Being one of the biggest suppliers of biological crop protection also means that you have to investigate a lot in research all around the globe. To do so, Koppert Biological Systems recently opened two new research greenhouses in Querétaro. Equipped with all kinds of very nice techniques, these will help the company do research and share knowledge about biological crop protection in tomatoes and strawberries.
The project is equipped with high-tech climate control, heating systems, equipment to recirculate the air. The roofs are covered with double-layered plastic and energy saving curtains are installed. There are water silos built to irrigate the hydroponic grown crop via the drip system irrigation. All drain water will be collected.
Then there's one of the two greenhouses being divided into ten zones, making it possible to do extensive research to the behaviour of beneficials, predators and pathogens. "We use this greenhouse to do research with two beneficials and the Lygus bugs in strawberry crops", station manager Alejandro González explains. In recent years, the berries market in Mexico has grown exponentially, reaching double digits in production growth. Koppert has invested a lot in knowledge about the crop since they believe a more sustainable production will help both the growers as well as the industry as a whole.
"The other greenhouse is used to research tomatoes only using biological crop protection and pollinators. We can do research here but also give courses and workshops to show the possibilities of biological crop protection in a commercial crop."
The complete greenhouse project was realised by Invermex Invernaderos. The Mexican turnkey greenhouse supplier explains how the project embeds all necessary equipment to deal with both the climate circumstances as well as the needed irrigation. "The greenhouse can be used throughout the year - in winter and summer and can be used with various crops or research goals."
Having this project with the necessary equipment in both climate and irrigation places it as a project of intensive production and high performance, having the ability to cross seasons of winter and / or summer, as well as being able to handle higher densities of plantation, optimizing the variables climatic and irrigation resources.