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Japanese start-up N-ARK combines salt-tolerant technology with sea-adapted architecture to tackle the issues of sea-level rise and salt damage, which are worsening progressively due to climate change. in partnership with agritech R & D company CULTIVERA, the new firm aims to build a prototype of a floating marine farm named ‘green ocean’, using agricultural technology that can cultivate seawater as a direct nutrient source.

Ahead of the upcoming climate change conference, N-ARK (find more here) introduces their new marine construction concept, ‘arktecture’. the firm intends to complete the ‘green ocean’ marine farm by 2022. the structure will take shape as a salt-resistant floating greenhouse made of thinned wood and carbon joints. upon being launched on the water, the farms will create two new green areas: a food production space using salty agricultural technology and floating on the surface, and a layer of algae that will improve the underwater environment.

The distinctive angular roof facilitates the collection of rainwater, which is then mixed with seawater and used as fertilizer for the plants. cold seawater is also used for air conditioning within the farms. ‘by creating a cyclical system environment, green ocean plays the role of an adhesive plaster of the earth’ share the creators.

Seawater agriculture is a special cultivation method that can absorb water and nutrients in the ground and air by mixing and neutralizing alkaline seawater and acidic rainwater. as a result, a great variety of vegetables can be grown, by utilizing the minerals and nutrients contained in seawater.

The basic technology behind seawater agriculture is ‘moisture culture’ which allows cultivation under humidity control. with this method, approximately 15 cm of the surface layer of natural soil can be reproduced with special fiber of about 5 mm, and vegetables with fortified sugar content and vitamins can be grown by evaporating water with special fiber and applying water depletion stress to plants. ‘moisture culture’ uses one-tenth of the water that is needed in conventional irrigated farming methods, and can be applied even in areas where water is not abundant.

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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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