Westcape Biotech

Enza Zaden and the biotechnology company Expressive Research B.V. approached Vegtech to design and supply a turn-key, high-tech nursery facility on a new site in Stellenbosch, for Westcape Biotech.

Location Western Cape, South Africa
Structure Closed Roof Pad & Fan
Crop Nursery
Size 1,700m²
The design of the greenhouse had to complement the advanced molecular and cell-biology laboratories and therefore a 9.6m Closed Classic with back-to-back Pad & Fan cooling, and 3 separate climate zones, was supplied.

The climate control system, in the 3 independent growing areas, includes Pad & Fan cooling, thermal screens, and a de-humidifying system. The crop is grown in Pelemix coir growbags on Mapal drainage gutters with spacers, or on seedling tables, and a complete Netafim greenhouse irrigation solution was designed and installed. The integration of these systems is managed by Netafim’s latest Crop Management Technology (CMT).

The Directors of Expressive Research, Dr Dianne van der Kop and Dr Douwe de Boer: “We have built a good infrastructure at the site with state-of-the-art molecular and cell-biology laboratories, which together with our plant-growth facilities give a high-tech impulse to our ambition to play a leading role locally as a biotechnological service provider.”

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