Over 40 Seed-pathogen combinations were tested in September, October, and November on germination and seed health after treating them with Plasma Activated Water (PAW). Fourteen well-established seed breeding companies send infected seeds to VitalFluid to do the trials. A wide range of seeds are tested: cucumbers, beet, flowers, and many more with different infections of fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Earlier testing has shown that PAW can be used for seed sanitation, as it removes fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
PAW is sustainable and produced by only using ambient air, water, and electricity. It is a copy of the natural process lighting.
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 determine the right treatment for each combination. After treatment, the seeds returned to the seed breeders to test them on germination and seed health. VitalFluid B.V. is looking forward to the results.
VitalFluid partnered up with Petkus Selecta to scale up and combine technologies such as steam. Together they create sustainable seed treatment solutions to treat all kinds of seed-pathogen combinations. No more chemicals, no more pathogens, and increased germination.