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  • Optimal substrate moisture content determined for high-quality bedding plants

    The bedding plants sold in retail outlets are typically grown in greenhouse production environments where professionals can monitor irrigation, light, and temperature. When the greenhouse-grown plants reach the retail market, however, they are often subjected to a range of less-than-ideal light levels, temperatures, and irrigation schedules that can be detrimental to plant quality and vigor. ...

  • Bio gas plants. More efficiency using the QZ.

    The production of bio gas from bio mass has become an important branch. Such bio mass consists of renewable raw materials or substrates from field fruit such as, for example, corn, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, cereals, sun flowers or green offcuts. By using the Querstromzerspaner QZ, the objective of producing energy in the form of methane gas can be pursued in a more forceful way. The ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • Stable operation of biogas plants through the use of sugar-beet slices

    ‘Novy Dvor’ and ‘Vrbina’ are the flagship plants of EnviTec Biogas AG in Slovakia. The special feature of the two biogas plants situated close to Bratislava is the fact that their input contains a large proportion of sugar-beet residue, which is a waste product created by the nearby sugar factories. The sugar-beet residue makes up two-thirds of the input material that is ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Laboratory-scale wetlands remove toxic veterinary drugs from wastewater

    Constructed wetlands can effectively remove veterinary drugs from wastewater, preventing contamination of the environment, research suggests. A recent study has demonstrated that laboratory-scale constructed wetlands were able to remove between 94 and 98% of two commonly used antibiotics from pig farm wastewater. Veterinary drugs are used extensively in livestock rearing and are likely to ...

  • Seaweed extract benefits petunia, tomato transplants

    Seaweed extracts are used widely in agriculture and horticulture production systems. Benefits of the extracts can include early seed germination and establishment, improved crop performance and yield, increased resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, and enhanced postharvest shelf life. A study in the August 2015 issue of HortTechnology determined the effects of rockweed extract, applied as a ...

  • Bio-QZ processes cow manure for anaerobic digestion

    The community of Sand in Taufers in the Italian South Tyrol has set itself the target of eliminating the CO2 emissions of its population. A decisive role in achieving that aim plays a AD plant on cooperative basis. The used cow dung as substrate is pre-treated by the MeWa QZ. Sand in Taufers and its 5,300 inhabitants are forging ambitious plans. Local government and citizens are ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • New tests confirm efficiency of Hortipray® micronutri Fe as an alternative to chelates

    Following initial successful tests of Prayon’s Hortipray® micronutri Fe on cucumbers, new experiments carried out on tomatoes and strawberries at the Hoogstraten Research Centre (Belgium) have confirmed the product efficiency in enhancing iron uptake by the plant in substrate grown crops. This new fertiliser is a combination of iron and specialty phosphate developed and patented by ...


    By Prayon Group

  • Revolutionary technology by Ductor commissioned in Tuorla, Finland

    The first biogas plant equipped with Ductor’s nitrogen and phosphorus recovery technology was put into use in Tuorla late November 2016. The size of the Ductor fermenter at the demonstration plant is 80 m3, and with Ductor’s process the plant is capable of treating 1,400 tons of poultry manure each year, producing 266,000 m3 of biogas, 115 tons of ammonium sulfate, and 640 tons of ...


    By Ductor Corp.

  • Fertilizer placement affects nutrient leaching patterns

    Controlled-release fertilizers (CRFs) are a widely used method of delivering nutrients to nursery container crops. The fertilizers contain encapsulated solid mineral nutrients that dissolve slowly in water, and are then released into substrates over an extended period of time. Although the use of CRFs is an accepted practice, growers and researchers are always looking for ways to decrease ...

