Joint research by ErfGoed and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture into the impact of disinfectants on fusarium on four different types of floors has revealed a side effect. Though fusarium spreads easily on irrigation mats and on concrete floors, it develops very slowly on the ErfGoed Floor. After three weeks, waste was nearly 100% on the concrete floor and the irrigation mat. By contrast, there was only 20% waste on the ErfGoed cultivation floor.
“Our cultivation floor does not only have a positive effect on the prevention of infectious fungal diseases, but also on their spread,” ErfGoed Managing Director Hugo Paans said. “Growers have ample time to intervene in case of infection. And that’s a great advantage.”
According to Paans, the risk of diseases such as fusarium on an ErfGoed Floor is almost non-existant.
“Plants turn out to develop much stronger roots than with traditional drip systems or spray irrigation. The ideal microclimate on the cultivation floor ensures a healthy and strong plant.” According to the managing director, the absorbency of ErfGoed Floor is also an important factor. “No puddles form on the surface, as, for instance, on concrete floors.”
The Wageningen UR research has also shown that the ErfGoed Floor contained antagonists. As a result, infected plants had less trouble from all kinds of diseases and remained more vigorous.