Plant health, the basis for optimal growth
- Date: Wednesday 14 June 2023
- Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
- Location: Strand Zuid, RAI harbour
Plant health is a topic that is receiving increasing attention, also within the Plant Empowerment foundation. Plant health can be related to almost all topics of cultivation. In this session, we will first discuss the role genetics play in relation to plant health. For mineral uptake, for example, genetics is a crucial factor. These minerals then help determine how healthy a plant is.
We will continue with the importance of getting many plants off to an optimal start, which focuses on seed germination. The combination of genetics and substrate traits is crucial here.
Finally, we discuss how to optimize the use of natural light. Light is often the limiting growth factor, but on the other hand, too much light can cause plant stress.
10.00 – Walk-in with coffee and tea
10.20 – Start program
10.25 – Breeding for less pests and optimal plant health
by Elena Argyri (Rijk Zwaan) and Ellen Klein (Koppert)
10.55 – Creating an optimal start with germination and rooting
by Richard Bremmer (Kekkilä – BVB) and Jochim Reybrouck (BASF Vegetable Seeds)
11.25 – Bring balance in natural light
Bart Bakker (Svensson) and Paul van Gils (Lumiforte)
12.00 – End