December 9, 2015


Koppert to establish new R&D centre in Spain




Koppert Biological Systems recently laid the foundation stone for a sustainable building in the town of Vícar, Spain, and hopes to bring microbiological solutions closer to growers around the world.


Antonio Bonilla, the mayor of Vícar in the province of Almería, and Councillor María Fernández were present at the stone laying ceremony for the new 300 square metre R&D centre which Koppert Spain is building on this site.


"This building is much more than an economic investment. It represents Koppert's commitment to agriculture and reflects our interest in working side by side with farmers to improve the competitiveness and commercial value of their crops," said Valter Ceppi, Koppert's local sales director.


Research into microorganisms that are beneficial to agriculture will be one of the key activities to be developed at the new R&D centre. This will strengthen Koppert's commitment to microbiology, a field of research in which the company has already achieved major successes.


The identification of fungi and bacteria - which naturally increase the growth and productivity of plants, while strengthening the natural resilience of crops against diseases that are mainly transmitted through the root - form the basis for a range of Koppert's seed, soil and plant enhancement products.


There will be a second laboratory for entomological research (insects) and an area dedicated to quality control for all biological products which Koppert sells in Spain. The new facilities, which open in about six months, will also have offices for researchers, a meeting and training room, a kitchen, and communal areas.


Koppert Spain's new R&D centre will have sufficient space to accommodate both permanent staff and visitors. It provides a high-quality research environment for students and interns, as well as temporary accommodation for researchers from other Koppert subsidiaries and international centres which the company currently has cooperation agreements with.


The new building will be self-sufficient in energy use, relying on solar and wind power, and will be constructed with materials that take maximum advantage of light and the Mediterranean climate to minimise its environmental impact.

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