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Warren Russell on Moleaer’s expansion into Chile and Peru:

“There is much potential for optimizing blueberry and grape crops with nanobubble technology”

Nanobubbles are very small vessels of gas that are created to remain stable in bulk solutions. When they are added to the irrigation water used in agriculture, they increase the oxygen levels in the water which helps promote the growth of crops. Moleaer is a nanobubble technology company that is now…

Johnny Rasmussen, Senmatic about the introduction of the Bio Mixer

"Organic growers want to add microorganisms or bio-fertilizers without changing the EC"

Two growers have the same need for irrigation with a precise dosing of biomass - and it should be controlled automatically. As there was no fertilizer mixer on the market which was able to add microorganisms and bio-fertilizers to the irrigation water, they contacted Senmatic. The Danish manufacturer is,…

Almeria, Spain

Biostimulant trial achieves increase in production yield of zucchinis

The Brandt Europe company, a subsidiary of the American company that is an agricultural leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has managed to increase the production yield of zucchini by one to two kilos per square meter using two biostimulant solutions. The trial, which was carried out on a…

Completely THC-free CBD oil without hemp extract

Japanese company develops CBD oil from orange peels

At this year's Cosme Tokyo cosmetics trade fair, Japanese company Hiro International presented a completely THC-free CBD oil, that was not produced with the help of hemp…

South Africa: Naspers Foundry gets R100 mln in funds for Aerobotics

On Wednesday, Naspers's start-up fund Naspers Foundry announced a R100 million (€5.2 mln) investment in agritech business Aerobotics due to its "world-class technology…

HZPC:

"Special robot helps fight viruses and potato diseases"

"We have a special robot in our breeding program. We use it in the war against viruses and potato diseases. In combination with marker technology, it helps us to develop resistant potato varieties more quickly. That means fewer pesticides are needed, and crop losses remain limited. We think…

Edelpilzzucht Kirnig LLC focuses on sustainable packaging and product range expansion

"The plastics discussion will return after the crisis"

Before the Corona pandemic, the abandonment of plastics was by far the most important topic in today's food industry. In the field of edible mushrooms, too, the search was on for an innovative, environmentally friendly solution using renewable raw materials. South Tyrolean mushroom cultivator Kirnig LLC has…

Intergrow Greenhouses partners with Natural Upcycling to reduce food waste

Consumers have high expectations when it comes to their food. Even in produce, they expect beautifully uniformed, well presenting fruit. But at the end of the day this is farming and it is not realistic that every piece of fruit produced meets those requirements. Even with the strictest growing and…

Priva computer system now designed to control Cravo retractable roof greenhouses and cooling houses

Cravo’s retractable roof technology allows fruit and vegetable growers in hot climates to produce high quality product, especially during times of the year when it is difficult to grow. The company has teamed up with Priva, a high-tech company that offers climate control, energy savings and optimal reuse…

Underpinning fresh produce traceability by adding an extra layer of scientific validation

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets,"…

The importance of investing in innovative technology to stay ahead of the game

A New Zealand AgTech company says the horticulture and fresh produce industry is heading for a major shift in coming years, in terms of take-up of new technology. Autogrow specialises in the research and development of digital growing solutions, and Chief Executive Officer Darryn Keiller says major…

Macfrut goes Digital in September 2020

Macfrut 2020 goes Digital. From 8 to 10 September 2020, Italy’s international showcase for the fresh produce industry will offer business opportunities through a digital…

Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Industrial hygiene:

Ban on CIPC calls for new nebuliser

For the upcoming season, the use of the active ingredient CIPC, as a sprout inhibitor for potato storage is prohibited. The alternatives are ready, but require another nebuliser. "The nebulisers that have been customary until now are not suitable to use for the new products," says Jos Veugen of Frans…

CPMA’s Virtual New Product Showcase

Mucci Farms launches Paper Top Seal, expands Organic Cucumbers and more

Product innovations always play a key role at CPMA’s annual convention. Although the organization can’t hold its annual event that was scheduled for this week, it does have a Virtual New Product Showcase. Companies who had initially planned on exhibiting were given the opportunity to submit their new…

