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Current partners with Wageningen for new interlighting study

GE Current, a Daintree company, today extended its global horticulture lighting research initiative, launching a new partnership with Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. The new study, led by WUR’s Prof. Dr. Leo Marcelis, will focus on determining the value and uses of interlighting for greenhouse vine crops like tomatoes, using both Current’s range of Lucalox HPS and Arize LED products. The research aims to provide growers with better guidance on the position, type and intensity of interlighting, in combination with LED top lighting, to maximize yield volume and quality.

WUR is the latest pre-eminent agricultural science institute to partner with Current to better understand the impact of supplemental lighting on plant growth. Dr. Hans Spalholz, Senior Plant Scientist at Current, commented: “The use of LED lighting in horticulture is still a relatively novel concept so we want to remove some of the guesswork and mysticism that currently surrounds it through rigorous, scientific investigation. Wageningen University & Research is extremely strong when it comes to controlled environment agriculture research and is even ranked as the world’s university for agricultural sciences. Needless to say, we are very excited to work with such a strong academic team to answer the important and pressing questions for growers. With this, and our other academic partnerships, we aim to drive the horticultural lighting industry forward, with credible insight, backed by science and applied data.”

The study will capture a lot of data through the coming months and the results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. It is the latest research project for Current, which is also working with NC State University, Ohio State University and the Stockbridge Technology Centre in the UK to investigate the impact of light on different stages of plant growth across a wide variety of medicinal, ornamental and edible crops.

Prof. Dr. Leo Marcelis, Head of Horticulture and Product Physiology group at Wageningen University & Research, commented: “Despite higher energy costs and environmental concerns related to HPS lighting, growers are more likely to consider the move from HPS to low-energy LEDs once they are certain it will be beneficial to crop productivity. Our work with Current aims to compare the effects of LED and HPS lighting on yield and quality of tomato, as well as comparing different ratios of all-LED top lighting versus intra-canopy lighting, providing more definitive guidance to growers on how best to achieve their production goals.”

With a growing library of independent, peer-reviewed research, Current roots its product development and commercial guidance in hard data and scientific fact. The findings of its collaboration with WUR will help refine the design and deployment of the company’s forthcoming interlighting portfolio and will offer more detailed insight into the most effective light distribution and ratio between top lighting and interlighting fixtures.

Malcolm Yare, Horticulture Business Development Manager at Current, added: ”Although interlighting is widely used in the industry, very little reliable research is available to help growers harness it for maximum effect. We’re looking to replace the trial-and-error phases with clearer guidance for our customers and partners, giving them confidence that not only do they have the best lighting on the market, but also that their installation is optimized to achieve its full potential.”

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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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