30 Years

Our History

In 1983 we obtained our first official accreditation for the use of the ELISA technique in the Certification of the Quality of Seed Potato nationwide, which made us the first laboratory of this kind in the country.

In 1984 we were approved for the diagnosis of nematodes by the Ministry of Agriculture.

In 1985 our company was also pioneer in the production of ?Minitubers? in the country. This technology allowed Argentina to gain independence from Seed Potato import coming mainly from Holland and Canada.

In 1989 we signed a contract with the Mexican Farming Group JOEL for the design, technology transfer and turn-key installation of a facility for minitubers production and diagnosis of seed potato diseases in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Farming Group JOEL has turned into one of the main seed potato producers and potato supplier for the industry of that country and Latin America.

In 1995 we signed a contract with APASE, a group of seed potato producers in Tafí del Valle, Tucumán, Argentina, for the design, technology transfer and turn-key installation of a facility for minitubers production and diagnosis of seed potato diseases.

Since 1996 we offer the services of maintenance In Vitro of potato varieties and minitubers provision to different customers, such as Mc Cain Argentina SA, PepsiCo Argentina SRL, Farm Frites Agrico and Germicopa.

In 1997 we achieved a very important technological change in the production system of minitubers, through new greenhouses, harvest, storage and packing facilities in Santa Clara del Mar, located 18 km from Mar del Plata, leading to an improvement in the quality of the processes and our products.

In 1999 we signed an agreement on Technological Development with the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion under the terms of a contract between the Inter-American Development Bank and the Argentinian Government. This project was called ?Strategies of In Vitro and greenhouse culture to improve the quality, increase the production of potato minitubers (Solanum tuberosum L.) and get competitive costs?.

In the early nineties we started to export seed potato to Uruguay and Mexico. Between 2000 and 2002 we exported minitubers of varieties for industry to Brazil, Colombia and Chile, contributing and consolidating an export policy of seed potato from Argentina to Latin America.

In 2002 we set up the Clinic of Plant Diseases, offering since then advice on a wide spectrum of diseases in different crops.

In 2004 we developed a new technology for the autotrophic propagation of potato plantlets.

In 2004 the Direction decided to certify all the productive processes and the services. In 2005, we were certified by ISO 9001-2000 Standards becoming the first company of the sector which has certified all the productive processes and services under international standards of Quality Management.

In 2005 we started to produce kiwifruit varieties and other plant species in our In Vitro Culture Laboratory.

In 2007 the Molecular Biology Laboratory is incorporated, bound to assist in the diagnosis of phytopathologies, identification of varieties and genetically modified organisms by PCR techniques. This was absolutely new in the agricultural sector in our country, assuring our customers a faster results delivery.

In 2007 we received a Non Refundable Contribution from the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion under the terms of the Program of Technological Modernisation III, to perform the project called ?Development of services to improve the potato quality: molecular and biochemical techniques to diagnose and characterize viruses and causal agents of common scab?.

In 2009 we obtained a new Non Refundable Contribution, in this occasion for the ?Development of technologies for the detection and characterization of the isolates of Potato Virus Y (PVY) present in Argentina?.

In 2010 we re-certified all our processes under the ISO-9001-2008 standards, further working under the highest international standards of Quality Management.

Another important event in 2010 was our first export of In Vitro potato plantlets to Chile, being this the first of the kind from Argentina.

In 2011, through another Non Refundable Contribution we developed a new project under the name ?Utilization of new light sources emitted by diode lamps (LED lamps) for the In Vitro production of potato plantlets?.

In the same year, we carried out a technological transfer and training to the Companies Semillas Llanquihue in Chile and Montesa Agro S.R.L in Brazil.

AGREEMENTS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

In 1999 we signed an agreement on Technological Development with the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion under the terms of a contract between the Inter-American Development Bank and the Argentinian Government. This project was called ?Strategies of In Vitro and greenhouse culture to improve the quality, increase the production of potato minitubers (Solanum tuberosum L.) and get competitive costs?.

In 2000 we undertook a project for the development of technology for the analysis of genetic uniformity and potato varieties identification between Diagnósticos Vegetales S.A. and INTA Balcarce, which was carried out by the Laboratory of Applied Molecular Genetics of the Farming Experiment Station of INTA Balcarce.

In 2005 we obtained a Non Refundable Contribution from the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion (Contract ANR 255/1) under the terms of the Program of Technological Modernisation II, as a part of the contract of loan between the Inter-American Development Bank) and the Argentinian Government. The project was entitled ?Substrate for the production of healthy propagation material in greenhouses: development of an ecologically acceptable alternative to the Methyl Bromide?.

In 2007 we received a Non Refundable Contribution from the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion under the terms of the Programme of Technological Modernisation III, to perform the project called ?Development of services to improve the potato quality: molecular and biochemical techniques to diagnose and characterize viruses and causal agents of common scab?.

In 2009 we obtained a new Non Refundable Contribution, in this occasion for the ?Development of technologies for the detection and characterization of the isolates of Potato Virus Y (PVY) present in Argentina?.

In 2011, through another Non Refundable Contribution we developed a new project under the name ?Utilization of new light sources emitted by diode lamps (LED lamps) for the In Vitro production of potato plantlets?.