ngs
HorticultureINNOVATIONWater

Making the most of water

Innovative substrate-free recirculating hydroponics optimises water usage Source: New Growing System Systems for the intensification of efficiency in the use of water are critical to providing a window of hope to the consolidation of fresh food self sufficiency, and there are innovative technologies which tackle the two fronts of water …

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chatech
INNOVATIONWater

The buried water source

Zero evaporation waste and half the amount of water used by drip as irrigation goes underground Source: Chahtech Delivering no waste due to evaporation and using two times less water than the drip method of irrigation while providing three to five times more yield, The Buried Diffuser has helped farmers …

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farmgro
INNOVATION

Farm 2.0

The stackable indoor farm taps technology to grow leafy greens Source: Famgro Farms California-based Famgro Farms has developed the world’s most efficient indoor farming platform, Farm 2.0. As engineers obsessed with efficiency, Famgro aimed to develop a farming system that would be as effectual as possible (and as physics would allow) …

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lasermix2000
INNOVATIONWater

New desalination treatment technology a magnet for entrepreneurs

Electromagentic water treatment combines desalination with nematode sterilisation – all without chemicals Source: Planet Horizons Technologies Through the use of electromagnetic treatment of water with little or no added chemicals, brackish water can now safely be used for irrigation. The Aqua-4D treatment also prevents scaling, corrosion and bacteria development. For …

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BioLumic
HorticultureINNOVATION

Greater growth at the seed of light

So you thought UV radiation was bad for us? Not necessarily for agriculture Source: BioLumic Innovative new UV lighting technology that now provides the ability to control plant size, growth, stress tolerance as well as a range of other consumer quality attributes in a way that has never been commercially …

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Hydrogel film
HorticultureINNOVATIONWater

You’ve read about water-saving; now see the film

Hydrogel film as an efficient alternative to drip feed and hydroponics Source: Agricel Film farming is a technology in which plants are cultivated on a hydromembrane composed of water-soluble polymer and hydrogel. It can reduce water consumption by up to 90%, fertiliser use by up to 80%, and help produce …

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HorticultureINNOVATION

Shedding light on SMART greenhouses

Exploiting UV photobiology in global horticulture Source: Arid Agritec Ltd SMART plastics enable control of the spectral quality and balance of light in the greenhouse, creating the next generation of protected cropping technology. Sunlight dictates how productive our crops and also how economically important insect pests and disease pathogens (and …

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exeed
HorticultureINNOVATIONWater

Making every drop count

Resin-based foam provides a water-retaining growing medium Source: Exeed What can be done to reduce the growing demand for water? Technological advancements have led to several new techniques that have helped reduce water consumption. Smart farming, drip irrigation, desalination and purification are but a few examples. Water retention is the …

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the plant
INNOVATION

Sustainable ideas brewing in Chicago

What’s the future of the city? Here’s a repurposed industrial building offering off-grid food production and business services Source: The Plant A former meatpacking factory now houses small food craft businesses brewing beer and making kombucha. The Plant does all this without taking a watt of electricity off the local …

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cravo
INNOVATION

Retractable-roof controlled-climate greenhouses

Growing crops whatever the weather: automated weather protection for growers Source: Cravo Equipment Ltd This economically sustainable production system creates optimum growing conditions by managing adverse weather conditions. It uses a motorised roof system that can close hectares of roofing in minutes, with one motor per hectare of roofing. The …

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