Biofilm – hidden threat for vegetable and fruit crops

Biofilm is a hidden threat for all crops which are watered via a network of irrigation pipelines. Biofilm starts with a thin ‘greasy’ layer inside irrigation pipelines and can grow to a thick wall of organic pollution which can eventually block drippers and sprayers.

Before blockage of the water supply to the plants takes place, a much bigger threat occurs. Biofilm is mainly organic contamination and therefore a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Biofilm is thus an infection source inside irrigation pipes and in water storage tanks. Therefore it is of major importance to keep the irrigation system clean from biofilm in order to prevent diseases and production losses.

Agrobacterium, clavibacter, listeria, fusarium, pythium, phytophthora, botrytis, mildew and many other pathogens spread very easily in irrigation pipelines. These micro-organisms, as well as viruses, are ‘protected’ inside a biofilm. Scientific research already shows that viruses survive in biofilm even after treatment with chlorine.

Intra Hydrocare is a stabilized hydrogen peroxide. Intra Hydrocare cleans out biofilm until the very last dripper and sprayer. At the same time pathogens are eliminated with a low and continuous dosage. Intra Hydrocare reacts with organic contamination and micro-organisms. After reaction, Intra Hydrocare leaves water and oxygen as residues. The low continuous dosage increases the oxygen level in the water with 10% to 15%. This extra oxygen is very favourable for root development and root condition.

Want to learn more about fighting biofilm and perfect water quality? Visit the the irrigation water specialists from Intracare at Fruit Logistica, Holland Pavillion, hall 3.2 – stand A-16.

For more information: 
Voltaweg 4
5466 AZ Veghel
T +31 (0)413 354 105
F +31 (0)413 362 324

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