Demokwekerij Westland works on research, innovation and knowledge transfer within greenhouse horticulture. Jeroen Sanders (39) has been researching at Demokwekerij Westland for ten years. He explains where he and his colleagues do: "Here we focus on everything that is happening in greenhouse horticulture. We are mainly concerned with fertilization, cultivation technology, climate and crop protection. There are several research areas of different sizes. It is a broad spectrum in which we operate in a specialized way, and at the same time put in a lot of effort. We go into the depths of our knowledge and, if desired, we collaborate with other knowledge partners. "
At the World Horti Center site, a big greenhouse will appear. "On the new location, research will be all the same, but of course we will have a more modern greenhouse with the latest facilities. Over the years, the greenhouse has been built up and now there are sections from five to fifteen years old. The new greenhouse becomes better and easier to manage with modern standards. For example, modern greenhouses are higher and of course you must have the latest techniques in cultivation tests. "
Jeroen vertelt enthousiast over zijn werk. “Het is echt leuk. Je bent met van alles bezig: van kleine beestjes tot sensoren. En je zit met heel veel factoren die van invloed zijn op het resultaat.”
Jeroen is excited about his work. "It's really fun. You are busy with all kind of things, from small insects to sensors. And you have a lot of factors that affect the result."