Civ, Consorzio italiano vivaisti

Strawberry Flavia is becoming increasingly popular in South Italy

Many companies in South Italy and in particular in the Basilicata region are testing the commercial varieties of CIV with great interest, in particular the variety Flaviapbr, characterized by early ripening, mid-vigour, fruits that are external to the foliage and therefore easy to harvest, with high…

New Zealand start-up uses TikTok to alleviate picker shortage

A Gisborne tech start-up is helping New Zealand’s picking shortage by using social media platform TikTok to fill hundreds of jobs. The company, founded by Gisborne’s Candice…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

FG Adriaanse – Adagin Technologies

Credible data on worker productivity releases farmers from onerous policing

FG Adriaanse and JD Naudé, the managing directors of Adagintech at the Stellenbosch LaunchLab, spend hours discussing what it is that farmers really want of a digital management system in the field and in the packhouse. “What we've realised is there is fundamental need among farmers to measure their…

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. It is doing so as one of the main partners of…

New Delhi resistant zucchini variety launched

At the end of 2021, HM.Clause will complement its range of products with four new varieties of zucchini “NO-ND – New Delhi resistance”. They are specially designed for the Mediterranean region and they are suitable for diverse agronomic and climate conditions. Besides this strong resistance, the “NO-ND –…

Root-ai.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

Chemical savings up to 78%. Video below

Electric robot for a precise weed control

Over the past few months, the Swiss company Ecorobotix has developed an electric-powered robot, powered by photovoltaics. The additional novelty lies in the fact that it is a precision weed killer that saves up to 78% of chemicals. Video below  The tests were conducted last summer in Germany on herbaceous crops,…

Industrial scale 3D food production to start in 2022

Gastronology - refined gastronomy, 3D technology linked to create 3D food solutions with fresh ingredients

For some people, dinner is a tasteless, albeit practical, affair. Older people and those with dysphagia, who battle to swallow, often have blended foods. This aids in swallowing but doesn't taste or look appetizing. 'It doesn't have to be that way,' thought Peter Nieuwkerk, owner of the Budelpack Group…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

Israel Chemicals Ltd adopts Plantarray diagnostic system

New platform might enable better crop yields

In order to achieve a high level of confidence in new agricultural products, R&D must be focused on examining new plants or the effect of new materials on the plant. This need…

China Agricultural University & Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo

Artificial intelligence victorious in Chinese fruit growing competition

Experts in artificial intelligence have beaten some of the world's best strawberry growers in a Chinese competition to see who could grow the most fruit. Three teams of top…

Cobus von Wielligh, Miaan Kramer & Iwan Labuschagne - Provar

Culteva™ platform allows fruit evaluators and breeders ease of data collection & report-creation

Provar, South Africa's independent new variety evaluation company, developed an inhouse evaluation data collection and reporting platform, called Culteva, for their own use. It has proven to be successful and has been adopted by a number of local and international clients, the company says. Culteva's…

"NFC single-use thermometers save on the cost of cloud storage"

It has been a year since the outbreak of Covid-19 and consumers now pay more and more attention to food safety. This also means that people in the fruit industry need to pay more attention to track-and-trace technology for fruit and vegetables. Thermometers play a vital role in the cold supply chain of…

Spinach leaves could benefit growth of lab beef

Boston College research has shown that the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf can support the growth of artificial meat. As synthetic meat is growth from a culture of animal…

Mr. Green by TSI Italia

Versatile tomatoes that add value and capitalize investments

Blossom-end rot is a problem that affects table tomatoes. Finding a variety with a good tolerance can be hard, especially if it needs to combine resistance to TYLCV, TSWV and Cladosporium. When these characteristics must go hand in hand with the need of producing oblong tomatoes that are appealing,…

United States, Latin America and Europe

Avocado suppliers unite to deliver longer-lasting produce year-round

Apeel today announced an expanded partnership network made up of more than 20 avocado industry leaders using Apeel’s plant-based protection in the United States, Latin America and Europe. New partners join Apeel's current global network to provide year-round supply, longer-lasting external and internal…

Neural network uses orchard data to predict fruit quality after storage

A researcher from Skoltech and his German colleagues have developed a neural network-based classification algorithm that can use data from an apple orchard to predict how well apples will fare in long-term storage. The paper was published in Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Before the fruit and…

"NZ has a very good name as a market leader and agriculture innovator, so they will give companies the time and listen"

