Research Centre Hoogstraten (PCH) is located in the north of Antwerp in the middle of an important horticultural area. Since its foundation in 1955 the centre plays an active role in the development and growth of the horticulture in the region.
Continuously carrying out new investments has made the growth of the centre possible to its current state of a modern and performant research institution. Only recently a renewal of 15.700 m² glasshouse and infrastructure was realised, which allows to do research in a scientific and acurate manner. Acquiring the GEP (Good Experimental Practices) accreditation is important for the trials and the completion of research.
Research Centre Hoogstraten is specialized in the cultivation in glasshouses (strawberry, tomato, pepper) and the strawberry cultivation in open air (in soil and on tabletops). Practical and demonstrative research in these cultures delivers information and answers to questions risen at professional horticultural companies and growers. In collaboration with other research institutions different programs can be initiated to solve more fundamental problems in the above mentioned cultures. The transfer of trial results towards the growers and other scientific groups is an important challenge for the Research Centre.
To attend roughly 220 strawberry growers the Research Centre has a Consultancy Team Strawberry which delivers professional advice inland and abroad. One of the major strengths of the team is its close interaction with the ongoing research at the Research Centre, this way the advice given by the Consultancy team can always be backed up with objectively obtained trial results. The team combines years of experience with youthfull dynamism and delivers necessary input in the setup of trials in the research program.
Horticulture is one of the engines of the economical development and prosperity in the region. Research Centre Hoogstraten wants to act as a backbone in accomplishing this continuous evolution through its research program, consultancy and horticultural services.