An Italian producer of organic fertilizer, biostimulants, and microbials for agriculture, Italpollina, intends to open a new research center in Anderson Park, IL next to the firm’s new North American headquarters and production facility, the company announced in a Nov. 22 press release.
Dubbed Italpollina Park, the site will work on product development and research in areas like phenomics and metabolomics. Plans call for a phenomics greenhouse with numerous growth chambers to produce biostimulants.
“The park represents further confirmation of our commitment to being a leader in sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture,” said Luca Bonini, the firm’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “We are proud to announce the creation of Italpollina Park, a unique industrial and scientific center that will be a world landmark for the secor, and set the highest standards in the biostimulants market.”
The company invested $9 million in the 700,000-sq-ft headquarters and manufacturing plant, which will produce biostimulant fertilizer from soybeans when it becomes operational, according to a Jan. 26, 2016 report by the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.
Founded in Italy in 1971, Italpollina today operates in more than 80 nations.