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Aiming at staple food crops

Gene editing approach for broad disease resistance

According to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, a novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants. Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a new gene.....

SA - Western Cape: Securing a sustainable future for agriculture

According to Angus Bowmaker-Falconer, research associate at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), development of commercially viable smallholder farmers is a key element in securing a sustainable future for agriculture in the Western Cape. He provided a summary and main findings of the recently.....

Combating food waste

British schoolgirl invents clever fruit bowl

Rumaan Malik, who is just 11-years-old, wanted to help cut back on the £13 billion worth of produce that ends up in the bin each year. So she invented a simple, but clever piece of tableware.Her fruit bowl, named the 'Alarm Cup', has been crowned the winner of the Ocado Food Waste Challenge with Little.....

University of British Columbia

Waterless toilet made with mushrooms

In many parts of the world, toilets remain out of reach. An estimated one in three people in the world don't have access to a toilet, and one in nine people don't have access to safe water. A group of students from the University of British Columbia have come up with a new way to give people without plumbing.....

Seven companies take home Innovation Award at United Fresh

Seven Produce Innovation Award Winners were recognized at United Fresh 2018 – the single destination event for the total fresh supply chain. This year’s honorees were selected by show attendees from a total of 36 contestants across seven categories: Best New Food Safety Solution; Best New Fruit Product; Best.....

Sub-Saharan farmers to fight Fall Armyworm with mobile phone app

Recently, the fight by sub-Saharan farmers against the Fall Armyworm, which has devastated crops and threatened food security for 300-million people, has gone digital. The United Nations (UN) has reported that the new weapon which was launched by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Pennsylvania.....

Businesses need to start preparing for a major shift in the digital landscape

The world is on the verge of a major technological change and if businesses, including fresh produce, cannot keep up then they are going to struggle to survive, according to a leading Tech Futurist.Chris Riddell told attendees at Hort Connections that digitalising a company does not simply revolve around new.....

Agri-tech start-ups: 82 operating across Africa

A new report says 82 African agri-tech start-ups are spread across the continent.According to the ‘Agrinnovating for Africa: Exploring the African Agri-Tech Start-up Ecosystem Report 2018’, in all, 16 African countries play host to tech start-ups, active in the agricultural space. Leading markets are Nigeria.....

The orchard revolution that astounds growers the world over

Sometimes it’s the simplest of solutions that bring the biggest surprises. That’s certainly true for the performance of a new irrigation invention for fruit growers, Treehog. It’s the brainchild of South African farmer Louis Loubser who came up with the concept to help reduce water need during times of.....

“Frau Antje goes green" - over Dutch horticulture becoming sustainable

German advisors visit Westland

Advisors from the German Agricultural Ministry recently paid a visit to the Dutch province of Westland. They wanted to see the current state of Dutch horticulture for themselves. The working visit was entitled "Frau Antje macht auf Grün" ("Mrs Antje goes green"). The German delegation visited projects and.....

Otago University Department of Food Sciences

NZ scientists chase dream of guilt-free hot chip

The University of Otago Department of Food Science this week began trialling a "Pulsed Electric Field" processing machine, which it hoped could turn French fries into a healthier, environmentally-friendly snack option. The PEF machine uses microsecond-long pulses of electricity to alter the microstructure of.....

Agribotix: New 'Plant Count Report' providing advanced analytics

Today, Agribotix, a leading agricultural drone and data-processing company, released a new plant count report, available as a premium offering. Built using machine learning and big data techniques, the report allows a grower to obtain a quantitative measure of the number of plants across their whole field as.....

By Carlos Arenes:

New climate control techniques for modern agriculture

The impact of climate change is becoming more and more noticeable. Let us list some of the most recent phenomena: severe autumn frost damaged La Rivera's entire kaki production in the 2017 campaign; a polar front damaged stone fruit trees in Murcia and Valencia; irradiation frosts damaged the first citrus buds.....

Accelerating the RipeLock™ technology for consumer-preferred bananas

AgroFresh announces alliance with Del Monte Fresh Produce

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced a collaboration agreement with Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, to bring AgroFresh’s RipeLock™ Quality System to more.....

New scientific tools to help cherry growers determine optimum times

Shipping cherries overseas is a high stakes game – every container carries approximately $100,000 of fruit. International consumers are becoming increasingly picky and buyers will only accept high quality cherries at port. Growers and packers are making it a top priority to ensure cherries make the journey in.....

In Ravenna, nectarine trees have been fully covered to guarantee a quality product which undergoes less treatments

Anti-insect nets covering nectarines represent the reality

Out of a total of 32 hectares of two different varieties of nectarines, namely "Romagna Giant" and "Dulciva", almost 5 hectares have been fully covered. The coverage protects from and impedes access to insects such as Asian bugs and aphids in the first place, and to birds such as starlings and magpies. The.....

