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The answer to increasing disease pressure in vegetable cultivation


Growers are regularly alarmed by new infestations, diseases and pests. Prevention of bacteria, fungi and viruses is better than cure. Viruses such as CGMMV (Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus) and ToBRFV (tomato virus) can cause a lot of yield loss and even make it necessary to terminate the crop prematurely. HortiHygienz has an answer based on five pillars: Crop rotation, People, Materials, Water quality and Responsibility & Sustainability.


TeeltwisselingPerfect crop rotation
When the plants are out of the greenhouse at the end of the crop, it's an ideal time to thoroughly clean and disinfect all the stands and cultivation materials. This tackles bacteria, fungi and viruses and enables a clean start of the new cultivation.

MensPeople and activities
Employees or visitors can bring in bacteria, fungi or viruses unnoticed or spread them through their hands, shoes and clothing. Good access hygiene and the right measures during crop operations can prevent this.

MaterialenDisease-free materials
Materials such as harvesting trolleys, tools, fork-lift trucks and crates can introduce or spread pathogens. Therefore, ensure proper cleaning and disinfection and make clear agreements on this with suppliers of these materials.

WaterkwaliteitOptimal water quality
Bacteria, fungi and viruses often spread through the nursery with lightning speed via the (pouring) water. A clean water system with optimum water quality is of great importance in preventing this.

DuurzaamResponsible and sustainable
HortiHygienz only uses cleaning and disinfection agents that have been approved and proven effective. After all, growers want a safe environment for their employees, to meet their customers' requirements and be able to use their materials and greenhouse equipment for as long as possible.

Relevant knowledge base articles

Below, the team of HortiHygienz specialists has selected relevant articles for vegetable cultivation. These have been categorized by subject, so you can easily find the relevant articles.

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  • What is the contact time of disinfectants for viruses?

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