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New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

New tasty yellow cherry tomato developed

“Yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as tasty as they look. While visiting DeRuiter’s high tech trials at the Expo Agroalimentaria last month, visitors could taste the DRO948TS .

The DRO948TS is forthcoming from the Mexican high tech breeding pipeline. “High tech is the premium segment in Mexico’s greenhouse horticulture, it currently covers around 10 percent of the market. The acreage is stable, but is still expanding moderately year by year; a reason for us to develop high tech varieties that are dedicated to the Mexican market”, said DeRuiter’s Thijs Peekstok when explaining to us why the breeder has its own Mexican program. “Mexico is the most important supplier of greenhouse produce for North America, and the customers are demanding the same high quality product as they are used to from the domestic production. But Mexican growers demand special varieties that can also cope with the specific climates of their countries. We are very proud that we can now show the first results of this program!”

Dedication

“Mexico’s high tech growers are increasingly in search of good quality crops, that have a good production, good post-harvest behaviour, are firm and have the right shape”, said Jose Jaime Bocanegra of DeRuiter Mexico. “That is a large criteria, but our Mexican breeding program is really dedicated to creating varieties that fulfil all of these requirements.”


DeRuiter’s Jose Jaime Bocanegra and Homero Benitez at the high tech demonstration of DeRuiter at the Expo AgroAlimentaria 2014 last month.

A trend amongst Mexican High tech growers is the demand for crops that last longer during the season. “All of the growers, whether they grow tomatoes, cucumbers or bell peppers, are all looking for more weeks of harvest. The crop changes are becoming shorter, because the growers want to increase the weeks of supplies to their customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

Beefsteak

One of these long lasting crops that DeRuiter is known for is the Torero beefsteak tomato, a variety with a long, extended harvesting period and continuous quality tomatoes.  The crops sometimes provide 40 weeks of harvest in certain regions.”

In regards to beefsteak, DeRuiter is further strengthening its position on the market with the introduction of Foronti. “This variety has all of the good aspects of Torero, but with a higher production potential and mildew resistance, we give growers another option to choose from.”


Damian Solomon, Harry Kroeker, Hilda Diaz and Thijs Peekstok of De Ruiter.



TOV Merlice + Rootstocks

“But also the coarse TOV variety Merlice has become very big in Mexico”, Bocanegra added. “We are now the leader in this segment with Merlice. The crop is favoured especially with the combination of the Maxifort rootstock. But we are now also introducing the rootstock DR141TX, a rootstock that suits the Mexican market very well. We are working in the centre of Mexico with the high tech growers, they are achieving very good results with the DR141TX due the fact that it really stands out in hot summer conditions, has big potential for high yields, and is enhancing plant endurance.”

Taste!

Also in Mexico, DeRuiter is increasing its focus on the implementation of more taste in the varieties. At the show we had a chance to experience one of the first results of this with the yellow cherry tomato DRO948TS. From our experience, yellow cherry tomatoes are not always as sweet and tasty as they look. The new DRO948TS however has a surprisingly fresh and sweet taste. We were amazed by the good taste, and the visitors couldn’t resist picking them.


This young visitor couldn’t resist the new tasty yellow cherry tomatoes

Bocanegra: “Customers are looking for high brix in this kind of variety, we know that this variety can achieve high brix levels without problems. In normal cases, growers had to increase the EC to achieve higher brix levels, but the DRO948T is producing sugar by itself. On top of this the variety has great potential to produce a high yield as well, the productivity is phenomenal.

“This is one of the first examples coming out of our new breeding pipeline that is combining high yield and taste”, Bocanegra said. “But also presentation and shelf life are very important. We are very confident that we will continue with implementing a balanced combination of all these requirements in our new varieties that are in the pipeline for the future!”.

For more information:
De Ruiter Seeds
Thijs Peekstok
www.deruiterseeds.com
[email protected]

Publication date: 12/8/2014
Author: Boy de Nijs
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


FreshPlaza.com

Unique waste cleanup for rural areas developed

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.

The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive and quick way to clean up waste from large farming operations and rural sewage treatment plants while reducing pollution.

Professor Haluk Beyenal and graduate student Timothy Ewing in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture discuss the system in the online edition of Journal of Power Sources and have filed for a patent.

Cutting greenhouse gases

Traditionally, waste from dairy farms in rural areas is placed in a series of ponds to be eaten by bacteria, generating carbon dioxide and methane pollution, until the waste is safely treated. In urban areas with larger infrastructure, electrically powered aerators mix water in the ponds, allowing for the waste to be cleaned faster and with fewer harmful emissions.

As much as 5 percent of energy used in the U.S. goes for waste water treatment, said Beyenal. Most rural communities and farmers, meanwhile, can’t afford the cleaner, electrically powered aerators.

Microbial fuel cells use biological reactions from microbes in water to create electricity. The WSU researchers developed a microbial fuel cell that does the work of the aerator, using only the power of microbes in the sewage lagoons to generate electricity.

The researchers created favorable conditions for growth of microbes that are able to naturally generate electrons as part of their metabolic processes. The microbes were able to successfully power aerators in the lab for more than a year, and the researchers are hoping to test a full-scale pilot for eventual commercialization.

