Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.44M | Year: 2011
Mushroom growers are struggling to maintain benefit margins due to the globalization of agricultural markets, the increasing cost of raw materials/utilities and often the use of outdated and inefficient cultivation methods; it is no surprise that fresh mushrooms are often delivered under cost price, as manifested by SME participants. The consortium understands that technological innovation is the best option to maintain competitiveness and to keep an acceptable benefit margins for the growers, in line with overall agro sector trends: pursuing the technology-driven consolidation of the mushroom sector is a must for the survival of this industry. The white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) is the leading mushroom crop worldwide; of the 965 mil tonnes of these mushrooms produced in Europe over 2007, the 60% is sold fresh and the remainder are canned. Whereas for the canned industry mushrooms can be harvested and handled by an automated system, such automation does not yet exist for picking and handling mushrooms for the fresh market, due to the high quality standards required by this product: all mushroom in a tray should be of similar size and, above all, with no damage or blemish on its snow-white skin. Therefore, hand picking is the unique alternative, burdening producers with a cost accounting for between 20 and 46% of their total production costs, depending on the country. The suggested Champi-ON project aims developing a fully automated system for picking and handling mushrooms for the fresh market, bringing them from the growing bed to the cooling storage piled in trays, without causing any damage or blemish in the white skin mushroom. The system will implement under the same framework computer vision techniques, mechatronics and automation. Champi-ON will reduce the required labour for harvesting and handling fresh mushrooms by 80%.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SME-2011-3 | Award Amount: 2.08M | Year: 2011
The WaterBee Smart Irrigation Demonstration Action is the follow-on phase from the very successful FP7-SME-007-1 WaterBee Research for SMEs project (222440) that ended in September 2010, & very convincingly researched, developed & proved the concept of the WaterBee Prototype to provide an unique scientific soil-moisture model that automatically adapts to each installation & crop with a distributed Web-based Wireless Sensor Networked (WSN) Smart Irrigation system to optimise Water Use Efficiency (WUE) in irrigation. There is a pressing need & excellent commercial opportunity for such a system in Agriculture, which is the largest industry in the world & (according to the WWF), wastes 60% of the 2,500 trillion litres of water it uses each year - which is 70% of the worlds accessible water a huge threat to the environment. A major culprit is inefficient water irrigation systems. In Europe irrigated agriculture is the biggest water consumer (over 60%) in the Mediterranean, where drought is an increasing problem. To bridge the gap from the very successful Research project, & enable its SMEs to be able to address this significant market opportunity, WaterBee will be scaled up to a full reliable operational field prototype service, that will be demonstrated & validated over a 15 month period with complete growing cycles of various crops in 6 contrasting sites across Europe, in Estonia, Italy, Malta, Sweden, Spain & UK, to quantify profitable operation of the WaterBee service for Growers, with water savings of 40% while enhancing crop quality in each site. The project will quantify the market & identify potential users of a commercial WaterBee Service. Based on these & ongoing feedback from the demonstration sites the project will disseminate the WaterBee service to potential customers & business partners through various media & 2 specific events, & develop/validate a Business Plan for the SMEs to commercially develop & exploit the service after this Demo Action ends.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2011-2 | Award Amount: 3.42M | Year: 2012
