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Horti DATA Forum 2020 stresses importance of digitisation

Horti DATA Forum 2020 stresses importance of digitisation, Lorenzo Ramos, secretary general of the UPA © Ecoinver
Lorenzo Ramos, secretary general of the UPA, on screen © Ecoinver


Last week, Spain’s Almería province became the country’s epicentre of horticultural digitisation with the development of the Horti DATA 2020 Forum. A complete programme of events with top-level experts in innovation and applied digitisation in the horticultural sector had a hybrid format, developed by the Almería Science and Technology Park under the organisation of Siete Agromarketing and the UPA.

With more than 250 people registered electronically, Horti DATA 2020 focused on digitisation in the horticultural sector and showcased the advances that digitisation can bring. The secretary general of the UPA, Lorenzo Ramos, said: “New technologies have already entered areas of ​​our life, agriculture and livestock, which cannot be ignored. It can help us improve production processes and be more efficient in our crops.” Ramos also referred to the opportunities offered in the field of product traceability throughout the entire chain and so that “the final consumer knows what conditions the products are grown in”, as well as the wide possibilities that they generate for direct sale from the producer to the final consumer.

But the aspect that the Secretary General of UPA emphasised the most was the digital divide that still persists at the national level, taking advantage of this forum to call for greater connectivity throughout the territory and the elimination of digital poverty in rural areas in terms of quantity and quality of connection, as well as in terms of training.

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SIVAL Expo showcases specialty crops in France

SIVAL Expo showcases specialty crops in France © SIVAL


SIVAL Expo, the trade fair for horticultural, cidricultural and medicinal crops, will take place over 3 days from Tuesday 12th January to Thursday 14th January 2021 in Angers, France. The event will showcase the products of leading agricultural machinery manufacturers in agriculture & forestry, chemicals & dyes, hand, machine & garden tools, and medical & pharmaceutical industries. A complete multi-sector offering will include tillage, plant protection products, packaging, and more; an offering that addresses the agricultural issues of tomorrow laboratories, waste management recycling, and organic products. Sival brings together everyone who counts from the world of horticulture, viticulture, arboriculture and vegetable growing. It is the leading trade fair for speciality crops in France and the best place where producers come to find the keys to their future success and a platform for communication and a forum for exchanging ideas.

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Greentech: The world’s leading horticultural technology show

Greentech: The world’s leading horticultural technology show

If you are seeking to learn about cutting-edge topics and gain an in-depth look at the technology of the future to make informed investment decisions, GreenTech Amsterdam is an event for you. Greentech will be held on 20-22 October 2020 in RAI Amsterdam. As in 2019, when there were visitors from 114 countries, around half of the exhibitors in 2020 will be from countries other than the Netherlands. The top three exhibiting countries outside the Netherlands are China, France and the US. Mariska Dreschler, director of horticulture at GreenTech, said, “Horticulture is of critical importance for global food safety and security. Efficient and sustainable cultivation is therefore a necessity. The exhibition is a global meeting place for all horticultural technology professionals. GreenTech focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and the current issues growers face.” Experience horticulture solutions first-hand, and join inspiring knowledge session at GreenTech Amsterdam!

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EDYPRO’s new biotechnological solution increases fruit size, weight and uniformity

EDYPRO’s new biotechnological solution increases fruit size, weight and uniformity


Specialist in the study, development and production of biotechnological fertilisers, EDYPRO has developed a new biotechnological solution that directly affects the size, weight and uniformity of the fruits to achieve premium quality fruits. Hortigros provides a balance that is essential for the plant to accumulate large amounts of hydrates in the fruits in the thickening phase.

Phosphorus directly influences the development of the root system and gives the fruits their quality. That the crop has a sufficient level of assimilable phosphorus becomes a key factor in the success of the crop. Meanwhile, potassium can be assimilated and metabolised by the plant in a few hours, which has a direct impact on the specific weight of the fruits and their density.

Hortigros is a set of specific nutrients and a source of phosphorus and potassium for root application that has utility both in citrus and horticultural or fruit crops. The optimal time for its application is when the crop is starting the thickening phase of the fruits, which is when the lack of these two elements is detected in the crops.

Shock effect and continued assimilation

EDYPRO’s technical director and manager, Vicente Puchol, said, “This novel formulation has two fundamental action: shock effect and continued assimilation, which results in a rapid and continuous assimilation of phosphorus and potassium in crops. Hortigros emerged five years ago when we found in foliar analyses that the levels of potassium and phosphorus that could be achieved with traditional fertilisers did not allow crops to reach the adequate levels to achieve premium crops.”

At this time, the company began its research work that has resulted in Hortigros, “which is a magnificent balance between these two elements,” said Puchol.

Photo: EDYPRO Biotecnología

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8th US Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress

This year’s US Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress will be held on 19th and 20th October in Raleigh-Durham. The Congress will explore novel strategies and developments in plant genomics and gene editing through a series of case studies and an examination of the latest scientific research. Leaders from academia and industry will consider key developments in gene editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 and TALEN and discuss its application in improving disease resistance, stress tolerance and crop yield. 

This meeting will be co-located with the 5th Partnerships in Biocontrol & Biostimulants Congress: USA and the Microbiome for Agriculture Congress: USA.

The 2020 programme is structured to create a collaborative environment where you can build on existing relationships and develop new partnerships in industry and academia across the full range of plant research.

  • Attend case studies explaining how research institutions and agri-biotech are using gene-editing technologies like CRISPR to advance their research

  • Learn how to deliver biomolecules, without transgene integration, into plant cells for diverse plant biotechnology applications

  • Discover how you can engineer disease resistance without damaging yield

  • Track hop to discover the latest in plant microbiome research, biocontrol, biostimulants and biopesticides.

  • Build on existing partnerships and creating new collaborations across industry & academia

  • Give a poster presentatio


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New Zealand horticulture lays out roadmap for recovery from pandemic

New Zealand horticulture lays out roadmap for recovery from pandemic, © New Zealand’s government
© New Zealand’s government


New Zealand’s horticulture sector has come together with the government to devise a strategy for the country post-Covid. Published on 15 July, the roadmap contains the detailed steps required to accelerate the recovery. Antony Heywood, chief executive of Vegetables New Zealand, expressed his optimism with the collaboration, given that the wealth of expertise in the horticulture industry is often compromised by a lack of government insight into and understanding of the industry.

The strategy includes aspects relating to trade and market access; labour, capability and skills; climate change and natural resources; improved and sustainable production systems; telling the horticulture story; partnership with Maori; technology and innovation; diversity; big data and removing barriers to growth and success.

Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand, said, “The success of this new level of cooperation led to the conclusion that it would be great if we all continued to work together to develop a strategy combining industry and government expertise to ensure that horticulture is able to maximise its contribution to New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery. The outcome we are all looking for is growth, jobs and regional economic prosperity, within the context of the broader recovery.”