New solution turns cartons into ripening chambers

As the competition in the produce industry increasingly intensifies, it is important to ensure the freshness of fruit during transportation and the ripeness management after it reaches the destination. To address this issue, the Shandong Yingyangyuan Food Technology Co., Ltd. have introduced their…

Spanish scientists develop alternative to plastics with kenaf fiber

Researchers from the Spanish Scientific and Technological Research Center of Extremadura (Cicytex) have developed a biodegradable material from bioplastic and vegetable fibers…

The European ban on using gene-editing is driving the potato breeder to look overseas to remain globally competitive

Robert Graveland, HZPC: “Europe is not capable of adding value to its innovations”

“Improving potato varieties is our company’s core business,” says Robert Graveland, HZPC’s Research Director. This Dutch company has focused on potato breeding, seed potato trading, and product concept development since 1898. “We noticed we have not yet used many genetic variants. There is still a lot of…

A proposal from RK Growers

Saving on the harvest of small fruits is possible

An innovative and simple system to facilitate the picking of small fruits is being proposed by RK Growers. It can be used for cherries and raspberries as well. The system is simple but, like the Egg of Columbus, some had to think about it. As the video above shows, the operator wears a special belt with hooks…

Green-Dome as local solution for sustainable basic food supply

The Garden of Eden from the MABEWO Solar Dome

Start-up companies are revolutionizing the production of food worldwide. Indoor farms and closed cycles are being used to develop innovative methods to satisfy human hunger. Closed cycle: Cultivation and recyclingContrary to what the normal visitor to a farm can imagine, the use of the sun and the soil is…

Courtesy of MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology breakthrough

New device could deliver crucial treatment to diseased fruit plants

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a precision injection system for plants to potentially help orange, olive and banana crops threatened by diseases. The new system uses silk-based biomaterials to fabricate a microneedle-like device, which can inject nutrients,…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…

Leonard Felix, owner of Felix Instruments

“Portable fruit meters enable social distance in the QA lab”

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt throughout the supply chain of fresh produce. Each link in the value chain is adjusting and preparing for a potentially ‘new normal’. At the grower-packer level, quality assurance labs are feeling the impact, too. Many fruit grower-shippers have on-site labs where the…

Join live webinar on April 23

Can near-infrared analysis replace traditional methods of dry matter measurement?

Felix Instruments will be hosting a webinar that features a popular line of tools, the F-751 Quality Meters. The company often receives questions on the accuracy of its instrumentation and the best ways to scan fruit. Two of the company’s Staff Scientists, Galen George and Eric Munoz-Garcia, will be…

Helpful in the Coronavirus emergency as well

FrescoFrigo: an innovative retail concept

To change everyday lifestyles through the sale of quality, fresh and healthy products, using innovative technology and improving the user experience. This is the mission of the FrescoFrigo team, a cutting-edge start-up launched in September 2018, currently working on the development of an innovative…

Melatonin can improve the drought resistance in kiwifruit seedlings

Currently, the changing climate scenario of global warming indicates an increase in drought episodes and severity in regions prone to drought. Thus, developing adaptive agricultural strategies is urgently needed. Scientists at Sichuan Agricultural University (Chengdu, China) have found that the kiwifruit…

AGI Frost Fans run at 15% of the cost of similar units

There is growing demand for frost prevention fans in the agricultural sector as growers invest in high risk/high return crops such as table grapes, citrus and avocados and recently wine vineyards. This is common practice in other parts of the world but is relatively new to South Africa. AGI Frost Fans…

Participating farmers receive free training in attaining retail standard accreditation

ZAMBIAFresh Market: online trading system goes live at pilot site

The consumption of fresh food and vegetables in Zambia is growing by 10 to 15% annually, a 2018 report has found, while production has been doubling over the past five years. However, when it comes to the marketing of their produce, Zambian farmers, most of whom are small-scale farmers, are being…

E-market for fresh fruits and vegetables in Serbia

In challenging times one must question the accepted reality, because things are not going in the right direction. The loss of well-established market paths made Serbian farmers think in alternative ways. The closure of the gastronomy sector, schools and green markets made the alarms go off in full swing.…

Virus is most destructive in Florida and Georgia

“We’ve developed tasty, high-yielding, TYLCV-resistant tomato varieties”

