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High tech tissue culture lab housed in 40’ shipping container

Rootstock supplier Fairplant and tissue culture specialist ViVi, part of Visser Horti Systems, work together as strategic partners to implement a new innovation for the blueberry tissue culture market. Three 40ft containers with a fully functioning micropropagation laboratory inside will be the plug-and-play solution of the future.

This expansion fits well with the ambitions of the market leader of fruit tree rootstocks. “We are constantly focusing on innovation to secure and stabilize the business for the future,” says Rik Klein. A Tissue Culture environment has long been on Fairplant’s wishlist. “Four years ago the idea arose to grow healthy quality plants with less soil-bound cultivation but with a lot of flexibility. We believe this combination is very valuable looking to the future of plant propagation,” Klein tells. The lab should be fully operational by October.

The ViVi lab containers are a turnkey solution for a fully operational micropropagation laboratory. The container concept has all the benefits of a regular tissue culture laboratory but now combined in three 40ft shipping containers. The containers are set as plug and play system, the only requirements are a flat surface to place the containers, electric and drainage connections. The lab can be up and running in a matter of weeks and will be delivered completely turnkey.

ViVi has developed this new concept to offer a low threshold entry to tissue culture production for companies new to this segment. The main benefit of the container lab is that it is very cost-efficient in comparison with regular micropropagation labs, while still maintaining the high-quality standard that is required for TC production.

The containers are equipped with all areas required to run a complete tissue culture laboratory. It contains areas for cutting plants, preparing media, and controlled multi-layer growing of the plantlets in the ViTrays. Fairplant will be able to produce over one million blueberry micro propagated plants per year. Besides blueberries, Fairplant will also utilize their new lab for the production of raspberries, fruit trees, and various other small fruit plants.

ViVi will train the Fairplant staff in-house about how to operate their new TC lab. This involves a 3 months crash course in the ViVi laboratory in ‘s Gravendeel. The training will get the Fairplant staff familiar with micropropagation and gets them up to speed with all the latest innovations in the world of tissue culture production.

The 40ft container lab concept is beneficial for growers with little experience in micropropagation and for companies who want a low threshold entry to tissue culture production.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
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