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Mexico: New fertilizer that boosts crop growth rate
The companies Agroquímicos y Aspersores de Perote and ADV Mechanics, together with the Technological Institute of Monterrey, will sell a new organic fertilizer made from pumice residues.The product is expected to be up to 50% cheaper than others currently in the market; its production and marketing will.....
Italy: The pros of using a DA-Meter
"The DA Meter was launched seven years ago and is now being used by the main global producers. Excellent results have been achieved on apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums. A similar device, DAK, can be used on kiwis," explains Enrico Turoni, owner of a company specialising in devices for.....
Greenhouses to be heated by wood
On Monday evening elected officials in Vire agreed to install a wood heater in the garden service greenhouses. They have made €1.159 million available to carry out the project, whilst waiting for a budget vote that is planned for April 2015.The installation of a wood heater will replace the gas system, “we.....
Used fish farming water on greenhouse tomatoes researched
According to Laval University in Canada, not only could used water from fish farming stimulate tomato growth, but it could also protect them against certain pathogenic fungi. The researchers measured the reaction of tomatoes grown in greenhouses watered twice a week with used water from a rainbow trout farm......
Ugly fruit and veg sold to combat wastage
Ugly fruit and vegetables are being sold in some supermarkets in the Landes region of the South West of France to fight against wastage. These badly calibrated products sell for about 30% less than calibrated products…they are ugly but taste the same.They may be too big, lumpy, badly shaped, out of.....
Italy: "Covering orchards is not the limit"
"Just a few years ago, thinking of a cherry orchard being in a polytunnel or greenhouse would have seemed crazy, but it is no longer so because of climate change," explains Guglielmo Costa, professor at the Department of Agricultural Science of the Bologna University and speaker at the Vignola Cherry.....
Bato Allround Trough suitable for all substrates
The Bato Allround Trough is suitable for all substrates. The gutter/trough can be installed directly on the ground, because the two ribbed legs provide stability. The invention has a unique drainage system for moisture control.The Allround Trough offers several drainage options:1. Two open, round drainage.....
New USB temperature recorder Praxas
Praxas, supplier of protection and control instruments, is launching the new Praxas USB recorder (by Logtag), a data recorder for monitoring temperatures during transport and storage of products.The Praxas USB recorder offers high quality at a fair price. The product is user-friendly thanks to the USB.....
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First version of onion genome ready
On Tuesday January 13th researcher Richard Finkers presented a first version of the onion genome to the largest scientific congress of genomics for plants and animals: the 'Plant and Animal Genomics (PAG) conference in San Diego. Breeding a new onion breed takes 12 to 16 years now. Companies believe that by.....
Redlove, the new red apple
A new type of apple that looks like a tomato and is full of antioxidants is about to arrive in France. The Redline apple is not transgenic, but a simple cross of natural apples. Researchers used a type of apple with red flesh from Asia (which is very acidic so not very good) and crossed it with another sweet.....
BelOrta's new hinged lid box
BelOrta introduces a brand new innovation regarding its Belgian endive packaging. At first sight, the box looks the same as before. However, a special system has been introduced in the lid, meaning only a part of it can be flipped open.That means endive can be taken out of the box without having to.....
New pepper-harvesting robot
The project for the development of a robot capable of harvesting peppers in greenhouses has concluded, according to sources of the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands.It is a European research project called "Clever Robots for Crops", which was reported to have started on 21 May last.....
French website sells vegetable bouquets
The website Ocibok’elles (www.ocibokelles.fr) has come up with the idea of selling bouquets entirely made up of fruit and vegetables. The creators say that the advantage is “you can enjoy the beauty of the bouquet for about 8 days before cooking it”. The bouquets are made of seasonal products, often from.....
What happened to vegetable innovations of the past?
Innovation – always an integral part of horticulture! But how did recent vegetable innovations fare after their introduction? Taking the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award as a lead, we look at the successes of recent years. Which ones are still around?This year, the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award was.....