Koppert Biological Systems, recently laid the foundation stone for a research and development center in the Spanish town of Vícar, which the company sees as allowing it to bring microbiological solutions closer to growers around the world.

“This building is much more than an economic investment. It represents Koppert’s commitment to agriculture and reflects our interest in working side by side with farmers to improve the competitiveness and commercial value of their crops,” said Koppert’s local sales director, Valter Ceppi.

Research into microorganisms that are beneficial to agriculture will be one of the key activities to be developed at the new R&D center. This will strengthen Koppert’s commitment to microbiology, a field of research in which the company has already achieved major successes, it was announced. The identification of fungi and bacteria which naturally increase the growth and productivity of plants, while strengthening the natural resilience of crops against diseases that are mainly transmitted through the root, form the basis for a range of Koppert’s seed, soil and plant enhancement products.

There will be a second laboratory for entomological research (insects) and an area devoted to quality control for all the biological products that Koppert sells in Spain. The new facilities, which will open in about six months.

Koppert Spain’s new R&D center will have sufficient space to accommodate both permanent staff and visitors. This will make it possible to provide a high-quality research environment for students and interns, as well as temporary accommodation for researchers from other Koppert subsidiaries and international centers with which Koppert currently has cooperation agreements.