pcfruit npo, recognized as center of excellence in fruit research
pcfruit npo was started in 1997 as a coordinating structure of three former research institutes and demonstration gardens, all specialised in fruit growing and located in the heart of the fruit growing area of Belgium. The oldest of these comprising institutes was founded in 1943. The success of pcfruit is due to the combination of applied scientific research, demonstration activities to growers and services for industry and fruit growers at one central location with suitable infrastructure like labs, greenhouses, storage facilities, plastic tunnels, shelters and warehouses and orchards.
In pcfruit new and existing technologies, techniques and varieties are permanently evaluated and judged on their added value to fruit growing. Finally, the individual fruit growers are assisted in the introduction of new technologies and sustainable production methods. A close relationship with individual growers and grower associations exists, which benefits transfer of research results or information. Due to the high level of specialism these advices go beyond the fruit sector in areas as crop protection, biological control, IPM, plant nutrition, environment… Scientists of pcfruit are invited speakers and consulted for advice for problems in fruit growing on a world wide basis.