CO2 GRO announces commercial feasibility with UK tomato greenhouse grower, La Serra. This project was sourced by GROW’s UK-based Marketing Partner Rika BioTech Limited.
The commercial feasibility will be conducted in a section of La Serra’s 8-hectare greenhouse for one year. The primary focus of the commercial feasibility is to assess the system's benefits. Suppression of powdery mildew on susceptible tomato varieties is of interest to La Serra as it is expected to result in significant crop savings resulting in improved operating margins. The commercial feasibility will also monitor enhanced tomato fruit production and CO2 usage.
The La Serra facility was built in 2018 with the first planting in 2019. La Serra’s General Manager, Nick Arnst stated, “We are interested in the CO2 Delivery Solutions technology and in particular its plant perimeter protection benefits. Suppressing powdery mildew can be a challenge given the variety of tomatoes we grow. Suppression of powdery mildew would result in significant crop savings and be positively reflected in our operating margins. At La Serra our goals are to leverage all available technology to operate a facility that is sustainable, minimizes its carbon footprint while at the same time maximizing financial performance.”