By 2050, the world population will have increased by more than two billion people.
In order to keep producing enough healthy vegetables for everyone, we need higher yields that require less acreage, energy, fresh water, and minerals to grow.
In Seed Valley you’ll find innovative companies that develop high-quality vegetable and flower varieties. Dutch seeds travel all around the world.
Plant breeders and researchers develop new vegetable and flower varieties that produce higher yields, can be kept for longer, and are resistant to diseases. The Netherlands is at the forefront of developing better plant varieties.
But good seeds alone are not enough. Knowledge about optimum cultivation methods is just as valuable. This is why crop consultants from seed companies travel the world to share their knowledge with local growers.
Because one thing remains the same: we still need to eat!
A changing climate has led to extreme weather conditions around the world.
This can cause stress in plants. And we mean that quite literally: their growth slows down and they become less productive – or they simply die. Resulting in the loss of crops.
The problem is clear. But how do we solve it?
We need improved varieties that are resistant to drought, able to grow in saline soils, or which are suitable for modern cultivation methods.
In Seed Valley you’ll find the most innovative green fingers in the Netherlands. This is where the best flowers and vegetables are developed.
Are you willing to get your teeth into one of the big issues of modern times?
Aubergine is eaten around the world but there are considerable differences in their size and appearance.
The variety that a grower chooses to buy is determined not just by the desired appearance, but also by local soil type, cultivation methods, and predominant plant diseases.
Every country – and sometimes even a particular region within a country – applies different criteria.
To be a successful seller of vegetable seeds, the varieties that you offer must be better than all the rest.
Good sellers are the eyes and ears of the market. They are able to identify the latest trends and know what the market is waiting for.
Are you flexible enough to keep on tackling new challenges?
The search for the perfect plant has become a real data enigma.
In their long journey towards finding a successful variety, modern seed companies make use of high-tech tools.
We use state-of-the-art analysis equipment to systematically study the DNA of plants and identify desirable characteristics. We do this on a large scale, for large quantities of plants, and at a fast pace. Breeding companies collect millions of data points each year.
Bioinformatics specialists and data analysts are essential for this task: they develop the algorithms that recognize relevant genetic patterns in large amounts of DNA data.
Are you willing to find your own way in an innovative sector that is constantly pushing its own frontiers?
As a child, you were told that spinach makes you strong. However, the plant itself is very vulnerable.
Pathogenic fungi mutate at a rapid pace and break through the plants protective mechanisms. Making varieties resistant is a race against the clock.
Plant breeders are searching all corners of the world for wild spinach that is resistant to fungi. In the laboratory, researchers unravel the genetic structure of the plant so that we can track the presence of resistance genes when the wild spinach is cross-bred with our tasty variety.
And this work never stops. Every type of vegetable or flower, every type of climate, and every type of soil calls for a customized solution.
Are you smart and strong enough to tackle future food issues head on?