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Avocado quality meter to feature at Colombian industry conference

The Avocado Quality Meter from Felix Instruments will be highlighted at a major conference of industry leaders at Territorio Aguacate, in Medellin, Colombia, December 2-3. For Pacific Northwest-based Felix Instruments, Territorio Aguacate offers an opportunity for fruit producers and distributors to…

Terra Firma Foods:

“Back to the future” with terraponic growing

“Using our proprietary NexGen™ farming model and methodology, we grow nutritious, insect-free and soil-enhanced food. We have pioneered and developed “terraponics” to enhance our success in organic farming,” says Ray Urrutia, president and CEO of Terra Firma Foods. Terra Firm Foods has a developed a…

World record: 2,300 volts generated with 2,900 lemons

The record for the fruit-based battery generating the highest voltage has just been entered into the Guinness Book of Records. Saiful Islam, professor and researcher at the University of Bath in England, has used 2,923 lemons to obtain 2,307.8 volts, smashing the previous record of 1,521 volts from 2020…

METOS UK

New tech to improve potato storage and yield estimation

Two new sensors were launched by METOS UK at this year’s British Potato event this week; a blue, potato-shaped sensor for in-store monitoring of potato crops and an app that…

Aerospring Hydroponics:

“There’s a foreseeable future with hydroponics in every home”

“Aerospring’s mission is to make fresh produce accessible to everyone by creating versatile and efficient hydroponic products that can be used in homes and commercial settings,” explains Mark Newton, chief operating officer at Aerospring Hydroponics. Aerospring Hydroponics is a Singaporean agtech company…

Open Day in southern Sicily presents pepper varietal novelties

A two-day event to meet farmers, technicians, traders and operators from south-eastern Sicily, was organized by the seed company Southern Seed. The meeting took place in two well-known bars in the suburbs located in the Macconi/Acate area and in Santa Croce Camerina. The Southern Seed Staff. From left. Giovani…

Dr. Atif Syed - Wootzano

"Almost everything about these robots is unique, including the fact that they are affordable"

As many countries around the world face serious labor shortages, more and more fresh produce companies are looking at ways to reduce their demand for labor, be it during harvesting or in the post-harvest process. One robotics company based in England has a solution to reduce the amount of labor needed…

Ag-tech facility breaking new ground for horticulture

Automation, field-based sensors, weather station networks, protected cropping and supply chain tools are just some of the technologies that Australian horticulture growers will be able to test at a new $9M “Smart Farm” facility announced today. The Gatton Smart Farm will comprise a ‘hub’ in Queensland,…

LimGroup at expoSE with triple extension of its range

"Through this range expansion we can serve our customers even better"

At this year's expoSE, Dutch breeding company Limgroup took the opportunity to present its new corporate identity and expanded range of varieties. Three new registrations were presented under the new slogan Unleashing Plant Potential. Freshplaza spoke with the management about the potential of the new…

Inteligro and Cropwatch Africa create user friendly technology for farmers

InteliGro is a provider of integrated crop solutions. It has partnered with CropWatch Africa, a crop monitoring and pest surveillance specialist. Together, they are bringing a…

Kenya: Covid-19 recovery dependent on agritech innovation

Kenya is becoming a hotspot for agritech innovation in sub-Saharan Africa. There are more than 100 solutions in the market driving growth, productivity and sustainability in…

Exotic and tropical fruits see increased demand for shelf-life extension options

High quality produce that lasts a while and is safe to eat. These are two priorities for today’s consumers. For more than 25 years, AgriCoat NatureSeal has been working on just that in collaboration with universities, the USDA, as well as different companies. The company’s capabilities cover three…

As energy prices are skyrocketing: Dreamstime

Dutch greenhouses helped by tiny silver spheres from Germany

Last week, a call for help from the Netherlands reached "B+H Solutions Ltd" in Swabia's Remshalden: Numerous tomato and cucumber producers can no longer operate greenhouses in…

