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Pasto quinoa reacts differently to salt than selRiobamba

2 September 2021

In the Wageningen greenhouses, researchers from the Laboratory for Plant Breeding tested the growth and development of two quinoa varieties that were given water with an increasing salt content. One quinoa variety, Pasto, developed a conservation strategy in which the plant limited water uptake and thus growth.

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Opinion Paper ‘Crop Improvement Now and Beyond’ published

1 September 2021

In the CropBoost project Jeremy Harbinson, Rene Klein Lankhorst et al. have published an Opinion Paper in the Special Issue of Biology: Crop Improvement Now and Beyond.

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NWA invitation to explore the potential of NPEC

27 July 2021

Invitation to the Dutch plant research community to exploit the full potential of NPEC (NWA).

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NPEC selects PSI for HTP growth rooms

12 July 2021

We are pleased to announce that we have selected the Czech company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) to build the NPEC module 4 High Throughput Phenotyping (HTP) growth chambers. This module will be housed in a dedicated building at the Wageningen Campus.

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Virtual company tour SMART agriculture draws a lot of Japanese attention

2 July 2021

On 22 June 2021, the East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL) organized with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) an online event “Robotics & AI for data-driven horticulture and agriculture” as part of the digital TeamNL Tokyo Expo ‘Rangaku Now’. Approximately 600 participants from Japan and the Netherlands signed up for this event.

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Tomatoes with high-tech doppelgängers

1 July 2021

Will vegetable growers soon be able to create the perfect conditions for their crops using computer models? We plunge into the world of the digital twin, a promising new technique in which WUR researchers are doing cutting-edge work. What are digital twins, what can you do with them and what are the benefits? “If this works, we will be able to save a lot on water, energy and raw materials.”

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What opportunities do biodegradable sensors have?

28 June 2021

The more data, the better growers can control their cultivation. Sensors play a crucial role in this: they can tell, for example, how moist the soil or air is, or how high the CO2 content is. Sensors have to be removed after a crop rotation, and that is fairly labor intensive. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research is therefore participating in a European study into sensors that are biodegradable.

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NPEC Ecotron Facility

26 April 2021

NPEC’s ecotron facility is to be realized at Utrecht University and will consist of a range of fully closed and controlled mesocosm systems that allow for real-life plant (agro-) ecosystem analyses in real time.

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Multi-environment climate chambers

16 March 2021

NPEC’s multi-environment module will host a series of 15 small climate chambers with the highest level of homogeneity in temperature, humidity and light intensity available.

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