Research and Development
The REO Auction is working on a fruitful and sustainable future for the West Flemish and, by extension, Belgian horticulture. Every year we invest in research into new and better cultivation techniques, new varieties, possibilities to prevent plant diseases, etc. To achieve this, the REO Auction works together with recognised research centres such as Inagro (Rumbeke Beitem), PCG (Kruishoutem) and VCBT (Leuven). In addition, the REO Auction supports national research projects in consultation with fellow Auctioneers via LAVA and VBT.
In addition, the REO Auction supports a maximum conversion of the standard rigid boxes into folding boxes. The REO Auction invests in a new washing machine that can open, wash and close the folding boxes in a fully automatic way. A complete conversion to folding boxes ensures that the REO Auction needs a lot less transport.
The REO Auction participates in various projects within the Flemish horticulture sector. A new innovative and progressive project is 'Agrotopia'. UGent, Inagro and the REO Auction are launching a university chair for urban horticulture. This university chair will combine practical and fundamental research into innovation in greenhouse horticulture, vertical cultivation and urban farming. A large part of that research will take place in the new Inagro roof greenhouse on top of the box shed of the REO Auction.