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         Chemical-free water treatment for greenhouses to optimize irrigation water, reservoirs and water basins in order to increase yield

                                                                                numerous  fresh  crops  including  blue-
                                                                                berries,  table  grapes,  tomatoes,  straw-
                                                                                berries,  almonds,  avocados,  cherries,
          Climate change is creating new chal-                                  citrus fruits, and a variety of leafy greens.
        lenges  for  farmers  and  growers,  with
        increased  water  scarcity,  warming  en-                                    The results across
        vironments,  severe  droughts,  and  un-
        predictable  weather  events.  Increased                                  crops using nanobubble
        temperatures  reduce  the  dissolved  ox-                                     technology have:
        ygen levels of irrigation water supplies,
        depriving plant roots of critical oxygen                                 • Proven to generate up to 25% faster
        levels needed for them to develop and                                   growth in crops
        creating an environment where harmful   cost-efficient,  sustainable  solution  to   •  Proven  to  increase  yields  of  up  to
        bacteria  and  pathogens  such  as  Pythi-  prevent  algae  and  pathogen  growth  in   56%, and in the case of blueberries and
        um, Phytophthora and biofilm can thrive.  water storage basins.         strawberries,  growers  observed  better
          Farmers  have  been  increasing  their                                size ranges and grades of fruit
                                              Nanobubbles’  oxygen  transfer  effi-
        usage  of  chemical  fertilizers and pesti-  ciency  (OTE)  also  provides  the  most   •  Enabled  specialty  crop  growers  to
        cides to mitigate against pathogens and   cost-effective solution to elevate oxygen   reach  their  harvest  weight  sooner,  en-
        harmful  bacteria.  However,  the  use  of   levels  in  irrigation  water,  regardless  of   abling them to get to market faster.
        chemicals comes at a cost - contaminat-  temperatures.  Nanobubble  generators
        ing water supplies and increasing trace   deliver a consistent flow of oxygen-filled
        chemicals  found  in  drinking  water  and   nanobubbles to the plant’s roots through
                                            increased  dissolved  oxygen  levels  of
                                            water supplies, including irrigation and
                                            deep  water  culture  (DWC)  systems.
                                            This  leads  to  increased  root  zone  oxy-
                                            genation,  which  increases  the  healthy
                                            nutrient uptake by plants. The outcome
                                            is  healthier,  more  resilient  plants,  in-
                                            creased crop yields, and decreased time
                                            to cultivation.
                                              Moving farming indoors:
                                                                                 One example is Revol Greens, a state-
                                              To  overcome  warming  environments,   of-the-art hydroponic grower located in
          To  increase  crop  production  while   severe  droughts,  and  unpredictable   the  USA.  The  team  at  Revol  found  that
        overcoming water scarcity and reducing   weather events, farming has increasing-  super  saturating  irrigation  water  with
        chemical  usage,  growers  need  innova-  ly  migrated  to  controlled  environments   oxygen nanobubbles increased nutrient
        tive  technology  solutions  that  require   where growing conditions can be better   uptake and improved plant development
        less  water  with  better  nutrient  absorp-  managed to create reliable and consis-  and  yields.  Steve  Amundson,  Partner  &
        tion.                               tent  crops.  Indoor  growing,  in  green-  Head  Grower,  Revol  Greens,  says: “We
                                            houses and vertical farms, enables farm-  are thrilled with the results we have seen
          The nanobubble solution:          ers to use new technology to reduce the   at our Revol Greens greenhouse since in-
                                            risk of exposure to harsh climate condi-  stalling Moleaer’s nanobubble technolo-
          Nanobubbles, tiny nano-sized bubbles   tions, however, it comes with increased
        that are 2500 times smaller than a grain   costs for energy and climate controls.  gy. The ability of the system to promote
                                                                                plant growth is substantial to our bottom
        of table salt and filled with oxygen, are                               line. The on-average 15% improvement
        a  new  class  of  technology.  Greenhouse                              in  our  yields  was  very  surprising. This
        facilities  are  rapidly  implementing  this                            proven  technology  should  and  will  be
        latest technology, with more than 150 fa-                               standardized into our current and future
        cilities globally utilizing it.                                         facilities.”
          The  nanobubbles  increase  both  dis-
        solved  oxygen  levels  and  the  oxida-
        tion-reduction  potential  (ORP)  which
        treats or eliminates pathogens and bio-
        film through a process known as oxida-
        tion.  The  elevated  ORP  improves  wa-
        ter  quality,  reduces  Pythium  and  other
        pathogen levels, and eliminates the need
        for chemical treatments and pesticides.   Nanobubble  generators  reduce  en-
          Irrigation  reservoirs  and  storage  ba-  ergy  consumption  and  costs  for  green-
        sins for greenhouses are faced with ris-  houses, reducing the reliance on indoor
        ing bacteria, fungi, and algae growth re-  climate controls.
        sulting in decreased basin water quality.   Greenhouses and indoor facilities are
        Nanobubbles  provide  a  chemical-free,   using  nanobubble  technology  to  grow
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