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Vertical Farming, LEDs and the Flavour of Leafy Greens

February 18, 2018
Valoya GROWx LED grow lights

A large climate cell with endless racks of microgreens illuminated with soft pink or white light works 24/7 to bring delicious microgreens to the kitchens of some of Amsterdam’s top restaurants. GROWx is one of Europe’s most known vertical farms and its offering of more than 20 microgreen varieties has quickly earned its spot within Amsterdam’s top 10% restaurants. At the moment it is only microgreens and only for the city of Amsterdam but the ambitions of GROWx’s founders are to re-invent agriculture for urban areas. ‘This revolution can’t come fast enough’ says the CEO and Co-Founder, Mr John Apesos. Read More »

BerryWorld Australia raspberry launch

February 18, 2018
BerryWorld raspberries

Specialty Australian berry producer, BerryWorld Australia, has launched premium raspberries within six months of announcing its presence in the premium berry category with strawberries. Grown under polytunnels at Stanthorpe, southern Queensland, BerryWorld’s first raspberries arrived on supermarket shelves in mid-January. Raspberries are the second of three berry lines to be produced by BerryWorld Australia – a joint venture between leading fruit producer Piñata Farms and global berry brand, BerryWorld Group. Blackberries will follow in 2020. Read More »

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.

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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 »