On Tuesday 22 and Wednesday January 23, 2019, eight companies from the Dutch tomato industry visited the greenhouse area in Almería, southern Spain. Directed by Alltech Crop Science, which organized the two-day trip, the present day challenges were discussed, as well as solutions for the future.
Jacco Peene, sales manager Alltech Crop Science in the Netherlands, and one of the organizers: "It quickly became clear at which level the Dutch growers do their work and how necessary it is for the Dutch grower to realize maximum yield of optimum quality."
The trip was organized by Alltech to show what they mean to the Spanish tomato grower in daily practice. The second day was focused on the research and technology behind the product range Alltech Crop Science has available for cultivation.
Jacco: "The first subject was plant resistance. Aided by yeast technology, the immune system of plants can be activated. We have scientifically demonstrated this by showing the relation of biotic and abiotic stress, applying this yeast technology, and the accompanying gene expression to a tomato plant."
Plant performance was also a subject. Jacco: "Alltech conducts research into gene expression and the influence of nutrients. This made us capable to introduce a product to the market with which a grower has even more control over his final product to realize a higher saleable yield. Both in quantity and in quality."
The third and last subject of conversation was plant nutrients. "A Dutch grower knows very well how he has to control his fertilization plan for a crop. Various fertilizers are on the market for this purpose, both in pure form and in chelated form. Research, also in livestock farming, has shown that Alltech has a nutrient range that is better absorbed and gives a better final product. The nutrient range consists of amino acids from yeast which are bound to nutrients. Both the nutrient and the amino acid are optimally used in the plant."
Jacco: "The end result of the trip is that we are going to achieve the first results in the Netherlands on all three themes with the participants."