Sustainability showcase

Ecoo Box Winner of the Innovation Award in the technology category, the Ecoo Box from Knook Energy Solutions International captures CO2 from CHP boilers, which would otherwise go up the chimney.This is then available for CO2 enrichment within the glasshouse, allowing growers to do without bought-in gas.

Sustane Compost Tea Bags These organic, biodegradable pouches are made in the US from composted turkey litter. According to Sustane UK sales manager John Smart: "You can dissolve them in a watering can to use as a compost tea, or put in the bottom of the hole when planting a tree or shrub for a slow-release fertiliser." The bags will be launched on the UK market at the BTME show in January.

Wanjet UVC Robot Developed by a collaboration of Dutch firms led by engineer Eric Gerritsma, the "robot" kills fungi including Botrytis with ultraviolet light rather than chemicals. It is driven between rows of glasshouse vegetable and cut rose crops, concentrating its effect lower down the plants where shade and humidity are higher, without affecting plant growth or yield. Eye protection is required.

Bio-D-Hive Bumblebees are widely used as natural, labour-saving pollinators of tomatoes and other crops, but until now their hives have been made of conventional plastic. Belgian integrated pest management supplier Biobest launched its Bio-D-Hive, a biodegradable hive that can be composted along with plant remains and substrates at the end of the season.

Helle Turnlight The low-energy Turnlight from Helle provides efficient assimilation lighting for glasshouse salads. When crop plants are established the Turnlight can be lowered to between gutters, providing direct light to the crop, which Helle claims boosts crop quality and quantity.


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