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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.....
New tomato varieties bred in Moldova
New tomato varieties are bred in the Academy of Science, Moldova. They are resistant to frost, drought and diseases. Moldovan farmers are to receive three new varieties by the end of this year. Moldovan scientists have used the latest technology, in particular - In Vitro technology of formation of breeding.....
New advances in systems for fresh produce sector
Fresh produce software specialist Alter Software has announced major new advances in the development of two of its principal products — Keops© y Ares© — which will enable their use by growers in regions without good access to the internet.The technological and functional changes to both Keops© (which.....
Development of inspection module for vine tomato quality
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has started a public-private partnership this year, for a project focusing on automatic inspection of the quality of vine tomatoes at the packaging line. Currently, quality assessment of vine tomatoes takes place through visual inspection by employees and quality.....
New variety of brightly-coloured potato is bred in Belarus
Belarusian plant breeders have spent two years on breeding a new variety of potato, and finally by the end of July 2014 they have achieved the goal, - Agriacta.com informs. This potato variety is drastically different from all existing varieties. The colour of a split potato tuber, depending on the type of.....
Eating patterns influenced by smell
In a study published by Stéphanie Chambaron, researcher at the Inra in Dijon, it is claimed that eating patterns are stimulated by senses such as smell. She carried out a study where participants were exposed to very weak smells of melons or peaches. Results showed that those who had the melon smell went on.....