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Aponix re-invents the single-use plastic netpot and replaces it with a reusable young plant plug holder that includes an optional metal trellis holder

The aponix vertical barrel components are meant to be robust horticulture building blocks for commercial production activities _and_ prosumer solutions enabling users to set up hydroponic grow spaces efficiently within 3-dimensional space. Practically it works like a traditional 2D-NFT with guided vertical drip irrigation but in 3D using lego-like elements with many options and variations possible.

The goal of the aponix vertical barrel / 3D-NFT is to provide an alternative to rack systems for hyperlocal edible plant production in urban areas. Mission is to eliminate food miles and waste around food logistics and at the same time delivering more varieties harvested at the ideal ripeness to consumers for higher level nutrition and more fun.

Aponix is extending the system constantly. The latest addition to the toolbox is a new single-use plastic net pot replacement – the aponix reusable trellis plug pot. The pot will be much more solid that its existing counterparts so it can be reused over and over again. The shape is two thirds open with some gentle spikes in the bottom to hold young plants that have been grown in glue plugs or alternative substrates. The plug can be inserted directly into the system.

To make it even more versatile the plug pot has 2 parallel holes where users can insert a 3mm metal plant trellis with different shapes to support larger plants or fruiting crops. Different trellis shapes and heights will be available. A click system keeps the plug and the fruit tightly attached to the metal plant trellis to support heavy fruit (or flowers).

The idea is also that the trellis plug pot can also be used in any other hydroponic system that provides an exact circular 5cm diameter hole for plants. Of course it will fit best into the grow spaces in aponix vertical barrels.

The new reusable plug pot will be available from mid October 2020 and can be pre-ordered here

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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