Chemical-free seed treatment with Plasma Activated Water

VitalFluid, together with Petkus Selecta, started this month with 11 well-established seed breeding companies on chemical-free seed treatments. Earlier tests showed the effectiveness of Plasma Activated Water (PAW) on cleaning seeds from pathogens resulting in healthy seeds with good germination. Beginning in 2022, VitalFluid, together with Petkus Selecta, started a campaign to interest seed companies in doing some trials.

This campaign was successful, and 11 seed breeding companies signed in. Between these companies are many different vegetable seed breeders and flower seed breeders. It was agreed to test over 30 different seed-pathogen combinations. Researchers Ineke Wijkamp (seed technologist) and Danique van de Krieken (microbiologist) performed the tests. The seeds are treated with different concentrations of PAW and treating times to find out the right treatment for each combination. After treatment, the seeds will be tested by the seed breeders on health and germination. VitalFluid is looking forward to the results, which are expected in the upcoming months.

VitalFluid partnered up with Petkus Selecta to scale up and combine technologies such as steam. Together they create seed treatment solutions to treat all kinds of seed-pathogen combinations. Both companies will be present at the event Seeds Meet Technology on 27-29 September in the Netherlands. 

If you did not sign up last time, there is always a possibility of doing a separate test on a certain seed-pathogen combination. Please contact Mark van Boxtel or Marcel Wolbrink for more information.

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