PCS Ornamental Plant Research
PCS Ornamental Plant Research (Dutch: Proefcentrum voor Sierteelt) has the expertise and facilities to carry out applied scientific research and more practice-oriented research. At both levels research is done thematically.
Important research themes are the optimization of culture methods, growth and flowering regulation, use of energy, quality and post harvest properties of ornamental plants and research for practical utility. In the present research, environmental protection has become a very important theme. This includes trials in closed culture systems, in which water and fertilizers are recycled, so that nothing can leach into the subsoil. The minimization of use of chemical products is also a central issue in the theme of plant protection. Integrated control is an important aspect of this research. In this context, PCS developed an observation and warning system for pests and diseases in nursery stock and has also a program for guided control in glasshouse cultures.
Within PCS, there is also an important engagement to information and education activities. The transfer of knowledge is realized by the publication of results in professional journals and the organisation of study meetings, lectures, visits ... In addition, we have over 1000 member SME's.