UvA researchers develop methods for provenance determination of roses

19 February 2016

Is a certain flower or crop actually grown in the Netherlands? Are the roses that I buy for Valentine's Day 'fair'? In collaboration with independent knowledge institute Naktuinbouw, researchers at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences developed forensic tests to determine the origin of plants.

In partnership with rose grower Rosa Natura the researchers developed methods to identify the origin of roses. The results of an initial pilot study show that the developed method has potential to differentiate Dutch roses from, for example, Indian and Kenyan roses.

CSI in horticulture

Forensic technologies such as DNA and isotope research offer new opportunities for procuring evidence. The ratio of isotopes in plants is strongly influenced by local growing conditions such as temperature, humidity and soil types. Isotopic analysis may therefore reveal the origin of the plant material. By means of independent origin determination, suppliers can eliminate mistrust from retailers and consumers, and it can also be used preventively against fraud. Besides roses, provenance determination methods were developed for use on trees and paprika.



Photo: Rosa Natura

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The research takes place within the Amsterdam Green Campus. In this regional platform, researchers, educational institutions and entrepreneurs focus together on  innovation and the training of talent within the green sector. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area hosts some of the most innovative horticultural regions of Europe and a lot of 'green knowledge'. The Green Campus enables cooperation with Greenport and Greenport Aalsmeer Noord-Holland-Noord and helps bring together existing knowledge related to innovation, research and education; an advantage to stay ahead of the competition from abroad.

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Published by  Swammerdam Institute