Grower association TTO (Tuinbouw Techniek Ontwikkeling / Horticulture Technique Development) organized Friday the 29th of May an excursion/brainstorm afternoon for her members. The afternoon started with a visit at De Jong Verpakkingen, which is the market leader in packaging material in the agriculture sector. After an explanation of the management followed a tour through the production areas of the company in De Lier. Afterwards the group went back to Demokwekerij Westland for the rest of the program.
After the group arrived at Demokwekerij Westland, Jan Smits from Kenniscentrum Plantenstoffen was ready to talk with the growers about the possibilities of vegetable residues, high-quality ingredients, Biobased and various ongoing projects within this area.
The second half of the program was marked by a brainstorming session using five pitches by knowledge institutions WageningenUR Glastuinbouw and TNO. The named knowledge institutions brought, on request from TTO, various subjects to the attention through short pitches/presentations. The subjects which were discussed this afternoon were visited in the greenhouse through a rotation system, these subjects were:
- 3D crop model which calculates the effect of light exposure and the shape of the crop.
- Hyperspectral camera technique for early disease detection
- Vision & robotics. Detection techniques with camera systems above the crop (measuring growth, detection diseases etc.) and in the shed on the harvest products (measuring not visual quality features, lycopene in tomatoes, micospharella in cucumber.
- Selective removing sodium from water, through membrane cell and electro dialysis
- ‘Talking with the plant’. We can model and measure everything, but what it really goes about is: What does the plant think about the surrounding? And how can we steer a happy plant with the highest production and disease prevention.
During the joint buffet there were extensive discussions about the various subjects and ideas that emerged during the excursion. For the researchers it was interesting to have the discussion with the growers, as one of the researchers said: “I really appreciated this afternoon win the growers, I have gained myself a lot of practical knowledge and I’m up to date about everything what’s going on in practice”.