The mushroom industry SME AGs across Europe have come together to request the main research providers of applied mushroom research in Europe to conduct research on Trichoderma and Virus, two major problems for the industry. Disease control has been compromised by the withdrawal of key pesticides and disinfectants by the EU in recent years, such as the withdrawal of approval for formaldehyde as a disinfectant and carbendazim fungicide for Trichoderma control. The Mushroom SME AGs want to know what their members must do to prevent and / or control outbreaks of Trichoderma and Virus. Disease control must now be based on a sustainable integrated pest management system (IPM). IPM focuses on combining (i) improved hygiene procedures (ii) knowledge of how individual diseases and pests spread within and between crops (epidemiology), (iii) improved diagnostics and (iv) optimum use of available products to control and reduce the incidence of disease. This project aims to provide research-based solutions for the mushroom industry to deal with these two relatively new major diseases affecting production. Application of the solutions developed by this project to the European mushroom industry will reduce crop losses and increase efficiency and competitiveness. During the project we will (1) generate technical research-based information on how Trichoderma and MVX grow, survive and spread in mushroom compost in order to identify the weak links in the chain and the steps needed to strengthen them; (2) screen and evaluate alternative disinfectant and biocontrol products for use in disease prevention and control programmes; (3) identify, characterise and quantify the presence of pathogens on mushroom farms and compost facilities across Europe over a period of up to 12 months, using the most up to date technologies; (4) work towards identifying diagnostics service provider(s) who will offer new diagnostic tests, developed during the project, to SME AG members; (5) compile key results into Technical Factsheets for SME AGs to distribute to their members and (6) hold seminars, workshops and conferences organised by SME AGs for their members. In the region of 300\ SME mushroom growers and composters will benefit from the results and this will lead to reduced disease incidence and associated costs savings among a large group of SMEs.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Upon walking through the doors at Mellow Mushroom, a guest is transported back to the Seventies. The walls are covered in retro themed art designed by popular artists. Even the exterior has a hand painted mural on the side of the indoor/outdoor patio. The restaurant will be able to host 250 guests. Included in that will be a dual exterior patio furnished with multiple televisions for the raving sports fans and a fire pit that is perfect for an al fresco date night. Mellow Mushroom’s bar will have you saying “Far out” once you gaze upon their collection of 30 beers on tap including a range of craft, regional and international beers that was curated to fit the local culture. Emery Wallace, who is the spokesperson for the group of investors for the franchise, was able to give us some insight on her views of what Mellow Mushroom means to her: “Mellow Mushroom is a brand that evokes the image of delicious pizza in a fun and creative environment. They are the originator of classic southern pizza and their unique and flavorful crust is a true original.” The mind-bending fun extends to the menu full of groovy lingo. Phrases like “Munchies” and “Kosmic Karma” bring the whole Seventies vibe together. Mellow Mushroom offers a diverse menu incorporating options of Pizza, Calzones, Hoagies and mouthwatering Black Angus Burgers. The “Tempeh Hoagie” and the “Gluten Free Veg Out Pizza” are highlights found on their specialty Vegan Favorites menu. Their “Mellow 4 Kids” menu is filled with kid friendly meal options and sides as well as games that will have the parents asking to play. Who doesn’t love a good round of “SudoKids”? The servers strut around in funky threads from Mellow Mushroom’s very own apparel line known as House of Shroom. Guests can purchase these fashion trends and others merchandise like stemware from the online shop at http://www.houseofshroom.com. Virginia is for lovers, and there is no doubt that the residents of Roanoke Valley will fall head over heels for this Mellow Mushroom. Like the Roanoke star, the psychedelic theme and eclectic art will make this Mellow Mushroom a Virginia institution. For any further information on this location please feel free to check out the website http://www.mellowmushroom.com/store/roanoke or contact us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mellowmushroomroanoke About Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers: http://www.mellowmushroom.com Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mellowmushroom , on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MellowMushroom , and follow us on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/mellowmushroom .
