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.
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.
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.
Denomination of Pfs 16, a new race of downy mildew in spinach
The IWGP (International Working Group Peronospora) has decided that Pfs UA1519B (Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae) is official Pfs 16. This isolate is found several times in 2015 in the USA and for the moment not in other continents.
Rijk Zwaan develops app for growing tips
Rijk Zwaan has launched the ‘Growing Partner app’ which will enable crop advisors and growers to exchange knowledge with one another via their smartphones.
Rijk Zwaan presents Knox™ to a wide audience
From 3-5 February, Rijk Zwaan is once again exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The major highlight on the stand this year is Knox™, the new trait that reduces pinking in lettuce leaves after cutting.
Rijk Zwaan launches new subsidiary in Greece
As of 1 January 2016, Rijk Zwaan Hellas has taken over the sales activities previously handled by the distributor Agrosystem. Rijk Zwaan expects this new subsidiary to enable it to respond to the needs of the Greek vegetable sector even more effectively.
Trial Center Tomato ready for new season
With 96 planted varieties, Rijk Zwaan’s demo facility in Kwintsheul is ready for yet another new season.