New Zealand has a huge tech opportunity in the Middle East's growing horticulture industry

An international consulting company says New Zealand has a real opportunity to be a partner of choice with the Middle East in providing "world-leading agritech solutions" to a growing agriculture sector. Alpha Kennedy, from Prime Consulting International, told delegates at the MobileTECH Ag event in…

Krishi.outlookindia.com

Indian research team aims to add shelf life without refrigeration

As fruits and vegetables are among the most perishable agricultural produce, Indian post-harvest losses reportedly result in billions of losses per year. These loss primarily occur due to lack of proper facilities for storage and transportation. Some estimates put wastage at around 52% even before the…

T&G Global

T&G Global

Building a skilled Hawke’s Bay workforce through virtual reality

T&G Global is harnessing virtual reality technology to recruit and train Hawke’s Bay locals in positions it’s struggling to fill, particularly forklift drivers. The company has partnered with the Whiti programme to deliver a Supply Chain Cadetship which offers job seekers a two-week comprehensive…

Pineapples peeled and diced in a flash

Many supermarkets have an orange press for freshly-squeezed orange juice. But the German supermarket in this video has something else. It's a machine that peels and dices pineapples. Nifty, right?

"By engaging in these projects, it is possible to influence and access new funding outside the current models."

How NZ's Agritech Industry Transformation plan is trying to get the most out of research investment

New Zealand's "world-class" agriculture and scientific research are often being underutilised, according to the country's leading agritech organisation. Speaking at the annual MobileTECH Ag in Rotorua, AgriTech New Zealand highlighted the Industry Transformation Plan that was launched by the Ministry of…

Promising results: disinfection using UV-C

Consumers who buy a bag of lettuce expect to ­find a clean product with a reasonable shelf life and no health risks. Processers need to meet this need without using excessive amounts of water and, in many countries, without using resources such as chlorine. Sormac investigated to what extent UV-C can…

"Boxed-ripening works best for bananas and mangoes"

The outbreak of Covid-19 created many serious obstacles for the global fruit industry. How do you make sure that fruit is ripe enough and still has a long shelf-life by the time the fruit arrives, when the distribution time is uncertain and market developments are unpredictable? This is one of the main…

University of California, Berkeley research

Ice-fighting bacteria could aid crops against frost damage

Every spring, California farmers have to be on the lookout for signs of frost. Faced with the prospect of losing an entire season’s harvest, growers spend millions of dollars…

​NTU Singapore scientists develop antibacterial gel bandage using durian husk

Food scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have made an antibacterial gel bandage using the discarded husks of the popular tropical fruit, durian.Known as the "King of Fruits" in Southeast Asia, the durian has a thick husk with spiky thorns which is discarded, while…

Shelf-life extension technology keeps grape stems fresh longer

Founded in 2015 with a mission to reduce food waste globally by extending shelf-life, the technology of Hazel® has since then found its way into many companies and produce categories. In just five short years, more than 160 growers, packers, and retailers of fresh produce use Hazel Tech® products in…

In the last year, the Kilimo digital platform has helped save 30 billion liters of water in 10 countries

"We promote the democratization of intelligent irrigation management"

Latin American agriculture has faced a megadrought that has spread in this part of the world for almost a decade. Water is essential for agricultural production and food security. 80% of the water available for human consumption in this region is used for food production. “The reality varies in the 8…

COST Action - iPlanta

Modifying plants to produce interfering RNA - Final conference

On March 25th, 2021, COST Action iPlanta, Modifying plants to produce interfering RNA is organising its final conference to highlight contribution of RNAi to sustainable agriculture, food safety and security.  The aim of the meeting is to create links with a range of stakeholders to develop the discussion…

Combined technologies allow customers to make real-time decisions while produce is on land or water

Shipping patterns and schedules have become very erratic in the past year. “There are so many pieces to a logistics puzzle,” says Christian DeBlasio, CEO of Purfresh. “This past year has shown us how labor shortages at field and packing house level, as well as social distancing requirements have reduced…

Study concludes that it's possible to grow produce in greenhouses with semi-transparent solar panels

A new study published in the Cell Reports Physical Science journal has proved that it's possible to use semi-transparent solar panels, which are specifically designed to only…

Combimetal Carrera: "No more concrete poles or difficulties in tying branches."

