The science team focuses on research in new solutions and technologies that increase the efficiency and reduce the impact on the environment of plant food production, and ensure the quality of plant food products.
An important issue is to understand the physiological processes of plants both above and below ground in the field, and interactions with the agronomic conditions in both organic and conventional cropping systems. The research focus includes cultivation techniques, flowering and growth physiology, cultivars and crop quality. The issues include reduction of losses of nutrients and water, use of pesticides and other methods of pest management, reduction of waste in relation to harvest and storage, biodiversity as well as healthy crop rotations with fertility building crops.
The science team has research facilities for a wide range of physiological, technical and horticultural experiments including field- based machinery, harvesting and grading equipment and storage facilities. Aligned to this team are approx. 100 ha of land, including a unique 16 ha organic research area for vegetables and orchard trees.
The team has specialized laboratory equipment including non-destructive technologies such as acoustical and near infrared (FT-NIR) for determining quality, equipment for UV-B and UV-C treatments, minirhizotrons for root studies, specialized facilities for irrigation and organic/conventional pest control treatments.