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Russian scientists cloned potato in a test tube
Scientists from Siberian Research Institute of Agriculture have developed a new direction in potato breeding. Several test tubes with baby-plants grown from potato embryos were received from Ural scientists. These are samples of varieties “Kamensky”, “Gornyak” and “Amur”, - said Sergey Krasnikov, scientist.....
Russia to launch production of truffles
Officials from Novorossiysk suggest investing a construction project of agricultural complex “Truffle Valley” for the production of fresh, frozen and canned truffles. The complex is to be located on the territory of 200 hectares and to comprise production unit area of 20 000 sq. m, conservation unit with.....
New environmentally-friendly way to grow lettuce
The results of a study entitled "The application of amino acids in vegetable crops" conducted at the Horticultural Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki showed that amino acids could be used to completely replace ammonium nitrate as fertiliser in lettuce cultivation. Ammonium nitrate is the.....
Interview with Callum Kay
First Zespri tests on covered kiwi plants in Italy
"Kiwis are everything for Zespri. If they die, we die with them! That’s why we work every day to be able to face whatever comes our way," explains Callum Kay (in the photo), Global Supply Development Manager for the New Zealand company. Research and development are therefore essential for.....
Spain: Ifapa tests performance of Raf tomatoes in controlled-environment chambers
Over the first half of the year, the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Organic Production (IFAPA), has carried out several research activities in order to create and promote an innovative business culture, linked to the needs and demands of the food industry in the.....
Walther Faedi, CRA-FRF director
Italy: White strawberry jam - an idea for those allergic to red strawberries
Strawberries are one of those products that can generate allergies, especially in kids. Recent studies showed how the fruit contains an allergen that seems to be directly responsible for the red colour of strawberries.TheConsiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Unità di Ricerca per la.....
Chris Verhoeven, Automaten Centrale:
"Farm vending machines on the rise"
Farm vending machines have been used in Germany for over 25 years to sell produce to locals and those passing through, but they're also on the rise in other European countries. "In Germany, there are many farm shops. They're open one or two days, and on the other days, people can buy the produce through the.....
From tomatoes to pasta sauce, from peppers to ice
Vegetable growers can opt to supply their product as is, but there are other options as well: an increasing number of growers are coming up with surprising new vegetable products. What to think of leek-candy, pasta sauce made from surplus produce, or paprika ice cream?Leek pralines Leek soup sounds like a.....
Spiessens first on potato demo day:
Drum to wash potatoes without water
On the Potato Demo Day in Westmaas, Spiessens showed something new: A drum to wash potatoes without using water. The product only comes into contact with soft rubber, so damage is prevented. Depending on the load and the rotation speed, washing can take place very thoroughly. With the slogan "don't transport.....
European project LIFE+SU.SA.FRUIT launched in Zagreb July
Italy and Croatia united to reduce pesticides in fruit production
The EC has just funded a project to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically viable strategic plan to implement integrated pest management (IPM) by promoting a low use of chemicals in field and post-harvest fruit production practices in typical Croatian and Italian agro-ecosystems. The project aims to.....
New mushroom variety discovered in Finland
The research group of experts studying the forests of Finland, has recently discovered a new variety of mushroom, previously unknown. According to some assumptions, in the forests of Finland there are two thousand registered species of mushrooms with different tastes. In fact, it has recently turned out that.....
Ocean Mist Farms embraces tool to grow better crops and save water
Artichokes are important to Ocean Mist Farms. It is one of the company's premier crops. Chris Drew, product manager for Ocean Mist said, "The land near Castroville, California is ideal for growing artichokes. The Salinas Valley is currently experiencing serious drought conditions, getting only 15 inches of.....
Egypt testing innovations to increase its agricultural productivity
Egypt's scientists are keen on research and innovation to promote agriculture and achieve a greater agricultural self-sufficiency. With help from the Ministry of Agriculture and other institutions, Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, a member of Egypt's scientists council, has already started working on the application.....
Bernadette Kapteijn, BloomBites:
"Scandinavia is leading the way with edible flowers"
Edible flowers are hip and on the rise. Since April this year, Van Vugt Herbs supplies edible flowers under the label BloomBites. This label was conceived and designed by Bernadette Kapteijn, who also strives to give edible flowers awareness among the consumers. She notes that consumer demand is growing.....