Vegetables In All Regions
Supporting local, indoor food production with innovations in vegetable seed and biological crop protection
The demand for fresh fruits and vegetables is growing worldwide, with a clear consumer preference for sustainably grown produce. Greenhouse production will play an increasingly important role in meeting the demand for local and year-round vegetables. BASF is optimizing seed and crop protection for growing food indoors. In 2021, the company’s vegetable seed business, marketed under the Nunhems® brand, opened a new state-of-the-art greenhouse for breeding vegetable seed varieties. The advanced indoor growing technologies will save water, energy and other agricultural inputs, and will be matched with BASF’s vegetable seed varieties specifically bred for these conditions. The company is employing greenhouses like these to provide foundational research for efficiently producing and harvesting fruit and vegetable crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and lettuce throughout the year.
“Indoor food production is becoming increasingly important around the globe. We are anticipating consumers’ needs and develop breeding solutions that will thrive in these settings, while also providing sustainability benefits to society, and delicious healthy eating,” said Vicente Navarro, Senior Vice President of BASF’s Vegetable Seeds business.
As partners with vegetable seed innovations, BioSolutions by BASF like Velifer® BioInsecticide and Serifel® BioFungicide are optimized for performance in greenhouse settings, and will continue to launch worldwide, including in the EU, China and Latin America over the coming years.
Farmer José Filipe Ruiz Chavez, who grows tomatoes and peppers in greenhouses in Mexico, said: “The experience we had with Serifel® has been very good because it has reduced and controlled powdery mildew. We have a vigorous and healthier plant, a cleaner and more organic produce.”