Rijk Zwaan Australia and AUSVEG sign strategic partnership
Seed company Rijk Zwaan Australia and industry body AUSVEG begin a collaboration to further improve the development of market oriented varieties for Australian vegetable growers. The partnership agreement was officially signed today by representatives of Rijk Zwaan and AUSVEG in the presence of Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, with Mr Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs representing a trade mission from the Netherlands.
Sharing a vision for leaf crops in Western Australia
Rijk Zwaan’s Western Australia Leaf Crop Field Day took place on 27th October in Carabooda, presenting an opportunity for growers to view recent developments in Rijk Zwaan’s breeding such as the Knox™ lettuce varieties, and introductions selected specifically for the tough conditions in Western Australia.
Rijk Zwaan drives first stake into ground for new Fijnaart building
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has embarked on an extensive new-build project at its Eerste Kruisweg site in Fijnaart. Former director Anton van Doornmalen drove the first stake into the ground.
Morris cuts them up at the Summer Fruit Festival
Morris the melon was one of the star attractions at this year’s Summer Fruit Festival, entertaining the crowd at Sydney's Darling Harbour with a "melontastic" show aimed at sharing fun and knowledge about melons.
Rijk Zwaan continues to grow autonomously
Rijk Zwaan Zaadteelt en Zaadhandel generated 388 million euros in net sales in the 2015/2016 financial year, representing a 14% increase on the previous financial year. Rijk Zwaan continues to pursue a strategy of autonomous growth. This enables the family-owned company from the Dutch town of De Lier to compete with listed multinationals while also offering its employees an enjoyable and long-term job.
First stake driven into the ground for Rijk Zwaan’s Seed Quality Center
On Monday 17 October 2016, vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan from the Dutch town of De Lier drove the first stake into the ground for its new testing and research facility called the Seed Quality Center (SQC). The new building is being constructed at a site on Zijtwende in De Lier, approximately 500 metres from the Rijk Zwaan headquarters.
Demo days: six weeks in which to see Rijk Zwaan’s open-field crops in Fijnaart
Rijk Zwaan is holding this year’s demo days in Fijnaart, the Netherlands, from 19 September to 28 October. This six-week period allows Rijk Zwaan to optimally advise all visitors and give each of them a personalised guided tour. In the demo field visitors will see a large number of new introductions in various open-field vegetable crops, including the innovative lettuce trait called Knox™ and early celery varieties.
Extensive vegetable traits licensing agreement with Syngenta
Syngenta, a leading global agriculture company, and Rijk Zwaan, an international vegetable breeding company, today announce they have signed an extensive cross-licensing agreement on native traits in vegetables.
Higher than normal aphid activity this winter in SE Australia
There has been a reported increase in the level of aphid activity this winter. Although the aphid in question looks like the lettuce aphid, Nasonovia ribisnigri, all the samples received have been identified as the Foxglove aphid (greenhouse-potato aphid), Aulacorthum solani.
Fresh innovation served up in the Lockyer Valley
After 18 years since a large scale horticultural expo in the Lockyer Valley the horticultural industry joined the Lockyer Valley Growers for a celebration of all things vegetable; the 2016 National Horticultural and Innovation Expo, held at the end July. The Rijk Zwaan variety trial held the full range of brassica, lettuce and spinach varieties selected for the Australian market, with a number of highlights in each of the crops.