The agricultural sector is constantly evolving and as a result the consumers demands keep changing. Continuous innovating is therefore a necessity. Innovation is driven by questions that we receive from our (international) clients in addition to our own questions. We make these innovations effective by delivering reliable and precise data. Since 2003, we develop new technologies with our clients that support the evolving agricultural sector and eventually make this sector more successful.
Product development includes 4 phases: design, characteristics, prototype and market introduction. Botany is the flexible and reliable partner in all phases of product development. Our structured approach and expertise results in an optimal and efficient product development process. This ensures successful introduction of a new product or application into the market. Knowledge and expertise are combined to determine the effectivity and safety of the new products or applications.
Botany has its own R&D facilities. Our indoor facilities include greenhouses, climate cambers and multi-layer growth systems. Outdoor facilities include open field plots and container fields. The setup of the facilities is flexible and if necessary, adaptations can be implement on small (pilot) and large (research) scale.
Reliable and solid experimental setups are accomplished due to our expertise in plant physiology, plant health and cultivation techniques. Our own research facilities and R&D team provide the essential tools and knowhow for product development in the professional agricultural sector. We continue innovations and investments in our research facilities and R&D team. This ensures that our clients lead the way in innovating this sector.
Exploras to merge with Botany Group
From 1 January 2020 onwards, Exploras, based in Dongen will be part of the Botany Group.Exploras has extensive experience and expertise in outdoor crops. The agricultural experimental facility was established in 2010. Most activities of Exploras include conducting field trials and offering among others, services for the crop production industry, fertilizer industry and seed companies. Botany Group is a research group in the professional agriculture sector. The group is a contract research partner for companies in agrochemistry, agro-engineering, breeding and propagation. By collecting and supplying reliable research data, the Botany Group has set itself the goal to advance the horticultural chain with new technologies. The corporate viewpoint of Exploras fits in seamlessly with the corporate philosophy of the Botany Group. This makes Exploras a valuable enrichment of Botany's services in the field of outdoor crops.
New cultivation techniques
New cultivation techniques make cultivation easier. These techniques result in increased production and higher quality of the yield. Space can be used more efficiently and consequentially labor and production costs are reduced resulting in a higher revenue. For example, we test new light regimes, hydroponic systems and the benefits of cultivation in closed facilities or semi- open facilites.
GLITCH: Limburg and Vlaanderen strengthen innovative power in greenhouse horticulture
Twelve Limburg and Flemish companies and knowledge centers are joining forces to further strengthen greenhouse horticulture. It concerns innovations around energy consumption, less CO2 emissions and efficient use of resources. The consortium has received a European subsidy for this and has received intensive support from the Province of Limburg and the Province of Antwerp. The project runs from June 2018 to mid-2021.