Category: News
Date published: October 12, 2021

Online course: How to achieve successful pollination

Pollination bumblebees

There are numerous factors that can influence the supposedly simple process of transferring pollen from one part of the flower to another. In this webinar, we will look at growing strategies that take into account the needs not only of the crop, but also of the pollinators. In summer and winter production systems, careful consideration of the light and climate balances will lead to these needs being optimized. Unfortunately, sometimes priority is given to one at the expense of the other, leading to pollination and fruit set compromises.

The presenters of this webinar will be Neil Procter (Koppert Biological Systems) and Hans de Vries (Hortilux). The webinar will be held on 21 October at 4 pm, CEST. You can subscribe here.

Hans de Vries, Hortilux, will be focusing on light, on both the plant and the bumblebee. Understanding the effect that the type and duration of light have on this process will provide clarity for growers, allowing them to use their resources more efficiently.

Neil Procter, Koppert Biological Systems, will be looking at the influence of the climate, primarily temperature and relative humidity, has on the pollination process. Neil will be discussing some proactive steps that growers can adopt to ensure that the climate, flowers and bees are able to function, in harmony, at a high and consistent level.

The webinar is part of Plant Empowerment’s new online course, ‘The Power of Integrated Solutions’, that addresses common issues faced by growers around the world on a daily basis; such as challenges relating to a homogeneous climate, cracked fruits, or an active and healthy root system. The sessions are given monthly, each lasting approximately 60-90 minutes.

Koppert – implementation partner of Plant Empowerment

Plant Empowerment is an integrated approach to growing crops sustainably in greenhouses by supporting the plant’s balances. The starting point is to stimulate and support the natural growing power of the plants by creating optimal growth conditions, both above soil and in the rootzone. Currently, Growing by Plant Empowerment is supported by six world leading horticultural companies; Hortilux, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, and Koppert Biological Systems. Together we strive for sustainable and profitable horticulture worldwide. We help growers to get a higher yield per square metre using less resources, by optimizing the plant’s natural growing power and resilience.