Blog: Horticulture

Dogtooth Technologies, a start-up company based near Cambridge, is developing autonomous robots designed to harvest soft fruits such as strawberries. (The Engineer) The company tested its first prototype robot in the field in the summer of 2016, and...
The Engineer~Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 - 08:39    
The Crop Walkers’ Guide app is a user-friendly tool designed to accurately identify economically-damaging pests, diseases and disorders on tablets and smart phones. The app, which is based on AHDB Horticulture’s popular Crop Walkers...
AHDB Horticulture~Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 16:42    
Precision agriculture techniques could have substantial financial benefits for producers of hand-picked specialty crops, according to a new paper. A researcher has developed a mathematical model that determined the optimal time for transporting a gro...
ScienceDaily~Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 10:45    
A new approach for producing daffodil-derived galanthamine based on integrating daffodil growing into existing upland pasture while avoiding the need to plough the field. (IBERS, Aberystwyth University via Innovate UK) Technical Summary In 2010, ther...
IBERS, Aberystwyth University via Innovate UK~Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 - 16:17    
In an effort to grow plants at a faster rate, two men in Georgia — one a physicist and the other a biological and agricultural engineer — formed a horticultural lighting company that literally allows the lights to communicate with plants...
SeedWorld~Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 - 13:35    
Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in...
John Innes Centre~Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 - 07:39    
Elsoms has introduced Erasmus, a new asparagus variety which has the potential to transform the economics of purple asparagus growing within the UK. Developed by Bejo Zaden, the world’s first 100% male hybrid purple asparagus, Erasmus, delivers...
Hort News~Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 11:31    
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 - 13:22    
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 - 08:10    
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 - 11:05    
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 - 09:45    
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 - 16:27    
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 - 11:39    
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 - 16:39    
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 - 13:18    
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 - 09:03    
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 - 09:43    
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 - 08:48    
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 - 16:11    
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 - 12:14