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Dominican Republic irrigates organic bananas using solar energy

In the Dominican Ecological Centre (Centro Ecologico Cibao), a photovoltaic system has recently been installed. The energy provided is used to water the plants that grow there.It is especially used for the organic bananas that grow on the plantation, which is 18 hectares in size and is situated next to the.....

Travelers can shop online during their flight

Rewe to provide a "flying supermarket" for Lufthansa

After a long stay abroad, shopping for groceries is one of the biggest priorities of all. After a vacation or a business trip, the refrigerator at home is usually empty. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, bread, cereal, milk or your favourite yoghurt for a good start in the upcoming days still have to be.....

"Participating in the QS system is an important contribution to the active protection of consumers."

High quality and safe vegetables from Lake Constance

On the island of Reichenau, vegetables have been grown for hundreds of years. This cultivation area, situated in the most southern part of Germany in the middle of Lake Constance, offers the best conditions for a good harvest. Under the motto "Daily fresh from the vegetable island", the company.....

Italy: A tool to fill asparagus film pockets quickly

A tool to make the positioning of plastic films on asparagus crops easier. Basically, the accessory facilitates filling, thus halving the filling time of the new film.The film must be anchored to the soil by filling a sort of duct with soil. The product was developed by Bagioni, a company specialising in the.....

Are vegetable flats the future?

The most densely populated island in the world is Macau. In the Chinese state, 600,000 people are packed together on 30 km2, making the population density practically 20,000/km2. That figure is much lower in the Netherlands. On average, 500 people live on a square kilometre here. In Dronten, in the centre of.....

Roger van Engelgem, Agri Technology:

“Storage technology sounds too good to be true”

“The storage system sounds like the ‘umpteenth miracle system,’ it’s true, but this one actually works.” Owner Roger van Engelgem from Agri Technology in Mechelen, Belgium, is visibly enthused about the AiroFresh storage system, which doesn’t use chemical additives to increase the shelf life of fruit and.....

Nanotechnology helps save up to 50% of water

Saving water consumption and increasing production are two basic objectives in the agricultural sector. Nanotechnology makes these possible, while also bringing other benefits. This technology acts physically on the water, emitting a quantum of energy that stimulates the hydrogen bonds. As a result, they.....

Fruit Maps: a new visual format to measure the maturity of fruit

For years, growers have developed their own ways of determining when it’s time to harvest their crops. A few years ago, engineers and scientists at Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science, in partnership with Central Queensland University of Australia, teamed up to develop the F-750 Produce Quality Meter......

Foodbag owner wants to supply 1% of Belgian households

"Supermarket business model no longer modern"

When I used to come home late I often didn't have time to go to the supermarket. This is why I started the meal box in October 2014. At the start I still made the boxes in my kitchen, there were around 100 per week. Now there are 250 to 300,000 meals a week," says founder Stéphane Ronse during the.....

Its pioneering role in digitization is met with great interest in China

Port of Hamburg suggests integrated logistics solutions in Qingdao

Lars Anke, the representative of the Port of Hamburg in China, South Korea and Japan, presented the integrated logistics solutions the Port of Hamburg uses to deal with the transport challenges of the 21st century, during the 2017 East Asia Seaport Alliance Assembly for the East Asia Marine Cooperation.....

New techniques to give fresh produce a longer shelf life

‘Fresh’ frozen rocket will soon be available

What would it be like if we could freeze types of lettuce like rocket in such a way they could retain their freshness, lovely appearance and structure? It will be possible in future, according to Eda Demir from the Swedish Optifreeze. “We are currently working on the research, and results are looking very.....

Turkey: New drying system for mint leaves

The drying process requires both energy and time, meaning that reducing the energy needed and the drying time are important for vegetable raw material drying technologies.Technicians and engineers from the University of Gazi in Ankara analysed the drying characteristics of mint leaves and the energy cost of a.....

Kevin Folta, University of Florida:

“Genetically speaking there’s a lot of potential to change fresh produce flavour”

“In general, consumers aren’t satisfied with the flavours and aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables. Agriculturalists have put the interest of other characteristics first, such as size, yield, and disease resistance. There’s still much room to improve this, and there’s also genetic potential to solve this.....