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.
2016 National Horticulture Convention breaks attendance records
With record-breaking attendances at the recent 2016 National Horticulture Convention, Rijk Zwaan was delighted to participate as an exhibitor at the Trade Show.
Rijk Zwaan and Naturalis join forces in research
Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan and Naturalis Biodiversity Center are forming a unique partnership to conduct research into biological material. During a visit to the Naturalis collection earlier today, Rijk Zwaan’s Managing Director Kees Reinink signed a three-year contract with Koos Biesmeijer, Research Director at Naturalis.
Salading start to the 10th Biennial HFF Conference
In a radical departure from the traditional conference registration the 10th Annual HFF Conference kicked off with a breakfast salad experience; delegates shared the opportunity to see award winning chef and Love My Salad Ambassador Christopher Howe turn hydroponic produce into salad dishes tailor made for the event.
Dialogue about new tomato opportunities
The Trial Center Tomato (TCT) in Kwintsheul has been open for visitors again since 1 April. Here Johan Vis, Specialist Marketing Tomato & Cucumber, discusses the latest trends and developments in the vegetable category.
Connecting with Fresher Lettuce and Sensational Snacks
From 17th to 18th May Rijk Zwaan was present as an exhibitor at the PMA A-NZ conference Fresh Connections 2016: a key networking, educational and business event for the Australasian fresh produce industry run by the PMA.