News Article | December 9, 2016
The Houston Heights revitalization is breathing fresh air through the communities while paying respect to their roots, which is exactly what Todd Molyneux wanted to reflect when he designed this particular Mellow Mushroom. Inspired by the trolley, electricity and vintage transit maps, the art of Houston Heights Mellow Mushroom honors the area's history while also invoking the bustle of the commute from the suburbs to city life. Artist Mike “Truth” Johnston created a futuristic color-block mural for the main dining room that represents the surrounding neighborhood, the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Another salute to the town’s history is the life-sized trolley with functioning headlights that guests can dine in. The conductor is a representation of one of the founders of Mellow Mushroom. To learn more about the interior of the Houston Heights Mellow Mushroom, guests can participate in an online art tour by following the directions on the plaque at the front of the store. The online tour features a description of the artworks and artists who created the masterpieces specifically for this location and connects guests with the artists’ online portfolios. It’s not just the art that takes visitors back through time but the menu as well. The hip vernacular of the sixties is showcased using terms such as “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Funky Q. Chicken” to describe their amazing menu items. Not only are there Pizza and Calzones featured on the eclectic menu of Mellow Mushroom but also Hoagies, enlightened Salads and a half pound USDA Black Angus “Carnie” Burger. Patrons can dine Gluten free with pie crusts made from ancient grains. Veg out on the Vegan menu while enjoying delicacies such as the “Thai Dye Pizza” and “Avocado Hoagie”. The little ones can even “Doodle-with-Dude” on their activity filled Kids menu. All items on the Mellow Mushroom’s menu are served with fresh ingredients that arrive at the restaurant daily. Mellow Mushroom is furnished with a full sized bar supplied with four televisions for those who wish to wind down after a long stroll at the Downtown Houston Aquarium. Guests can feel free to participate in the bar’s music playlist with their interactive app by Mood Media. The patio is also a great place to sip on the local beers from Mellow Mushroom’s bar menu, and, of course, there are a couple of television screens out there as well for those thrilling weekly games. The food and art are not the only eclectic gems found at Mellow Mushroom. Their fashion line House of Shroom is full of fun threads that are featured by the employees and available for purchase at the restaurant. If online shopping is easier, the full collection can be accessed on their official website http://www.Houseofshroom.com. Mellow Mushroom is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Keep those eyes open for future dates for Trivia Night as well as Bingo Night. For more information on this Mellow Mushroom location please visit the website at http://www.mellowmushroom.com/store/houston-heights and like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mellowmushroomhoustonheights. Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mellowmushroom , on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MellowMushroom , and follow us on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/mellowmushroom.
Mushroom | Date: 2014-02-05
A method of aggregating a plurality of packet based communication channels is provided by the system. The communication channels connect two common endpoints, and aggregation devices are present at each endpoint to implement an aggregation policy. The system provides a dynamic aggregation system where m aggregation policy is employed on a per packet flow basis. Packet flows can be classified by application type, so that an appropriate aggregation policy can be used for packets belonging to the flow. The selected aggregation policy is used for each flow within the aggregation devices at each endpoint.
Mushroom | Date: 2015-11-30
Methods and apparatus for aggregating communication channels. In one exemplary embodiment an aggregation device is required only on one side of the set of communication channels being aggregated. Advantageously, no modifications to the source and/or destination of data transfers are required for operation of the invention. In one embodiment utilized for data transfers in the downstream direction, object download requests can be fulfilled by sending a sequence of partial download requests through the set of communication channels being aggregated, and forwarding the resulting partial data objects received to the original requestor in the proper order. In another embodiment utilized for upstream data transfers, traffic is bifurcated to travel along a set of communication channels, and the bifurcated traffic is reassembled either at the network layer or the transport layer.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2015
Espresso Mushroom Company creates easy to use, ready to grow mushroom kits. They use spent coffee grounds as the compost, collected from local cafes in Brighton. Through the Innovation Voucher funding, Espresso Mushroom Company have worked with Brighton University to find an innovative new technique to extend the shelf life of their Kitchen Garden grow your own kits so they are suitable to sell through retail, enabling Espresso Mushroom Company to grow their sales and increase the quantity of coffee grounds they upcycle.
Mushroom | Date: 2011-12-13
An apparatus and method for increasing Vitamin D content in mushrooms irradiates the mushroom(s) for a duration of up to six seconds with one or more pulses of light with wavelengths in the range of about 200 to about 1000 nanometers. The light is emitted by an electric glow discharge lamp, such as a xenon lamp, that emits ultra-violet light. The intensity of the light is such that after irradiation the mushrooms have a Vitamin D2 content of at least about 400 IU/84 g of mushrooms, which is 100% Daily Value of recommended Vitamin D for human consumption.