Hope for dairies

The researchers believe that the microbial fuel cell technology is on the cusp of providing useful power solutions for communities.

“Everyone is looking to improve dairies to keep them in business and to keep these family businesses going,” said Ewing.

The technology could also be used in underdeveloped countries to more effectively clean polluted water: “This is the first step towards sustainable wastewater treatment,” Ewing said.

Beyenal has been conducting research for several years on microbial fuel cells for low-power electronic devices, particularly for use in remote areas or underwater where using batteries is challenging. Last year, he and his graduate students used the microbes to power lights for a holiday tree.

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Washington State University. The original article was written by Tina Hilding. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Agriculture and Food News — ScienceDaily

Offshore opportunities being developed for Oregon, Washington potato producers

Officials from Oregon and Washington are working on an upcoming joint trade mission to expand export opportunities for Northwest potatoes. “We are conducting a trade mission to the Philippines and Vietnam with the directors of Agriculture from both Oregon and Washington State planned for November,” said Bill Brewer, executive director of the Oregon Potato Commission. “OPC will be conducting this mission jointly with the Washington State Potato Commission.”

OpenerShotPotato producers in Washington and Oregon are expecting good crops in 2013. (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Potato Commission)Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, said export markets present the state’s fresh producers with important market destinations. “Most of our fresh potatoes are kept here in the U.S.,” he stated. “About 20 percent of our fresh potatoes are export. About half of that are fresh potatoes shipped to Asia for processing into potato chips.”

Canada is Washington’s largest export market for fresh potatoes. “Washington has a built-in advantage of having nearby access to critical seaports located within our own backyard. This close proximity allows access to critical markets throughout Asia and Central America,” he added.

According to Brewer, roughly 13 percent of Oregon’s fresh product is exported. “It is hard to track because statistics don’t separate fresh chip exports from fresh table stock exports,” he stated. “Oregon easily exports over 50 percent of the entire potato production to international markets.” Key destinations include Taiwan and Mexico. Although there is no market access for table stock at the current time, Korea does receive potatoes for chipping. “Vietnam has potential, and we have high expectations with the Philippines approving market access for table stock now,” he commented.

Both men said producers in their respective states are anticipating good crops in 2013. “It’s been a really good growing season, with perfect growing conditions the first half of the season,” Voigt said. “Higher temperatures in early July will take the top off yields. But we are expecting a great crop. Fresh potato harvest started [the week of July 14] and will continue through mid-late October.”

Voigt expects Washington potato supplies to be similar to last season. “Volumes will be higher than normal in the early season since the supply pipeline is pretty dry,” he stated.

The current crop is expected to be one of very high quality. “Growing conditions were near perfect, which should translate into a great quality crop,” Voigt said. “Early season size may be on the smaller side only because growers will have to harvest a little earlier than normal and sacrifice some yield to keep fresh potatoes in the supply pipeline. The later season fresh potatoes should have a normal size profile.”

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington planted 160,000 acres of potatoes for all uses this season. Washington has 40 growers producing supplies for the fresh market. “Harvest has already begun for growers in certain parts of the state and for select varieties,” he continued. “Harvesting efforts will continue into October depending on exactly which region the fields are located.”

Brewer said Oregon’s growers are also having a good season. “It’s been a very good growing year to date for all areas of the state,” he noted. With a total of 40,000 acres devoted to potato production, Brewer said 40 growers, many of them small fresh growers in the Klamath Falls area, account for 15 percent of land in potato production. “Oregon has ‘Healthy Distinct Potatoes’ grown in healthy distinct soil by exceptional potato growers,” he added.

Looking at weather, Brewer said, “Oregon had a short winter snowpack.  It hasn’t been an issue yet for fresh growers. We need to wait to see how the late summer goes.”

Overall, Brewer is expecting a slight reduction in volume this season when compared to 2012. “The fresh harvest will begin in [early August]. Harvest will be completed mid-October.  There are generally a few acres in the field until the end of October depending on weather and market demand. But generally everyone has finished by Oct. 25.”

Labor and water availability have not been factors affecting production in either state.

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Netherlands: Univeg Trade Benelux developed a 100% compostable sticker

Netherlands: Univeg Trade Benelux developed a 100% compostable sticker

Univeg Trade Benelux sees sustainability as one of the pillars of their company. The development of a 100% fully compostable sticker, is seen by Univeg as the next step in their sustainable activities. Compostable fruit labels are not only made of renewable raw materials, but they can also (along with the fruit rinds) be disposed of with GFT or in home compost.


Starting this week, Univeg will start its cooperation with Etiket BV and their organically grown avocado’s will carry this sticker. Within the foreseeable future, Univeg will start using this sticker on other types of fruit and vegetables and in doing so, will be doing their part to reduce waste and pollution. 


This product is certified under registration number: 7P0345 and may carry the seedling logo.

For more information:
Univeg Trade Benelux BV
Member of the Univeg Group
Nijverheidsweg 4
2742 RG
Waddinxveen NL
 [email protected]
t +31 (0) 885294400
f +31 (0) 885294417
www.univeg.nl

Publication date: 7/4/2013


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