Royal Brinkman and Moleaer will continue their cooperation to improve irrigation water quality in horticultural greenhouses. Moleaer's patented nanobubble technology transfers oxygen into water, and the properties of nanobubbles provide additional benefits to growers. Royal Brinkman and Moleaer have already been working closely together in Europe since 2017. The continuation of the cooperation was confirmed this week with the signing of the contract during the Greentech Amsterdam trade fair. The cooperation agreement has been extended for three years.
Benefits for growers
Treating water with Moleaer nanobubble generators allows water to do more with less. Moleaer's patented technology provides the highest oxygen transfer in the aeration and gas infusion industry, with a tested efficiency of more than 85%. The technology very efficiently supersaturates water with oxygen, forms natural oxidants for disinfection, reduces pathogens, improves plant health, and increase water's ability to permeate the substrate. The negative charge and hard shell of nanobubbles reduce biofilm in the irrigation system. The lower surface tension of the nanobubbles increases the ability of water to penetrate the substrate and soil.
Validated chemical-free technology
Moleaer's technology is a cost-effective, chemical-free solution proven to increase sustainable production and reduce the use of chemicals. Moleaer's technology has been validated by extensive research and renowned universities and research institutes, including UCLA, Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, and others, as well as horticultural research organizations such as Delphy and NovaCropControl.
Practical experiences show the benefits for the cultivation of tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, as well as ornamentals, and many other crops are significant. René Mondt, technical product specialist Royal Brinkman: "Growers see faster root development and higher root density, but also better nutrient absorption and lower substrate EC. Water pipelines stay cleaner due to the reduction of biofilm, but also polluted water basins with algae and dirt load become clean, without the use of chemicals."
By 2022, more than 40 Moleaer systems for basin cleaning only have been installed in the Netherlands. The formation of radicals in the injection process causes oxidation, which means that the organic material in the water, such as algae, is broken down.
Improve soil health and structure
The negative charge nanobubbles also stimulate the formation of mycorrhiza, beneficial fungi that establish a relationship with the root system of plants. René Mondt: "The risk of root suffocation is minimized, and in studies, we see a decrease in diseases of 85% on average, DNA-specific in drain measured. We see good results on root diseases such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Fusarium, and Verticillium, among others." Analytical methods to objectively test the Moleaer treatment show that it is 400% more efficient with the Moleaer technique compared to other systems on the market.
Michiel de Jong, Head of Irrigation Water Moleaer, about the partnership: "The greenhouse horticulture market has been important for Moleaer, and the number of users in covered horticulture has developed rapidly in recent years. Nanobubbles bring life to water, improving crop production sustainably. Moleaer stays ahead by continuous R&D and validation of the technology, something growers and investors highly value. In a time with more emphasis on sustainable growing practices, Nanobubble Technology is a must-have in every greenhouse water treatment system. We appreciate Royal Brinkman's network and efforts to create knowledge hubs around important themes in the market, such as hygiene and water treatment, and we value being an integrated part of that."