December 4, 2013

Plant Breeder Yasuko Isobe: Consumer Lifestyles Will Demand More Environmentally Friendly Crops

People are more conscientious about living healthy lives and protecting the environment, says this Suntory Flowers breeder.

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December 3, 2013

Greenhouse Grower’s Top 30 Covers Of All Time

This year marks Greenhouse Grower's 30th anniversary. We took a trip down memory lane and picked out some of our favorite Greenhouse Grower covers of all time. See anyone you recognize?

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December 3, 2013

Young Leaders Panel Discusses The Reinvented Gardener

Find out what the industry's young leaders think about how gardeners will evolve over the next 30 years.

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December 2, 2013

Predictions: What Will The Next 30 Years Hold For Growers And Greenhouses?

The past 30 years have been full of advancements. We can only imagine what the future has in store for us — but it’s fun to try. Industry members from varying disciplines took a crack at predicting what we’ll see over the next 30 years.

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December 2, 2013

Plant Breeder Troy Thorup: If Consumers’ Needs Aren’t Met, They Won’t Buy

Troy Thorup breeds various seed and vegetative annual bedding plants for PanAmerican Seed. He has been a breeder for 13 years and holds a Ph.D. in plant genetics and breeding GG: What crops do you feel will be relevant and important over the next 30 years? Thorup: Anything that can balance the combination of beautiful and hard to kill. GG: Will the fervor for all new varieties continue in the industry? Will breeders begin to focus on filling consumers’ needs? Thorup: In my breeding, I don’t view these two things as separate issues. My goal in creating new varieties is largely driven to fulfill consumers’ needs. At the end of the day, if the consumers’ needs aren’t met, they will not buy the product. GG: How will breeders address needs to reduce chemicals by increasing crop resistance to pests and diseases? Thorup: This is a tough question to answer concisely […]

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December 2, 2013

Plant Breeder Jason Jandrew: Multifunctional Plants Are The Future

This young breeder for Ball Horticultural Co. says breeders can take a cue from cell phones: keep adding features.

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Laura Drotleff (right) and Robin Siktberg

December 2, 2013

Change And The Next 30 Years Of The Greenhouse Industry [Opinion]

The December 2013 issue of Greenhouse Grower is all about change. Change for you and your greenhouse business and for our industry as a whole. Some changes will be no-brainers. Some will be hard. Some will take a lot of imagination and creativity. But they’re all changes for the better.

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's prototype packaging system

December 2, 2013

The Future Of Automation: Q&A With John Van de Vegte, Vineland Research And Innovation Centre

Robotics research at Vineland Research and Automation Centre are taking a look forward to the future of robots in the greenhouse.

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Harvest Automation's pot-moving robots

December 2, 2013

The Future Of Automation: Q&A With Harvest Automation’s John Kawola

Take a look at the future of robotics in the greenhouse from the perspective of one of the newest robotics companies to join the market.

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Crop Protection Of The Future

December 2, 2013

New Pest Control Tools May Come In Unexpected Forms

If the future of greenhouse crop protection is a mix of traditional chemistry, biological control and other techniques, it makes sense to have as many tools in the toolkit as possible. One such tool may be encouraging plants to protect themselves.

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December 2, 2013

Plant Breeder Hans Hansen: The Future’s Plants Will Be Smaller Versions Of Older Cultivars

Hans Hansen is the director of new plant development, heading up the hybridizing department for Walters Gardens Inc. in Zeeland, Mich. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Hansen has been hybridizing plants since he was in high school. At Walter’s Gardens, he manages perennial crops including hemerocallis, hostas, monardas, digitalis, baptisias, leucanthemums and ferns, among others. What direction do you feel breeding is headed? We are living in an absolutely incredible time to be a plant breeder. Recent advancements in science and technology are opening an entirely new direction and present fascinating new opportunities for hybridizers. These include new species recently being discovered, mutagenic plant breeding, new classifications of plants based on scientific studies and new tools not available previously. The internet has turned the world into a very small place. What crops do you feel will be relevant and important over the next 30 years? With the general […]

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