For years, growing tomatoes in the states of Florida and Georgia has been complicated by the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV). The virus is transmitted exclusively by the silverleaf whitefly. “During times when whitefly populations are difficult to control, in-field spread occurs at a very rapid…

Tomra Food makes its test and demonstration centers virtual

The Covid-19 global pandemic is having a dramatic impact on day-to-day life, both on a personal level and in the way businesses operate. In this situation, it is critical to ensure that the global food supply chain continues to function efficiently despite the disruptions caused by the current…

Advancing robotics in the Australian vegetable industry

From 2016-2019, a team from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney undertook projects focusing on advancing the application of robotics, intelligent sensing systems, precision agriculture automation and more in Australia’s vegetable industry. In November 2019, Vegetables…

India: Solar-powered vegetable vending vans help out during lockdown

In this time of solitude and lockdowns, a solar-powered vegetable and fruit vending van designed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) has come in handy for them to buy fresh vegetables near their houses in a few districts where such vans are deployed by the Horticulture Department.…

JD.com and GREE work on robots to combat COVID-19

JD.com and state-owned major manufacturing enterprise GREE have formed a strategic partnership to develop three unique types of robots for anti-COVID-19 disinfection and…

Taste this new Dutch tomato virtually

The Dutch De Ruiter team usually likes to get the whole chain, including consumers, to visit them every so often. They want people to see and taste their tomatoes. That is not possible now. But the team wants to maintain contact with the chain. That means they have started working digitally - 'Virtual…

Onya produce bags

Australia: Wash your groceries in the bag

A reusable bag that allows you to wash your fresh groceries before taking them out and storing them in your fridge or on your benchtop is now available in Australia. Onya’s…

"The reality is that it is not free, and we need to start thinking about it differently"

The water management system providing real-time benefits and savings for farmers

An Australian startup company is helping farmers better manage their water usage through precision agriculture technology, to translate into better productivity and save costs. Farmbot is an agritech company that is focused around better water management for farmers and helping farmers better know their…

Supermarket equipment company takes to fighting COVID-19

As the COVID-19 virus swirls the globe, numerous private companies are retooling their manufacturing to create items to fight the spread—from hockey equipment company Bauer making face shields to Canadian beer giant Labatt Brewing shifting some of its manufacturing from beer to hand sanitizers. So can…

University of Adelaide - Australia

“Sunscreen made from mushroom waste may help create sustainable industry”

In Adelaide, researchers are working on a way to turn mushroom waste into items like sunscreen, skincare products and outdoor furniture coating. For mushroom growers, that means taking something they normally have to pay to dispose of and making it valuable. Mushrooms SA general manager Nick Femia said…

Fight the corona crisis with the HerbERT drying cabinet

"We enable responsible fruit and vegetable preservation"

In the midst of the ever-increasing crisis of the corona virus, non-perishable foods have gained enormously in importance. Two ambitious Austrians have developed the HerbERT drying oven as a suitable alternative to conventional tinned food. "The scope of this installation could become enormous." The differences…

The kitchens are still open: Eateries reinvented

Recently, the hospitality sector has been deeply shaken by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Since the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed, restaurants across the UK…

New technologies for salad washing

Food safety is the most important thing that everyone cares about. But during vegetable processing, cleaning is often accompanied by damage. How to achieve thorough cleaning while reducing damage is always a hot topic in the industry, according to sales manager Valencia Yu from Lueon Technologies. Last…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

"The digital divide is very much a real thing"

The Australian technology company helping to bridge the communication gap through off-grid networks

With 43 per cent of Australian farms having little or no mobile coverage, an Australian startup company is out to solve that problem through scalable wireless networks. While founder and CEO of Zetifi, Dan Winson says most of the large-scale trials and sales have been in broadacre cropping and cattle,…

"It's a bit like a radar used in identifying different aircraft...but it identifies where the bees are"

Radar-like technology used to improve pollination and increase yields in horticultural crops

With poor pollination costing growers millions of dollars each year globally, an Australian startup company has come up with a new innovation to help address the issue. Bee Innovative has developed a radar-like sensor called BeeDar, which is placed under a drone and is able to track bees in a crop of any…

A dream come true for all of us working from home

Microsoft can now filter out the sound of you eating potato chips on a conference call

Now that so many of us are working from home because of the coronavirus, Microsoft's built new technology that can identify your voice and filter out any other sounds.…

Avoripe tackles a true first world food problem

'When is my avocado ready for consumption?!'

For those who cherish the smooth, buttery taste of an avocado but do not know when their avo is ripe, well: modern problems require modern solutions. In order to solve this problem, Eden Bar-Tov and Elan Goldberg have built the AvoRipe, a device to notify you when your next avocado has reached that…

University of Illinois

US: New technology for screening crop traits

Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture. Scientists seek to analyse  thousands of plants to pinpoint genetic tweaks that can boost crop production—historically, a Herculean task. To drive progress toward higher-yielding crops, a team from the University of Illinois is revolutionizing…

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New ethylene sensor could help prevent food waste

It has been well-known for a long time that as flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. MIT chemists have now created a tiny…

Targeting Australia and New Zealand with automated solutions

"We have the answer ready to go – today"

The market in Australia and New Zealand faces glaring and common issues across customers in the region: Processors can’t find labor to staff their lines, they can’t retain the personnel they do find, they can’t afford to pass increasing labor costs to their customers, and there is a renewed focus on…

Professor Kerry Walsh, CQUniversity Australia

Australia: Non-invasive testing of dry matter in mango with F-750 meter

Through a research project, supported by Hort Innovation and funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, professor Kerry Walsh from CQUniversity Australia has developed a non-invasive tool that can determine the…

Degrading the ethylene released by fruits and vegetables

Wood-based catalyst should keep fruit fresh for longer

If freshly bought bananas are stored in a full fruit basket, they won't stay yellow very long. The reason for the rapid ripening is the chemical compound known as ethylene. The gaseous plant hormone not only functions as a messenger substance within an individual fruit, but also influences other…

The game-changing technology helping with pest detections

An Australian company is taking the guess-work out of pest management, through real-time information of insect detection in orchards and farms. RapidAIM is the digital pest surveillance and management system for agriculture, using novel patented, low-power sensors that detect the presence of insects in a…

Four Australian potato producers to invest $1 million into utilisation of waste potatoes

Four of the largest potato producers in Australia will invest nearly $1 million into ways of utilising waste potatoes. Over the next three years, The Mitolo Group, Zerella…

Citrus Australia to lead a major traceability pilot program

Citrus Australia will head a new traceability pilot program, encouraging better traceability in fruit supply chains. Agriculture Victoria’s Program Manager for Traceability, Caroline Barrett made the announcement of $200,000 of funding from her organisation, to partner Citrus Australia, at the industry's…

Back Picker app aims to connect Australian growers & pickers

It was David Fevaleaki’s upbringing in Robinvale (Victoria), where his parents have worked in table grape and almond farms for over 30 years, that helped him understand the problems surrounding  fruit farms labour hires. David has created the Back Picker app, which will be available on the app store for both…

Aveiro university research

Portuguese scientists discover banana skins clean water

A team of investigators at Aveiro university have discovered that banana skins are excellent filters when it comes to cleaning waters contaminated by heavy metals. They apparently are particularly efficient when it comes to capturing mercury. They claim that to treat 100 litres of contaminated water,…

Central Queensland University & PF Australia

Machine vision used to optimise mango harvest

Central Queensland University researcher Dr Zhenglin Wang has used machine vision to optimise mango harvesting. He was able to do this after receiving a $180,000 Industry…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Sector innovation and projects all over the world

Idromeccanica Lucchini focuses on innovation, yet not innovation that is confined in labs and workshops, rather innovation that can be witnessed at the Greenhouse Technology Park, a facility that was inaugurated a little over a month ago. "We are pleased with how things went. Around 5000 specialized visitors…

"We want to try and get out of the crowd, and differentiate our offering"

How innovation has helped a Victorian stone fruit farm become one of Australia's leading producers

Introducing and embracing innovation in a constantly changing technology ecosystem has helped Cutri Fruit become not only the largest stone fruit producers in Australia – but one of the leaders in the global fresh produce industry. Since returning to the farm in 2004, Managing Director, Gaethan Cutri has…


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