The research station for vegetable production (PSKW) has 50 years (° 1963) experience in the research of both the cultivation of greenhouse vegetables and the cultivation of vegetables in open field. The PSKW performs practical research and applied scientific research in the following research themes: variety research, cultivation technique, fertilization, irrigation, pests and diseases, energy, new production systems and waste management. The participation of the sector through, inter alia, the technical committees ensures the practical approach of the research station. The producer obtains the achieved results by organized open days, through the extranet of the research station, the magazine Proeftuinnieuws, study evenings at the various Growers Associations, the technical committees and the working groups (including those of pepper) and the close collaboration with extension services throughout the chain.
Major activities in SWEEPER
PSKW’s role in the SWEEPER project is focused mainly to adjust crop morphology for robotic harvesting (top-down approach). An optimized growing strategy will be developed to improve mechanical harvesting. A second task will be the dissemination of the obtained results to the end-users.