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“Our premise is that solar sunlight is always the best”

Plants need light to grow. As sunlight is not directly available in the desired amount everywhere, professional growers resort to lighting. Recently, LED lights have gained popularity, but questions arise whether the artificial peak at red frequency that creates the characteristic ‘purple glow’ is actually that beneficial for plant growth. Rami Taitz with Agro Light believes that plants should have lights that are as similar as possible to the sun: “We believe in a pure and true full spectrum that mimics sunlight as much as possible for optimum yield.”

Agro Light was found in 2014 with the aim to manufacture grow lights and control systems for greenhouses and indoor farming, mainly medical cannabis. They also supply Israeli agricultural research institutes. “One of our biggest clients is the Weizmann Institute of Science. They observed better plant metrics when using our lights, compared to HPS lights and other lights,” Rami adds.

“Our premise is that solar sunlight is always better than an artificial light source because of the color composition. Sunlight has a much broader frequency than artificial lighting,” Rami explains. “Our LED-lights have the unique feature that we can add light frequencies to add to the spectrum that might not be complete. We can add blue frequencies where they are missing, for example, on the equator. This way, we make use of sunlight but we add to this where needed. This saves electricity costs without losing the significant benefits of using LED”

Another outcome of the 100% local made Agro Light products is that it has the option of a built-in control system which shortens the flowering time by 3-5 days per cycle, thus shortening the growth cycle of cannabis plants. “But this also works for other plants,” Rami adds. “Plants flower a few days earlier, which shortens the general growth cycle and allows for more harvest per annum.”

A recent product that was added to the company’s range is a spectrum that was developed based on white LEDs only. “It peaks at 652 nm, which is uncommon in the LED world. We might even be the only ones who achieved this spectrum using only white LEDs,” Rami states. “The general root development, growth pattern and phenotypes obtained from the use of this spectrum are much closer to the growth manifestation obtained in sunlight compared to any other artificial light source. This is exactly our core business: helping growers achieve a sunlight-result in an indoor-environment.”

For more information:
Agro Light
www.agrolightled.com

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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%.

Prepared according to https://www.freshplaza.com

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

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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’.

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Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: info@hortidaily.com 

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