HMC43021 the new fennel by HM.Clause

The strength of a horticultural reference lies in its adaptability to a changing climate

HMC43021 is an autumn fennel variety from the Italian seed company HM. Clause. This selection has been tested for 4 years. Starting next year, it will be introduced to the market. Gustavo Accadia and Nico La Marca talked about the characteristics of this new fennel variety. Gustavo Accadia "This season, several…

FAU is a partner in the new ‘For5G’ cooperation project

Creating digital doubles of cherry trees

A practical 5G application for cherry farming is being developed as part of the ‘For5G’ project. The heart of the project, located in the region known as Franconian Switzerland, is the creation and analysis of a ‘digital twin’ for fruit trees. The findings gained during the project will be transferred to…

Cuna de Platero presented at Fruit Attraction a new blueberry variety it had developed

"Cupla is an early variety that has very good yields and very easy handling"

The Cuna de Platero cooperative presented at Fruit Attraction Cupla, a new blueberry variety that it developed and made available to all producers. "Cupla is an early variety…

Researchers create bioplastics from tomato skins that decompose in a month at sea

Researchers at the La Mayora Subtropical and Mediterranean Hortofruticulture Institute have developed bioplastics from tomato remains that have similar properties to…

Dutch breeders have created a new deep-red and sweet strawberry

There is a new strawberry variety called Inspire, which Greenery growers Rob van der Wouw of Jong Fruit and Jan van Meer grow in the Netherlands. We wondered what preceded the first harvest of these strawberries, and so, we asked. "We were looking for a different, consistently well-performing strawberry variety.…

Biocaptur offers an ecological and sustainable solution for the control of "Tuta absoluta"

"If the pest is not effectively controlled when it is at an incipient stage, the progression becomes exponential"

The Tuta absoluta is considered one of the most devastating pests for tomato crops, and it has spread rapidly both in Mediterranean countries and the rest of continental Europe since it was first detected in Spain in 2006, specifically in the province of Castellon. Its impact on the plantation and its…

"Growers could save thousands each year with heat sensitive coating"

A heat-sensitive coating for greenhouse glass that would maintain optimum temperatures all year round and remove the annual cost of applying and removing shading is being developed by University of Bristol spin-out Albotherm. Molly Allington, CEO and Co-founder of Albotherm, presented in the REAP 2021…

FPC Future - Robotics and automation pre-farmgate

When will we see fleets of robots working in the fields?

Labor, or the lack of it, is a hot topic in the industry, and this, among other things, is pushing automation in the fields, glasshouses, and orchards, as well as in packhouses and down to the end consumers. This does raise the question of how far are advanced are we with robots taking up manual jobs? At…

Successful pilot with long-range drone in the port of Rotterdam

Last week, a section of the quay at the Yangtze Canal was transformed into a drone port to demonstrate a long-range drone from the Dutch company Avy. Several drone flights were carried out during the week above the Amaliahaven, Arianehaven and Alexiahaven. Tests were also carried out on the camera used…

Fruit-picking robot-maker Dogtooth gets backing from prominent investors

A fruit-picking robotics business which has seen growing demand as a result of labour shortages in the agricultural sector will next week unveil a multimillion pound fundraising involving prominent venture capital investors. Sky News understands that Dogtooth Technologies, which was founded in 2015 by…

Sascha Wietbrauk, Tenrit Foodtec Maschinenbau Ltd

Innovation award winner presents its machine at expoSE and expoDirekt

This year, the globally represented Tenrit Foodtec Maschinenbau Ltd received the Innovation Award from the Association of Southern German Asparagus and Strawberry Growers. (VSSE). Sascha Wietbrauk talked to us about, among other things, the machine with which Tenrit won the award and which will be on…

Elea Technology

Process optimisation and innovative product possibilities through Pulsed Electric Fields

