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  • Robot harvests autonomously first sweet-peppers in the greenhouse

    The robot to harvest ripe fruits fully autonomously is a result of the European FP7 project Clever Robots for Crops, CROPS, which is coordinated by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. After 3.5 years of research the integration of the final modules was completed. The base of the robot consists out of a carrier platform on which a robotic arm with the end-effector to grip and cut the fruit, ...

  • New Sweet-pepper harvesting robot Sweeper ready for testing in commercial greenhouse

    The international project team that works on the development of the sweet pepper harvesting robot Sweeper has entered its second year of research. Recently, the by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture coordinated team discussed the latest progress: Sweeper is ready for testing in a commercial greenhouse! First model Sweeper in use After testing and selection of individual modules, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • LED lamp to make strawberries tastier and healthier

    Who doesn’t love strawberries? What the Dutch call ‘summer kings’ look enticing, have a delicious taste and contain lots of vitamin C. Scientists at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk think that they can make the taste even better, the levels of antioxidants even higher and, especially, more constant. The trick? Exposing strawberries in a greenhouse to LED lamps. ...

  • Rome-based UN agencies join forces on food losses

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint project to tackle the global problem of food losses. Around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes - or enough food to feed 2 billion people. The three UN ...

  • OPINION: in a world of abundance, food waste is a crime

    What does the U.S. have in common with countries in sub-Saharan Africa? Both waste large, obscene amounts of food. Better knowledge and technology would reduce food waste, deter environmental damage and, especially in that region of the African continent, reduce the number of people who go hungry each day. In sub-Saharan Africa, at least 265 million people are hungry, heightening the travesty of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • European Commission approved Terpenoid Blend QRD 460

    Bayer CropScience has reached an important milestone towards the market introduction of its biological insecticide Requiem in Europe. Its active ingredient Terpenoid Blend QRD 460 has been recently approved by the European Commission. For growers and the entire food value chain, Requiem provides control of sucking pests and extends quality of harvested produce. First registrations of Requiem are ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Managing Late Blight of Potatoes and Tomatoes

    Late blight is one of the most serious diseases of potatoes and tomatoes worldwide, resulting in significant yield and quality losses annually. In Alberta, late blight occurs infrequently, but can have devastating impacts in the years when it reaches epidemic levels.  “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” says Robert Spencer, ...

  • 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 ...

  • U-Haul moves to save California forests and clean air

    U-Haul is proud to announce the purchase of verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions from three California forests owned and operated by The Conservation Fund. The Big River, Garcia River and Salmon Creek forests—all in the redwood region of California's North Coast—are helping to ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns from Maneb

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.    Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • India Protected Cultivation Industry Outlook to 2017 - Government Initiatives Paving the Way for Future Growth

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: India Protected Cultivation Industry Outlook ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Food Security - an issue for the UK too, says Soil Association

    For its annual World Food Day (Thurs 16 Oct), the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) rightly focuses on the 923 million people suffering from malnutrition in the South - highlighting climate change as the key factor threatening their long-term food security. In the short-term, rising oil prices have led to increasing food costs and scarcities, provoking riots in over a dozen countries ...


    By Soil Association

  • Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity - new FAO report

    The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report. Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food ...

  • Global Ecology Announces EPA Filing

    Global Ecology Corporation (GEC), (OTCQB: GLEC), announced today that it has completed the first and lengthiest phase for EPA approval of its licensed, proprietary formula, IMS1000™. Upon final approval by the EPA, GEC will be granted an exclusive license to distribute the product in the United States by the manufacturer, EnvirEau of Canada. EnvirEau's formulas are a natural, environmentally ...


    By Marketwire

  • Speech by UNEP Director of Communication at the Save Food Congress

    Esteemed guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, On behalf of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner, I am pleased to address this distinguished gathering. Ladies and gentlemen, Every day, more than 840 million people go hungry in a world of plenty. The majority of those suffering from hunger live in developing countries, ...

  • Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster

    For farmer Achmad Rusli, it was a season of smoke: Ten weeks without sunlight for his oranges, guavas and durians, thanks to deliberately set forest fires that burned a chunk of Indonesia the size of New Jersey. The fires have finally died down with the arrival of monsoon rains, but too late for his crops, which are far too measly to sell. "We had not seen the sun in a two-and-a-half months," ...


    By Associated Press

  • Water reform urgently needed in Asia to feed extra 1.5bn people by 2050, says new report

    A comprehensive new study of irrigation in Asia warns that, without major reforms and innovations in the way water is used for agriculture, many developing nations face the politically risky prospect of having to import more than a quarter of the rice, wheat and maize they will need by 2050. This warning, along with related forecasts and possible solutions, appear in a report entitled, ...

  • CJP Finds Moringa & Flaxseed Couple Oil Crops

    Moringa homeland, India is all set to demonstrate the Genetics Agronomics and Horticulture advancement in moringa cultivation in upcoming GLOBAL MORINGA MEET 2012 from November 25-26, 2012 at Jaipur. With an effort to ‘grow beyond oil ‘, apart from Jatropha, CJP has been engaged in�� development of products that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

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