In the cultivation of both Anthurium and Phalaenopsis, it is important to continuously monitor the cultivation. Growers strive to keep cultivation conditions constant throughout the year. Unfortunately, they have to deal with many different external influences. Besides insects, fungi and bacteria, inaccuracies in pH/EC, nutrient composition, starting water, etc. can have a major impact on the crop. Current research techniques allow for the timely detection of threats. Recognizing a threat early is crucial to preventing or limiting crop damage. In this article the different analysis methods and their application in practice are discussed: • Chemical water analysis • Microbiological water analysis • DNA Multiscan® technique • Heavy metal analysis • Other analyses The attached diagram shows where each method can be used on your farm.
Test locations greenhouse (source: https://www.eurofins-agro.com/)
Chemical water analysis
Several water analyses can be performed to check the water quality.
Microbiological water analysis
In addition to the chemical composition of the water, the microbiological composition is also important for the quality of the water.
DNA Multiscan® technique
A DNA analysis shows which bacteria and/or fungi are present in the water, so that targeted action can be taken.
Heavy metal analysis
Heavy metals can occur not only in the water and substrate but also in the cultivation system.
Virus reseach, environmental research, plant juice, plating technique, visual assessment, and Soil Life Monitor.