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New tool for improvement of Brazilian grapes
The Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research (Embrapa) has launched SISALERT, a warning system that reports the threat of mildew and powdery mildew; two of the diseases raising the greatest concerns amongst grape growers of the São Francisco river valley, which will no longer require a weekly schedule.....
Expansion of experimental French greenhouses
The CTIFL (Interprofessional Technical Centre for Fruit and Vegetables) in Carquefou (Loire-Atlantique) has expanded their experimental station by 3,000m2 of 7m high greenhouses dedicated to tomato and cucumber growing. The new equipment costed €2.2 million, of which €625,000 is from the Regional Council of.....
Savoy cabbage chips goes on the market for the first time
Two young men from Hamburg, Germany have introduced Savoy cabbage crisps to the market. This healthy snack has been accepted by German supermarkets in record time. On top of this, these young inventors are planning even more vegetable snacks. Aryan Moghaddam, 26, is the founder of 'Heimatgut', the.....
First: Cucumber cultivation project in Qatar desert
Bio-engineeres from Qatar want to build a greenhouse complex, that could produce as many vegetables as European greenhouses, in the middle of the desert as part of the 'Sahara Forest Project' (SFP). The test greenhouse uses seawater to cool the building and it should be able to produce a harvest three times.....
The benefits of using different coloured shading nets
Shade nets came into use about a decade ago to protect agricultural crops from the elements. Recently, it was discovered that the use of coloured networks improves the quality of the fruit and protects them from pests.Over a decade ago, plantations in the Sea of Galilee and the Negev were.....
Indoor vegetable factories in Japan
A new indoor farming technique is growing in Japan, and on the 2nd of July the largest production factory of its kind opened in Miyagi. The technique was developed by the Mirai company. Such farming means that producers no longer rely on the weather, plants grow faster, do not need pesticides and can be.....
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"Demand for ripened stone fruit, kiwis and persimmon takes flight"
LBP Rotterdam recently announced it was going to extend its capacity with another eight ripening cells. These new ripening chambers, which have been realised by Van Kempen Koudetechniek will be ready halfway through this month. "Ripening avocados and mangos has become normal over the years, but we are.....
AU: Vegetable farm helps nurture robotic success
The developer of a farm robot recently trialled in Cowra has been awarded "Researcher of the Year" by the Australian Vegetable Industry's peak body.Ausveg named University of Sydney robotics expert Professor Salah Sukkarieh researcher of the year for his work on intelligent farm robots, in particular the.....
Spain: Swinglos method to store pears
The need to store fruit and vegetables without using chemicals pushed the world of research to study and develop new "clean" technologies that are now widely used. Recently, the interest for these technologies increased further, especially considering the new ban on other chemicals (such as DPA) deemed.....
Scientists increase yield of potato for processing 20%
Scientists in Karelia, Russia, have devised a solution for the processing of potatoes that can increase the yield by 10-20%. This was reported by an assistant professor of agricultural production and mechanisation of the Agronomy Department of Petrozavodsk State University, Evgeny Tikhonov. He explains that.....
"New black tomato at Marks & Spencers"
While geneticists are still busy with tests, super markets in Great Britain are already bringing purple/black tomatoes, with increased amounts of antioxidants, onto the market, reports the German website keine-gentechnik.de. Since the beginning of June, the fruits have been available at 'Marks and Spencer'......
Italy: New Grower Academy table tomato sessions
Monsanto's Grower Academy training seminars were held between 3th and 6th June in the best areas cultivating fresh tomatoes. The courses were dedicated to producers and technicians from local companies and which concerned the "Soil-less and rootstock cultivation of tomatoes" and "Physiology and morphology of.....
Netherlands: Growing vegetables and living in new development project “Geworteld Wonen”
Living in Holland’s busiest urban area and still growing your own food. Fifty households will be doing exactly that in an upcoming project called "Geworteld Wonen” (“Rooted Living”). Inbo and Beyond Now are set to start construction on the site of a former rural residence later this year. Green,.....
Chile: Nutritious liquid to keep asparagus fresh in transport
Innovadora Iniciativa will create a nutritious liquid that will maintain the quality of asparagus for a longer time so they can reach their destination as if they were freshly harvested.The project, Fresh Green Asparagus Innovation System, launched by FIA and developed by the Innovacion y Desarrollo company,.....