Dümmen Orange to Build New Breeding Technology Center
On May 9, Dümmen Orange announced it would begin construction of a new breeding technology center in the village of De Lier, in the Netherlands.
The new breeding technology center will be the world’s largest laboratory for flower research. The laboratory will consist of three floors with a total size of 4,000 square meters, and contain facilities for scientist and supportive staff in the fields of phytopathology, genetics, genomics and plant physiology.
The research program focuses on traits that bring added value to the product chain like resistances, improved shelf life and improved yield. It will make use of technologies that increase the efficiency of the breeding programs through molecular breeding, efficient trait evaluation and genetic diversity analyses.
Dümmen Orange’s construction partners for the project are: Visser & Smit Bouw (building constructions), Steegman (electrical engineering), Verstappen van Amelsfoort BV (mechanical engineering) and Van den Berg Klimaattechniek (climate rooms).
“The construction of the Breeding Technology Centre in De Lier is an important next step for Dümmen Orange to accelerate and expand our product innovation to meet the needs of our customers. I am very excited about this project!” said Hans van den Heuvel, managing director of R&D at Dümmen Orange.
The new facility is expected to open by the end of 2019.