What’s driving hydroponic lettuce breeding?

BASF Vegetable Seeds is developing lettuce varieties that can be grown in controlled environment facilities using supplemental lights. Leafy greens, including lettuce, are the hottest crop when it comes to controlled environment vegetable production. It seems like every month a new greenhouse or vertical farm facility begins operating or an existing operation expands with increased […]

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Have you had your BLT today? Part 2: Lettuce

By Janet Colston, PhD Bell pepper, Leafy greens and Tomato These are the most common salad items added to our weekly shopping basket and they supplement our food plates adding nutrients to our diets. We want to delve deeper into their additional phytonutrients, this week we discuss healthy leafy greens. Leafy Greens Traditionally we think […]

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Bowery Farming Announces Brand Evolution

Leading Modern Farming Company Reveals New Logo, Packaging and Website PRESS RELEASE – Bowery Farming (Bowery), the modern farming company on a mission to reimagine what a flavorful future tastes like, announced today a physical and digital brand evolution that includes a new logo, website design, and product packaging. Bowery’s bold new packaging is shipping to retailers […]

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OptimIA Free Indoor Ag Webinar

OptimIA offers free indoor ag webinar on July 29, 2020 The OptimIA (Optimizing Indoor Agriculture) project team invites indoor farmers, allied trades, and professionals to their first annual meeting to share recent research results with leafy greens and discuss future activities. OptimIA is a USDA-supported Specialty Crop Research Initiative project to advance the emerging indoor farming industry […]

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Kalera and University of Florida LED Lighting Study Sheds New Light on Cost-Effective Modes of Increasing Nutritive Value in Lettuce

The new study reveals exciting findings for both consumers and vertical farming industry practices. PRESS RELEASE — Today, technology-driven vertical farming company Kalera announced the publication of a new study, “Effect of End-of-Production High-Energy Radiation on Nutritional Quality of Indoor-Grown Red-Leaf Lettuce,” conducted in partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Kalera-sponsored […]

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‘Controlled Environment Production for Safer Leafy Greens’ by Paul Lightfoot (BrightFarms)

Paul Lightfoot presented the competitive advantages of indoor and greenhouse growing and locally distributing leafy greens as oppose to more conventional outdoor production. He also introduced the new CEA Food Safety Coalition, inviting indoor and greenhouse farms to be a member. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of our project OptimIA, funded by USDA SCRI […]

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Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Virginia Tech launch the Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center in Danville

The partnership will create a hub of innovation and economic development in an industry expected to grow to $4 billion The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is partnering with the Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center to launch a Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center on IALR’s […]

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Elevate Farms Inc.: Tech-based Vertical Farming Company Completes Capital Funding to Scale Operations and Secure IP

PRESS RELEASE – Toronto, CANADA / A tech-based vertical farming company focused on cost-effectively growing leafy green vegetables at mass scale, Elevate Farms Inc. (“Elevate Farms”) is pleased to announce the closing of a $1.8M funding led by Brightspark Ventures.     Elevate Farms unique solution uses hydroponics and a proprietary automation system, paired with photobiology, to […]

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Improving the profitability and sustainability of indoor leafy-greens production

A multi-university team of horticulturists, engineers and agricultural economists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study indoor production of leafy greens. Industry partners have matched funding, bringing the project total to $5.4 million. The investigators on the grant include: Erik Runkle, […]

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The University of Arizona offers Intensive Workshops, January 2020

The University of Arizona through their Controlled Environment Agriculture Center offers Intensive Workshops in January 2020 Tomatoes, lettuces and leafy greens – we eat them every day! (or we SHOULD!) But how do we grow them sustainably with delicious flavor?  Join the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to answer these questions and more. Our esteemed staff […]

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Intensive course in Hydroponic Lettuce and Leafy Greens at University of Arizona

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is offering an intensive course in Hydroponic Lettuce and Leafy Greens October 5th through the 9th. Lettuces and leafy greens – we eat them every day! (or we SHOULD!) But how do we grow them sustainably with delicious flavor?  Join the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to answer these questions and […]

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Effects of low nutrient solution pH on hydroponic leafy greens

Dan Gillespie presented his research for the fulfillment of his MS degree in Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University on July 2, 2019. “Effects of Low Nutrient Solution pH on Hydroponic Leafy Green Plant Growth, Nutrient Concentration and Pythium Zoospore Infection”

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Hort Americas releases new CEA publication, “Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs”

The new online publication “Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs” focuses on sound planning for controlled environment hydroponic production. What does it take to grow leafy greens and herbs in controlled environment structures? Commercial hydroponic grower and consultant Tyler Baras has written “Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs” to help those interested in […]

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Edema of Greenhouse Tomatoes and Kale

One of the many challenges of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and kale (Brassica oleracea) greenhouse growers is the management of edema (oedema). Often described as intumescence or enations, edema is an abiotic-induced complication that develops at different levels of intensitydepending on the cultivar and, in some cases, between individual plants. Symptoms Edema is often described […]

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