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Demo nursery tours during HortiFair


September 4, 2009
By Dave Harrison


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formflex_demo_tour_picSept. 4, 2009, Amsterdam — FormFlex, a manufacturer of horticultural gutter systems in the
Netherlands, is not participating in the HortiFair in the Netherlands this year
and has decided instead to offer tours in the Demo Nursery from Oct. 10 to 17
(except Sunday, Oct. 11)
with all of its specialists



formflex_demo_tour_picSept. 4, 2009, Amsterdam — FormFlex, a manufacturer of horticultural gutter systems in the
Netherlands, is not participating in the HortiFair in the Netherlands this year
and has decided instead to offer tours in the Demo Nursery from Oct. 10 to 17
(except Sunday, Oct. 11) with all of its specialists.

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The Demo Nursery is located just outside Amsterdam and is an innovative
centre of about 10,000 square metres under glass, in which the cultivation of
flowers, vegetables and potted plants is combined with a presentation of
technology. Along with the current system and product overview of 19 leading
companies, trials are also conducted by scientists together with the
participating companies and individual growers.

The tours are free of charge and offered in several languages.
Interested parties can register for a tour with their local FormFlex dealer, or
directly via www.formflex.nl.


THE DEMO NURSERY PROJECT


Inside the Demonstration
Nursery, a current system and product overview is displayed of 19 leading and
progressive participants. In addition, various trials are conducted in the 35
cultivation plots.

There is always something new
to see in the Demo Nursery. The systems and products are constantly being
innovated because new developments in the horticultural sector arise in quick
succession, and because many systems in the final phase are ultimately adjusted
to measure. Many of these systems are first tested in the Demo Nursery before
they are actually used in practice.

Systems for harvesting and
internal transport, access technology, as well as cultivation and incandescent
lighting systems from different manufacturers are applied, tested and operational for visiting growers and industry specialists.

Also, various horticulturally
oriented parties are brought together in the Demo Nursery. Collaboration leads
to better developments and innovations. Projects have been started, for
example, that focus on innovation from the workfloor.

Research highlights include:

• Gutter from FormFlex for
plastic greenhouses: this gutter is so strong that you can walk on it.

• Metazet M-Track: induction
guided internal transport system.

• Automatic push cart: pushes the
heavy harvest trolleys automatically during harvesting.

• Suspended chain track
system: enlarges the growing surface above the crop on the floor or above the
packing facilities.

• Aster on substrate.

• Botrytis trial.

• Tomato cultivation in water.

• Double-row rose cultivation
system.

• Pepper transport system.

• Continuous cultivation of
tomatoes.

• Fungi and insect trials.