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Results of research substantiate vitalised water

Research

There are many success stories. Growers making use of vitalised water have often seen the positive results with their own eyes. Concrete findings now confirm the possibilities of vitalised water.

This research, which was carried out in cooperation with Beekenkamp Plants, Meluna Research, Leiden University and Chrystallab and supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development helps the horticultural industry to integrate vitality into water management.

Improvement of structure

By vitalising the water there is no substance added to of taken from the water. It is merely about treating it with a VT Vitaliser. This system is placed behind the irrigation unit and restores the original vibration of the water. This specific vibration (inherent to all atoms and molecules on earth) can become distorted by the presence of plant protection products, Osmose/UV treatment, fertilisers or available UMTS aerials in its surroundings.

It all becomes clear after microscopic research in a laboratory.

(1) (2_

Vital water shows a meshed structure of spores and minerals (1), at a lower vitality rate these clot together (2).

The structure (read: vitality) of water can be investigated for every company.

Vitally grown choose to register only the tangible results. In order to do that a simple and effective trial set was built at Beekenkamp Plants. In test units of more than a thousand plants, part of the crop was treated with vitalised water and another part was not. This took place during more than one season and several growing stages, from sowing until the moment of harvesting.

No plants hanging loosely

The researchers counted the germs, looked at the roots, compared the development of bunches and investigated the growth of sprigs (twigs). The differences between treated and untreated plants were there. Results show that the plants that were watered with vitalised water showed a more uniform crop and had developed a better branched root system.

Vitalised (left) Not vitalised (right)

Erik Heijs mentions two other observations: “We saw that after trimming the two sprigs of treated plants grew considerably more identical. Furthermore the heads of the plants that were not treated tended to hang loosely sometimes during the test in the summer, this was not the case with the vitally grown plants.” There was no difference in germination. Ineke Moerman also monitored the vitally grown plants at Beekenman’s customers on their premises. The plants grown with vitalised water developed more identically and produced better bunches. Moerman: “The plants just grow easier. A great outcome. It is wonderful to see that the water that is given to the plants gives them something extra, making it possible to develop into a more vital and stronger crop.

Percentage of broken bunches

With vital water Without vital water
Count 1 3% 16%
Count 2 14% 26%

 

 

Restart of research

Heijs followed the results closely. Together with Moerman he translated the observations into the underlying story. What he saw could be led back to the changed structure of the water. The younger plants were better able to take in their nutrients and oxygen. The benefits for Beekenkamp were and are clear: identical lots and better developed plants.

Not only the grower of crops sees the possibilities for the use of vitalised water. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture is also captivated by its outcome and agreed in 2012 to subsidise a restart of the research.

Push back chemicals

Vitalised water was not a new notion to Erik Heijs, growth coordinator of fruit crops at Beekenkamp. “We were already using it on a small scale. Plant breeders are always looking for ways to make products stronger and more uniform. And we try to limit the use of chemicals as much as possible. A better insight in the possibilities of water is in the interest of horticulture as a whole.” This research is still running in cooperation with, amongst others, R&D Beekenkamp, Hortinova, Breeder ‘t Woudt and Prominent Innovation.

The current research question is: Is it possible to use vitalised water to make a breed that enables a cultivation to require less plant protection products? Results of this research are expected in the fall of 2014. Moerman: “The next challenge is to look at all the possibilities vitalised water might give to horticulture. There is certainly a lot of potential and of course not just in fruit vegetables. A year-round research concerning chrysanthemum has already been closed. It showed the same root structure development as found at Beekenkamp’s. Therewith proving that every plant can use the water to improve its vitality.”

Summary:

Vitally grown presents the results of the research concerning the use of the VT-Vitaliser at Beekenkamp. From these large-scale practical tests it appears that young plants grown with vitalised water are better developed and have a better branched root structure. It supports the notion that the structure of minerals in water has an important impact on the resilience and growth of a crop. It has to be added that, according to the people concerned, the vitality of the water is not the ultimate goal, but is part of a larger system. Integration of vitality in water management will bring us closer to the realisation of an honest, tasty end product.

This research is made possible by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in its rural areas.

 

What thinks..

Since we, at Royal Pride Holland, are working with vitalisers, we definitely see more oxygen in the water and in the substrates growing mats. This will result in stronger development of the root system and therefore better growth.

Frank van Kleef, Royal Pride Holland.