Innovation & trends

Are red nets an eco-friendly alternative to pesticides? GettyImages/Dougal Waters

Are red nets an eco-friendly alternative to pesticides?

By Donna Eastlake

A recent study has found that red nets are more effective than black or white nets in preventing onion thrips from damaging crops. So, could red nets be the solution environmentalists have been searching for to help reduce agricultural reliance on the...

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Can the seaweed resurgence survive the bottlenecks?

By Oliver Morrison

The seaweed industry has been on a steady growth trajectory for decades thanks to its promise of efficiently producing nutritious food for a growing population. But bottlenecks require unlocking for the industry to be able to scale sustainably and successfully.

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Israel: Resilient and poised for more innovation

By Oliver Morrison

In 2023, Israel's agriculture and food tech sector showcased resilience amidst global economic and local challenges, reveals the latest annual report from Startup Nation Central.

Image: Laser scarecrows set up in experimental flight pen in Gainesville, Florida, US.

Laser scarecrows aim to make birds see red

By Oliver Morrison

Damage to crops caused by birds costs millions of dollars each year. Now, researchers from the University of Florida and the University of Rhode Island in the US are investigating the effectiveness of laser scarecrows – a high-tech solution using light...

Diatomaceous earth remains the go-to beer filtration aid for most brewers. Image: Getty/MonaMakela

Brewing up change in beer filtration

By Oliver Morrison

Industrial filtration specialist Pall Corporation tells AgTechNavigator why it wants to help the brewing industry transition to more sustainable manufacturing processes by avoiding the use of diatomaceous earth.