In 2006 The Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture (ISK) in Skierniewice, Poland decided to re-build their greenhouse research facilities. The aim was to turn the four obsolete greenhouses to one advanced, 2,500 m2 glasshouse with fifty research chambers. Netafim conducted an advanced greenhouse project that includes multiple research chambers all controled by advanced technology specification.    

The Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture (ISK) in Skierniewice, Poland, is the largest center of research in the field of fruit growing, beekeeping and ornamental plants.

In 2006 the institue decided to re-build the greenhouse research facilities. ISK released a RFP with the highest standard requirements.
Netafim Irygacja Poland together with the Netafim greenhouse division had produced a comprehensive detailed tender proposal including project process, structure and technology specification. The offer was competing against three other companies, and Netafim's offer was accepted and the project started in June 2006.            .
 Greenhouse for research in poland
The aim was to turn the four obsolete greenhouses to one advanced, 2,500 m2 Venlo type glasshouse with fifty research chambers.
The structure was built upon the concept of a phytotron (a growing chamber allowing full control of micro climat simulating different climatic regimes per the crop, research topics etc.) keeping the same technology as in a commercial greenhouse, but doing so on a much smaller scale, similar to a laboratory, and with fifty variants of climate conditions.
First step was to demolish the existing construction and pave an access road to the construction site.
Each chamber was built independently, using a key-card or photocell controled doors and using its own stand alone climate controller, drainage water collection unit and irrigation system.
 Greenhouse for research in poland indoors
The rooms are heated using a water heating system. Hot water flows through a drop-shaped pipe, each chamber can be heated independently using a stand alone mixing group and measuring box.
The water is supplied to the greenhouse from the city's hot water. As part of the project, Netafim had completely renovated the water pipes network.
Every chamber has an independent climate control system (heating, ventilation, shading, lighting and humidification – Hygro Fan). Climate is controlled by two Intégro process computers, fertigation by NutriJets .
Each chamber is equipped with aluminum growing benches ("growing tables") in order to conduct the plants testing.
As part of the research process, plants are being infected with viruses. Therefore, there must be a complete separation of the drainage and irrigation systems between the rooms.
In addition, the water drained from the chambers is disinfected using a UV system before it is directed to the separate underground concrete tank.
Due to the small size of the chambers, and the need to keep the technology as close to the real Greenhouse for research in poland at nightcommercial greenhouse as possible, some creative engineering solutions needed to be implemented, such as a motorized single window and a miniature screens system.
The success of the project has made its effect, soon after the project's launch, another research center was sold; Krakow's Agriculture University.


View the research greenhouse in 360 degrees: