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Drone technology for citrus growers

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, is becoming a low-cost, essential tool for precision agriculture that can help citrus growers better manage their crop…

Four new strategic centers for field vegetable crops to open in U.K.

Field vegetable producers are set to benefit from four new centers that will demonstrate the latest horticultural research in practice. Launched this year, AHDB Horticulture’s Strategic Centers for Field Vegetables will showcase the latest ideas, science and technology to improve integrated pest…

Big hit in Miyazaki Prefecture

Japanese vending machines offer grilled & chilled sweet potatoes

The sweet potato is a staple of Japanese cuisine. From autumn through winter a grilled sweet potato is a widely loved warm snack. A lot of shops sell them, but the most charming way to get one is by the trucks driven by old men who sing an enchanting little song about how delicious they are. That’s not…

Company has raised another $40 million

Starship Technologies builds robots delivering bananas

Starship Technologies, the robot food-delivery start-up founded by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has closed $40 million in Series A funding. The company has launched autonomous delivery robots which shuttle around university campuses and neighborhoods. It has raised $85 million since…

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

India: Development of Nano Formulations to prolong fruit shelf life

India is the second largest producer of Fruits and Vegetables. According to data, 18 percent of India’s fruit and vegetable production –valued at Rs 133 billion (€1.69 bln)–…

Dutch researchers aim for 100% use of tomato biomass

Luisa Trindade, professor at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wageningen, is currently researching fiber crops and the use of their biomass as a raw…

Moscow authorities invest 860,000 USD

Russia: Blockchain to optimize fruit & vegetable trade

The Moscow authorities have ordered the development of a blockchain system worth $ 860,000. It should help to automate the electronic services of the city and to optimize the…

Convertible cover for protected apple cultivation unveiled

What is the best way of protecting apple cultivation from pests and fungal diseases while reducing the use of pesticides as much as possible? Researchers at Wageningen University & Research may have developed an answer for this: the convertible cover, an innovative cover that is deployed when it…

Apeel Sciences announces supplier partnerships

Apeel Sciences today announced its supplier partnerships, which it says enables a year-round supply of Apeel avocados, limes, asparagus, and apples for the U.S. markets. The…

Genetic research could stop avos going brown

Avocados are famous for having a frustratingly short period of consumption. They’re hard as rocks for a while and as soon as you try to eat one, they’ve turned to brown mush. Some researchers are trying to change this by taking a closer look at the fruit’s genes. Doing an analysis of an avocado’s…

Colombian researchers develop prototypes of fruit-based batteries

The Plasma Physics Research Group of the National University of Colombia (UNAL) in Manizales has been working for the last six months on the prototype of an organic battery…

Robotics no longer at the talking stage

Robotics has moved out of the talking stage and into the early doing stages, says the chief executive of Plant and Food Research, Dr David Hughes. Keeping listeners attentive…

Novel biosensor for early management of citrus greening disease

Limonin is responsible for the bitter taste in citrus fruits such as oranges, grapes etc. The abnormally high level of limonin is indicative of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which results in stunted tree growth and affects fruit quality in terms of nutritional value, taste,…

New Zealand based Agtech company appoints new Chief Technology Officer

Autogrow has named Jonathan Morgan as its new Chief Technology Officer, adding he will be responsible for continuing development of their innovations. “We are very pleased to…

Ensuring transparency and predictability along the value chain

Metro is testing alternatives to expiration date

The FreshIndex, which is supported by the SME-NetC measure, is intended to help solve one of the key challenges of our time: the premature disposal of edible food. According…

Banana smallholders to start using drones for aerial spraying

Two agricultural companies in Davao have purchased 30 drones for renting out to small banana farms to spray fungicide. Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao (FEDCO) Chief Executive Officer Ireneo D. Dalayon said Sagrex Foods, Inc., controlled by Ferdinand Y. Marañon and Dolphin Agri Ventures run by…

Innovation in an electronic trap

An innovative pheromone electronic trap to make detection more precise, memorize data and perform remote checks was presented on 25th July 2019 during the varietal comparison technical day organized by Agripat, Consorzio Patata Italiana di Qualità, Selenella, Astra and Crpv. "Over 70 people attended despite the 38°C. Among the…

NASA: First fruit grown in space to spice-up astronauts' menu

Researchers at NASA are planning on sending a version of chile peppers in space to be grown and harvested at the International Space Station. The peppers, from Española in New Mexico, would be the first fruiting plant to be grown in space once it is sent to the ISS for testing in March 2020. The tests…

