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Lupins and anti-inflammatory properties

February 18, 2018
Lupin research

A global team including researchers from Spain, CSIRO and The University of Western Australia have shown that narrow-leafed lupins can provide alternative therapies for the prevention and treatment of inflammatory-related diseases. The study, recently published in the Journal of Functional Foods provides strong evidence that the protein family ß-conglutin found in narrow-leafed lupins plays a key role as functional food components, with novel therapeutic options for the prevention and treatment of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Read More »

New greenhouse research

February 14, 2018
Greenhouse water and nutrient research

The first experiments in the new research centre for protected horticulture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, developed with support from Wageningen University & Research experts, show that water savings of over 90% can be achieved in local tomato growing. Read More »

Autogrow opens virtual innovation community

February 8, 2018

Autogrow has opened a virtual agtech and science lab and are inviting indoor ag developers, growers and enthusiasts to join in building a dynamic and innovative community. Following on from the launch of their Jelly SDK, APIs and Autogrow Cloud platform last year, the Autogrow Lab was set up as a collaborative environment for continued research and development of control systems for indoor agriculture.

“The industry is a fragmented hardware landscape with software and data technology being introduced into the mix. Our goal is to bring much of that together in an open platform, add in the science of plant biology and create a space for discussion, invention and pushing the boundaries,” explains Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey Law. Read More »

OSU researchers aim to boost efficiency of aquaculture production

January 24, 2018

Researchers at Oregon State University are developing a new technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to aquaculture-raised fish, oysters, clams and shrimp that will boost their growth rates and reduce the high rates of mortality that plague the industry.

by By Mark Floyd Read More »

Over 32 trillion data points give growers solid environmental intelligence

January 20, 2018
Darryn Keiller

Autogrow, a leading global ag tech company, has announced their strategy to use trillions of available growing data points to help their growers’ crop production.

“Due to the unique nature of our architecture, over 32 trillion data points flow through our systems each year which would be one of the most substantial collections for indoor agriculture to date. Data is king when it comes to innovation but what you do with it is the key,” says CEO Darryn Keiller. Read More »

Is breakfast protein the secret to weight loss?

January 3, 2018

Eating more protein, especially at breakfast, could be the key to achieving healthy weight loss, according to a new report released today by CSIRO. The report, Protein Balance: New concepts for protein in Weight Management, affirms the benefits of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for weight control and reveals that the latest scientific evidence supports eating at least 25 grams of protein at each main meal to control hunger and enhance muscle metabolism. Read More »

Fast growing food production

January 1, 2018
PH&G Managing Editor

Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome to this year’s first issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses.

One of our news items in this issue describes how, despite Australian vegetable farm profits being on the increase, the number of farms has decreased. Although the average vegetable farm is making more money and earning higher prices for its produce, cash costs are continuing to rise across the board. Read More »