Ancient Medicinal Qualities of Raspberries and Blackberries

By Janet Colston, PhD Raspberries and blackberries are among the fastest growing fruit categories in the U.S. in the last 5 years according to analysts at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness [1]. These are a great choice for people who want a different texture from strawberries or blueberries but still want to eat berries high in […]

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‘Selecting an LED Fixture for Indoor Plant Production’ by Dr. Erik Runkle

This comprehensive presentation includes all basics of selecting LED lighting for plant production and the update of recent light quality research at the Runkle Lab at MSU, discussing how lettuce crop responds to blue, green and far-red which affect morphological extension growth. Indoor Ag Science Café is an outreach program of a project OptimIA, funded by […]

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Food Safety and E. coli in Aquaponic and Hydroponic Systems

This document is The Aquaponics Association’s response to a recent publication on E. coli in Aquaponic and Hydroponic systems. By Tawnya Sawyer; Nick Savidov, PhD; George Pate; and Marc Laberge Overview of the Study On April 6, 2020, Purdue Agriculture News published a story about a study related to the contamination risk of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Aquaponic and […]

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Better health found in the stem of crops like Tumeric

By Janet Colston We all currently find ourselves dealing with Coronavirus, the first global pandemic of most of our lives and ever changing uncertainty around the economy and our individual futures.   Each country has issued their own response to the outbreak. While many individuals are thinking about their own health and wondering what they […]

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The Ohio State University Empowerment Plant Workshop, July 2020 – NOW ONLINE

The Ohio State University, in partnership with Gotham Greens and Hort Americas, will be organizing the Plant Empowerment Workshop Online on July 9-10 , 2020 (10am – 2:30pm EDT). Advanced learning and discussion for growers towards “an integrated approach based on physics and plant physiology, leading to a balanced growing method for high yields, quality, saving […]

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Indoor Ag Sci Cafe – Could lighting improve the flavor of basil?

‘Photons = Flavor, the case study of basil’ by Dr. Roberto Lopez and Kellie Walters (Michigan State University) Roberto and Kellie work on lighting technologies for basil production and shared their most updated research on light intensities during young seedling stage of basil, affecting flavor profile and consumer liking in addition to yield and quality. […]

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Powdery Mildew Management 101 by e-GRO

e-GRO Edibles Alert: 5.05 Powdery Mildew Management 101  Nick FlaxPenn State Extension Though powdery mildew does not lead to total crop death in the way that many other plant pathogens do, growers need to manage this disease. This article covers powdery mildew basics and tips for managing the disease in greenhouse-grown food crops.

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Wasabi Japonica Grown Under GE LED Grow Lights

The “Hardest to Grow” Plant in the World The Opportunity Wasabi Japonica is widely accredited as the “hardest to grow” plant in the world. The plants are native to Japan and require a very specific set of environmental conditions to successfully produce healthy plants.

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Indoor Ag Science Cafe

‘Back to Basics – Plant responses to temperature by Dr. Chieri Kubota

This month’s indoor ag science café covered more basics understanding of how temperature affects plants and which parameters are important to consider. Plant responses are specific to species and cultivars. Dr. Chieri Kubota, from the Ohio State University, also pointed out that scientists do not have these specific (or precise) information of optimum temperatures.  As […]

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‘HVAC – Controlling the Environment to Control Plant Responses’ by Nadia Sabeh (Dr. Greenhouse)

This month’s indoor ag science café was on HVAC – heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning for indoor farms. Dr. Nadia Sabeh at Dr. Greenhouse explained basics of HVAC and introduced key parameters for plant growth, such as temperature, humidity, VPD (vapor pressure deficit), CO2 and air movement. She also reminded us that a well-designed HVAC system is […]

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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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Ancora Microbial Insecticide — New formulation!

Press Release– OHP announces a key formulation change to its Ancora® Microbial Insecticide, designed to make spray applications easier in a greenhouse and nursery. OMRI listed and approved for organic production, Ancora contains a naturally-occurring fungus that infects both foliar and soil-dwelling pests such as whiteflies, thrips, aphids, leafminers, spider mites, grubs, and other pests. […]

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Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium to Revolutionize Agriculture

First-of-its-Kind Consortium Develops Crops Intended for Indoor Agriculture Press Release – WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium, a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. Sustainably feeding a growing global population requires researchers to […]

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Managing Basil Downy Mildew in the Greenhouse

Published by e-Gro Downy mildew continues to be the most important disease of basilthroughout most of the USA, affecting plants grown outdoors at farmsand in gardens as well as in greenhouses every year. Widespreadregular occurrence of this devastating disease has clearlydocumented that management is needed to ensure a marketablecrop. Below are some tips for management, […]

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