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 in international markets in the USA, Spain and Singapore. She also has propagation experience in olives with Agromillora.
Teish overseas management of all aspects of the facility and production processes with a focus on building strong connections with clients and industry. Teish seeks the adoption of new technologies to improve production efficiencies, provide continual improvement in the working environment for staff and a focus on long term sustainability and 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.