OBJECTIVE: The objective of this project was to examine the extent at which nutrient levels may be reduced in leachate from NEREA® media blends when used to grow a basil crop. CHALLENGE: International Zeolite Corporation (IZ) is an international marketer and supplier of natural zeolite and zeolite-infused products. Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral found in volcanic ash that can be used for a number … Continue reading IZC NEREA® nutrient trials
OBJECTIVE: To examine the leachate over time from a selected range of biochar and greenhouse media blends to assess nutrient holding and loss over time, and thus potential impact on plant growth and environment. CHALLENGE: Walker Industries Inc. is a diverse, Ontario-based company with an environmental division, Walker Environmental Group Inc. (WEG), that specializes in waste management and resource recovery. One of the areas of … Continue reading Biochar Leachate Evaluation
Zeolite in hydrangea production OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to validate the performance of zeolite from International Zeolite Corporation (IZC) as a media supplement that may increase cation exchange capacity (CEC) and media weight during a complete hydrangea crop cycle at a commercial growing facility in Ontario. CHALLENGE: Conventional media for growing hydrangeas has proven too lightweight for a crop that is grown … Continue reading IZC Hydrangea Production
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of environmental control strategies used to control fungal diseases, and the efficacy of the biological control agents Aphidius matricariae and Chrysopa carnea, either alone or in combination, compared to a universal control, for control of the cannabis aphid Phorodon cannabis on Cannabis sativa. CHALLENGE: The commercial cannabis industry currently struggles with integrated pest management … Continue reading Koppert Canada Limited
Evaluation of the effects of the weight of zeolite in peat moss-based media and the corresponding shipping logistics of potted plant products OBJECTIVE: To establish dry and wet weight estimates on various zeolite-peat moss media blends in a range of growing pot sizes, in order to assess the potential impact on shipping and handling of plants.. CHALLENGE: Zeolite is a naturally occurring mineral, known … Continue reading IZC Shipping Weights Evaluation
Evaluation of the performance of a novel climate optimization software in a commercial floral and commercial cucumber greenhouse in Ontario OBJECTIVE: To validate and make recommendations related to the use of the 360 Energy Inc. novel climate optimization software in two commercial greenhouses in Southern Ontario. CHALLENGE: The novel climate optimization software developed by 360 Energy Inc. utilizes the data generated from the climate control … Continue reading 360 Energy Inc.