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Sustainability and recycling leading pot development

It’s not very often that a television programme can genuinely be said to have changed the world, but the BBC’s Blue Planet II, with its various images of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, shone a spotlight on the use of plastics throughout society, writes Richard Crowhurst. However, the resulting public and political outrage and...

Feb 28, 2019
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Is now the time to invest in renewable heat?

The biomass and renewable heat sector has been driven largely by rates associated with the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) over the last few years and many successful projects have emerged as a result. But with the scheme due to be phased out in two years time and no news on any credible alternative yet, there...

Feb 28, 2019
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Efficiency of water supply to plants is crucial for their development, but how have techniques and products changed this?

The way growers use water in the future will be dictated by changes to abstraction laws that are expected to come into force by the early 2020s. These regulations will underpin any changes in technological developments including the ways in which growers irrigate their crops. As a result, much of the development and future research...

Jan 31, 2019
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The pollination puzzle

New findings about the biology and behaviour of the bumblebee subspecies that tomato growers now count on are helping researchers understand why its performance could be better, writes Claire Shaddick Few would have predicted that reform of the licensing arrangements for bumblebees, which has seen tomato growers having to rely on the native subspecies, Bombus...

Dec 31, 2018
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Sales pushed on by health and premium

In an established market there’s still room for growth, heard the British Tomato Conference. There’s one undeniable advantage in the business of growing fresh produce – the end product promotes good health. And that’s the reason behind 70% of tomato purchases made this year, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s consumer research, an increase of 5% over...

Nov 30, 2018
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New priorities for the proving ground

Growers were updated on research into disease control and the flower lines under trial at this year’s Cut Flower Centre’s open day. Fusarium control in column stocks has been one of the research interests for the AHDB-supported National Cut Flower Centre in Lincolnshire for several years. The soilborne disease, caused by F. oxysporum, is an...

Nov 30, 2018
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21 years of continued success

The British Tomato Growers Associations’ technical officer, Dr Phil Morley has pretty much seen it all in the sector over the past decade. Here, he talks to Adrian Tatum about the success and development of the association and some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing growers now and in the future. This year the British Tomato Growers Association (TGA) is...

Oct 31, 2018
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Positive and Optimistic – Four Oaks Trade Show review

Veteran Four Oaks exhibitor Simon Earley of Earley Ornamentals, said that the first day of the show this year was simply the best he had ever had, and there was no doubt the mood among exhibitors and visitors was positive and optimistic. Despite worrying times for businesses of all kind, Four Oaks 2018 will remain in memory as an even better-than-expected...

Oct 31, 2018
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How low can we grow?

Whatever industry you are in, reducing carbon and improving sustainability remains a priority. The horticulture sector is no different. Adrian Tatum reports on recent developments across the UK. As the UK heads faster towards a low carbon future, the horticulture sector has been ahead of the game over the last few years with growers reducing...

Sep 30, 2018
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Make sure you have sufficient cover

Almost two years ago, in June 2016 the Dutch greenhouse sector was left reeling after a massive hailstorm, when hailstones the size of golf balls, hit the Brabant region, causing some €130 million of damage to the industry and destroying some nurseries completely. Two years earlier in January 2014 growers near Arnhem suffered damage worth...

Sep 30, 2018
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