Singapore-start-up makes durians traceable digital assets

DiMuto, a supply chain technology company, will work with Thailand's biggest fresh durian exporter, Queen Frozen Fruit, over the upcoming durian season by tagging, tracking and tracing around 4 million durians from Thailand to China, Japan and other parts of Asia. In fact, DiMuto will turn the durians…

Precision AgTech empowers growers to fight food loss and waste

An estimated 168 million tonnes of food is lost or wasted in North America each year, with 49 million tonnes lost or wasted at the pre-harvest stage alone. Additionally, 20% to 40% of food production is lost to pests and diseases before it leaves the farm. Impacts include 193 million tonnes of greenhouse…

New research:

Genetics can determine whether kiwifruit plant is Friendly Boy or Shy Girl

An international research team has discovered a gender-determining gene in kiwifruit that could potentially lead to the breeding of hermaphrodite varieties. Self-fertile kiwifruit cultivars could remove the current need for pollen supplementation, saving land and labour costs. Since only female kiwifruit…

Sulfur free technology for lychee

A new installation to treat Lychee has been recently installed in Vietnam. The machine brings a new technique in treating Lychees without the use of Sulfur. “The existing method to keep the fruit skin Red is using Sulfur, which is not healthy for humans and the environment. With our technology, there is…

Gaining control over fruit maturity at harvest

Maturity at harvest is the most critical factor influencing post-harvest life, especially for fruit like apples and pears, that are sensitive to a vegetal hormone called ethylene, which accelerates their ripening process. Preventing the negative effect of ethylene in the orchard is key to harvesting the…

Simon Fraser University develops robotic hand with human touch

Over the last several years, researchers have sought to create robotic personal assistants and bionic limbs or prosthetics that combine the durability of common robots with the flexibility of soft robots. More recently, combinations of cellular structures have shown interesting progress toward the…

Coles joins the supply chain revolution

Coles is launching a new ‘cloud platform’ called Azure to host all its applications and data collection processes. This brings the company into line with Woolworths, who…

Chilean researchers to improve kiwi production with photoselective covers

The Chilean University of O'Higgins is working on a research project called Transfer: Photoselective Coverages in Kiwi, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of kiwi producers through the use of photoselective coverage systems. The Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC) has financed this…

5G technology and artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture

New agricultural robot developed in Fujian, China

The Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Fujian Newland Era Hi-Tech Co Ltd have developed a new agricultural robot with 5G technology and sensors that can move between the rows of leafy vegetables in greenhouses, collect data on the plants and send them to the control room where they are…

Tropical distributors report reduced shrink with new technology

Hazel Technologies Inc., has announced what it says are successful commercial results with multiple distributors of tropical fruit. According to the company, results include up to five days longer shelf-life, reduced shrink rates of up to 50 percent, and higher sales in several tropical categories,…

Novelty low-cost system to preserve avocados in perfect condition

Consumers of avocados can now find a new device to preserve avocados, after they've been cut, at the Amazon online sales platform. The design of this avocado stand is ideal because it has a hole in its central part that helps maintain it in perfect conditions, which requires keeping the seed in the…

AgTech company announces new modularized components for platform

Zest Labs has announced the availability of new modularized components of its Zest Fresh™ solution for growers, packers, processors, shippers, restaurants and grocers. All…

Innovative technology to hasten fruit ripening

"An area historically known for the cultivation of wheat is now experimenting a new innovative technology for the early production of apricots. The new system consists in a tensile structure with a reinforced Polyfilm-Plus film and an adjustable ventilation system that can be used to hasten ripening,"…

Spain

Cherry tomato sorter developed by students in Granada

Three students of automation and robotics at the Ave María San Cristóbal school of Granada have designed, built and put into practice a complete process of ordering, selecting and distributing cherry tomatoes. This has led them to winning the second prize in the Siemens Prototype Competition. The tomato…

Spain: Biofertilizer from tomato crop residues and solar energy

A team of researchers from the Department of Agronomy at the University of Almeria and the IFAPA Centre in La Mojonera have developed a biofertilizer from the remains of tomato crops subjected to a biosolarization process, i.e., a heat treatment based on solar radiation. The study was carried out in a…

The robot that picks ripe tomatoes

With labor costs rising and a labor pool that is shrinking, growers are trying to find ways in which to keep their operations running smoothly and competitively. In response, a new industry has risen which is seeking to help the so-named “labor crisis” by developing new innovations. One of these…

Introducing a 3D Food Print Farm

Verstegen & byFlow deliver Food Printers wíth fillings

Verstegen Spices & Sauces B.V. and byFlow will announce, during the 3D Food Printing Conference in Venlo (June 27), that Verstegen will be the first company worldwide to offer the Focus 3D Food Printer wíth ready-to-use fillings. As byFlow's new reseller, they can offer a solution for scaling up…

