New build increases R&D capabilities
Rijk Zwaan is committed to innovation and improvement and spends 10 million euros on research and development (R&D) each month. As a further investment, an extension of the R&D facility at Fijnaart, The Netherlands, creates a dynamic environment for collaboration, growth and modern research activities.
Crop innovations on show at Asia Fruit Logistica
A year on from the introduction of the award-winning Knox™ trait, there’s more good news for the entire chain as the delayed pinking characteristic is now bred into an a new range of Salanova lettuce – meaning fresher leaves for longer and potential export opportunities.
Braham Produce: "It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle"
The dynamite couple behind Braham Produce are at the cutting edge of farming. From state-of-the-art irrigation to climate controlled greenhouses and IPM, Andrew and Zurri Braham combine this with continual learning to ensure they’re getting the most out of their capsicum crop. Since 2002, they have operated a family farm in Virginia, South Australia, and established a reputation for producing fruits of the highest quality.
Under cover but in the spotlight
Dubbed one of the world’s healthiest foods due to its high vitamin and mineral content, the humble eggplant is gaining momentum and innovations in breeding are making eggplants even better.
Denomination of new official races downy mildew in lettuce, Bl:34EU & Bl:35EU
With effect from 02 July 2018 the International Bremia Evaluation Board Europe (IBEB-EU) has named two new official races of downy mildew in lettuce, Bl:34EU & Bl:35EU.
Focus on growth at Rijk Zwaan Australia
A solid background in plant breeding and a special interest in technology will hold Tim March in good stead as he steps into the role of Business Manager Oceania for Rijk Zwaan Australia.
Refreshing activity at HFF conference
Attendees at this year’s Hydroponic Farmers Federation conference will be in a spin as the colourful addition of blender bikes will see hearts race and legs pump in a cycle for a smoothie challenge.
Salanova® leaves even better with Knox
Soft, round or crispy and fitting neatly on a fork, Rijk Zwaan’s new Salanova® lettuce range with the benefit of Knox™ answers consumer demands for quality leaves in their salad mixes – and you can experience the range at Hort Connections 2018.
Australia’s ‘window’ into the future
A nation of quick adopters, advanced technology and a move towards ‘veggie centric’ diets is helping to combat the worldwide challenge of stagnant vegetable consumption – but in Australia we still have work to do, according to Rijk Zwaan’s Steven Roberts at the International Seed Federation conference.
The sweet spot in the market
Freshwest, a family owned pepper business based in Glenbrook, New Zealand, has found its place in the market with the sweet pointed pepper, Sweet Palermo. Owners Gaven and Vanessa Naylor are self-proclaimed “foodies” and over the past 13 years, have trialled many different varieties of capsicums with the goal of providing their customers with quality, fresh, flavoursome capsicums.