fruit quality control News

  • Delta-T Devices teams with Netafim UK to provide innovative precision irrigation package for UK soft fruit growers

    Delta-T Devices Ltd (Delta-T) has partnered with Netafim UK Ltd – to provide a complete precision irrigation package (with cloud data management) for commercial growers in the UK. The package will be supplied by Netafim UK, the market leading provider of irrigation solutions in the country, through its main dealer network. It can automatically control irrigation and monitor growing ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • 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 ...

  • Bioconservacion and Ethylene Control in the IX Iberian Symposium on Ripening and Postharvest

    The Portuguese Horticulture Association (APH) and the Spanish Society of Horticultural Science (SECH) will hold the IX Iberian Symposium on Ripening and Postharvest in Lisbon from 2 to 4 November 2016, to coincide with the III National Symposium and IX Spanish Symposium on this major business area in science. During the event, which is held every two years, leading researchers and ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • ABB irrigation control solution saves water and energy in Spain

    The ABB solution controls the irrigation system for 10,700 plots of land in a 210 square-kilometer belt of prime agricultural land in the Zujar Canal region of western Spain, where local farmers grow sweet corn, tomatoes, olives, rice and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. Prior to ABB’s involvement, many farmers had to drive up to 40 kilometers to irrigate their land. They had to open ...


    By ABB

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • 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

  • Abscisic acid treatments can prevent tomato blossom-end rot

    Plants are subjected to numerous environmental stresses -- drought, extreme temperatures, and excess light can all affect plant growth and quality. Looking for methods to improve the quality of tomato plants, researchers at the University of Tennessee turned to abscisic acid, a plant hormone known to help plants acclimate to these types of severe environmental stresses. The research results and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • Renewed cooperation between CIHEAM and FAO

    The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) based in Paris and FAO will strengthen their cooperation under an agreement signed at FAO's Rome headquarters this week. The Agreement of Cooperation was signed by Bertrand Hervieu, Secretary General of CIHEAM and Hervé Lejeune, FAO Assistant Director-General and Directeur de Cabinet. In it, both organizations agreed ...

  • Semios Receives EPA Approval to Combat Difficult Citrus Pest

    Semios is pleased to announce it has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pest Regulation (DPR)  approval for CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). CRS attacks all aerial parts of citrus trees including twigs, leaves, branches, and, most importantly, ...


    By Semios

  • Innovative products and new approaches to promote sustainability in horticulture

    At the 29th International Horticultural Congress which takes place from August 17 to 22 in Brisbane, Australia, Bayer CropScience is showcasing its latest innovations and novel approaches for sustainable horticulture production. Under the theme ‘Innovating Together for Sustainable Horticulture’ experts from the company present recent product novelties and new solutions that underline ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • WECO donates optical wine grape sorter for research at UC Davis

    WECO Sorting and Automation Solutions has donated a state-of-the-art optical wine grape sorter worth $71,500 to the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. After stems are removed from grapes, the sorter removes all material other than grapes (MOG). It uses advanced cameras, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and software technology to ...

  • Joining hands for sustainability and innovation in horticulture

    From September 30th to October first, Bayer CropScience is hosting over 175 industry professionals from over 15 different countries at its Horticulture Symposium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium addresses issues of sustainability and innovation in modern horticulture and is designed to allow leaders in the field to network, share knowledge and expertise and exchange best practices. Over ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. intensify their cooperation aimed at improving farm practices

    At the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Berlin, representatives of Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. signed an agreement to further intensify their collaboration. Under this agreement, the partners aim to implement sustainable farm practices and help fruit and vegetable growers worldwide comply with GLOBALG.A.P. certification standards. “Many farmers lack access to professional local and ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • New insecticide Sivanto registered in the USA

    Bayer CropScience has received the registration for its new insecticide Sivanto™ from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sivanto™, which was developed to control devastating sucking pests on fruits and vegetables as well as most broadacre crops, will be available for the 2015 growing season. Further registrations for Sivanto™ prime are ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • The Coca-Cola Co. donates additional $1.5 Million to UF/IFAS to fight citrus greening

    The University of Florida Foundation today announced a second gift of $1.5 million from The Coca-Cola Co. in support of long-term research aimed at preventing a widespread disease that affects crops in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. The contribution, to be distributed in $500,000 increments during the next three years, will be used to fund sustainable research programs managed by the ...

  • Loss of wild pollinators would hit crops, finds study

    The loss of wild pollinators from agricultural landscapes could threaten global crop yields, a study has found. Led by Lucas Garibaldi, an assistant professor at the National University of Río Negro inArgentina, a team of researchers compared fields containing many wild pollinators — mostly insects — ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA awards more than US$28m in specialty crop research

    Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced that USDA awarded more than $28 million through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to solve critical specialty crop agriculture issues, address priorities and solve problems through multifunctional research and extension. The Specialty Crop Research Initiative was established by the 2008 Farm Bill to support the specialty crop industry by ...

  • LED lighting can significantly reduce greenhouse horticulture energy consumption

    With the exception of energy consumption, where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture. The quality is high, and nowhere else is the use of water and pesticides so low. Even so, demand for innovation, sustainable production and healthy fruit and vegetables and high-quality flowers remains high. One innovation that would really help in this is the ...

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