The Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture research institute in the Netherlands is a cooperative partner in the development of a new high-tech research greenhouse facility at the University of Western Sydney’s Hawkesbury Campus. The Dutch university has introduced The Next Generation Cultivation, an important contribution to take horticulture to higher levels in innovation. These new technologies will be attuned to Australian conditions to maximise their benefits for our greenhouse production.
Wageningen UR played an important role in the progress of the Dutch greenhouse horticulture to the technologically advanced sector that it is today. It has established a research centre in Bleiswijk, right in the heart of the Dutch greenhouse production area to be in close proximity to the growers. According to Sjaak Bakker, Business Unit Manager of Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, “It is not only important to be physically close to the growers; it is also important to get them involved in the research. Growers should tell what kind of research they need.

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