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  • Shrimp growth breakthrough

    Aligning the right high-specification nutrition with precise feed management procedures could bring a new golden era for shrimp farmers in Ecuador and across Latin America. Skretting has gone through countless aspects of shrimp feed management, with strong emphasis on confirming the best nutrient composition of its feeds as well as to establish the optimal number of feed occasions. In controlling ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Study Finds Algae Growth, Harvesting Are Root of Energy ROI

    A study recently published by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin asserts that the crux of algae's case as an economically feasible oil feedstock and energy source rests not in its processing but in the ability to affordably grow and harvest it. The study, titled "Energy Return on Energy Investment for Algal Biocrude: Results for a Research Production Facility," was funded by algae ...


    By BBI International

  • From the Mountains to the Sea: Investing in Haiti`s Environmental Resources - a Cause for Optimism

    Since 2008, UNEP has been supporting the Government of Haiti in the sustainability and effectiveness of reforestation efforts, with a view towards accelerating the country's transition to an inclusive green economy and boosting sustainable growth. These efforts focus on high value trees (fruit trees), the development of renewable energy (including solar and wind), regional cooperation for the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Light-emitting Diode Sole-source Lighting Effective in Bedding Plant Seedling Production

    In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In ...

  • DSM and Roquette to open commercial scale bio-based succinic acid plant in 2012

    Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and the French starch and starch derivatives company Roquette Frères today announce that they will build a commercial scale plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid, the first non-fossil feedstock derived ...


    By DSM

  • Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up With Tomra Sorting Food For Its State-Of-The-Art French Fry Plant In China

    SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and Aviko listed sustainability, quality and processing ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • Irritec at International Asparagus Days 2018

    Irritec will take part at International Asparagus Days 2018, that will be held in Cesena, at Cesena Fiera, from October 16th to 18th. International Asparagus Days are the international exhibition reserved to white and green asparagus production chain. The event includes a huge show area, covering each and every aspect of the asparagus supply chain: from seeds, crowns and plants up to the ...


    By IRRITEC SpA

  • WIWAM line design and final installation @ VIB

    WIWAM line comprises a pot positioning table, consisting of several individual lines, an underlying portal robot, and one or more stations for imaging or weighing/watering activities. The complete system was implemented in an existing growth room, and was designed to optimally fit the available space. Plants are grown in individual pots, which are picked up by the robotic arm at ...


    By SMO bvba - WIWAM

  • Valoya expands its selection of professional LED grow lights

    The Valoya C-series is complemented with the C75 DIM, a 1475 mm (5 feet) model in addition to the previously launched 1200 and 1800 mm models (4 and 6 feet). C-series fixtures are ideal for growth rooms and chambers, vertical farms and other demanding applications, where high IP rating and high light intensity is needed. The ultra slim design of C-series allows installation in a limited space and ...


    By Valoya Oy

  • 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 ...

  • Advanced Ecological Solutions in Water Treatment & Soil Conditioning

    Phyto-Catalyst® is built upon the powerful bio-catalytic capabilities of the BOC composition formulas.  The BOC products are based on a specially designed fermentation supernatant, derived from plants and minerals, which is then blended with surface modifying compounds, into a very powerful liquid concentrate. Improves microbiological conditions in soil.  ...


    By Bio-Organic Catalyst, Inc.

  • Creating the Perfect Environmental and Atmospheric Conditions for Vertical Farming

    The global population is rapidly expanding, and new technologies are required to enable us to keep up with rising food demands. Vertical farming provides a secure supply of food year-round while using minimal space, water, and energy. Creating the perfect environment, and especially the perfect CO2atmosphere, in vertical farms is essential for optimizing crop yields and farm economics. ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Lighting strategies for LEDs in greenhouse horticulture

    The use of assimilation lighting in greenhouse horticulture has increased by 10% per year during the past decade, leading to a considerable increase in electricity consumption. LED lighting systems have a variety of advantages, ranging from their small size, high energy conversion efficiency to the option to emit specific wavelengths. In the EU project HI-LED, Wageningen UR Greenhouse ...

  • J. R. Simplot Company increases production of controlled release fertilizer coating

    The J. R. Simplot Company has increased the availability of its controlled release fertilizer coating GAL-XEONE™ in conjunction with newly expanded operations in Florida. All polymer coated products contained within the BEST and APEX product lines will be converted to GAL-XEONE coating in the next several months. Simplot first introduced GAL-XEONE polymer coating capabilities in 2013, and ...


    By J.R. Simplot Company

  • Target the crop not the soil - to reduce fertiliser use

    Feed the crop not the soil’ is the message of a new review into sustainable phosphorus use. Currently, phosphorus fertiliser is applied to the soil, and plants then take it up through the roots. However, more precise nutrient management is needed on farms, the researchers say, so that the phosphorus is targeted at the crop just as it needs it. Modern agriculture is dependent on phosphorus, ...

  • Huma Gro® 2017 Product Catalog Released

    Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro, Huma Gro Turf, and Probiotic Solutions brands—has released its 2017 Huma Gro Product Catalog. The newly redesigned catalog contains specific information on 45 Huma Gro liquid crop nutrition and protection products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients (9), Secondary Macronutrients and ...

  • High-nature-value grasslands can be maintained by alternating between mowing and grazing

    Scientists recommend policies that alternate between mowing and grazing to manage Europe’s high-nature-value grasslands. This comes after a new seven-year study found that a high plant-species diversity helps grasslands to maintain productivity and to resist depletion of phosphorus caused by livestock grazing and depletion of potassium caused by mowing. Grasslands with high levels of ...

  • CJP introduces Biological Inputs to Enhance the Jatropha Energy Farms Profitability

    CJP scientists are continuously working on enhanced genetics, agronomics and horticulture sciences to drive new varieties, more knowledge around the Jatropha plant’s nutritional requirements and more science-based processes for the care and custody of the plant and have achieved reliable and scalable results in Jatropha energy farming. Reliance on inorganic ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Nitrogen in reclaimed water can benefit turfgrass

    As competition for fresh water increases and fertilizer prices rise, the horticulture industry is looking to reclaimed wastewater as a valuable resource for supplying irrigation and necessary nutrients for urban landscapes. In the U.S., Florida is a leading user of recycled water; more than 50% of the state's reclaimed water is being put to use for irrigation of recreational areas such as golf ...

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