BASF Vegetable Seeds, a breeding company that produces high-grade seeds for 24 different vegetable crops, opened its new state-of-the-art breeding facility in the Dutch village of Nunhem in 2018. This has increased the company's capabilities for providing consumers and the supply chain with new vegetable varieties while also applying the latest technology to accelerate the breeding process and reduce its ecological footprint.
What you notice right away is BASF's massive complex that occupies a prominent place adjacent to the village of Nunhem in the Dutch province of Limburg. Now standing opposite to the existing complex is a brand-new facility known as GreenEx which consists of about 8.6 acres (3.5 ha) of greenhouses and 183,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of technical facilities used for all breeding activities in cucumber crops. "This addition to our company means having a superb facility for providing our customers with new varietal material that has been developed under optimum conditions. It's also allowing us to respond to three important issues: environmental requirements, safety and plant health," says Peter Keunen, Project Manager at BASF in Nunhem. “With our breeding center, we want set the right path for our plants in order to optimally support their healthy development."