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Spain: Promotion of strategy for genetic improvement of horticultural varieties

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Germany) and the Natural History Museum of London (United Kingdom), have promoted a new strategy for genetic improvement whose objective is.....

Low-energy trend also in sandwich panels and company doors

The crates are stacked high in the new ULO cells. The harvest is in and the new storage space was finished in time. Fruit company Beck-Weemaes, from Sint Gillis Waas in Belgium, invested in ten new ULO cells. The cells are mostly meant for Conference pears. The warehouse was also expanded, and a new complex.....

German company Maxime plans delivery services in their region

Turkish brothers: "We really want to stay in Essen"

The Turkish brothers Sükru and Mustafa Karahan first experienced the wholesale markets in Dortmund and Dusseldorf, before they started on the Essen fruit and vegetable wholesale market, three years ago. The excellent atmosphere makes them feel at home. With their top quality tomatoes and Turkish-style dried.....

Switzerland:

Coop launches reusable bag for fruit and vegetables

Coop Switzerland has recently started offering customers the opportunity to use a reusable bag for fruit and vegetables. The so called Multi-Bags can be used repeatedly and are made of FSC certified cellulose. Now all customers can choose the ecological alternative instead of the disposible plastic bags when.....

Thousands of dollars saved

Dutch laser technology used successfully against troublesome birds in US

A blueberry grower in the United States has, for the first time, successfully used a automated laser-controlled scarecrow against troublesome birds. The technology was developed by Bird Control Group, which was founded by former TU Delft students.Until recently, birds caused considerable damage at Meduri.....

Italy: The Lisygrow soil-less irrigation system

VIDEO"Cultivation is becoming increasingly innovative and intensive cultivation techniques require sophisticated technologies. Not keeping up with the times means missing out on important opportunities," explain Felice Di Giovanni and Tommaso La Malfa, electronic technician and agronomist respectively.Tommaso La.....

First time at the expoSE 22 and 23 November 2017

Dutch Cerescon presents selective asparagus harvest machine

A selective Asparagus harvest machine that can harvest on three parallel rows has been developed by Cerescon in the Netherlands. The patented underground detection method was inspired by proximity sensor technology that detect the asparagus underground.They enter the coordinates of the pole into a digging.....

Global retail sector undergoing profound transformation

As the sourcing of fruit and vegetables becomes increasingly global, managing the supply chain becomes ever more important in the marketplace. What started as a business providing supply chain software, Finnish based RELEX, has now expanded into offering unified retail planning solutions.Relex founders(From.....

Innovation at ExpoDirekt 2017

Artificial intelligence in asparagus and berry sector with Fruit ONE

The Fruit ONE produce and navigation system has been specially developed for the asparagus and berry industry. Without much red tape or complexity, parties can now permanently check all sales and deliveries online with Fruit ONE. The system informs the user independently about minimum quantities, turnover and.....

Italy: Essential oils extracted from weeds used as a natural herbicide

A natural herbicide against weeds made with essential oils extracted from weeds themselves. It was developed by a group of Agricultural Science and Pharmacy researchers from the University of Pisa. Their study was published on the Weed Research journal.Photo 1. Distribution of the essential oils on weeds grown.....

Cooperation between TopFarmers and Econeers

Crowd funding campaign for Urban Farming Berlin

The German company TopFarmers has launched a crowd funding campaign together with the platform Econeers. From Tuesday 24 October, it has been possible to invest in the project for urban agriculture. The goal of the campaign is to build a new urban city farm location in Berlin.In a landscaped park, Herzberge in.....

Further step towards plastic reduction

REWE tests reusable alternatives to plastic fruit and veg bags

Soon the thin plastic bag will be gone. After the abolition of the plastic carrier bag, REWE now also wants to reduce the use of thin plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable assortment.To this end, Germany's second-largest food retailer carried out a seven-week test. Two alternative approaches are being.....

Swiss fruit beer nominated for agroPreis

Appenzeller fruit juice and alcohol-free beer have come together in Bschorle. This trendy drink guarantees a good price for the fruit, which secures the preservation of the trees. And now it has been nominated for the agroPreis 2017. On November 2nd the presentation of the product will take place in Bern......

Wholesale market union and city discuss the future

Germany: The Düsseldorf wholesale market of the future

On Friday the 20th of October, representatives of the city of Düsseldorf and its wholesale market union met to discuss the future situation of the market business at the Ulmenstraße. The subjects of the discussion were the ways in which they could modernise what is considered old-fashioned and the parts of the.....

German scientist will spend a year in the cold

EDEN-ISS greenhouse on the way to the Antarctic

The research adventure on plant propagation in Antarctica is underway: On October 8, 2017, the cargo ship transporting the container with the special greenhouse left the port of Hamburg, heading for the Antarctic Ekström Ice Shelf. The trip will take about eleven weeks. Shortly before Christmas the team of the.....

Sydney University

The future of farming - Robotics