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One of the main tasks of the Smart Materials project was completed last year. Greenhouse simulation models were used to explore the potential effect …

Viruses are among the smallest pathogens infecting other living organisms. Plants are also susceptible to a large number of viruses that can cause serious …

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Crop protection products are sometimes unfairly labelled as losing their efficacy against pests or diseases. On closer investigation it becomes clear that these products …

Predatory mites are the most important natural enemies used for biological pest control in greenhouse horticulture. Many of these predatory mites are mass-reared on …

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3D modelling is set to play an ever greater role in research. It’s an important tool in the quest to design better LED modules, …

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A trial with hybrid lighting (SON-T + LED) at Dutch tomato nursery Gebroeders Koot has yielded good results. The LED lamp used in the …

A range of chemicals are used to keep greenhouse pipework clean. They include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide and ECA water. Growers are concerned …

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The shift towards closed growing systems is forcing growers to take a critical look at their sodium figures. Would higher sodium levels affect the …

Plants, insects, fungi and people perceive light colour and intensity via different organs and pigments. The human eye is particularly sensitive to green light, …

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Intensive lighting in winter is common in Phalaenopsis growing. A long-running Dutch research project is seeking to answer the question of whether less lighting …