Baby cauliflower hits the market

At first look, Rick Harris thought the vegetable looked a little…goofy. “A friend of mine works at a seed company and he told me about a different type of cauliflower,” says Harris at Mann Packing Co. in Salinas, Ca. “It was this goofy-looking thing with green stems and a blonde head. It wasn’t your conventional white-stemmed…

Waste-to-Energy plant announced by Minister Shane Jones

The country’s first large-scale, waste-to-energy plant was announced by Minister Shane Jones at T&G’s covered crops facility at Reporoa today. The proposed purpose-built facility will take food waste from the region (and from T&G’s tomato vines), turn it into renewable biogas energy, which can…

AU: Five million dollar grant aims to improve and advance pollination

Key crops will receive a pollination boost under a new research project that investigates novel technology and practices for optimising pollination in protected cropping…

India: Scientists use machine learning to find bat species with Nipah virus

This year’s outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala, which follows one that occurred in 2018, has turned the focus back on bats; the hosts of the virus. An international group of scientists has identified the bat species with the potential to host the Nipah virus using machine learning. Based on the traits of…

ImpacTrack monitoring and logging system

Innovative UK product to cut food waste

As supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers in the UK pledge to halve food waste by 2030, a British crop quality monitoring specialist has launched an innovative damage prevention device designed to help solve the problem worldwide. To combat the 10.2 million tons of food waste in the UK and the 1.3…

Walmart combines blockchain and QR codes for Chinese consumers

Walmart custo mers in China will soon be able to scan QR codes on stickers attached to fresh products to acquire detailed product information including “the source of the…

New sweet potato variety could appeal to Canadian growers

The idea was straightforward: develop a sweet potato variety that could be adapted across Canada so the country could grow more sweet potatoes rather than rely on imports. “It basically came down to developing a new sweet potato variety that was an early maturing variety. The varieties currently…

Port of Rotterdam

Blockchain-based container successfully completes maiden voyage

The Port of Rotterdam has announced that the first paperless and fully door-to-door tracked container, based on blockchain technology, has arrived at the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg. Travelling via Europe’s largest container port on the Blockchain-based platform DELIVER, the delivery was part of…

California fig grower using technology to extend shelf life

The California fig season is in full swing, with the first of the Black Mission fig seasons – the “Breba” crop - about to finish up. The main crop is due to start at the end of July, but there are also other fig varieties that are going to be in season shortly. The heavy rains that California experienced…

Colombia: Comproagro app to help growers sell at fair prices

Comproagro is an app that connects Colombian farmers with consumers, allowing them to sell their produce without any intermediaries. It has more than 26,000 users in 29 departments in the country and its creator hopes it will develop offshoots around the world. Two years ago, Colombian farmer Oscar…

Tanzania: Digital Network 'Wefarm' expands

Wefarm is a farmer-to-farmer digital network that is currently expanding operations in Tanzania after helping more than 1.5 million small scale farmers in Kenya and Uganda to share information about farming activities. The General Manager of the digital network platform, Nicholas John said in Dar es…

From the frozen vegetable aisle to a balanced power grid

Surprisingly, UK supermarket freezers could be used to create a virtual battery that can help balance the country’s grid. That’s the finding of new research undertaken by The Grimsby Institute, the University of Lincoln, IMS Evolve and supermarket chain Tesco Stores. The research, funded by Innovate UK,…

New tools to assess fruit ripeness

Overripe fruits end up as waste and will create microbes and pathogens. To overcome the problem of over-ripeness of fruits, Queensland scientists have introduced a…

TracMap using GPS positioning to make farming practices more efficient

While there are a lot of systems out there for agronomic solutions, TracMap sets itself apart because of the versatility of its job management solution using maps to ensure precision in the task, according to the company's Territory Manager Don Thorp, who is showcasing the technology at Hort Connections.…

CQUniversity uses near-infared spectroscopy

Queensland researchers come up with non-invasive fruit ripeness measurement

Queensland researchers have developed a new tool to assess the ripeness of mango crops prior to harvest, potentially boosting harvest timing and fruit quality. The…

Smart Ripe: Digital technology to help consumers choose fruit

Last month, at the international horticulture trade show, Macfrut in Italy, an interesting new product was launched; A high-tech in-store ripeness checker for fruit. Developed…

Spoon Guru announces International Retail Partnerships

Food shoppers across the globe are set to benefit from British technology that will make finding the right food products simple and safe. UK based technology start-up Spoon…

Autogrow announces first industry collaboration with Ridder Group and Native

Global automation company Autogrow has announced a collaboration with competitor Ridder Group and New York agriculture software firm Native. The collaboration is made possible with the launch of Autogrow’s new farm management platform, FarmRoadTM, which was announced by CEO Darryn Keiller at the Indoor…

