Vitabeam produced their first LED light bar, which emits a cocktail of light wavelengths called VQe (Vitabeam Quantum energy). VQe stimulates photosynthesis, increasing growth, nutrient uptake, and yield in plants, and delaying cell senescence in harvested produce to prolong freshness. Also, VQe actively kills bacteria and mould pathogens, improving plant health and minimising the microbial load on fresh food, extending shelf-life and increasing food safety.
This technology is designed to benefit food sectors at every stage of the food supply chain, from grower, to packer, to retailer, to home consumer.
Growers can easily retrofit the VQe MaxStrip as an addition to their existing grow light setup. Not only do the benefits include a chemical-free solution, but the light bar kills mould and bacteria, increases yield, boosts nutrient uptake, and is safe for human exposure. This sustainable method of pathogen killing allows growers to reduce their usage of pesticides and other chemicals, meaning they can produce clean, safe, chemical-free, residue-free food.
Once produce has been harvested, it can be treated using Vitabeam's Steril Max technology, combining VQe and UV. Whilst UV is often used for sterilisation purposes, the UV wavelengths cannot penetrate the surface of an object, limiting its effectiveness. VQe is able to penetrate into the food, meaning the combined usage of UV and VQe provides extensive sterilisation. This eliminates the need for chemical washing, ensuring consumers receive safe, clean, and tasty produce. This technology can be used for fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and seafood to ensure they are pathogen-free, extending their shelf-life, and thereby reducing food waste.
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