An innovative umbrella-shaped structure for growing kiwis

"With the arrival of new varieties of kiwi in our area, there was a need to have a structure that could support both the net and the plastic, as well as the weight of the plant in full production, thus ensuring greater control of the growing conditions and also facilitating harvesting. Assisted by a…

Taiwan Technical Mission develops new tool for St. Lucia banana sector

The Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) in St. Lucia is intended to assist banana growers to increase their productivity, output and overall efficiency. Typically,…

PMA town hall

The potential of AI technology in solving problems in agriculture

This week’s PMA town hall looked at the developments in AI and how the technology can be applied to solve problems in agriculture. Vonnie Estes, PMA’s Vice-President of Technology, talked with Dr. Elliott Grant, who is the general manager of Project Mineral at X, Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory.” Grant and…

Sensors for Summerfruit project off to a strong start after first production season

A project aimed at understanding and measuring fruit quality in the Australian stone fruit industry has undertaken its first main production season of research. It is being led by Agriculture Victoria and Research Scientist Dr Mark O'Connell told the Food Agility Summit 2021 that the Sensors for…

ITMO University, National University of Singapore, & University of Rovira i Virgili

Fruit and vegetable film designed to detect pesticide residues

A technology, intended to detect pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables is currently being developed by researchers from ITMO University (Russia), the National University…

Smart RPCs unlock hidden efficiencies - help create more sustainable supply chain

IFCO provides Real Time Intelligence on RPCs

IFCO SYSTEMS, the world’s largest operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, has started a long-term initiative to add track and trace technology to IFCO RPCs. The project is a first step in creating "IFCO Smart RPCs" designed to unlock additional grower and retailer…

Japanese company introduces apple ripening inhibitor Fysium in Brazilian market

The Japanese company Sumitomo Chemical recently launched their fruit ripening inhibitor Fysium (1-MCP) on the Brazilian market. The harvest of Brazilian apples begins in…

Two pineapple peeling machines peel 8,000 pineapples to go in one week:

Reviewing an "emotional boost" in the fresh produce department

At the end of the week, Piero Nickenig, team leader for fruit and vegetables at the Globus department store in Koblenz, takes stock: 8,000 pineapples (in cups), 500 coconuts and 200 melons were peeled and sold in just 6 days at the Globus hypermarket in Koblenz - an absolute record. "Without the two pineapple…

Artes Politecnica in Italy

Insect nets: Good experiences for monoblock and monorow installation

As spring is approaching dangerous pests begin to wake up after winter and start to threaten our orchards. The Asiatic stink bug is probably one of the most dangerous and rapidly expanding: its extreme mobility allows it to recolonize, in a very short time, all the areas that have been disinfected, thus…

"This project reframes the role of technology into climate adaptation"

The technology pilot projects helping farmers adapt to climate change and gain economic benefits

A digital agriculture pilot being run by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is already giving horticulture farmers the confidence to change their operations for not just an economic benefit, but a benefit in terms of adapting to climate change. Dr Allen Benter leads the Climate-Smart…

Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT makes light work of breeding

Banana breeding tracking tool BTracT was developed as part of a project led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). It is a digital tool that uses…

AgroFresh Solutions launches edible plant-based coatings for fresh products

AgroFresh has announced that edible plant-based coatings for products will soon be available under the brand VitaFresh Botanicals. The company specializes in developing…

Avocado grower adds Apeel to extend shelf life

As part of their strategy to help reduce food waste, West Pak Avocado has partnered with Apeel, developer of a plant-based, end-to-end solution allowing a more extended shelf life for their premium avocados. Apeel’s plant-based protection is made from materials that are found in the skins, peels, and…

Ultrasound cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

A study published in the magazine Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology reveals that cleaning salad with an ultrasound system would be the best way to reduce the microbial load…

Prepara

Herb Saver that keeps produce fresh for longer goes viral

On TikTok, there is a video about a viral herb saver that may be just what you need to keep your cilantro, chives and dill fresher for longer. So if herbs are hard for you to keep fresh for long periods of time, this herb saver from Amazon is a tool you will adore in the kitchen. The viral video showcasing…

David van Steenkiste, Plant-T:

"The plant tower is a mini-vertical farm for the cultivation of herbs, flowers, fruit or vegetables"

For years, David van Steenkiste was a herbalist at star restaurant Hertog Jan, as well as managing herbal company Herbas. David has now sold his company and started Plant-T, a company that markets plant towers. “A plant tower is actually a miniature vertical farm. You can grow herbs, flowers, vegetables…

