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Bronte Vivai and C-Led partner up to save energy

Choosing artificial light to improve development and sustainability

Bronte Vivai is a company boasting extensive experience that was set up in the late 1970s as a cooperative. Over the years, it has witnessed huge changes, including the birth, growth, and progressive specialization of horticultural nurseries.

Thanks to this and to its location in a highly specialized area, it managed to develop and acquire the knowledge necessary to meet the changing producer needs when it comes to both agronomic techniques and varietal choice on a commercial level. Needs have evolved in all these fields, and it is necessary to be ready and flexible to accommodate an ever-changing market.

"The biggest change has been the shift from traditional to organic production. This also improved the sustainability of the production process with new agronomic techniques and more effective use of resources," reads a company note.

"Also, thanks to this push and to the contribution of technicians and operators, we were able to approach new crops such as sweet potatoes, for which we can guarantee a complete assortment of all types, new grafting techniques, or new technical introductions to help with cultivation such as basal heating, brushing for size containment, use of antagonist mushrooms and other resistance inductors in addition to artificial light."

The collaboration with C-Led was initiated precisely with the correct use of light in mind. "We are grateful to Bronte Vivai for choosing to work together. By improving the management of light, the quality of plants improves while saving energy at the same time as lights are on only when needed," explained Raffaello Montanari from C-Led.

During the first phase, it was decided to focus on the earliest crops, i.e., those that remain in greenhouses in the periods with the lowest sunlight levels, and on the most delicate species such as solanaceae and cucurbits, especially if grafted, though experiments have been carried out with other crops to better understand possible technical and economic implications of using artificial light in greenhouses.

Left to right: Andrea Corsini, Stefano Cazzin, Luca Favaron, Matteo Semenzato, Marco Battalliard

Marco Battalliard, agent for C-LED and Munters, explained that "the will to innovate and keep up with the times is essential for ongoing technological development. Investments are made to improve the quality level. Experimenting means looking for something that isn't there, looking beyond, imagining the future."

Sustainability is a topic that has quickly dominated the horticultural world as well, which has the dual need of making productions less pollutant and energy-consuming and of maintaining costs as low as possible during such a difficult period.

Bronte Vivai aims to reach this ambitious objective by taking advantage of the boost for growth deriving from its clients, the capable and punctual help of C-Led technicians, and, last but not least, the essential contribution provided by the young personnel who works alongside the long-time owners to complete the skills available to the staff thanks to the combination of fresh eyes on arising issues and baggage of experience developed in over four decades.

For more information:
Via Gambellara, 34
40026 – Imola (BO) – Italy
Tel.: +39 0542 654980
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Bronte Vivai
Via Molinella 10
30034 - Mira (Venezia)
Tel.: +39 041 422132

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