Zeolite is one of nature’s most versatile minerals. With its microporous honeycomb structure, the volcanic mineral acts both as a natural filter used in water and air purification and as an absorbent used by the agricultural industry to modulate water and nutrients.
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“The challenges are to verify that the benefits obtained by
Once validated, Paquette says the benefit is that growers will have access to innovative technology that dramatically improves the environmental performance of greenhouse, outdoor and nursery production systems while enabling competitive yields and production costs. or improved with existing production systems.
“In addition to potentially contributing to improved plant productivity and hence producer profitability, NEREA differs from conventional greenhouse hydroponic systems in that plants do not access nutrients and water. only when needed, rather than having a continuous cycle of soluble nutrients. This product has significant potential to improve greenhouse and nursery agriculture in the production of vegetables, berries and floriculture, ”adds Paquette.
Researchers in R&I’s Business & Commercialization Solutions (BCS) team rose to the challenge of understanding markets and analyzed areas where the company could potentially focus on commercialization.
Throughout the project, the BCS team conducted extensive research on a number of markets in the Canadian greenhouse industry: horticulture, floriculture, organic production, tropical plants and vertical indoor farms, better known as name of controlled environment agriculture (ACE).
The research experts also provided a detailed breakdown of the substrates industry, including the materials used in the substrates, their various properties and common uses. An analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on these industries was conducted to better understand relevant industry trends.
Market research results suggest that NEREA would be an ideal candidate for growing lettuce and leafy vegetables in the greenhouse hydroponics market, a soil amendment in the horticultural industry, a soil amendment for production in nursery and also as a retail plant or home growing solution.
As food security will become a bigger issue in the years to come due to climate change and the lack of suitable agricultural land, there will be an increased demand for more efficient and environmentally friendly substrates and soil amendments. in greenhouse production.
“Working with the Business and Marketing research team has been both a pleasure and a professionalism,” says Paquette. “The team was great and their market research report is a great guideline. »Linked to
Paquette added, “One of NEREA’s primary goals is the multi-billion dollar organic food and farming business.
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