BelOrta introduces new Scarlet Red beef tomato

BelOrta has further expanded its tomato assortment. This Belgian cooperative has introduced the Scarlet Red. This tomato is immediately recognizable. It has dark red flesh, a good shelf life, and an aromatic character. The first of these tomatoes will be sold today, Wednesday, 10 March. BelOrta's tomato range…

“Our surveillance system assures farmers that irrigation is proceeding as planned”

“Monitoring irrigation systems is very time-consuming these days. Farmers need to be on site to detect anomalies. We want to make their lives easier,” explains Nicolas Cavalier of Telaqua. The company has developed a system which allows farmers to monitor, program and optimize their irrigation networks…

CropX

CropX partners with Rieggo Rotoplas to provide Smart Farming Services in Mexico

CropX, global agricultural analytics provider and rieggo, Grupo Rotoplas' new company dedicated to providing smart water services to farming operations in Mexico, announce their partnership to help Mexican agribusinesses reduce water consumption and improve crop yields. CropX’s self-installed sensors transmit soil…

Robot hand with a 'human touch'

A human hand can grasp anything. From a whole pineapple to a bag of tangerines. We also instinctively know how to adjust our grip on products. The company Soft Robotics applies this technique to their robots, making it very suitable for delicate products such as fruits and vegetables.

Lasko

New, fruit-shaped device to keep our fridges fresh

The new Fresh Slice Fridge Ionizer from Lasko is a battery-operated, watermelon-shaped device that functions as an air purifier, just for our fridges. It uses the brand’s patented technology to release “odor eating particles” helping to break down ethylene gas, while also keeping any smells at bay.…

Citrustech begins testing mechanized citrus harvesting with an olive grove harvester prototype

The Citrustech Operational Group, which was set up to modernize citrus farms through mechanization and incorporation of technology, has begun testing mechanized harvesting and…

Tessara Berrisys: Big difference in arrival quality of blueberries

Tessara’s launch of their Berrisys product for blueberries came at exactly the right time, when many blueberry exporters from South Africa were looking at a sea freight alternative to air freight. “It was fortunate that we had this product ready when Covid-19 impacted the world fruit industry,” says Jaco…

Yanni Yacial / IMPROVATE

IMPROVATE Israel-UAE agriculture and water conference:

"Desert agriculture can be the answer to food security"

As climate change continues to impact agriculture worldwide, a conference aimed at advancing technological cooperation in agriculture and water was held in Tel Aviv this week with senior government representatives from Israel and Africa along with investors from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli…

Kaohsiung District Agricultural Improvement Station

New lighting tech increases passion fruit crops in Taiwan

The Cabinet-Level Council of Agriculture (COA) stated that because of the lighting technology developed by the Taiwanese government's agricultural technology research institute in southern Taiwan, Taiwanese will no longer need to wait until summer to buy passion fruit on the local market. In Taiwan,…

University of Georgia

UGA researchers investigate blue light to increase blueberry quality and fight disease

The COVID-19 crisis has put supply chain issues at the forefront of food production and packaging concerns. Researchers at the University of Georgia investigated a potential solution for extending the shelf life of blueberries by exposing blueberries to blue light during storage. Led by horticulture…

Plant health measurements device

Remarkable new employee for Mucci Farms

In addition to the launch of a new OKO Immersive solution at Mucci Farms, the companies have signed an agreement to pursue 2021/2022 product development research in Mucci Farms’ Ontario greenhouse facilities. "Mucci Farms’ expansive facilities and diverse crop selection provides the ideal environment for…

Digitalization takes flight

Increased interest in quality inspection software

Digitalization of processes continues to gain popularity as it increases efficiencies and saves time as well as money. Anton Alibekov, owner of Zofto Solutions explains how he got into the digitalization business and what software solutions his company offers. “I’ve always had a love for computers,” he…

University of Southampton

Ultrasonic cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

A new study has shown that gentle streams of water carrying sound and microscopic air bubbles can clean bacteria from salad leaves more effectively than current washing…

University of Hawai'i

High-tech detection determines pineapple harvest needs

In a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research program, researchers in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, IntelinAir, Inc. and Columbia University are investigating whether remote sensing and computer…

Shibaura Institute of Technology

Shibaura Institute of Technology - Japan

An innovative contactless method for the timely harvest of soft fruits

Scientists develop convenient technique to measure ripeness using laser-induced plasma shockwaves and the ensuing vibrations on the fruit’s surface In agriculture, there are many mechanical methods to indirectly measure a fruit’s ripeness through its firmness. However, most fall short for soft fruits,…

