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Italy: PiantaNatura promotes microgreens

With its urban agriculture project, PiantaNatura is astart-up that managed to bring micro-vegetables to Italian tables and to commercialise them as well."We grow over 25 varieties of edible plants including mustard, watercress, radish and rocket. We called these shootsMicro Ortaggi, which is the closest term.....

Growbox urban Chili

Nearly invisible vegetable cultivation in the living room

The urban Chili Growbox is the first grow box whose design will perfectly match every home. The grow box is silent, powerful, and easy to use.The idea to make hobby gardening easily accessible at home led to the creation of a modern piece of furniture, which perfectly integrates in every living room and almost.....

Texel cooperative thriving thanks to TopControl technologies

The Texel cooperative (a part of Consorzio VI.P-Val Venosta) has been a strategic client for TopControl as regards apple packaging automation since 2003. One of the first FruitManager systems was installed here, which enabled the cooperative to improve its internal logistic process.Archive photoFive years ago,.....

Romanian producer grows plant which gives aubergine and potato

Valentin Cucu announced his latest achievement on his social media: growing a plant from which he obtained both potato tubers and aubergines, writes Mediafax. According to agrointel.ro, vegetable grower Valentin Cucu had already grafted the potato plant with tomatoes two years ago, obtaining both crops, and.....

Water-based cutting tool

No-till planting technology showing success in testing in Ontario

An Ontario company has created the technology for robotic cutting solutions has had some successful testing in developing an ultra high-pressure no-till planting tool that’s essentially a liquid coulter. I-Cubed began research on the idea about 10 years ago. It started on a request from farming groups who were.....

China: "High pressure sodium lamps can satisfy demands for diversification"

"The growth of agricultural products is closely connected to the presence of light. When there is not enough light on a field, for example because of geographical limitations, artificial light can be a solution. Our high pressure sodium lamps can satisfy the customers' demands for diversification," according.....

Italy: Instant payments now available

Instant payments were introduced to the Eurozone on 21st November, so long waiting periods before receiving money through wire transfers are over.Usually, traditional transfers take 2/4 days depending on the bank, so beneficiaries must wait a while before they can use the sum received.Solicitor Gualtiero.....

BEEsharing remains on track: currently 1,200 hectares of land covered

Farmers and fruit producers rely on the online network BEEsharing

This year, the German start-up BEEsharing is on track with its growth.www.beesharing.eu is the first online network for beekeepers, farmers and all others who are concerned about the worldwide bee mortality. The platform enables farmers and fruit producers to ensure the pollination needed for a good harvest.....

Company looking to build its SQF vertical farm in Ontario

Vertical farming concept to help food-insecure community

A Toronto, Ontario-based company has brought his proof of concept vertical farming system to be part of an initiative to grow food for the non-profit community in Windsor.Zale Tabakman with prototype unit.Local Grown Salads, in a partnership with Science City, set up the indoor farm in an under utilized high.....

Exhibition duo expoSE and expoDirekt - diverse, international and innovative

PHOTO REPORTThe trade fair duo expoSE and expoDirekt, which took place in Karlsruhe on the 22nd and 23rd of November, this year again had great success. The 454 exhibitors from 14 nations showed some 7,000 visitors their innovations in the fields of machinery, seeds and young plants, packaging and crop protection, as well.....

California growers turning to robots to assist production

With labor shortages leading to difficulties as well as cost increases for growers, many are turning to technology to assist them in production. The use of robotics in the lettuce industry is one example where growers have turned to machinery for both harvesting as well as packing produce. Taylor Farms,.....

Eurotec on the internal transporter Lowpad

"Automatically controlled vehicle is much lower than conventional models

Eurotec have announced the launch of their Lowpad: a very low AGV (Automatically Lead Vehicle) for internal transport. Because it has a height of only 12 centimetres, up to 30 centimetres lower than regular AGVs, Eurotec claims it is the beginning of a new era for transport in warehouses.The small Lowpad under.....

Italy: Ozone can be used in orchards

A revolutionary atomiser that, instead of distributing pesticides, distributes water and oxygen in the form of ozone was on display at FuturPera."The first results have been encouraging. Thanks to the collaboration of Met Ozone Experts and GR Gamberini atomizzatori, we have developed this machine that can be.....

Dutch innovation improves fruit transportation

Temperature readings in containers 30% more stable with OTFLOW

The new floor cover created by OTFLOW improves the airflow inside containers by 30%. With this Dutch innovation the quality of fruit improves and the fruit waste is reduced. "OTFLOW is a revolution in the shipping and transport industry. Recent research from the University of Wageningen show that OTFLOW.....

Measuring ripeness with FluoMini sensor from Sendot Research

New ripeness sensor displays amount of chlorophyll

A large number of sensors are being developed to establish the ripeness of fruit. This siterecently reported on the development of a Wireless Handheld Spectrometer. This development makes measurements in the visible spectrum. However, Sendot Research already has a low-cost ripeness sensor available.With this.....

BOE Smart Systems for retail

BOE sign cooperation agreements with SAP and Alibaba Hema supermarkets

Taking into consideration the huge commercial opportunities brought about by the digital revolution, BOE soon began to accelerate its involvement with the retail industry. On November 14, during the BOE IPC 2017, BOE signed cooperation agreements with SAP and Alibaba Hema supermarkets. Yao Xiangjun, senior.....

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Netto tests trucks with sustainable CO2 refrigeration technology

The German discount supermarket Netto Marken-Discount has been working on reducing the ecological footprint of its entire supply chain. The pioneering company has been testing a truck with a particularly innovative CO2 cooling technology for about a year. This truck is now part of the Netto Marken fleet and is.....

Edible ink replaces stickers

VIDEOThe machine presented by the Lesepidado, company specialising in printing on food products, raised a lot of interest among the new products on display at Futurpera. The idea is to impress a logo or writing on a piece of fruit or vegetable using edible ink.Watch the video!"This system can replace traditional.....

Italy: Innovative edible fruit coatings

Innovative edible organic coatings made using agri-food production waste to maintain nutritional values unaltered for longer without affecting flavour. This new concept comes from the University of Pisa, where a research group coordinated by Professor Annamaria Ranieri conducted an experiment whose results.....