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Citrus waste used for energy production
Poland already produces electricity from manure, but in Sicily, Italy, based on a similar principle, they have been able to generate it from citrus fruit waste, namely from oranges, limes and lemons.Catania has been running the first unit, which converts the waste into biogas for use in a local mini power.....
US (CA): Mushroom farm fueled by walnut and almond shells
“As of April 1st, thirty percent of our farm’s energy is supplied by biomass powered CHP generators,” says Kevin Foley with Premier Mushrooms, Inc. “The generators were built in an effort to capture local agricultural waste stream and convert it into a source of power for our farm.” Walnut shells and almond.....
US: RedLine Solutions hosts “Traceability For Dummies” webinar
RedLine Solutions, the leader in produce traceability and inventory solutions, will host the fourth in its Traceability For Dummies webinar series titled “Produce Traceability For Dummies Part 4: How Traceability Can Be Profitable” on April 22, 11am PST/ 2pm EST. This webinar will focus on how automated.....
Can an app revolutionise the horticultural sector?
It is called FruitBull and it works with a proprietary mathematical algorithm. The application allows producers, distributors and supermarkets to obtain real-time information on the price of fruits and vegetables for all varieties and formats on the market."We created this app in order to add transparency.....
Florida citrus industry continues to combat greening disease
The Florida citrus industry is continuing to make strides to combat greening disease and the Asian citrus psyllid. Due to the thorough examination of the psyllid, extensive knowledge has been gained and implemented to refine existing control strategies of combating the insect in mature and new plantings......
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Spain: Study to increase antioxidant content in fruits
A group of researchers of the Catholic University San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) are working on a project to increase food safety with regards to the possible presence of pathogenic bacteria, pesticide residues and toxins produced by fungi, thereby boosting the beneficial properties of fruits; all this by.....
Food safety forefront for Florida cantaloupe growers
Florida cantaloupe season is beginning soon and while quantity and quality are important, food safety is another main focus of growers. “We bath each cantaloupe in chlorinated water not only to make sure that they don’t ripen any further, but also to kill any pathogens,” explains Andy McDonald of Sweet Life.....
Italy: Active biofilms from industry waste
Most of the losses that happen after harvesting are due to a variety of factors such as fungal and microbiological infections, physiological disorders and physical damage. Produce that is particularly perishable is kept at low temperatures and harvesting is finished at the place of destination in favourable.....
French producer grows 400 varieties of tomatoes without water or pesticides
Pascal Poot has been an organic producer of seed grown products for 20 years. He has developed a method allowing him to farm 400 or so varieties of organic tomatoes without watering or using pesticides. He has over 3 hectares in the Hérault region where he farms his tomatoes and other old variety vegetables......
Aquaponic farming to revolutionise farming in towns
A farm on top of a flat rooftop in Germany supplies locals and local restaurants with organic fresh fruit, vegetables and fish. A solution to eating locally and organically with limited dependency on water and soil. The system relies on aquaponic farming, an association between aquaculture and hydropony. The.....
New technology detects onion disease
Onions, one of the biggest vegetable crops in Georgia, risk disease when they are harvested and stored. To solve this issue, University of Georgia researchers have developed new technologies, including a gas sensor and imaging methods, to detect diseases in onions. Their study was published recently in the.....
Novel strategy to improve crops, treat diseases
A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.The results could help boost applications such as developing better crops and treating genetic diseases in humans, researchers said.The new.....
Texas citrus trees in high demand
The Texas citrus industry is composed of two divisions, the Valley which is used to grow fruit as produce, and the nursery industry which provides young citrus plants for backyard operations. “We don’t transport our trees into the Texas Valley citrus zone as a safety precaution,” explains Becnel, “we do this.....
Australian 'super apple' not likely any time soon
Although there are new breeds of GMO Apples heading to the US, and more and more GMO products available in Australia already, there is not likely to be an Australian ‘super apple’ any time in the immediate future, according to John Dollisson, CEO of Apple and Pear Australia Limited. “There is a lot of great.....