Blog: Horticulture

Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds. Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s abili...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 12:22    
Growers are better equipped than before to deal with outbreaks of diamondback moth (DBM), as baselines for their susceptibility to chemical control have now been identified. But the UK industry is warned to expect large numbers of the pests in future...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 17 February, 2017 - 07:10    
In a 47,300-square-foot facility near Kyoto, SPREAD, an agriculture technology company, is creating a massive, automated, indoor "vertical farm"—and the special ingredient is the use of robots. The goal: to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day...
HortiBiz~Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 10:05    
Open source movement seeds could become a critical topic for those advocating a vision for a regenerative, more distributed food system with greater resilience designed in. (ShutterstockMahlebashieva) Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the...
Rachel Cernansky in GreenBiz~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 08:45    
Important steps have been made to address the challenges caused by apple canker, as two new effective fungicides are identified and the latest integrated pest management (IPM) research shows promising results. Caused by the fungus Neonectria ditissim...
AHDB Horticulture~Monday, 13 February, 2017 - 15:27    
Headline news that UK supermarkets are rationing sales of fresh produce after bad weather hit supplies from southern Europe highlights the critical role of applied horticulture research focused on improving home-grown production, according to Profess...
NIAB EMR~Monday, 6 February, 2017 - 10:39    
Urban farming is 'booming' worldwide, but is hindered by local factors which determine the viability of such schemes. Marie Dehaene, a consultant on many urban farming projects, told a seminar at the horticultural event Sival in Paris that there is a...
FarmingUK~Friday, 3 February, 2017 - 15:39    
Larger, tasty strawberries that offer 20 per cent saving on labour and almost no wastage demonstrate that the benefits of breeding extend far beyond yield. Flavour and nutritional content can also be increased to improve profitability and meet health...
Cambridge Network, Agritech East, NIAB EMR~Monday, 30 January, 2017 - 12:18    
AHDB Horticulture’s precision farming project CP107c is demonstrating savings for those growers adopting and investing in new machinery for Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) and is engaging with growers to discuss best practice CTF and other pre...
AHDB Horticulture~Friday, 27 January, 2017 - 08:03    
Fine bubble technology could help fresh fruit and vegetable growers ensure clean crops Chemical Engineer Dean Burfoot will tell attendees at a free antimicrobial workshop organised by AHDB Horticulture in Fife. The technology was first studied as a m...
AHDB Horticulture~Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 - 08:43    
The name RAK®3+4 may be new in the UK but this pheromone looks set to become very well-known as it seriously upsets the love life of male Codling and Tortrix moths! The new BASF product, distributed by Agrovista and designed for use in apple, pea...
Agrovista from South East Farmer~Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 - 07:48    
Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a lead partner in a new 5-year project aimed at combating the losses experienced by two of the UK’s most economically valuable vegetable crops....
IBERS, Aberystwyth University~Thursday, 12 January, 2017 - 15:11    
The berry industry in Australia is currently experiencing significant growth under greenhouse hydroponic production systems. Growers of the main berry types (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) have attempted to modify the growin...
Summary of Wade Mann's Nuffield Australia Report~Friday, 6 January, 2017 - 11:14    
Research at the Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), funded by AHDB Horticulture, has shown that by adjusting the quantity and quality of LED lighting, improvements in both the yields and the quality of ornamentals and other crops can be achieved, de...
AHDB Horticulture~Wednesday, 4 January, 2017 - 16:27    
Spinach is considered healthful in the human diet due to its high concentration of nutrients, such as beta carotene (pro vitamin A), lutein, folate, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. However, spinach also contains higher concent...
USDA AgResearch Mgazine~Tuesday, 3 January, 2017 - 11:54    
2016 – a notable vintage  Harvest 2016 will be remembered as an English wine vintage of exceptional quality. The quantity, however, is likely to be low because the wetter than average June meant poor flowering and subsequent high disease...
Julien Lecourt and Emma Tilston, NIAB EMR~Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 15:13    
A new method of processing food waste into fertiliser has been outlined in a recent study. The process uses a digester system with microorganisms to break down organic waste into fertiliser. The resultant fertiliser was used in a low-energy greenhous...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 14:50    
An AHDB review into both UK and overseas research suggests alternative ways to control free living nematodes for carrots and parsnips and has recommended areas to focus for future R&D. Dr Roy Neilson, a nematologist at the James Hutton Institute...
AHDB~Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 - 15:18    
An AHDB-funded trial has identified new poinsettia varieties that show strong commercial promise, helping to reduce the over-reliance on the current leading varieties. UK poinsettia growers have, traditionally, relied upon relatively few varieties. T...
AHDB Horticulture~Monday, 12 December, 2016 - 13:21    
The future of targeted weed control ‘eyeSpot’, a research project part-funded by AHDB Horticulture, is driving innovation in weed control and aims to reduce herbicide inputs by up to 95%. Experts at University of Reading, Precision Farmi...
AHDB Horticulture~Monday, 21 November, 2016 - 16:34