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EndoSan – The importance of water biosecurity for crops.

It is well known that protection of plants from harmful bacteria fungi and parasites is key to the production of healthy plants. Photo: EndoSan.

Independent testing showed EndoSan provides a very wide spectrum of biocidal activity against bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, amoebae (such as amoeba acanthus which can act as host to Legionella bacteria) and algae.

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5 March 2018 | 0

Every aspect of plant growth from seed to harvest of crop is protected and great care is taken to ensure that any possible source of contamination is avoided.

However whilst this is generally applied to every aspect of the growth cycle, it is it is the water quality – arguably one of the largest inputs to the growing process – which is overlooked.

There are many growers that do in fact treat their water supply, but with chemistry that is ineffective in the water itself or at removing the cause of the problem.

It is only in recent years that the importance of water quality and the issues that arise from the presence of biofilm relating to plant health has been recognised.

What is biofilm?

Two types of bacteria exist within water systems, planktonic and sessile. Planktonic bacteria are free swimming and is easy to kill with a disinfectant where as sessile bacteria protect themselves by secreting polysaccharide and sticking to services within the water system. Once the base layer of bacteria forms on the surface order bacteria stick to it and grow in columns forming a biofilm. This biofilm protects the bacteria providing a safe environment for multiplication.

Problems caused by biofilm.

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Pathogens can shelter in a biofilm and be released into water used to irrigate plants causing disease and major impact on yield. During the life cycle of biofilm slime deposits can slough off from the colony and cause blockage of irrigation nozzles.

Legionella can be present in biofilms meaning misting or spraying of water is a risk to operatives.

Raised water temperature ( from sunlight for example close), the presence of organic materials and nutrients (from fertilizers) added to already impure Water ( sourced from Rivers, rain or recycled water) increases the rate and scale of biofilm growth.

Endosan removes biofilm

Endosan is the most advanced biocide of its kind, it is highly effective, safe and cost-effective.

Where are most traditional biocides are only able to penetrate the outer layers of a biofilm, Endosan is able to penetrate and remove all layers.

The unique stabilised hydrogen peroxide formula of Endosan allows a sustained and effective assault resulting in total biofilm removal. Adding to this end of son is non corrosive to system materials at in use concentrations and can be constantly doesed to ensure a biofilm base layer is unable to form again.

Key benefits

  • Proven efficacy with Global approvals
  • Non-toxic and pH neutral when dosed
  • Effective between 0°C and 95°C
  • No harmful by-products
  • Odour, colour and taste free
  • Unrivalled stability and efficacy
  • Bactericide, virucide, sporicide
  • Fungicide, algaecide, amoebicide
  • Versatile and easy to apply

EndoSan can be purchased by trade businesses from National Agrochemical Distributors.

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