Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is involved in the establishment of horticultural research centers in the Middle East where food security and food safety are important political and social issues.
The establishment of a horticultural center starts by formulating a research agenda for the coming years. Based on this agenda and other conditions, like budget, a design is made by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. The design is provided as a tender document which is send to various greenhouse builders worldwide. The involvement of Wageningen UR continues during the construction, commissioning, and the research.
Water efficient production
The main research theme for the Middle East is water efficient production. Possible technologies in this field like soilless culture combined with recirculation of drain water and alternative cooling methods are studied and compared with the current state of the art. Based on the scientific knowledge an economic sustainable assessment can be made which technologies provide food safety and food security.