Netherlands: Unique technical feat ready for cultivation

The all-climate greenhouse in the research center of the World Horti Center is ready for use. This indoor greenhouse is built in an existing research department of the World Horti Center.

With this unique technical feat, climate and cultivation related research projects can be set up and carried out. Because in the greenhouse it is possible to control both the outside climate, including light and temperature, and also the inside climate. As a result, research questions about the effects of different outside climates can be answered. This applies to climate effects in the Netherlands, but also to the effects of climate in other parts of the world.

The realization of the greenhouse is the result of a collaboration between Dutch research, consultancy and technology companies. The all-climate greenhouse is equipped with the latest technologies, including three different climate computers, cooling systems, different screen types and various forms of assimilation lighting.

In addition, the indoor greenhouse is equipped with various sensors, so that growers and researchers can monitor crop responses to the adjusted outdoor climate. PAR meters, leaf temperature meters and sap flow meters will all play a prominent role in the greenhouse.

To influence the outside climate, assimilation lamps have been installed under the façade of the outside greenhouse, with a total capacity of 65,000 lux. With this, light levels from other parts of the world can be simulated directly.

Start with cucumbers
In the coming weeks cucumbers will be grown in the all-climate greenhouse, which consists of two separately controlled indoor greenhouses. This cultivation period is mainly used to become acquainted with the controls of the greenhouse and to define the research possibilities.

Demokwekerij Westland and Lentiz education group are working together on the further implementation of the program, so that education and research will play an important role within the all-climate greenhouse. The greenhouse will initially be used by Dutch horticultural students, but in the future also for interested foreign parties.

The all-climate greenhouse will be officially opened on July 4 during the participants' meeting.

Source: World Horti Center


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