Raising the profile of its minituber production capabilities will be one of the main aims for Tasmania’s leading seed potato and agronomy businesses at this month’s Hort Connections event in Melbourne, reports FreshPlaza.
Agronico was one of the first companies in Australia to introduce its own tissue culture lab, as part of its quality end-to-end seed potato process, which goes through to the final generation product.
“We want to also raise the profile of our minituber production facility,” Chief Executive Officer Robert Graham said. “A lot of people know that we produce seed, but don’t know that we do minitubers.
The business started almost 30 years ago. “We then we developed Australia’s only hydroponic minituber facility, which gives very uniform-sized minitubers,” Mr Graham said.
Having the tissue lab and minituber production as part of the business has many advantages, including the ability to learn new things about the nutrition of new varieties in the hydroponic system, given it is more sensitive to nutrients than soil. The company employs two PhD graduates, and two other research officers, to work on a number of projects.