Horticulture makes a major positive contribution to modern European society in rural and urban areas, through sustainable food production, a greener environment and a healthier population. The total production value of horticultural crops in the EU for 2009 was over $100 billion.
The focus of research and development in on sustainable and economically viable production techniques to provide the consumer with safe, reliable, high quality products. Wagningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture has three priority areas for research at European and national levels:
- Maximising product quality,
- Improving integrated systems with minimal inputs and waste,
- Supporting Innovative approaches to production and use of horticultural products.
Within this field both (confidential) Business to Business projects are done for European Companies as well as public- private – partnership projects supported by EU funding.
- News: Great differences in greenhouse horticulture energy taxes in North-West Europe - 17 March 2016
- News: ISS - Plants in space: food for astronauts - 13 May 2015
- News: International partnership will develop first market ready sweet pepper harvesting robot - 4 Feb 2015
- News: CROPS - First ever working sweetpepper harvesting robot - 9 Jan 2015
- News: Season extension for strawberry cultivation in Mediterranean region - 26 May 2014
- News: Successful Norwegian-Dutch seminar on Energy saving in horticulture - 3 Dec 2014
- News: Recovery of Romanian horticulture expected - 3 Dec 2014