These tomato products' talk' to you via a QR code

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

Youtube.com

Saptkrishi agritech start-up

Bhagalpur: Preservator helps farmers reduce wastage

Agritech start-up Saptkrishi - headquartered in Bhagalpur - has developed the Sabjikothi or Preservator, a wheel-mountable, microclimate-based storage solution that is cost-effective and portable. It extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables from three days to 30 days. Although India is the…

Fresh produce protection, shelf-life extension and waste reduction

Produce freshness solutions company launches plant-based edible coating

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a creator of produce freshness solutions, announced the launch of plant-based, edible coatings for produce freshness under the VitaFresh™ Botanicals brand. This launch represents another step in AgroFresh’s decades-long commitment to providing the solutions to extend produce…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

“The pandemic accelerated investments into AgTech”

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on AgTech investing. Vonnie Estes, PMA’s Vice-President of Technology led Ingrid Fung, Investment Director with Finistere Ventures, Jaqueline Heard, Founder and CEO of Enko Chem Inc., and Han Chen, Co-founder and CEO of ZeaKal Inc. in a discussion about what…

Tarno Schilder, Paul Leegwater, the Netherlands

"Sales display makes more people aware of red and savoy pointed cabbage"

First, it was the Violetti, a red, pointed cabbage. Now, there's a new concept on its way to European vegetable shelves - the savoy pointed cabbage. The Dutch company, Paul Leegwater, has the first of these cabbages available. TB&S is growing them on a trial basis in Portugal. This is a Portuguese…

"Old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits"

New Vitalis Organic Seeds tomato lineup:  Mixologist Collection

Vitalis Organic Seeds announces their newly developed breed of tomatoes in its Mixologist Collection, now available to growers in the United States. "Mixologist offers the perfect mix of old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits. Explore the myriad of reasons to enjoy the craft and quality…

In any growing location in the world

“WeatherAsset works for any crop, providing access to 20 year historical climatologies, daily updates"

For fresh produce businesses, increasing weather variability is a growing area of uncertainty - presenting risks to crop productivity and quality, impacting established planting and harvesting schedules but also providing new opportunities for those able to harness accurate data to drive decision-making.…

Scientists unlock potential to yield “diet” fruit

A new study has demystified sugar distribution in plants, paving the way to create low sugar or ‘diet’ fruits. The study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), culminatesseven years of research by the University of Newcastle’s Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of…

"Robot pickers could also work during night time"

Attention to ‘discerning robotic vision’ is key when designing a picking or harvesting robot. Improvements in machine-vision algorithms and the use of multi-spectral cameras…

Space Lab Technologies LLC

Overarching the challenge to crop production in space

While the vertical farming industry says that the sky is the limit, Space Lab Technologies LLC is pushing that notion even further. Space Lab Technologies LLC is a Colorado-based company whose mission is to advance human space exploration through technology development. One of Space Lab’s focus areas is…

Canadian supermarket sells fruit and vegetables grown on its own roof

The Canadian firm IGA extra Famille Duchemin has taken another step towards sustainability and innovation with the launch of a pioneering project in the country. The company…

Anton Alibekov with Zofto Solutions

“We are able to digitalize any process that currently requires paper”

Although digitalization made great strides in the past year, there are still many benefits to be gained. For the fresh produce sector specifically, Zofto Solutions has been established. “With our software tools, we can digitalize any ‘paper’ procedure in a very uncomplicated way,” says Anton Alibekov…

WET-2 Sensor

Major Turkish berry grower benefits from multi-parameter soil measurements

The Turkish company SBR Agricultural Products (SBR) was founded in 1990 and operates in the Mersin Silifke region of Turkey. It specialises in the cultivation of fruit, especially berries – using cutting edge techniques. Its growing facilities are substantial – with 400,000 square metres of hydroponic…

Mushroom bricks might replace concrete?