Super intensive cherry orchard.

Twelve years and 14 tons of production per hectare

VIDEODuring the Open Day organized by Salvi Vivai on the 7th of June 2018, a few statistics were presented regarding the production of cherries, as follows: the cost for production is of approximately 100 thousand euros per hectare over which a profit is made on the fifth year, the lifespan of a dedicated plant is.....

Fresh produce industry needs foresight to adapt to technological change

Australian digital fruit and vegetable wholesale market HiveXchange has urged the Australian fresh produce industry to start preparing to trade in the digital age.Delivering a presentation to Hort Connections, Damian George says as they stand today, in five years time, the current central markets will be.....

Delivering Technology & Efficiency to the fresh food industry

Innovate to elevate

Research and development is increasingly becoming a significant focus on the agenda for ambitious businesses that aspire to be at the top of their industry. Here at Keelings Solutions, we’ve custom built a new research and development room with a focus on innovation and new technologies.It’s not only about new.....

Innovative product promises to extend the shelf life of avocados

A North American company claims to have found a solution to extend the shelf life of avocados.Apeel Sciences has announced the development of an edible and invisible coating that works as a spray and that has attracted the interest even of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.As reported by Bloomberg, about 200.....

From Chile to Vietnam

Agro-photovoltaics goes global

Agro-photovoltaics (APV), a technology which combines the production of solar electricity and crops on the same land, has already been successfully demonstrated in pilot projects in several European countries. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in cooperation with the Innovation Group.....

Intelligent containers: CMA CGM introduces TRAXENS by CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group, a global shipping group, is pleased to announce the marketing of its networked container solution: TRAXENS by CMA CGM.As the first company to invest in TRAXENS, and having been instrumental in its development, CMA CGM has already conducted numerous tests with this unique solution. As of.....

Don Limón aims to digitize the production chain

'The more data you collect, the more accurate the harvest forecasts become'

In many parts of the world, digitization in the value chain is indispensable. But in fresh-fruit production, especially for products in the far-off countries of the southern hemisphere and the tropics, it can be hard to capture digital data as other issues -often more important in the short term- tend to be in.....

Drones pollinate apple orchards

This spring, for the first time, a drone was used to pollinate apple blossoms. The drone pollinated trees on a test plot. This was done in the American state of New York. They are going to investigate whether this kind of pollinated results in higher, better quality yields. A so-called hexacopter was used to.....

Clean irrigation resources

Patent makes it possible to eliminate 83% of pollutants from wastewater

A patent developed in a European project, with the participation of the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and Food (Imida), makes it possible to eliminate 83% of the pollutant load of wastewater. Using biodegradable phytosanitary products to eradicate water pollution is one of the.....

The Corridor Team

US: Working potato camera

Millennials will be familiar with the jibe : “what did you shoot that with, a potato?” A production studio crew wanted to be able to answer: “ Yes!” That is why they built a real working camera, made from a potato. The engineering and technical challenges were immense, but they were overcome with some 3D.....

Freshbot

App aims to provide industry with real time pricing

As they say, 'knowledge is power' and Maxim Kulik is busy developing a new service called Freshbot, to give extra 'power' to retailers, wholesalers and growers by providing them with real time information about pricing."The groundwork has been laid down and I have accumulated 1,000 sources to monitor the.....

Roll-in is an easy harvesting solution

Valier is a young company that combines different businesses: there are 30 years of experience in walnut cultivation, a long experience in the automotive sector and 35 years of experience in the distribution of gardening equipment.Roll-in was created in 2013: it's a rotating basket to pick up round objects.....

New tomato harvest robot GRoW being tested in the greenhouse

With labor costs currently being 30% up to even 50% of the total greenhouse production costs, reducing the amount of it in a greenhouse company is an important topic at the moment – even more if you take the global labor shortage into account. Many companies are working on automotive solutions, having robots.....

Apeel Avocados available at Costco and Harps Food Stores

Today, Apeel Sciences announced that Del Rey Avocado Company is supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale (COST) stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. Soon,.....

Flying greenhouse from Bremen goes into space

Soon, a flying greenhouse could revolve around the Earth. This summer, a research satellite from Bremen should be launched into space with tomato seeds on board. In it, the plants should grow under different gravitational conditions; for half a year gravity like on the moon, then for half a year with the.....

Techno Brain

African smallholder farmers embrace GPS-based digital solution

Smallholder farmers are the most vulnerable to impacts of climate change, with rain-fed agriculture accounting for more than 90% of farmed land in sub-Saharan Africa. These farmers face many risks, including drought, disease and pest epidemics. But a new GPS-based digital technology may help many African.....