Basil, exploring genetics for Vertical Farming – Jakajima interview with Jasper den Besten, HAS University of Applied Sciences (VIDEO)

Jasper den Besten

Another JakajimaTV talk with Jasper den Besten, HAS University of Applied Sciences about The importance of the variety choice for vertical farming.

Choosing the correct variety is often underexposed in vertical farming. However, the differences between varieties are huge. The differences between varieties can be a factor 2 or more. Results of variety tests are limited accessible. Our basil varieties trial in Brightbox showed the importance of doing variety tests.

Jasper den Besten will be speaking at the Vertical Farming Conference, for a complete overview of the program and registration, go to

Ir. Jasper den Besten (1956) graduated from Wageningen University in 1981 and started to work as a lecturer in the horticulture department at HAS University of applied sciences, Den Bosch, The Netherlands ( ) and nowadays as professor (Dutch: lector) in new cultivation systems. The vertical farming expertise started 10 years ago and resulted in a lot of knowledge and experience in a wide range of crops. HAS University has climate cells in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and HAS is co-founder of BrightBox Venlo ( ). He is manager of BrightBox Venlo, member of the honorary board of the Association for Vertical Farming (

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