PEF (Pulsed Electric Fields), also known as electroporation, is a technology that is used in food processing to apply short, targeted electrical pulses to plant and animal cells. As a result, the cell membrane changes and the pores are temporarily "opened". There are various areas of PEF application in the…

AI technologies for sustainable agriculture

Changing climatic conditions, the shortage of skilled workers, the use of pesticides – a wide range of factors have an impact on the quality and flow of agricultural…

China: Fresh Hema plans to build 1,000 Hema villages in rapid development of made-to-order agriculture

Recently, at the "China Retail Circle Conference and 2021 Fresh Food Retail Development Forum", Fresh Hema stated that during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period (by the end of 2025), they will build 1,000 Hema villages across the country and will be located in domestic agricultural production areas. A…

Approval for ethylene concentrate expanded into the Netherlands

High banana consumption numbers make Europe attractive market for innovative ethylene system

The banana is the most popular fruit in Europe, resulting in high demand for ripening. In response, Catalytic Generators has expanded the list of countries where its ethylene ripening products are authorized. “We’ve had a presence in the US and UK for over 40 years with US-EPA approval and later on…

The call for ideas launched by Semmaris as part of the Agoralim project has attracted over 200 contributions

Semmaris, the organizing authority of Rungis International Market, has just closed the call for innovation launched in July as part of the Agoralim project. A total of 234…

Mindy Ward

Farm fields can now be checked via AgMRI

Over the past decade, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence have become some of the biggest buzzwords in the tech industry. These same technologies are making big advances in the agriculture industry. Just a year ago, Jennifer Hobbs joined a farmer who was observing his field from the…

Eurocelp in collaboration with Arvalis innovates on the potato market

Germination can be measured by a camera

CIPC has been banned since last year. It was a practical and cheap solution to limit the sprouting of potatoes. Numerous alternative solutions are proposed by professionals, and Arvalis - Institut du végétal - is evaluating their efficiency to accompany the potato industry in the " Post CIPC " period.…

Weenat:

"WeeFrost", a new forecasting tool for better protection against the risk of frost

While frost destroyed up to 90% of wine and arboriculture production during the spring of 2021, Weenat, a company specialized in precision agronomy and connected weather…

The Agerpix company won The Call Agro award, an initiative of Banco Santander

The OnFruit 360 system automatically counts how many fruits a plantation has with a 95% precision

Agerpix, a company devoted to precision agriculture, was awarded the top prize of The Call Agro, an initiative of Banco Santander to promote startups that allow the digitization and sustainability of the agri-food sector. The Call Agro was held on October 20 and Agerpix presented its concept proposal to…

Collaborative research involving Swansea University.

Aerial scanning can help protect food crops against devastating disease

Virulent diseases which devastate food crops like coffee, almond, citrus and grapevines with serious global economic and environmental consequences, could be controlled by large-scale aerial scanning, says new collaborative research involving Swansea University. Each year, plant pathogens causing disease…

Gabriel Rancourt/Medicago

Japan: Philip Morris-backed group to launch first plant-based Covid vaccine

A unit of a Japanese company backed by Philip Morris International is planning to launch the world’s first plant-based Covid-19 vaccine that is potentially cheaper and easier to transport and store than conventional jabs. Toshifumi Tada, head of vaccine business development at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma,…

Robotic pollination for supplementing wind pollination boosts pistachio yields

Israeli agri-tech startup Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture has completed a successful pilot of its new robotic pollinator, a supplement to wind pollination that…

Hoping to use fungi to decontaminate soil Facebook

New Zealand couple grows and researches mushrooms

Mihau Sówka and his wife Valetta moved to their rural property Motueka Valley in March, getting ready to make the next step for their burgeoning business, Matariki Mushrooms.…

Up to 170 tons less packaging per year

NORMA's proprietary brand ERNTE KRONE optimizes potato nets and saves 50% on packaging

