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SILICON CONTINUES TO SURPRISE

The bioactive molecule of this element, mono-silicic acid, continues to surprise and is the subject of an extensive literature in the HORTCOM theme Silicon in Agriculture. It has been shown

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FEEDING THE WORLD WITH TOMATOES

Today, the huge expansion throughout the world in the build of large greenhouse units, from Mexico to China, Kazakistan to Canada to Qatar, is more than evident. Cravo Equipment Ltd,

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UV-B AGAINST FUNGAL DISEASES

UV-B lighting controls powdery mildew in protected strawberry crops and powdery mildew and gray mould in tomatoes. A new type of UV-B fluorescent lamp, recently developed by the Panasonic Lighting

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MODERN COMMUNICATIONS – Some reflections

Ten times better than….what? We are passing through several revolutionary influences all at the same time; globalization, information technology, demographic disequilibrium and climate change. Part of the revolution in information

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ZAPPING INSECT PESTS WITH MICRO-DRONES

Despite the increasing use of biopesticides and predator insects, growers are often unable to avoid using chemical pesticides in greenhouse cultivation. Delft company PATS is developing a system that uses

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INNOVATIVE SERIES OF ICE PLANT

Judging by the number of propagators and growers round the world now interested in Delosperma, the innovative multi-functional characteristics of the series ‘The Jewel of Desert’ from Flosaika are finding

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WILDFLOWERS AND BIODIVERSITY

For a recent and useful reference on the importance of wildflowers to floriculture (English) see: De Pascale, S. and Romano, D. (2019). Potential use of wild plants in floriculture. Acta

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INNOVATIVE BIOPESTICIDE

Flipper is a biopesticide extracted/sythesized during the production of extra-virgin olive oil by AlphaBio Control an anglo-italian company with research headquarters at St.John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge (UK) and commercial office

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MITIGATING DROUGHT STRESS IN STRAWBERRIES

Cultivated Strawberry plants (Fragaria x ananassa) are particularly sensitive to prolonged drought stress because of their shallow root system, large leaf area and high water content of the fruit. Overall

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HYDRANGEA FRENCH BOLERO

During the 2019 edition of Salon du Végétal in Nantes, France, the interspecific ‘French Bolero’, a hybrid  of H. macrophylla x H. scandens, introduced by HW2, a consortium of breeders

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INTERNAL QUALITY

Some stresses experienced by plants during growth improve internal quality, yet in the latest production systems plant stresses are the first thing to be eliminated! And we are quick to breed

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FUTURE ANALYSIS OF TERRAIN

Italy leads the way with the development of a robotic-plant (plantoid) that is highly capable and energy efficient in penetrating and exploring the chemical and physical characteristics of soils. Inspired

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NEW PESTS AND DISEASES

The Asian stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), native to Japan and China, is doing untold damage to the production of fruit and other horticultural and agricultural crops. It is said that

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NEW PUBLICATION PROJECT

Edward Bent, as author, is ready to establish a joint project with the aim of publishing his new book aimed at exploring the meaning and purpose of nature, through the

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR IRRIGATION

The Italian company Rain SpA, specialized in irrigation, in partnership with the Spanish startup Inolve, has been awarded an important European funding (Horizon 2020) for the substantial amount of 1.4

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LAG TIME FOR NEW VARIETIES

Clematis (tangutica group) ‘Little Lemons’ won first prize for new plant varieties at the recent edition of the Plantarium exhibition held in Boskoop, The Netherlands. The variety, bred by Zoest

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SMART DIAGNOSTICS IN AGRICULTURE

Italian Company Agrorobotica won the innovation award at SMAU 2018 exhibition for their SpyFly instrument that traps and accurately monitors the presence and type of insect pests. See Agrorobotica pdf

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GREENHOUSE INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION

In modern greenhouse horticulture, the internal transport of plants is becoming increasingly important. The simple availability of mobile benches seems to light years away from the latest techniques: that was

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Aldo Colombo
Viale Europa 4a
23870 Cernusco Lombardone (LC)
Tel.:-39 339 5230117
email: aldo@hortcom.info
Edward Bent
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Via Legionari in Polonia 33
24128 Bergamo
Tel. +39 338 7098647
email: edward@hortcom.info
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