The Dutch horticulture sector holds an exceptionally important and competitive position both in a national and international perspective. This provides ample opportunities for research valorisation.
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Green Life Sciences Hub
An important focus for the Green Life Sciences research cluster is the horticulture and ornamentals sector within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. In the Green Life Sciences Hub various easy accessible initiatives are employed.
The Hub involves representatives from
- governmental agencies;
- research institutes; and
- business (in particular from Greenport Aalsmeer).
Green Innovation Desk
One of the initiatives is the Green Innovation Desk (Groene Innovatie Toonbank) which facilitates small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to perform short and well-defined innovation projects using the facilities and network available with the University of Amsterdam. Green Life Sciences principal investigator Michel Haring is strongly involved in this.
Entrepreneurs can approach the desk by email. Academic scientist will discuss with the entrepreneur the feasibility of innovative ideas and pursue together the possibilities for a proof-of-principle and/or design a pilot experiment. The innovation desk allows easy access to academic researchers that are full-time devoted to plant research and genetics.
In the project Green Forensics, the University of Amsterdam collaborates with Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) in forensic botany research to identify plant varieties and diseases. The collaboration offers Naktuinbouw the chance to further develop the current forensic research (Variety Tracer and Pathogen Tracer) and apply the very latest scientific insights.
Green Life Sciences Campus
The Geen Life Sciences Hub initiative also aims at training students in the latest techniques and working toward a Green Life Sciences Campus in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.