Innovations

Future of soft fruit picking: UK raspberry picking robot

The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and…

Mission Produce to talk innovation

Mission Produce, Inc., announced it will be talking innovation at PMA Fresh Summit by discussing its latest solution: a technology the company says extends the shelf-life of avocados and reduces food waste. This post-harvest product was designed by Hazel Technologies, Inc. Mission Produce and Hazel…

Berry grower to reveal augmented reality technology at PMA

Grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a preview of leading-edge technology at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim on October 18th and 19th. Wish Farms plans to use augmented reality (AR) by way of a new branded smartphone…

Iowa State University researchers help combat pests and disease

To aid conventional farmers in their fight against pests and disease, Iowa State University researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new…

New compostable label and large label solutions to be launched at PMA 2019

The Sinclair Team is proud to announce the launch of its new certified compostable Sinclair EcoLabel® in North America at PMA’s Fresh Summit 2019. Sinclair will also be showcasing the Sinclair EcoLabel on the Large Label V6 system designed for labeling large fresh produce such as melons, squash, pumpkins…

Tuberscan project aims to improve level of potato crop knowledge prior to harvest

As part of UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Transforming Food Production (TFP) challenge, Lincoln-based B-hive Innovations Ltd and Shropshire’s Harper Adams University have been awarded £391,000 for the development of their Tuberscan project, which aims to use ground-penetrating radar to improve the…

Partnership between Microsoft and USDA

New 'Farmbeats' project uses AI to increase grower efficiency

Farmers around the world are facing the urgent question of how to sustainably feed a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 — and the answer, in part, might be found nestled among the cornstalks and soybeans on a farm a short distance from Washington, D.C. The fields are outfitted with a…

Avo lovers can keep their fruit fresh with the Avosaver

Avocado lovers are always questioning what to do with their half-eaten avo; How do you keep it fresh? That’s where the Avosaver comes in.   And it is so easy to use! Slap the avocado on there, and buckle it in with the easy-to-snap strap. (If you want, you can sprinkle some lime juice on the avocado for extra assurance.) Today.com…

Vegebot, robotic harvesting system for iceberg lettuce

Agriculture is an industry where margins are low and so cost efficiency and time efficiency are critical issues. The implementation of a robotic system would enable certain advantages such as a more flexible work force and night-time operations, furthermore the robots must be developed to work in harsh…

Papatronica, an Argentine invention that reduces losses in potato cultivation

The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Mar del Plata, INTA Balcarce and the University Center for Citizen Innovation (CUIC) of the Faculty of Exact Sciences of Unicen, have designed the Papatronica, an open-source electronic device that identifies the place and the moment in…

Washington State - US

Professors at WSU Tri-Cities develop spray to prevent frost damage in tree fruits

Researchers at WSU Tri-Cities have developed a spray to help farmers save their crops. It is being described as ‘ground-breaking nanotechnology’. It’s designed to protect cherries, apples and other tree fruits during harsh weather. “We tested the longevity of this material and it lasts not only 24 hours…

European iPlanta Project researches crop defense

The defense of crops from new pathogens and parasites is one of the main challenges that the agriculture sector is currently facing. The economic damage caused by several emergencies linked to recently spread harmful organisms, such as the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa and Drosophila suzukii diptera,…

Hydroponics revolutionizes agriculture in Japan

Yuichi Mori, a Japanese researcher, has revolutionized agriculture through the development of transparent polymer films made from a permeable hydrogel, which can store liquids and nutrients where plants can grow without the need for soil. The device was originally designed for renal dialysis treatment.…

Yield estimation solution gains ground with investors

Fruitspec is pleased to announce that it has completed an investment round of $4 million. Investors included AgVentures, a South African agtech investment company and Hubei Forbon Technology Co. Ltd., China. Inaccurate fruit yield estimation from an early stage (especially in green fruit) remains a key problem…

Significance of vacuum cooling for fresh produce

For growers of leafy vegetables, mushrooms, broccoli and other fresh produce, the most critical problem is how to keep your produce fresh and extend the product shelf life. Even if the vegetables are being planted and consumed in the same local city, without preservation the vegetables cannot be stored…

Fruitcase: The world's first fruit on wheels

At York Fashion Week in March 2019, Fruitcase Ltd, a York-based start-up company that has designed a range of suitcases that look like your favourite fruit was launched. Both the concept, a design that looks like fruit not only on the outside but inside too- and the business was founded by friends and…

Plant waste as raw material

From a lettuce to a fruit container

The food and agricultural system generates a large amount of plant waste, whose handling is costly and requires a management effort. However, that waste can also bring opportunities. "The parts of lettuce or artichoke we don't eat, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process…

Kroger first to take Apeel produce coast-to-coast

The Kroger Co. and Apeel Sciences today announced that Apeel’s "longer-lasting" avocados will be available in more than 1,100 Kroger stores in the U.S. Kroger will also introduce two new produce categories, Apeel asparagus and Apeel limes, through a pilot in its Cincinnati market this fall. “Kroger is…

Hyperspectral imaging for astringency discrimination in persimmons

The persimmon (Diospyros kaki) fruit cv. Rojo Brillante is an astringent cultivar for its content of soluble tannins, which are insolubilised during the ripening of the fruit. Traditionally, the consumption of the fruit has only been possible when it is overripe and its texture is soft. Postharvest…

