Research & development
Van der Knaap Group has its own Research & Development department. In innovation centre 'de Kas' we have an extensive laboratory and R&D greenhouses where various growing conditions can be simulated. In 'de Kas' we continuously work on optimising existing products and developing new ones.
A selection of recent innovations:
From waste to fertiliser
Thanks to a patented system with proven technology, Van der Knaap Group can convert waste from livestock production into organic fertilisers for the horticultural sector. A way of linking livestock production to circularity in horticulture.
Orchid plugs: Fibre-Neth® Twin 3.0 and Bookplug
A new way of propagating Phalaenopsis was introduced in 2016 after years of research: the Fibre-Neth® Twin 3.0. By clamping the tissue-culture plant between two coco plug halves and putting it in a basket, the young Phalaenopsis plants can be easily separated and sorted.
The developments did not stop there and the ‘Bookplug’ was introduced in 2018. Due to its unique design (slightly open at delivery), the plug facilitates easier and faster placement of the tissue-culture plant.
Pressed pots substrate based on white peat
Pressed pot substrates are often based on German black peat. This type of peat is less available, because harvesting the peat has been curtailed by the German government. This means that insufficient amounts of German black peat will be available in the near future. As a result, Van der Knaap's R&D department went in search of an alternative and developed a new type of pressed pot substrate based on white peat.