In addition to the potatoes of the NORMA brand BIO SONNE, customers now also save on resources when buying the ERNTE KRONE brand. Thanks to the new and optimized CLAF® carry-fresh nets, up to 50 percent of the packaging material will be saved. In addition to this, just one type of material is used for…

Novadi presents three new brands of apples

Novadi, a company created in 1995 by French nurserymen, specializes in varietal creation and the development in France and abroad of varieties of apples that are resistant to pests and diseases like scab. Pioneer in the selection of resistant apple varieties, Novadi is known for varieties such as Story®…

Crisp and Your Avojoy introduce unique avocado-concept

Three avocados at different stages of ripening in one 'avocado box'

Supermarket app Crisp and Your Avojoy are joining forces to provide customers with perfectly ripe avocados all week long.  Crisp, the supermarket app for fresh food, is launching a unique avocado concept in partnership with avocado specialist Your Avojoy. Customers of the supermarket app can now order a sustainable…

Bünting

Autonomous shopping option enables late-night supermarket shopping

Bünting opens innovative Combi City store in Emden

Imagine that, your way home, you can quickly do a little shopping for supplies in the city center or pick up a snack for the break. From October 14 onward, this will be possible in the new 500 m2-plus Combi City store in the city center of Emden, the Bünting Group reports. What is special about this…

Looije

"Once again, we have more than enough reasons to be very satisfied with our work and the results we've obtained"

Looije, the aquiline agricultural company specialized in the production and commercialization of the Sarita cherry tomato, participated in this year's Fruit Attraction fair. The event allowed Looije to, once again, meet many of its clients in person and showcase Minerva, the premium category product line…

Naïo Technologies unveils plans for international expansion in agricultural robotics market

Naïo Technologies, a company in agricultural robotics for nearly 10 years, is accelerating its international development strategy, moving beyond the context of technological innovation in order to consolidate its worldwide growth and launch a new RAAS business model. Oz, the versatile farming assistant…

EU satellite images boost Taiwan crop yield data

According to the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, it can now make in-season predictions of harvest yields for rice crops based on satellite imaging technology. Work is…

France: BioMiMetiC and MesFruits collaborate to recover the waste from apple orchards via entomoconversion

After three years of research in biowaste recovery, Damien Sabatier, manager of BioMiMetiC, has launched his very first industrial demonstrator in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône.  First targeted are agrifood by-products and the waste from agricultural production. MesFruits and its manager François Mestre have chosen…

Penn State research Penn State University

Novel lighting system created for agri-robot machine vision

An innovative camera system, using active lighting, has been devised by Penn State researchers. It  may be a crucial step in developing machine vision systems that allow robotic…

Belgian company can now store power generated by its wind turbine and 3,800 solar panels

Luik Natie is a Belgian transhipment and storage company. It has partnered with Engie, a European energy supplier. On Tuesday, the Belgian Minister of Energy, Zuhal Demir, inaugurated the first Tesla Megapack battery in Belgium. It is at Luik Natie's site in the port of Antwerp. It is a tad larger than…

To fuel development of AI in agriculture

Ceres Imaging secures $23 mln in Series C funding

Ceres Imaging, the precision farming provider that uses aerial imagery and data analytics to help growers improve their farming practices, today announced that it has raised…

Sustainable, healthy food from the ocean: “Seaweed is the vegetable of the future”

Clothes, furniture, and packaging material. These are just some of many things for which seaweed is used. Not surprisingly, this versatile natural product is becoming increasingly popular. And sea vegetables are also hot and happening on the plate. Martijn van Damme traded in onions for edible seaweed.…

A new approach to testing kiwifruit quality

While the pandemic brought challenging times for growers and shippers, it has also sparked new ideas for the industry. One area where innovation is being seen is in kiwifruit quality testing. Adding to its line of single-commodity devices—which include those for avocado and mango—Camas, Washington based…

N.THING:

South Korea: Using city farms for a new way of branding and reaching consumers

"Asia has been one of the first regions to tackle food insecurity through vertical farms," explains Heeyeon Jung, Co-founder and Chief Design Officer at N.Thing. "However, in reality, it is still very unknown among the public because they are too far removed from it. Therefore, Heyeon and her team…

"If you are not changing, you are not improving"

Modern technology adoption hold the keys to future-proofing fresh produce industry

If a horticultural company is not embracing change on their farms, then there is no way they can improve, and are thus becoming stagnant or risking going backwards, according to a leading agriculture entrepreneur. Jack Milbank, CEO of Lexi Tech Pte Ltd (AgPro) says that even if a business is doing well,…

KÖLLA GmbH & Co. KG

KÖLLA Ltd & Co.:

More and more in focus: tomato specialties

Specialty and small tomatoes are gaining ground in Europe, Morocco, and Turkey against round and other classic tomato varieties. This trend is also unmistakable in the KÖLLA producing countries, the company reports. In Spain, high competition with Morocco is being felt for round tomatoes as well as for cherry…

Stephan van Marrewijk (Vicasol) optimistic about the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season:

"We're expecting good things from this new pink beefsteak tomato in Eastern European markets"

The Spanish greenhouse season started off somewhat roughly at Vicasol. "Prices weren't good, especially for the early cucumbers. Many supermarkets will switch to Spanish products next week. We expect more of a recovery then," says Stephan van Marrewijk. He has been working in this Spanish cooperative's…

Fruit Tech, the new space dedicated to innovation and digitization at Fruit Attraction

The next edition of Fruit Attraction will incorporate Fruit Tech, a new area that will be entirely devoted to innovation and applied technology in support of the digitization of the fruit and vegetable sector. The new Fruit Tech area, located in the core of pavilions 6 and 8, will have a virtual set,…

Outfield

Promising a new future to fruit farming

Cambridge startup raises £750,000 for revolutionary system

Cambridge-based agri-tech startup Outfield provides an orchard management and yield estimation system for high value fruit crops like apples, pears and plums. The company’s system has generated sufficient traction that it’s already in use in three continents. Fruit growers are using Outfield to deploy…

New Kiwiplant srl (NKP)

New golden kiwifruit variety presented in Latina

New Kiwiplant srl (NKP) organized a meeting and orchard visit to promote a new golden kiwifruit variety created in cooperation with the University of Udine (AC 501 022 2018/3379). Over one hundred technicians and operators from all over the world attended and visited the two-year-old orchard covering 2 hectares…

All Sicilian PDO and PGI citrus fruits featured on 1 October 2021

Forum on Sicilian citrus farming

The Forum on citrus fruit growing in Sicily is an opportunity for citrus producers, represented by their consortia, to meet with the regional institutions in charge of guiding and supporting marketing and sales strategies. The event will see the participation of numerous national and regional experts, who will discuss issues…

Quality meters on display at Fruit Attraction 2021

The latest innovations in advanced NIR fruit maturity meters from Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science will be unveiled at Fruit Attraction 2021 in Madrid on October 5 - 7 in booth #5C04C. Experts from Felix Instruments will be on hand to discuss a range of products at the global event, which is…

And ensure greater harvests, yields

New technology will help achieve more regular cropping

There is a new technology that monitors a fruit tree’s carbohydrate status, allowing for timely corrective action, if needed, to ensure an optimal harvest. The technology – developed by global agricultural company Agri Technovation and branded as ITest™ Carbohydrates – is especially effective in…

Yara develops a new foliar fertilizer for banana cultivation

Banana growers now have a new foliar nutrition solution for their crops. The Norwegian company  Yara, which has been present in Ecuador for more than fifteen years, developed an…

Cuba is home to one of the world's most important viand, plantain, and banana germplasm banks

The National Institute for Tropical Viand Research (Inivit), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) of Cuba, has been dedicated for more than 45 years to the…