News Article | December 6, 2016
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mushroom Networks, innovator in Broadband-Bonding™ and Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) platforms, today published its 2017 predictions for the SD-WAN market. Key themes for the coming year included interoperability with legacy systems, the continued march towards a complete SDN architecture, and the ability to create custom WANs on demand. “The most compelling change in the era of distributed computing and the software-defined data center is that the WAN will be recognized for the performance bottleneck it is, particularly for cloud services,” said Cahit Akin, founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. “This was already a driver for SD-WANs incredible success as a technology, but as this concept takes hold industry-wide, IT organizations will continue to push vendors to create even more compelling in-roads to virtual network functions that will enable businesses to alleviate this performance burden.” Interoperability with legacy systems will remain the biggest barrier to SD-WAN adoption While many enterprises have easily overcome this issue to drive SD-WAN’s massive growth, this will continue to be the biggest barrier for more conservative businesses in terms of adoption. Those vendors that provide mechanisms for more seamless integration will have an advantage over those that expect this burden to fall on their enterprise customers. SD-WAN’s focus will shift from control-plane optimization only to control-plan plus data-plane optimization For many, SD-WAN’s initial purchases were driven by its ability to provide lower costs and simpler configurations than traditional WANs. Now, as the technology has matured, IT organizations understand the potential for dramatic improvements in performance and reliability via advanced SD-WAN technology. Market leaders with the ability to harness SD-WANs for greater performance (such as Broadband-bonding) will have an advantage in 2017. Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) will drive the transformation of SD-WAN from simple cost reduction to full WAN performance management SD-WAN is taking the next step from a “software-defined” architecture standpoint and making VNFs available on an "a la carte" basis for firms to mix and match to create their ideal custom WAN to support their enterprise cloud services. The level of flexibility provided is vast. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with multi-carrier service portfolios will have an edge over single carrier service providers The ability to blend various types of WAN technologies to enable unique redundancy and performance arbitration will deliver a major advantage over single carrier-based WAN offerings. SD-WAN architectures optimized for hybrid clouds will dominate market share in 2017 We expect architectures with connectivity optimization to hybrid clouds to take center stage, as many businesses, including larger enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud strategies. As a result, the performance and connectivity between these joint private and public clouds are one of the most critical factors for success of those projects. Essential business applications will drive SD-WAN’s adoption Inline with hybrid cloud connectivity, essential business applications such as voice and video, as well as industry specific applications that rely on SaaS, or self hosted cloud applications specific to the industry, will be the major driver for SD-WAN tech. MPLS will stick around, but continue its dramatic decline in relevance and cost As VNF technologies within SD-WAN solutions provide more and more advanced performance benefits, the price gap between MPLS-only vs hybrid WAN (with or without MPLS in the mix) need to shrink for MPLS to stay competitive. Advanced machine learning technologies will begin a long transition to integration with SD-WAN networks Although this process will likely extend far beyond 2017, as more and more intelligence is infused with software-defined networks, it is inevitable that AI and machine learning will begin to make inroads as well. The potential here for true cognitive networks capable of self-optimization across a host of applications is enormous. Available today, you can learn more about the Mushroom Networks’, its product portfolio, and its VNF Design Studio at https://www.mushroomnetworks.com About Mushroom Networks Mushroom Networks, Inc., is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing patent pending Broadband Bonding solutions to a range of Internet connection applications. The company’s flagship product line serves SMBs, enterprises, multi-tenant buildings, and broadband service providers and bonds dissimilar broadband access technologies forming a single highly reliable broadband pipe that can easily scale based on needs. Mushroom Networks was the winner of the 2015 Most Innovative Product award by CONNECT, finalist for the coveted 2012 San Diego Business Journal Innovation Award, winner of the XCHANGE Tech Innovators Xcellence Award, and winner of the 2008 CONNECT® ‘Most Innovative New Product’ award, Network World’s "top technology trend of 2008" award. For more information, please visit https://www.mushroomnetworks.com or call (858) 366-9255.