During the yearly event for our Dutch growers in 2018, Anthura announced that the DNA of Anthurium and Phalaenopsis had been sequenced and mapped. For the application of molecular techniques, having the DNA information alone is not enough. This information must be linked to plant properties. This allows breeders to speed up the breeding process by applying selections at a DNA level. This makes the search for new varieties more efficient and allows for more targeted breeding of sustainable varieties. This is one of the reasons why the Research Centre has been built: the layout and setup have been chosen in such a way that it can be optimally implemented. The location is where the company was built in 1979 on the Anthuriumweg, Bleiswijk. The demolished greenhouse was mainly 40 years old.
Setup of the Research Centre
An important characteristic for the future is resistance. We are going to increase the resistance of our varieties and reduce their susceptibility to disease. For resistance breeding, it is necessary to conduct research and trials with pathogens. For this purpose, a separate section has been set up with closed examination rooms that meet all the requirements for this work to be carried out safely.
The staff are working more and more on better varieties at a molecular level. A good molecular laboratory is a prerequisite for molecular research and breeding. Up to now, the activities have been accommodated in the Plant Pathogen Laboratory.
A new, larger laboratory has been built in the Research Centre to test for diseases and pests. The molecular laboratory also has the potential to expand in the future.
The new location is also equipped for the breeding of smaller crops such as exclusive orchids and garden orchids. For this purpose, small greenhouse sections have been built with all the necessary facilities such as cooling and darkening areas, so that these smaller crops can also be bred under the specific growing conditions required.