Friday, March 09, 2018

Bayer demonstrates the latest watermelon grafting techniques to breeders from Australia, India, Mexico and Brazil

Increasing yields and protecting plants from disease were the main objectives of the practical and theoretical training sessions that took place over two days in Almeria
Almeria (Spain).
More than 30 professionals from fourteen nurseries from Australia, India, Mexico and Brazil took part in the two-day workshop organized by Bayer to demonstrate cutting-edge watermelon grafting techniques.
Bayer’s experimental station in El Ejido (Almeria), in southern Spain, was the best location for this theoretical and practical training because of a number of important nurseries in this area. They are successfully implementing all kinds of watermelon grafting techniques for more than 30,000 hectares of greenhouses.

For the occasion, Bayer’s watermelon team prepared a comprehensive programme of theoretical content. It covered the physiological foundations of grafting through to the technical requirements of the ideal facilities for carrying out the operation. Bayer’s expert phytopathologists explained the latest knowledge on plant health in grafting processes.
In addition, a practical workshop was held for professionals to learn how to perform the most innovative watermelon grafting methods for themselves, such as double grafting, mini-grafting and single cotyledon grafting with rootstock pruning. The workshop concluded with visits to the facilities of two leading nurseries in grafting business: El Plantel and Cristalplant.

Francisco López from Bayer’s Global Product Development department for watermelons, puts a very high value on the collaboration opportunities that could arise between Spanish nurseries and those from the other countries following their visit to Almeria. He explained; “We are very pleased with the results of the training sessions. It was a challenge to prepare tailor-made content for the firms attending the course, as each of the countries represented has a different level of knowledge about watermelon grafting.”
Paco López, Global Product Development.
Better yields
There is a growing interest in watermelon grafting worldwide. Large production areas are suffering losses in their yields as a result of diseases caused by intensive soil use. Grafting guarantees the development of a strong root system that increases yields and protects the plant, making it less susceptible to certain soil diseases.

With the seminar in Almeria, Bayer has further underlined its working philosophy to support its clients in every improvement process on a local scale, taking advantage of the company’s global resources and knowledge.

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