Night shift: Harvesting apples at night

A shift from ladders to illuminated platforms allows pickers to work day or night.

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  • Automated trap simplifies research

Automated trap simplifies research

  • November 20th, 2014

Researchers at Michigan State University used the SemiosBio automated “camera trap” monitoring system last season as a research tool.

According to Dr. Larry Gut and his associate Peter McGhee, besides wanting to see what insects land on their sticky traps, they want to know when they land.

“We want to find [...]

  • Growers sought for Piqa pears

Growers sought for Piqa pears

  • November 16th, 2014

The New Zealand company Prevar is looking for orchardists in North America who would like to grow new Piqa brand pear varieties developed in New Zealand. Prevar commercializes fruit varieties bred by Plant and Food Research.

Piqa Boo (PremP009 cultivar) is a red pear that combines characteristics of European, Japanese, [...]

Washington State University to develop genomic database

  • November 16th, 2014

Washington State University has been awarded a five-year $2 million grant to build and maintain a national system for sharing digital plant genetic resources. It will be known as the National Research Support Project 10. Forty scientists at 12 universities across the country are collaborating in the project.

The system will support [...]

  • Ideas from Mars

Ideas from Mars

  • November 9th, 2014
Horticulturist takes inspiration from NASA to envision crews of robots in the orchard.

RosBREED extended with new SCRI grant of $10 million

  • November 6th, 2014

Ten million dollars in new funding will transform the RosBREED project from a research program devoted to genetic discovery into a more focused, practical phase of breeding fruit crops resistant to diseases.

The new funding comes from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Spread over five years, the funding will bring [...]