis growers were only concerned with a few items such as plant nutrients, pH water balance or the type of halogen grow lights…

Smart farming at the crossroad of agriculture and IoT

Tackling the challenges posed by climate change, dwindling resources and the exponential rise in population numbers puts significant pressure on the global farming industry. Advances in technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) allow farmers to engage in science-based agriculture independent of…

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Group hopes to shape legal cannabis water standards

The Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a non-profit organization formed to promote energy efficiency for cannabis growers and other crops, recently announced the formation of a new Water Working Group. The group, made up of experts in multiple fields and disciplines (including some heavy hitters on the…

Hortivation Point

Greenhouse builders get global positioning standard

The Hortivation Foundation is introducing the Hortivation Point as the global positioning standard for greenhouses. This responds to the demand by greenhouse builders, installers and other suppliers for a standardised methodology for determining the exact position of every object in a greenhouse. This…

First steps to using viruses for gene editing in plants

Bestowing crops with pest-resistant and climate-resistant traits is a driving force to protect humanity’s precious food resources. Despite evidence that demonstrates genetically-modified crops are as safe as crops produced through traditional breeding, sections of the public remain suspicious about…

keeping staff safe and operations working properly with less direct supervision

"We can go home, but the plants can’t"

The Covid-19 pandemic affects companies across all industries and horticultural operations are no exception. Making sure staff are safe and operations are working properly with less direct supervision is very important. Argus Controls talked to some of their clients and learned how they have been coping…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers have the same need for irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer is,…

Precision growing app helps growers cope with COVID-19

In late 2019, PickApp, a precision farming ERP system that operates on smartphones, began developing a basic version of the app as part of their remote installation initiative. The goal was to be able to implement the system from long distance giving farmers the independence to install, implement and…

converting under-utilized portions of sunlight to more photosynthetically efficient orange light

Layer of light helps plants get more from the sun

UbiQD and Nanosys have agreed to partner on the development and manufacturing of UbiGro luminescent greenhouse films. Installed above plants in a greenhouse, UbiGro is a layer of light that helps plants get more from the sun. UbiGro uses fluorescence to create a more optimal light spectrum for crops,…

Sacred Seeds Hemp Farm

CAN (ON): CO2 delivery feasibility project with hemp plant grower

Toronto based CO2 GRO will install a Commercial Feasibility CO2 Delivery Solutions VCO2 system at Canbud’s Ontario hemp greenhouse dedicated to enhancing mother plant growth regeneration and plant health to complement Canbud’s proprietary clonal system. The Feasibility will take place in a portion of a…

WUR

Plant biologists discover simple principle of plant responses to hormone

In a new study researchers from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and colleagues in Japan and Spain have found a simple mechanism for control of plant growth. Implementation of these findings can help growers to design new crops with for example resistance against disease, drought or…

Biobest to launch Crop-Scanner

New Crop-Scanner app for efficient biological crop protection

The new app Crop-Scanner from Biobest unlocks fast and accurate scouting for growers to deliver improvements in overall IPM performance. Enabling growers and their Biobest advisors to closely follow pest outbreaks in crops online, this innovative app is set to significantly improve the remote provision…

Digital image processing and analysis for plant phenotyping

LemnaTec, based in Aachen, Germany, has been developing hardware and software for plant phenotyping since 1998. These systems use digital image processing for applications in research and development, which are used in breeding, science, agro- and biotechnology, as well as in the seed industry. "Digital…

How a small molecule influences sugar metabolism in plants

In a process known as photosynthesis, plants use the energy of sunlight to produce sugar out of water and carbon dioxide in their leaves. The sugar is transported from the leaves to the other parts of the plant to provide carbon and energy for growth and the synthesis of storage reserves. Franziska…

Plants pass on 'memory' of stress to some progeny, making them more resilient

By manipulating the expression of one gene, geneticists can induce a form of “stress memory” in plants that is inherited by some progeny, giving them the potential for more vigorous, hardy and productive growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery has significant implications…

New nanobubble generator Neo offers optimal oxygen monitoring and control

Moleaer is launching the Neo, its fifth nanobubble generator in its product portfolio designed to improve water quality and enhance food production in greenhouses and fish farms. The Neo offers real-time monitoring and control of dissolved oxygen in water via an optional integrated oxygen generator,…

Soil sensor used by Chinese astronauts adopted by professional growers of medical cannabis

A compact portable sensor that instantly measures the moisture, temperature and electrical conductivity (EC) of soils and substrates is being adopted by a growing number of legal cannabis farms. The WET Sensor is manufactured by UK based Delta-T Devices and has been used extensively in world-wide…

Bringing tissue culture production into the 21st century

Greg Lowe from Lowes TC is on a mission to automate tissue culture production, making it more affordable to produce high health clonal plants in this country. Find out about his business’ new TC+TM liquid media temporary immersion system bioreactor and automated production systems.   by Gabrielle Stannus   Greg Lowe…

Avecon

Measuring the water silo level with the Tank Level Indicator

Sometimes the solution to a problem is cheaper and simpler than you think. Measuring the water level in a water silo seems simple, after all there are several solutions via electronic level measuring via cloud solutions or via the process computer. However, if you want to see how far the silo is filled…

greenhouse & outdoor cultivation

New climate computer helps with most fundamental controls

Within horticulture, there is a growing demand for further automation of the cultivation process. Horticulturalists and growers are always looking for an affordable solution to be able to monitor their crops as precisely as possible in an intelligent and clear manner using automation, and to improve the…


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