The University of Hertfordshire has conducted a study using Orion Future Technology's product 'Sirius' which contains bioactive silicon. They have investigated the effects silicon has on strawberries and how it makes plants more resilient to pest and disease attack. The effects include an increase in the thickness of the cuticle, increase number of leaf hairs, increase length of leaf hairs and increased strength of leaf hairs. All of which has shown a delay in the onset of disease (Strawberry Powdery Mildew) plus a reduction in the total infection. They also demonstrated a significant reduction in the infestation of Two Spotted Spider Mite (TSSM) in the plants treated with Silicon.
Due to the covid restrictions this year’s Fruit Focus event in the UK has gone on line and as a result the data from the study can be viewed on the University’s exhibitor page. The data is explained in the presentation by Dr Avice Hall, a world expert on silicon.
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