Cleaning Seeds without chemicals.
Plasma Activated Water (PAW) can be used to clean seeds from pathogens by only using air, water, and electricity. Together with 14 different well known seed producers VitalFluid B.V. has been testing over 40 different seed pathogen combinations. The results are looking promising.
Seed producers send batches of seeds contaminated with fungi, bacteria, and or virus to VitalFluid. At VitalFluid the seeds are treated with different concentrations of Plasma Activated Water and different incubation times. Seed specialist Ineke Wijkamp and microbiologist Danique van der Krieken conducted the treatments. After treating, the seeds were send back to the producers to test them on germination and seed health.
One of the tests was on flower seeds contaminated with general fungi. The treatment of PAW showed significant reduction of the fungi on the seeds. Compared to the control and current chlorine treatment the Plasma Activated Water treatment was performing much better. In attached graphs you can see the germination increases a lot by treating the contaminated seeds with PAW. Also you can see the PAW treatment is significantly reducing the fungal presence. The test also showed a decrease of abnormalities and a decrease in non-germinating seeds.
This customer is convinced of using PAW to clean his seeds as the standard treatment because it is performing better and there is no need for chemicals. VitalFluid will also show the upcoming results of other tests.
There are several ways to treat seeds with Plasma Activated Water. Seeds can be soaked in the water or the seeds can be sprayed or steamed. In this way upscaling the technology is easy and the seeds are less afected by the water. To do this VitalFluid partnered up with PETKUS SELECTA BV Selecta which is a leading company in seed technology.
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No more chemicals,
No more pathogens
Mark van Boxtel
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