Besides performing our standard package of analyses, Groen Agro Control also performs more specific research projects. These are performed by a team of experts with a main focus on research topics in product quality and food safety. Examples of research topics of Groen Agro Control involve plant damage, plant-diseases, cultivation techniques and product development. A unique aspect of this approach is the combination between onsite experiments and analyses in our laboratory. Our project managers are dedicated to the customer's wishes and can assist with the start of a correct measurement plan or research project.
In our research projects into plant diseases, the starting point is a thorough investigation into the specific pathogen and its characteristics. Subsequently methods for detection and quantification of the pathogen are developed. The last step is to find the right approach in order to prevent or control the disease and its symptoms. Groen Agro Control has built an extensive expertise by our studies into several important plant pathogens such as:
- Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV),
- Clavibacter michiganensis,
- Xanthomonas ‘leaf spot’,
- Excessive root growth,
Besides these research projects of the plant pathogens itself we investigate other micro-organisms that inhibit the growth of these pathogens. These useful microorganisms are called antagonists.
In the field of cultivation techniques, we perform research into substrates, drainage systems, plant nutrition, watering systems, disinfection methods and detection systems. Optimization of cultivation techniques will lead to cost reduction and an increase in production.
In horticulture, there is a constant need for new and improved products and innovations. Groen Agro Control is an excellent partner to assist in the development of new products in the field of protection, disinfection, substrates and nutrients. Our own greenhouse testing facility provides us with the opportunity to perform in-house experiments that can aid in the development of these new products.