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Colombia: A group of farmers creates a potato super seed
A group of farmers from Carmen de Carupa became scientists. They managed to create a seed to improve the production of potatoes so they don't have to rely on other marketers.In Colombia, farmers generally have a hard time accessing potato seeds because they are not available at the time they're required or.....
Israeli start-up bringing urban farming to countertops
An Israeli couple has found an innovative way to make sure their kids get their vegetables. Inspired by 3-D printing, Tsipi and Ben Shoham have found a high-tech way to grow a nutritious vegetable source with no care or fuss."This is a real high-tech system integrated with agriculture in a way nobody has.....
CAP system by Magif
Italy: Orchard cover revolution
"It is still a prototype, but it works," explains Angelo Cappi, founder and CEO of Magif. He is talking about the CAP system, a unique covering system developed, patented and built by himself together with his son Andrea and Roberto Luscardo, co-founder of the company.A rendering of an orchard covered.....
Spain: New material to coat inside of cans developed from tomato peel
Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Seville (Council for Scientific Research, University of Seville), and from the University of Malaga have developed biodegradable materials from tomato peel intended for the coating of the inside of cans.According to a press release issued by Fundación.....
Swiss want to grow GM potatoes
The Swiss Agricultural Research Institute, Agroscope, wants to try growing genetically modified potatoes on the Reckenholz test area in Zurich-Affoltern, reports the Swiss website Blick.ch. Agroscope has applied for a request at the'Bundesamt für Umwelt' (BAFU)(Federal Office for the Environment).The goal of.....
Website with Dutch agrifood innovations
Yesterdaywww.dutchfoodinnovations.comwent live. At the Food Valley Expo Aalt Dijkhuizen, figurehead of the Topsector Agri & Food and Bert Roetert, chairman of Food Valley NL launched this website, which offers an overview of innovative technologies, products and ingredients in the areas of food, food.....
Russian breeders to diagnose potato diseases
Potato breeding laboratory of Siberian Scientific Research Institute of Agriculture has acquired a microplate photometer Multiskan FC, manufactured by ThermoFisher Scientific Inc. in Finland. It's to be used for a comprehensive analysis of breeding material of the seed stock. The electronic instrument is.....
Swiss breeders introduce world's first sparkling fruit
Swiss researchers have created the world's first “sparkling” apple that fizzes in the mouth when eaten. Huge cells of this new variety, named Paradis Sparkling, releases fizzy juice, which is akin to a carbonated beverage.However, the sensation is only experienced when the apple is bitten into, not when it.....
Here comes the super tomato
Nature Genetics magazine published a study carried out by some researchers from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) that describes a technique for doubling the quantity of tomatoes produced by adjusting the balance between blossoming and leaf production. In the future, this technique might also be used.....
Drones waiting in the wings to come into orchards and vineyards
Robots have not made a deep penetration into tree fruit and vineyard operations. There have been some efforts to develop robotic pruners and to perfect a mechanical hand that can pick fruit. But how about flying robots?It could take pictures in your orchard and send them to you, nearly a half mile away,.....
Biosensor detects bacteria in food and water
Israeli experts have invented an optical biosensor Bactusense capable of detecting bacteria in any liquid, as well as of identifying the detected bacteria. Bactusense, invented by Professor Amir Saar from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Estelle Segal from Israel Institute of Technology, was.....
Box made of tomato stem fibers goes on the market
The tomato box is on the eve of its release. The Greenery is offering a cardboard package, made of stem fibers to various retailers. On the first run of the bio-based box, 175,000 boxes were made. Duivestijn tomatoes will be packaged in these boxes. "Buyers can use the fact that this box is bio-based as a.....
Sakata Seed presents new Bimi "supervegetable"
Last week, at Fruit Attraction, Sakata Seed Ibérica presented the new Bimi vegetable under the slogan "Nice to meet you"; to this end, the firm had the cooperation of the actress and model Vanessa Romero.Bimi is the result of a natural blend between broccoli and Chinese cabbage; it has been called.....
"Automated grape picker has great potential for the fruit and vegetable sector
Pluckr wins Food Vally Award 2014
De Pluckr, a machine that rapidly picks the grapes from the vine using ultrasonic vibrations, and doing so with little to no damage to the grapes, has won the Food Valley Award 2014. The machine was developed by JFPT/foodlife in close cooperation with TOP."Winning this prize is so great. It is a huge.....