Traffic light system should create transparency

App for seasonality of domestic vegetables

For locally cultivated strawberries, cauliflower and lettuce, there are no long transport routes. But fruits and vegetables, cultivated in this very country, can also be a…

One-time tractor accident inspires award-winning NZ business concept

An unfortunate accident on a Nelson kiwifruit orchard has led to a business idea: We’re talking about PICMI, a software platform which helps manage labour issues in the horticulture industry. It has now won accolades for its innovation. The idea is the brainchild of Nelson woman Genevieve Griffin-George…

Soon to be found in 100 Japanese drug stores

Check your intake of greens with ‘Veggie meter’

For those who doubt they are getting enough vegetables in their diet, there is a drug store operator will introduce a fingertip-reading device that tells you. Kirindo Holdings Co.'s "Veggie meter," which was produced and developed by a US firm, is being sold in Japan by Tokyo-based trading company Altech…

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning help Indian vegetable farmers

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are helping farmers grow better crops. The technology has now made an entry into agriculture and aquaculture farms to benefit the…

Canada: Satellites to provide real-time data of crop development

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) is Canada’s new generation of Earth observation satellites, launched on June 12, 2019. The three identical satellites will work together to bring solutions to key challenges for Canadians, including farmers. The data coming from the satellites are going to provide…

Lincoln to create first Global Centre of Excellence in Agri-robotics

The UK's first global centre of excellence in agri-robotics research will be created at the University of Lincoln, with the announcement of significant Government grant funding today (Thursday 13th June 2019). Lincoln Agri-Robotics will be established as a major new research centre bringing together…

Innovation Awards winners announced at United Fresh 2019

Seven Produce Innovation Awards winners were recognized at United Fresh 2019. This year’s honorees were voted on by show attendees from a total of 48 contestants across seven categories: Best New Food Safety Solution; Best New Fruit Product; Best New Packaging; Best New Packing/Processing Equipment; Best…

Agricultural tech revolution

Scotland: Drones to examine spuds from the sky

Recently, drones have been given what might just be their most important ever role: being deployed to protect Scottish potatoes. Scientists are increasingly looking at how the technology, developed for the military and corporate interests, could be used to save crops and livestock. Researchers at…

Oracle offers safer and more transparent retail supply chain

In a retail industry that is more complex than ever, Oracle is working on smarter software gives consumers peace of mind on the goods they buy and retailers the agility to…

New Zealand research on AI for horticulture

A new research institute in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty will pool common expertise and apply artificial intelligence (AI) to solving industry challenges. PlantTech is a…

North Carolina State University

New microneedle technique speeds detection of plant diseases

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in just one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional…

An end-to-end technology management system revolutionising on farm practices

Bringing farms into the modern-day era, is the main aim behind a rapidly growing Australian cloud-based, on farm technology management system. Tie Up Farming was established four years ago, and Chief Executive Officer Roei Yaakobi says there was a need for software in the horticulture industry. "The…

Suterra, an ally of sustainable agriculture

Pheromones take to the fields

Suterra Europe Biocontrol held its First Suterra Conference at the Barcelo Hotel in the city of Valencia a few days ago. The conference, Pheromones and Sexual Confusion, was aimed at professionals in the agricultural sector, both in the business and administration sectors. This company has become a reference and obligatory ally…

New Zealand company showcases technology in Chicago

Environmental Sensor that reduces food waste

Technology is going to increase its presence at produce trade shows as companies look to overcome the various challenges they face. One of these challenges is food waste and tech firms are providing more ways in which growers can prevent this. New Zealand-based RipeTime will be exhibiting their product…

Apeel Sciences

Technology extending fruit & veg shelf life set for UK launch

A pioneering plant-derived formula that extends the shelf life of fruit and vegetables by up to four times is set to enter the UK grocery market. Major UK retailers will be selling avocados treated with the so-called Apeel technology starting September, after the substance recently gained EU regulatory…

Innovation award finalist presents plant-based dips

Good Foods announced it will be showcasing its recently launched line of Plant Based Dips at the United Fresh Convention and Expo next week in Chicago. The company says the dips have received positive feedback due to what it sees as an increased trend of plant based diets. The dips are finalists for the…

Ocado: Working on robotic 'soft hands' that adapt to objects and surroundings

UK online supermarket Ocado wants to pick and pack every one of its 55,000 items that customers can order and has worked with the Horizon 2020-funded SOMA project to develop robotic 'soft hands'. This means that robots might soon be packing up fruit and vegetable orders at Ocado after the online…


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