Fruit Monitoring News

  • Bi-On reduces the incidence of oleocellosis in Navel oranges

    Citrus fruit exhibit low levels of ethylene production and are classified as non-climacteric fruit. Although the citrus fruits produce only small amounts of ethylene it is well known that the fruit do respond to ethylene. Such as non-climacteric fruits, ethylene exposure does not hasten fruit ripening but accelerates fruit senescence. Certain unwanted responses of citrus ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Fruit fly outbreak cost growers $4.1 million; could have been much worse

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economists estimate the Oriental fruit fly outbreak last year caused at least $4.1 million in direct crop damages in Miami-Dade County, but the damage could have been far worse, UF/IFAS researchers say. In the new report, UF/IFAS researchers and the chief economist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, ...

  • UF/IFAS research may give new hope to expanding avocado production

    Findings from new University of Florida research may lead growers to produce avocados in the Indian River region of Florida, an area where the citrus industry has fallen on hard times. The research comes from a dissertation by Cristina Pisani, who recently completed her doctorate in horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce. ...

  • ANDRITZ AUTOMATION to deliver plant control systems for Compass Minerals, USA

    ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from Compass Minerals® to supply the electrical distribution equipment, dynamic process simulation, and control system solutions for the sulfate of potash (SOP) project in Ogden, Utah, USA. The start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The scope of supply includes the design and supply of ...

  • Preserving the best qualities of `Honeycrisp` apples

    'Honeycrisp' apples are among the most popular varieties in today's fresh fruit market. The apple's explosive crispness, juiciness, and flavor have made them a new favorite among consumers. However, the apples' distinctive characteristics are at peak only when they are properly grown, picked at optimum maturity, and stored under ideal conditions. A new research study in the August 2015 issue of ...

  • Feedstock Testing by Greenbelt Resources Proves Successful

    Earlier this year Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), a producer of sustainable energy production systems,  launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for  ...

  • EU study on bee-killing pesticides increases pressure for ban expansion

    A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has linked the spraying of three neonicotinoid pesticides to harmful effects on bees, increasing the pressure on the European Commission to expand a current EU-wide ban to all uses and crops, said Greenpeace. EFSA assessed the safety of pesticides thiamethoxam (produced by Syngenta), clothianidin and imidacloprid (both produced by Bayer) ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Safety net measures for dairy, fruit and vegetables to be extended

    Safety net measures for the European dairy, fruit and vegetables sectors will be extended into 2016. The European Commission is currently finalising the last details with a view to formally adopting the relevant legal decisions in the coming weeks as a matter of formality. The European Commission is aware of the challenges faced by European producers and to support them. For the fruit and ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Management Strategies to Reduce Catfacing in Peaches

    For producers of peaches and other orchard-grown produce, managing the orchard floor can present challenges. Unwelcome vegetation on the orchard floor competes with trees for water and nutrients reducing tree growth and productivity, and can be a host for pathogens and insect pests. Utilizing best practices for irrigation and vegetation management in the orchard helps growers to optimize tree ...

  • Need to know what to spray on citrus trees to keep bugs at bay? There’s an app for that

    Florida has nearly 70 million citrus trees on more than 531,500 acres. Now imagine trying to figure out what pesticide to spray on each of those trees to keep them safe from citrus greening. University of Florida researcher James Tansey says the answer is as close as your Android smartphone with a new app developed with ZedX, an information technologies company based in Pennsylvania.  The ...

  • Treatments of hot water with calcium found effective for kiwifruit

    Following the introduction of kiwifruit to the world market from New Zealand in the 1950s, increased export of kiwi led to rapid expansion in consumer demand and production. One of the challenges for growers is kiwifruit's short storage life; the popular fruit is susceptible to severe disorders during storage. A new study from Iran recommends treatments that can extend storage life and improve ...

  • UF/IFAS researchers use steam to treat citrus greening

    University of Florida researchers are turning to the old-fashioned method of steaming to help treat citrus greening, a disease devastating citrus trees throughout Florida. Reza Ehsani and his UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences colleagues are tenting and then enveloping trees in steam that is 136 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 seconds in an attempt to kill the ...

  • Sessions Aim to Improve On-Farm Safety of Fruits, Vegetables

    When it comes to foodborne illness, fresh produce belies its healthful aura: Fresh fruits and vegetables account for 24 percent of U.S. foodborne illness in which both the responsible food and contaminant are identified, according to a 2013 analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by theCenter for Science in the Public ...


    By Ohio State University

  • The Camel Caravan

    How to get the attention from the government, private sector, communities and press at the same time for water availability problems downstream the river? In Kenya local indigenous peoples organizations managed to come up with an eye-catching initiative. They organized a Camel Caravan. Borana & Samburu pastoralist communities and camels started simultaneously at the upstream and midstream ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Let`s add climate knowledge to agroforestry plans

    We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers' livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to climate change. This gap in our knowledge is increasingly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Indian Trees & Crops to Address the Global Demand for Sustainable Aviation & Transport Fuel.

    The 5th Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme is being held September 5-9, 2012 at Jaipur, India, a 5 day ’one stop shop’ assemble the various nonfood biofuel feedstocks  value chain with featured discussion of new feedstocks and accelerate the commercialization of sustainable mobility. . This only dedicated event ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • As a Fruit Grower or Packer, can you make money from your waste? Absolutely!

    The commercial growing and packing sector will be intimately familiar with the quantity of waste produced during the processing of the various fruits and vegetables they handle.  The ultimate destination of this waste is what is changing. Landfill, animal feed, recycling and now Anaerobic Digestion are all destinations for the waste from this sector.  Landfill used to account for a ...


    By SEaB Energy Ltd.

  • Walmart launches major initiative to make food healthier and healthier food more affordable

    At an event today in Washington D.C., Walmart, the nation's largest grocer, today unveiled a comprehensive effort to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. The company was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama as it outlined the five key elements of the program including: Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015 by reducing ...

  • Time is ripe for wine grapes

    Grape berry ripening is occurring earlier and the harvest season is becoming shorter, possibly due to increases in atmospheric temperatures and CO2 levels. This is causing wineries considerable difficulty in accurately scheduling harvests to maximise the wine-making potential of some grape varieties. “We discovered that the application of certain plant-growth regulators can delay berry ...

  • OPINION: thinking big by starting small

    It"s easy to feel overwhelmed by the fact that 1 billion people worldwide are going to bed hungry every night. And, in the United States, it is easy to look at sub-Saharan Africa - where the majority of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood but still do not get enough to eat - and want to just throw money at the problem. Or worse, to give up hope. But when one talks to farmers on the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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