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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VARIEGATED ASPIDISTRA

Cut-leaves of Aspidistra elatior represent an important component in floral bouquets. In Italy the leaves are grown in large quantities predominantly in the regions of Liguria and Campania. Sourching young

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CULTURE OF BIODIVERSITY

‘WOW, la Cultura della Biodiversità’ è il titolo di un libro che considera le piante spontanee e i loro ecosistemi in modo olistico con riferimenti anche a lavoro artistico e

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WILD FLOWERS

This sub-theme considers the culture of seeding gardens and landscapes with wildflower species not only for the beauty and harmony these flowers provide but also for their contribution to the

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INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS

The introduction of innovative products is a key indicator in determining how well a company is able to navigate the barriers of established practice, bureaucracy and vested interested to reach

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MINI DIGESTORS TO PRODUCE BIOGASS

The virtues of cultivating maize on a large scale to maintain the required constant flow of biomass to feed large digestors is questionable in comparison to the feeding bio-waste to

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BIODIVERSITY – CONSERVATION

Promoting the importance of plants to our lives and the flora of certain regions. Interesting information on some Botanical Theme Parks: Eden Project; Qingdao China and King Abdullag International Gardens,

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