  • New - SM300 moisture sensor - soil moisture content + soil temperature

    The new SM300 is a precision sensor that measures volumetric water content and soil temperature. It can be used in all soil types and is suited to applications in research, horticulture, agriculture and irrigation. Research grade accuracy ± 2.5% (%vol) Excellent performance in mineral, organic and saline soils Easy to use The SM300 has strong measurement rods that minimise soil ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • A Canadian winter fairy tale

    If the Canadian winter doesn‘t throw a spanner into our plans our engineers are confident that the 335 kW plant will be ready for commissioning at the end of January. “Till now we consider grape pomace, grass silage, chicken dung and glycerine as input materials, but we already send an application for fermenting leftovers like oils and drippings.“ explains Jan- Hendrik Thesing, project and ...


    By Triangle Ltd

  • Water content thresholds recommended for Gardenia jasminoides

    More efficient irrigation management has become a primary focus in sustainable container plant production as growers look for ways to improve resource use and mitigate negative environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides that are often found in nursery runoff. Among the new technologies for increasing irrigation efficiency is the use of soil moisture sensors for automated irrigation. The ...

  • Chinese astronauts use the WET Sensor to help grow lettuce in space

    Delta-T Devices has revealed that their multi-parameter WET Sensor has been used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Tiangong-2 Space Lab. Tiangong-2, whose name means “Heavenly Palace”, was launched on 15th Sept 2016, and is designed to allow Chinese scientists to test the life support technologies needed to create a permanently staffed Space Station by 2022. Two Chinese astronauts ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Ahlstrom introduces new embossable wallcoverings at 2012 China Wallcovering Expo

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance materials company, announced today that it will present its revised Ahlstrom EasyLife(TM) product range at China Wallcovering Expo 2012, in Beijing, China on March 2-5, 2012. China Wallcovering Expo is one of the major wallcovering tradeshows in China. The revised EasyLife product range will feature new embossable materials, offering additional 3D capabilities ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • EnviTec Biogas scores in Italy with EnviFarm Compact

    With the recently signed contracts for the construction of two new EnviFarm compact plants, the Lower Saxon biogas all-rounder EnviTec Biogas is once again demonstrating its success in the Italian biogas plant market. Agricooper, a tobacco producer association in Pistrino, Perugia uses the renewable decree that came into force on 1 January 2013 in Italy and plans the construction of an EnviFarm ...


    By EnviTec Biogas AG

  • Scientists unlock some key secrets of photosynthesis

    New research led by chemists in the Baruch '60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria. In a paper published in the recent edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science, the ...


    By FLS Energy

  • Ahlstrom establishes joint venture to start production of medical papers and masking tape in China

    Ahlstrom Corporation, a leading developer and producer of nonwovens and specialty papers, has today signed a joint venture agreement with Longkou Yulong Paper Co. Ltd, a paper producer based in Longkou, in the province of Shandong in northeastern China. The parties have agreed to establish a new manufacturing facility in the Zhuyouguan Industrial Park in Longkou for the production of medical ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Ahlstrom makes a major investment to wallcover materials manufacturing in China

    Ahlstrom, a global high-performance materials company, announced today that the company will invest a total of EUR 30 million to a new nonwowen wallcover substrates production line at its Binzhou plant in China, where the company is already manufacturing filtration materials. Deliveries from the new line are expected to start early 2013. According to Jan Lång, CEO and President of ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Composting of biological waste

    A composting plant based on new technology has been built in Savonlinna, in Finland, and came into operation at the beginning of this year. The technology was supplied by the Finnish company Vimelco Oy. The owner, Konepalvelu Suomalainen Oy, composts separately organic waste collected from the Savonlinna area, and organic waste from the food industry. In addition the nearby local authorities ...


  • Sensor-based Irrigation Systems Show Potential to Increase Greenhouse Profitability

    Wireless sensor-based irrigation systems can offer significant benefits to greenhouse operators. Advances in sensor technology and increased understanding of plant physiology have made it possible for greenhouse growers to use water content sensors to accurately determine irrigation timing and application rates in soilless substrates. The wireless sensor systems provide more accurate measurements ...

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