Ken, Solan’s owner started working within the South Australia Department of Agriculture and studied soil and irrigation technology. This lead to working with centre pivots, and the establishment of potato production within the Mallee Region of South Australia. This followed on to the research and establishment of a company focussing on the development of better potato seed. Hence Solan was born. Ken has been involved in all aspects of potato seed production and was involved with the introduction of tissue culture and plantlets as a method of production. Ken has continued to research and development technologies to further improve the quality of potato seed. Ken was granted accreditation as a Qualified Person for PBR purposes in August 2013.
Teish graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College/Adelaide University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Horticulture) in 1993 and spent many years working in the citrus industry in production and management. She served as a board member on the State Citrus Board in South Australia and facilitated the transition to the new citrus industry body CASAR during this time. As a producer and exporter of citrus Teish has represented growers to international markets in the USA, Spain and Singapore. She also has propagation experience in olives with Agromillora.
Teish overseas the day to day running of the facility to ensure smooth production scheduling each season, works with industry stakeholders on Biosecurity and Certification, liaises with Solan’s Australian and International clients, overseas the importation of new varieties to Australia, manages trial and research projects and implementation of upgrades to the facility to ensure production of high quality products and services that meet the needs and expectations of our clients. Teish has a keen interest in adopting of new technologies where appropriate to improve Solan’s longer term sustainability with a strong emphasis on environmental awareness. Teish became recognized as a QP in 2013.
Alison started her career in the wine industry where she worked in laboratories in both the Barossa Valley and Riverland Wine Regions. Alison was involved in many aspects of wine Quality Control where her skill base included chemical and microbiological analysis of wines and juices, data entry and management of vintage laboratories and staff. These skills have been transferred across to her current position at Solan where Alison is laboratory manager. Her main role at Solan is coordinating tissue culture production to meet client and polyhouse planting requirements. Alison is responsible for maintaining the Solan Genetic Resource Centre varietal Collection for PBR and Public potato varieties. She collates details of tissue culture production and planting and tissue culture collection storage for each variety to assist Solan’s comprehensive tracking history.