Breeding, Cloning, Biotechnology and R&D

To address the challenges of agriculture sector

Growing population requires more commodities especially in the food and personal care sector.

This means we need commodities and thereby land.

The challenge is efficiency: growing more in less land, or most output with the minimum input. Innovation plays a critical role in addressing these challenges, and Siat Group is well-placed to be a game-changer in this.

Deroose Plants,
part of the Siat Group

Deroose Plants & Exotic Plant are a worldwide supplier of elite young plant material for growers.









Deroose Plants is a platform striving for continuous innovation in tissue culture solutions and biotechnology, to provide best plant genetics to plant growers.

Being the world’s largest Bromeliad young plants supplier, and constantly developing new varieties, in recent years, Deroose focused on tissue culture technology for industrial and food crops to address the pressing challenges in agriculture. Deroose is the first and unique largest global company developing and producing rubber trees by using tissue culture technology. They have production facilities in Belgium, China and USA.

Acquiring Deroose Plants was a strategic investment for the future, enabling Siat to secure its proprietary supply of elite planting materials.

  • High-yielding and at the same time better resistant to disease and drought
  • A frontrunner in rubber, oil palm cacao in-vitro tissue culture research and mass-propagation

Research & development
for agricultural optimization

Sustainable development in oil palm and hevea relies upon the understanding of underlying biological, human, and industrial processes, and the capacity to optimize production factors and their interactions.

Siat strongly supports this objective through continuous commitment to research and innovation that encompasses both agronomic R&D for yield intensification and process optimization as well as strategic long-term partnerships that keep us at the forefront of planting material development and agricultural digitalization.

These R&D efforts are built upon an enabling platform of collaborations with international research institutes, specialized input and service providers and universities in both Africa and Europe.

Agricultural R&D
& Information Management Systems

Agricultural productivity is determined by the interacting characteristics of genotype, environment, and management while optimalization is governed by the combined effects of yield determining, reducing, and limiting factors for intensification and efficiency assessments. 

Optimizing Genotype-Environment-Management interactions within a sustainability framework is key to agricultural productivity and eco-efficiency

Yield gap analysis enables both land-use intensification and (economic) efficiency assessments

Our R&D department works closely with the plantation management for the implementation of research and support activities on agronomic practices, crop nutrition and soil fertility, mechanization and labour productivity, as well as phytosanitary monitoring and control. Further collaboration with ERP specialists for building and developing database systems ensures that all relevant data and information is captured in a correct and timely manner and linked to other business management modules. By integrating this Agricultural Information Management System into GIS and business intelligence platforms it provides valuable tools and knowledge to support the decision-making process for plantation management.

A sound understanding of the physical environment and agro-ecological context across the extensive spatial and temporal scales of tree crop plantations is paramount for benchmarking the natural potential of the land. The use of elite planting material and best agricultural practices, adapted to site specifications through field experimentation, are essential management requirements to achieve the agronomic potential of the land. A cost-effective control of weeds, pests and diseases through integrated pest management reduces risks and ensures the productive potential in maintained throughout the lifecycles. Finally, a holistic field to factory integration connects the agricultural activities to the end products for greater quality assurances whilst also enabling economic evaluations and optimizations as well as resource recycling and circularities.

Overview of the research trials carried out on plantation subsidiaries. Siat group has accumulated over 500 trial years.
Topics and Research Activities Presco SNL GOPDC CHC
Fertilization and soil fertility Ongoing 6 2 2 2
Completed 4 2 7
Cumulative years 71 14 65 10
Other Agronomy topics Ongoing 2 1
Completed 5
Cumulative years 20 21
Planting Material Oil Palm Ongoing 27
Completed 4
Cumulative years 261
Planting Material Hevea Ongoing 9 2 5
Cumulative years 15 11 24

Partnerships on oil palm
genetic improvement for Africa

Planting material is a cornerstone in oil palm development as high yielding, resource efficient and locally adapted are fundamental for superior yield potential. Such material can only be developed and obtained through breeding and selection involving long term concerted and committed efforts from breeders, research institutes and private actors. To support and sustain such progress the Siat group started a 20-year collaboration with CIRAD, PalmElit and INRAB in 2007. The “Genetic Block Project”, implemented in Presco plc saw the establishment of progeny trials covering some 500 hectares.

Most trials aim to determine the breeding values of parents for a new generation of planting material. Other trials are part of larger international efforts to improve drought resistance and fertilizer use efficiency both critical for long term resilience in the lights of climate change and growing resource scarcity.

Moreover, the project further enables a diversification of disease resistant planting material as well as the introduction of additional traits of interest (improve quality, reduce processing losses, compact size to increase land productivity, etc.).

Most trials aim to determine the breeding values of parents for a new generation of planting material. Other trials are part of larger international efforts to improve drought resistance and fertilizer use efficiency both critical for long term resilience in the lights of climate change and growing resource scarcity.

These efforts, by ensuring perpetual progress in genetic potential and regional adaptation, not only provide the Siat group with guaranties regarding the quality of planting materials used but also safeguard the sustainable growth of the African oil palm industry in general, primarily by increasing yield and thus reducing the need for land conversion or deforestation.


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Partnerships for Innovation & Optimization

  • Collaborations with oil palm breeders
  • Tissue Culture applications
  • ERP & digitalization
  • Data science
  • Remote sensing/Drone/GIS
  • Fertilizer use efficiency and soil fertility
  • Integrated pest management
  • Mechanization

Research for development

  • Rubber
  • Oil Palm
  • Academic collaborations (North-South)
  • Industry support (Smallholders)
  • Landscape Integration
  • Advisory
  • Analytical
  • Technology