Mushroom bricks are much more than just an alternative building material which has a “greener” carbon footprint. Mushroom bricks are similar to bricks made using hemp and…

Using AI and Machine Learning will increase in horti industry

The expectation is that in 2021, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies will continue to become more mainstream. Businesses that haven’t traditionally…

A public notice for firms interested in acquiring an exclusive breeding license contract

Three new strawberry selections for mild climate zones and how to get them

Three new strawberry selections named LAM 09.68.4, LAM 11.23.22 and LAM 11.85.17 represent the first and most advanced results obtained within a Genetic Improvement Program carried out in the South of Italy as early as 2010, from the collaboration between ARSAC (Azienda Regionale per lo Sviluppo…

PolyNatural developed a 100% natural coating that can be used for organic fruit

"We extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by 20 to 40%"

Reducing food waste is one of the most important challenges of the food chain, which struggles to become increasingly more resilient and sustainable. Every year 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted in the world. This represents a huge economic loss and a considerable environmental impact due to the waste…

Akorn Technology

'Extending shelf life of fresh produce and reduce post-harvest losses'

Akorn awarded prestigious National Science Foundation grant

Akorn is proud to announce they have received a prestigious Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation (“NSF”) under its Small Business Innovation Research program. The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

Source Certain International - TSW Trace™

"When we build unique fingerprints, we see information that most people don't see"

A global scientific provenance verification and supply chain integrity company is hoping to grow and offer more of its services in the fruit and vegetable industry. Source Certain International (SCI), based in Perth, brings scientific technology to verify product provenance, authenticity and associated…

EE Muir and Sons

Australian-made lasers reduce bird damage

Troublesome birds can be a problem for some specialist horticultural crop growers, but evidence suggest that using lasers can severely curtail their damage. Gazzola Farms installed the laser bird deterrent in 2018. It showed a decreased bird presence of up to 90%. The business, located near Melbourne,…

Crop-spraying drones coming into vogue in South Africa

Using drones to spray crops is a new method of dusting in South Africa, with the first license being awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2019. And while start-up…

"AgPick has helped them plan their days, reduced stress and saved them money"

The digital management tool streamlining the harvest process for some Australian growers

An Australian harvest management software system has received "phenomenal feedback" since it started running two years ago, according to its creators. South Australian-based Agricultural Picking Technology (APT) launched AgPick to capture and record harvest activities out in the field, but chief…

Microcosms and hi-tech plants - a new frontier for agriculture?

There is increasing talk of indoor crops, i.e. productions that are immediately available to consumers because they are grown inside supermarkets and can be harvested and placed in carts. Basil under white-spectrum diffused light (OLED) Is this the ultimate purpose of the ISAAC project (innovative…

"Our goal was to pick the most efficient equipment and deliver a process that took the fruit from the orchard to a finished product"

Montague moving closer to fully opening its new production facility near Melbourne

Major Australian fruit producers Montague has opened its some of its new production facilities and new retail space, which includes state-of-the-art equipment from its partners Tomra Compac. As part of a tour for APAL's recent online Post-Harvest Seminar, Chief Innovation Officer Rowan Little says the…

UniPAKer robotic packer at the ‘core’ of apple producer’s automation

Kent apple producer Adrian Scripps is leading the sector in terms of automation – and Brillopak’s award-winning UniPAKer robotic crate packing cell is the cornerstone of its intrepid approach.  Adrian Scripps’ commitment to automation has been key to building and maintaining its market-leading position as…

Oppy conducts research trials for strawberry technologies

Oppy is conducting two independent trials exploring the viability of new technologies that aim to further advance strawberry production practices by offering solutions to…

SupPlant sensors uses algorithmic data

South Africa: Using AI to grow avocados

As with any other fruit, South African Avocados must be irrigated in the right amount: not too much and not too little. For decades irrigation was done based on the grower’s…

Researchers discover the double water absorption mechanism of a desert plant's leaves

Researchers from the La Mayora Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture, in Algarrobo (Málaga), the University of Harvard (USA), and the Center for Research in…

George Lobisser, CEO of RipeLocker, discusses upcoming launch

Post-harvest life extending technology to be released for commercial use this summer

After years of extensive trialing, RipeLocker containers, which work to extend the post-harvest life of perishables, will be released for commercial use this summer. George Lobisser, co-founder and CEO of RipeLocker explains how the technology works, and why it will make a splash on the global market…

Nicolas Stevens, directeur Better3Fruit, Belgium

“Giga® responds to the demand for a resistant, future-proof apple”

On Wednesday, 27 January, the Italian trading company, Vog, introduced three new apple varieties - Cosmic Crisp, RedPop, and Giga® . Giga® was developed by the Belgian breeding company, Better3Fruit, which owns it too. MD Nicolas Stevens explains how  Giga® came into being. “Giga's® story began in 2002 when the…


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