FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

Calvenzano melons are large, weighing in at 2-5kg (the record is 6kg) elongated with a strongly netted exterior or rind, and crisp, orange flesh. Calvenzano is a small town in

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SMALLER FLOWERS VERSUS LARGER ONES

It is not surprising that wildflower species adopt a trade-off in terms of their potential to adapt to changing environmental conditions and one of these factors is smaller flowers. Gardens

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SUSTAINABLE GREENHOUSE CULTIVATION

Two new books, written in English, are certain to make a big contribution to modern-day, greenhouse cultivation. The first of these, published October 2019 by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Ltd,

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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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