Wyssa Gemüse sees successful future for hydraulic farming in Switzerland

"Rising interest in hydrosalads, advantageous cultivation techniques should be emphasized more"

Hydrocultures have been making a rapid entry into the (Northwest) European trade for several years. In Switzerland, there are currently three farms that are involved in hydro-cultivation. Of these, Wyssa Gemüse is the only one who cultivates hydroponic crops outdoors without covering. Headquartered in the…

Perfection Fresh commits to quality management software

Fresh produce company Perfection Fresh is trying to link consumers more directly to their vegetables through the use of connective technology. The company has adopted a…

Markers for fast detection of bacterial fruit blotch in melons

Acidovorax citrulli (A. citrulli) strains cause bacterial fruit blotch (BFB) in cucurbit crops and affect melon significantly, up to 80-100% loss in production under favorable environmental conditions, especially during rainy seasons and highly fluctuating temperature regimes.  Scientists at Sunchon National…

University of Florida

Cloud-Based software to aid growers

Yiannis Ampatzidis, a University of Florida agricultural engineer has developed software that can help growers find the best places to plant crops and to identify fruit and…

An edible rice starch coating improves the marketability of bananas

Scientists of University of Newcastle (Australia) have developed a rice starch edible coating blended with sucrose esters to control the postharvest physiological activity of Cavendish banana and to extend postharvest quality during ripening at 20 ± 2 °C. They evaluated the coating's effectiveness…

Research on berry cultivation under plastic photoconverters in Huelva

Next Tuesday, 17 September, the French companies Agripolyane and Cascade will organize an event at the Agroindustry Technology Center (Adesva) of Lepe. This will serve to present the results of the tests carried out in experimental berry plantations in Huelva, where luminescent plastic covers that use…

INIA 329- Bicentenario, a new, high performing Peruvian sweet potato

The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), will launch the new variety of sweet potato INIA 329- Bicentennial on September 17, at the facilities of the Agricultural…

Mexican researchers develop habanero peppers for the pharmaceutical industry

The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) is working on the development of habanero pepper varieties with a very high level of capsaicin, the molecule that produces the…

Spanish research project improves technique to obtain strawberries with a longer shelf life

A research project carried out by the Department of Botany and Plant Physiology of the University of Malaga, together with that of the Institute of Subtropical and…

New food preservation technology mimics natural sun cycle

Beko recently unveiled their HarvestFresh technology which will be available across a range of refrigerators. The technology, developed for Beko fridges, uses not one, but three effective colors (green, blue and red), which mimic the 24-hour sun cycle and natural sunlight. This combination will simulate…

Apeel to run test with UK retailers

Apeel Sciences has announced that it will be running a limited time test with UK retailer Asda of its solution for mandarins. Apeel was recently granted regulatory approval from the European Commission in June 2019. This test with UK based retailers is a sign that Apeel produce could arrive at European…

Vaccines to protect tomatoes from viruses will soon be a reality

Letter combinations such as CMV, TYLCV, ToMV, ToMMV, TSWV terrorize tomato producers, as they represent the acronyms of some of the viruses that damage both greenhouse and open-field crops. Producers spend most of their money trying to control the spreading of viruses with pesticides and insects, but…

Turning fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Graduate of Imperial College London Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. In fact, it turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the…

New method to reveal whether potatoes are organic or not

University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a new approach that helps public agencies and commercial interests combat fraudulently-labelled organic foods. It revolves…

New Eco-Ripe ethylene generator exclusive to the Asian market

Catalytic Generators will showcase the newly developed Eco-Ripe at Asia Fruit Logistica, Booth #5V28, on 4-6 September 2019. Based on the design and dependability of Catalytic Generators’ Easy-Ripe® Ethylene Generator, the Eco-Ripe is a new option for ethylene application exclusive to the Asian market.…

German lighting supplier has successful solution to counter potato germination

"We are seeing opportunities along the whole potato supply chain"

During storage and processing, the toxins solanin and chaconin are formed within the potatoes. These are responsible for the "greening" of the potato. This makes the tubers not only unsightly and unsuitable for the trade, but inedible as well, because the glycoalkaloids solanine and chaconin are toxic to…

Hazel Tech announces successful pear study

Hazel Technologies Inc. has announced a successful commercial study completed with Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Hood River, Oregon. The study focused on better understanding the benefits of Hazel® Pear packing inserts on D’Anjou Pears in…

Farmbot helps Australian growers monitor water levels

With water levels very low in Australia, it has never been more crucial for farmers to monitor water levels on their farms. One particular Aussie invention has been developed to do just that. Agtech start-up Farmbot's water monitoring Software-as-a-Service solution, which is supported through Pivotel's…

Investments in robotic strawberry harvester

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, the strategic business development and investment arm of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., announced it led the Series A funding round for Advanced…

EDEN-ISS project:

Substantial vegetable harvest in Antarctica

As the climate in Antarctica is still as inhospitable as ever, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) chose that region to set up the EDEN-ISS greenhouse there in 2018. There, food production of the future is being researched in the immediate vicinity of the German Antarctic Neumayer III Station. In the…

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 rains.…

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 to…

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 most…

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…


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