Nieuws - 5 april 2012

Wageningen at the Floriade

Visitors to the Floriade horticultural expo in Venlo take a look at the greenhouse at the Innovation Cluster, where research and new techniques for sustainable horticulture are being presented by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, research organization TNO and suppliers of greenhouse systems. Five research themes are covered in the greenhouse: energy and climate, water and emissions, crop quality, sustainable crop protection, and farming and production systems.

The Floriade will be opened officially on 5 April and will continue until 7 October. About two million visitors are expected at the 66 hectare expo grounds. Wageningen UR's stand is in the House of Taste. The horticultural exhibition is based on the ‘cradle to cradle' principle. This means that in the construction of the park and the buildings, care was taken to recycle materials, water and soil. Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is also working on a demonstration greenhouse near the Floriade grounds, where the organization plans to conduct research on energy consumption, climate control, water management and optimizing crop farming. The demo greenhouse is featured in the Floriade exhibition. Wageningen UR is also running a number of seminars during the Floriade.