Reducing water usage in Saudi Arabian horticulture

Reducing water usage in Saudi Arabian horticulture

There are major changes afoot in Saudi Arabia. One key strategy is to convert the country from an economy that is dependent on oil
Research sheds new light on raspberries and blackberries

Research sheds new light on raspberries and blackberries

Raspberries and blackberries are relatively new crops under glass, so knowledge in this area is as yet in very short supply. Woody small fruit
Switchable optical filters: the future of greenhouse covering materials?

Switchable optical filters: the future of greenhouse covering materials?

One of the main tasks of the Smart Materials project was completed last year. Greenhouse simulation models were used to explore the potential effect
Spread of plant viruses calls for vigilance

Spread of plant viruses calls for vigilance

Viruses are among the smallest pathogens infecting other living organisms. Plants are also susceptible to a large number of viruses that can cause serious
Mycosphaerella

Mycosphaerella

The fungus Mycosphaerella, also known as Didymella bryoniae, can cause serious problems, particularly in cucumber cultivation. It can infect leaves, stems, flowers and fruits.
Prey diets greatly improve biological control by predatory mites

Prey diets greatly improve biological control by predatory mites

Predatory mites are the most important natural enemies used for biological pest control in greenhouse horticulture. Many of these predatory mites are mass-reared on
Effect of disinfectants on quality of irrigation water

Effect of disinfectants on quality of irrigation water

A range of chemicals are used to keep greenhouse pipework clean. They include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide and ECA water. Growers are concerned
Thinking about light in new project

Thinking about light in new project

Plants, insects, fungi and people perceive light colour and intensity via different organs and pigments. The human eye is particularly sensitive to green light,
What plants are best for purifying indoor air?

What plants are best for purifying indoor air?

With the second crop in the Winterlight greenhouse at the Energy Innovation and Demo Centre (IDC) in Bleiswijk (NL) coming to an end, it’s
The Winterlight greenhouse at the Energy Innovation and Demo Centre (IDC) in Bleiswijk (NL).

Winterlight greenhouse on track

With the second crop in the Winterlight greenhouse at the Energy Innovation and Demo Centre (IDC) in Bleiswijk (NL) coming to an end, it’s
Pest monitoring forms the basis of good biological control. Knowledge of the ratio of harmful and beneficial insects is indispensable in determining the necessary control strategy.

Monitoring system for spider mite damage and yellow sticky traps

Pest monitoring forms the basis of good biological control. Knowledge of the ratio of harmful and beneficial insects is indispensable in determining the necessary
The Greenhouse Horticulture and Bulbs, Trees and Fruit business units are launching an Evergreen project to carry out research into bulb production

Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in bulb production

The Greenhouse Horticulture and Bulbs, Trees and Fruit business units are launching an Evergreen project to carry out research into bulb production using fewer
A group of experts have now compiled all the available knowledge in this area in a book called “Vegetable grafting: principles and recent practices”.

Book about grafting fruiting vegetables

Levels of production of crops such as tomato and aubergine have increased in recent years with the use of rootstocks. In a number of
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
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