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WUR and Tencent announce third autonomous greenhouse challenge

This time, multidisciplinary teams from around the world will use artificial intelligence to remotely produce lettuce.

Mucci Farms to collaborate on research with ecoation

Mucci Farms has introduced ecoation’s OKO Immersive platform into their operations and signed a two-year research agreement to help develop further products.

Dümmen Orange debuts poinsettia to honour Norwin Heimos

Dümmen Orange will be honouring the late legendary horticultural leader Norwin Heimos with the new “Norwin” poinsettia.
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Ultrasonic cleaning of leafy greens more effective than just water: study

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