Here are some pics of the visit of The Sustainability Initiative team on Oct. 25 to the research greenhouses at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands The group heard from Dr. Sjaak Bakker, manager of the greenhouse horticulture from Wageningen UR.   From the facility's web site below and from the powerpoint given that day.

Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture continuously develops new concepts and components for greenhouse production systems. Current projects include air conditioned cultivation, energy-producing greenhouses and fully automated production systems.

Activities also include optimization of existing greenhouse horticulture systems by the development of new crop protection strategies and growing methods, optimal environmental control, crop growth control, innovative energy saving technology and economic farming.

Linking networks
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is dedicated to the efficient dissemination and implementation of new and existing knowledge in cooperation with research partners and the greenhouse horticultural industry. Based on our networks within the sector and research, we offer an outstanding platform for knowledge exchange and -transfer.
The combination of our own know-how and expertise with that of other research groups in our network, allows us to quickly respond to our customer demands with a complete package of high quality research, consultancy and services.
A large number of first class products and services is available to support the industry in testing the potential of their innovations. This ranges from accurate measurement of characteristics of new greenhouse covering materials using specially designed equipment, to the testing of tomato breeding products for taste using survey panels and laboratory analyses.

An eye for trends
Greenhouse horticulture is a dynamic industry where developments follow each other at a brisk pace. Market-oriented production at minimal cost providing full reliability for quality and delivery, is a must for today’s greenhouse operators.
When developing new growing concepts and systems and optimising existing production systems, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture always takes into account the latest international trends affecting the sector. These include:

* Rising costs, in particular of energy and labour
* Increasing demands and constraints from society, consumers and buyers
* The increase in scale and size of the production units
* Internationalization of horticultural production
* Concentration of area’s available for greenhouse horticulture and multifunctional land uses
* Scarcity of skilled labour