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Special potato pre-sprouting boxes provide a basis for good growth and higher yields

Pre-sprouting for a better potato harvest

According to bekuplast Ltd, a successful harvest depends on many factors besides the weather: The selection of the right varieties, good soil cultivation, balanced fertilization, caring for the plants and, last but not least, the quality of the planting material. Pre-germination boxes from bekuplast…

Cyprus research and innovation Centre

Photonics sensor able to spot bacteria on fruit and vegetables

A new detector is under development that will be able to spot minute traces of poisonous elements with photonics, giving a result in a matter of minutes. This is quite useful,…

FedEx to deploy trucks on public highway between Houston and Dallas

PACCAR begins extensive field test with self driving trucks

DAF’s parent company PACCAR and FedEx have begun an extensive field test in the US with self-driving trucks. The vehicles will be driven on the route between Dallas and Houston – a journey of around 400 kilometers. The self-driving technology has been jointly developed by PACCAR and Aurora with the aim…

"It forces you to think about the industry, and not just the thing that you are trying to innovate"

How embracing open innovation principles can help facilitate growth of Australian horticulture businesses

A global innovation agency believes that in modern-day trade, there has become a need for expertise that was not previously associated with horticulture and fresh fruit and vegetable production, in order to facilitate transformation and growth into the future. While the concept of open innovation, and…

Produce protection application extending to California table grapes

Hazel Technologies announces Illume Agriculture®, a vertically integrated company operating more than 10,000 acres of high-value permanent crop assets including table grapes, almonds, pistachios and bulk wine grapes globally, will utilize Hazel™ during its 2021 table grape season. With its use of Hazel,…

Salinity-tolerant plant grown for the first time in aquaponics

Recently, at IRTA Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a salinity-tolerant plant, Salicornia or sea asparagus, has been grown for the first time in aquaponics in combination with mullet…

AI agtech company iUNU acquires indoor agtech company

AI agtech company iUNU announced yesterday its acquisition of Artemis, an enterprise Cultivation Management Platform (CMP). iUNU's acquisition of Artemis marks its latest step…

Use of drones can really help southwest Florida citrus growers

In recent years, the Florida citrus industry has suffered a staggering decline due to several problems, including citrus greening, damage from hurricanes, and a dwindling…

South African speciality baby veg exporter is rolling out solid cardboard punnets for its range

Yukon International leads the way in sustainable baby veg packaging

Yukon International, an exporter of specialised fresh produce from South Africa to the European and Middle Eastern markets, has announced it is moving its product range to solid cardboard punnets. “Our journey started in 2019 when we committed ourselves to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development…

Smart Technology will drive China’s $90 bln digital agricultural economy

Top agricultural expert Zhao Chunjiang from the Chinese Academy of Engineering stated at the opening of the Smart Agriculture Competition co-organized by Pinduoduo that…

Sustainability label for Equans’ condensation drying technology

One of 1,000 clean and profitable solutions in the world to protect the environment. This is what EQUANS’ (the new name of ENGIE Refrigeration) condensation drying technology can call itself now that it has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label. The drying and storage system enables arable…

Mana Farms:

“We want to make technology as simple, efficient and convenient as possible”

“Having these units in restaurants will be an experience for guests, like having a lobster tank from which the customers can choose. Similarly, they can see the herbs and salads being used in their dishes,” says Raphael Schardt, co-founder, and CEO of Mana Farms. Mana Farms is a German agtech company…

Ecuador: Agricultural drones spearhead sustainable Andean farming

In the Andes region of Ecuador, XAG Agricultural Drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spray trials for high-altitude specialty crops. The demonstrations on…

MAPA and the sector held a webinar to address the growing role of innovation in Spain

Challenges and opportunities of new technologies in the fruit and vegetable sector

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) organized a webinar on the occasion of the FAO 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The webinar was…

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AI technology gaining popularity in China

