The instrumental model developed by Wageningen University & Research enables flavour to be measured quantitatively, with a good explained variance

Strawberry flavour model ready for use

A good flavour is an opportunity to create added value in strawberries. Flavour is a complex property that involves several factors. The instrumental model ...
In 2004 two families, who each ran a small-scale business in Vienna, decided to set up a new, more professional horticultural business together.

“Quality is our guideline and we are continuously striving for better”

More than ten years ago the Austrian horticultural families Kainz and Mayer decided to join forces and set up a new business. Their aim ...
he radiation monitor displays the realistic effects of greenhouse roofs, screens, lighting and other user settings on temperature distribution in the crop

Radiation monitor improves understanding of plant processes

A new online app quantifies the effect of radiated heat loss on crop temperature and energy loss from the greenhouse in a simple, user-friendly ...
A different growing strategy is a potential key to saving energy. An important part of this is to slow down transpiration.

Slowing down crop transpiration cuts energy consumption

The focus of energy savings usually lies in technology. But the crop itself offers numerous opportunities to economise on energy consumption. Many research results ...
The Precision Horticulture Programme was launched this year. It is a form of horticulture in which plants receive precisely the treatment they need.

Precision Horticulture Programme focuses on plant level

The Precision Horticulture Programme was launched this year. It is a form of horticulture in which plants receive precisely the treatment they need. In ...
Researchers have been working with screen manufacturers to develop an objective method of determining the energy saving performance of screen fabrics.

Energy-saving screens can now be compared objectively

Screen suppliers each have their own methods of determining the energy-saving performance of their screens, making it very hard for the grower to compare ...
Alstroemeria can get off to a good start with higher light levels than are generally used at present.

Hybrid lighting ramps up alstroemeria yields

Hoogenboom Alstroemeria in Nieuwe Wetering in the Netherlands expanded its grow light system last year. In one section of the greenhouse they have installed ...
international growers will have the opportunity to join the HortiContact Tour and see first hand the latest developments in Dutch greenhouses.

Two-day excursion to innovative Dutch greenhouses

The Dutch greenhouse sector is continuously innovating. In addition, the nurseries and research centres are keen to share their knowledge and experiences with growers ...
Limiting light emissions called for creative solution

Combining two vertical fans makes for more even climate

Assimilation lights give off a lot of heat which stays at the top of the greenhouse when you would rather have it down near ...
The Plantalyzer is a innovative tool for accurate estimation of vine tomato crops

Introduction Plantalyzer for harvest forecast vine tomatoes at Fruit Logistica

HortiKey, a subsidiary of Berg Hortimotive, launches the Plantalyzer at Fruit Logistica. This system is a innovative tool for accurate estimation of vine tomato ...
Biochar is a type of charcoal which looks set to become widely available on the market in future. This product could have potential for horticulture

First tentative steps with biochar turn out positive

Biochar is a type of charcoal which looks set to become widely available on the market in future. This product could have potential for ...
vegetable production company Agrícola Zarattini grows peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus and strawberries, predominantly for export markets.

‘We are committed to high standards of quality, food safety and sustainability’

Founded in 1971, Mexican vegetable grower Agrícola Zarattini is a family business that produces peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus and strawberries. Having started out with ...
An uptake analysis gives growers an accurate picture of which elements the plant is actually taking up, enabling them to fine tune the nutrient solution

Nutrient deficiency in peppers despite perfect drainage values

When several of the sweet pepper plants at Zwingrow in Honselersdijk (Westland, the Netherlands) were found to be growing more slowly than the rest, ...
Erwinia is a bacterial disease that can cause damage in a range of crops.

Erwinia

Erwinia is a bacterial disease that can cause damage in a range of crops. It often produces watery looking, rotten patches on the leaves, ...
A tomato grower is the first to gain experience with an anti-condensation coating for glass.

First grower sheds more light on anti-condensation coating

In the past, greenhouse roof light transmittance has always been measured when the roof was dry. But a greenhouse roof spends half the year ...
Ter Laak Orchids International Grower of the Year 2018

Ter Laak Orchids elected International Grower of the Year 2018

Ter Laak Orchids has been elected International Grower of the Year 2018! The prestigious award was presented by the International Association of Horticultural Producers ...
ISO Group Cutting and TransPlanter

ISO Group unveils combination machine for cutting planting and transplanting

At the coming World Trade Fair for Horticulture at IPM in Essen, scheduled for 23 up to and including 26 January 2018, the ISO ...
Herbert Stolker Senior Consultant Africa

Rain and drought in Africa

A lot of things are unfairly distributed in the world, and rain and drought are no exception, especially in Africa. Last month I was ...
Marius Mans Gerberateler in Brakel

Time for resistance

It’s always an exciting time when the first flowers appear in the new crop. We proudly put them in a vase at home so ...
ebook the bright side of growing

Mardenkro publishes second book about coating technology

Due to the great success of the first book, Mardenkro publishes a second book called 'ReduSystems: The bright side of growing'. The book combines ...
IPM Essen and Fruit Logistica in Berlin are the world’s leading trade fairs in ornamentals and fruit and vegetables.

Spotlight on knowledge sharing and future trends

The German trade fairs IPM Essen and Fruit Logistica in Berlin are among the leading events in the world for the ornamentals and fruit ...
Researcher Angelo Vermeulen

What can the horticulture sector learn from the aerospace industry?

How is an astronaut similar to a tomato farmer? They both need to reuse their raw materials, proclaims researcher Angelo Vermeulen in Dutch newspaper ...
3D food printer

Dutch firm introduces very first 3D food printer with edible filling

The Rotterdam-based company Verstegen recently developed the first edible filling for a 3D food printer. Creative director at Verstegen Spices & Sauces Jeroen van ...
Royal Lemkes winner 2018 Horticulture Entrepreneurs Prize

Royal Lemkes wins 2018 Horticulture Entrepreneurs Prize

Royal Lemkes has won the 2018 Horticulture Entrepreneurs Prize. The trade firm will be entitled to call itself the ambassador of the horticulture industry ...