Intelligent agricultural machinery is now seen in farmlands across China. With the in-depth integration of AI into agriculture, farm work is becoming increasingly intelligent and more efficient, while agricultural production modes grow more effective. In Zhaoxian county, north China’s Hebei province, two…

Tracker could extend expiry dates of fresh food

A new tracking device could extend the expiry date of fresh produce. The Blue Box tracker is being added to shipments across Australia, following the foodstuffs from farm to…

Device to measure firmness of blueberries: license awarded

Each year, the University of Concepción, awards the ‘Science with Impact Award’. This year it went to the academic from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, dr. Christian…

Suma Reddy with startup company Future Acres

“We are looking to increase yields and reduce emissions by using artificial intelligence”

A new startup company has a blueprint for successfully reinventing the wheel...barrow. Suma Reddy, CEO and cofounder of Future Acres, and her colleagues are in the process of developing artificial intelligence (AI) that would facilitate the picking process on farms harvesting fresh produce. “We are…

Carpenteria Fossano

Electric 'umbrella' that can be operated remotely

The innovation presented at Macfrut by Carpenteria Fossano is an actual automatic 'umbrella' that can be opened and closed via an electric motor. Detail of the steel truss with the chain system to rewind the cover Opening and closing operations only take a few seconds and can be controlled remotely to be…

QAAFI-UQ

Computer modelling and replication of real orchards to increase food production

Computer modelling could help orchardists design and plan their farms of the future. That is why University of Queensland researchers are utilizing "digital horticulture" which involves the optimization of orchard management practices. This is done by modelling in detail real or planned orchards with…

UTA to use tiny sensors to track bugs and combat infestations

The University of Texas at Arlington is helping develop tiny sensors that attach to insects, tracking their movements and life cycles in an effort to combat infestations and…

BreedingValue

Open Call for developing quality tool kits for soft fruit

The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched Open Call #4 for proposals on the development of methodological tool kits for sensorial quality assessment of berry genetic resources. The Open Call serves as a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to European berry breeders and companies…

Ai-Ping Hu

GTRI

The future of peach harvesting

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot that is designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.    "Most folks are familiar with the harvesting of fruit and picking it up at the market," said Ai-Ping Hu,…

Loughborough University.

Loughborough University researchers turn to recycled plastics

3D-printed affordable tools for African growers

Loughborough University researchers have managed to turn polymeric refuse collected on the African continent into low-cost agricultural tools for local farmers. Through the ‘Circular Plastics Project,’ the team has recycled discarded bottles into a processable filament, before 3D-printing it into six…

Post-harvest solutions provider adds plant-based organic coating to stone fruit portfolio

Pace International LLC, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, announced today the introduction of PrimaFresh® 60…

New industry tomato

Med Hermes presents Forentum F1 oblong tomatoes

"After years of experience in the table vegetable sector, we have now introduced industry tomatoes," reported Alfredo Amoroso, Ceo at Med Hermes, an Italian multinational located in Ragusa which has become a leader on the Spanish, Italian and Moroccan markets thanks to the great work carried out in the…

China’s first unmanned box ship ready for maiden voyage

China’s first autonomous container ship will enter service in October 2021. The 300 TEU vessel Zhi Fei will be deployed by the state-owned Shandong Port Shipping Group to…

First free APP intended specifically for the management of fruit tree farms launched in Spain

Simple, easy to configure and use, and with no download costs. We are talking about Farmable, an application that has already allowed thousands of fruit and vegetable growers…

Picking the way to a better asparagus future with robotic harvesting

A robotic asparagus harvester project led by growers and supported by the Government is set to reinvigorate the New Zealand asparagus industry, by alleviating ongoing labour challenges. The New Zealand Asparagus Council (NZAC) and Tauranga-based Robotics Plus will work alongside New Zealand asparagus…

New way to freeze foods could cut carbon emissions immensely

Freezing is a relatively cost-effective way to preserve nutrients and taste, but unfortunately it comes with a big energy and carbon emissions price tag. Researchers now…

Low cost innovation extends fruits & vegetable shelf-life up to ten days

A study by the International Society for Horticulture Science explains that in India, 30 to 40 per cent of perishable agricultural harvest like fruits and vegetables goes to waste every year. The wastage begins right from the harvest, to improper storage facilities, transportation and retail shops or…

INIA Chile developed a software for drones that allows releasing biological controllers in the fields

INIA, with the support of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), developed software to support the management of pest monitoring of producers that allows releasing…

Post-harvest life extension solution receives EPA registration

Verdant Technologies is rolling out its HarvestHold™ Fresh product life extension solution to the produce industry, after receiving EPA registration in early September. HarvestHold is a 1-MCP-based post-harvest solution that extends the usable product life of fruits, vegetables and flowers by an average…

Citrus Under Protective Screen production systems

CUPS shows promising results in protecting grapefruit against HLB

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research seems to indicate that there is an innovative way to manage Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. Arnold…

Grape grower-marketer techs up in California to bring innovation to the forefront

Providing year-round grape supplies through all major producing regions, Oppy, grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world is distinguishing itself in California through its advances. Left: Garland Perkins; right: Hazel Technologies' sachet.  “We are precise and strategic in the…

Belgian coop markets tomato specialties as a unit

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, has updated nine of its specialty tomato varieties packaging. In doing so, the cooperative wants to market a unified, recognizable premium concept. Click here to enlarge. Contemporary packaging lineBelOrta's assortment has more than 50 kinds of tomatoes. Many are specialties, available…

Huercasa's novelties for Fruit Attraction

Grilled corn on the cob, halved sweet potato, marinated salad beets, and baked potato with skin

Huercasa will participate in Fruit Attraction, the sector's most important event at the national level, which will be held in person from October 5 to 7 at IFEMA, Madrid's trade fair and exhibition center, after the 2020 fair was held exclusively online. The company will take advantage of this scenario…

Controlled Environment Agriculture

New inspiration to increase high tech food production in Wales

A new way to increase high tech food production in Wales has been launched by the Welsh government. It should also have a positive impact on climate change. The new Controlled…

Instacrops develops Instafrost

Agtech Instacrops launch a solution that predicts frost 12 hours in advance with more than 90% accuracy

Chile's winter months are usually very cold and Chilean farmers are worried about a possible frost as the country's streets are frozen and Chile's central area is facing temperatures of nearly -5ºC. Even though many producers have systems or techniques to mitigate the effects of low temperatures on…

Launch of new biological fungicide formulated with a new generation strain of "Bacillus subtilis"

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has announced the launch of…

Danielle Bruin about first Dutch purple sprouting broccoli crop

"Redi broccoli could revolutionize supermarket shelves"

In Europe, purple sprouting broccoli was first introduced in Spain, under Bejo's Redi concept, and the United Kingdom. This year, in the Netherlands, grower Nico Hoogendoorn began cultivating this new vegetable variety too. He is from Dutch Valley Vegetables. "Redi is a nice addition and expansion to the…

Tomato gin and chocolates at Belgian tomato festival

A new edition of the Belgian Tomato Festival will be held from 3 to 5 September at the Arboretum in Kalmthout. It promises to be an extra tasty edition, with many rare tomato varieties on display. Stoffels Tomaten, among others, will be showcasing its range. Unique this year are two tomato pralines made…

South African farmers to benefit from Israeli technology

Israeli agritech, varying from tech to decrease water usage to improving propagation, can be hugely useful to South African farmers. A recent webinar -hosted by the Israel…

Agri Impol Tech presented at Macfrut

Innovative strategies for biological control

Year after year, the number of crop protection and chemical products that can be employed to counter pathogens and harmful insects in agriculture gets smaller and smaller. Within that scenario and with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management of resources in line with the objectives of Agenda 2030, biological…


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