Reducing chemicals and increasing food security
Eliminating bacteria and viruses, micro-fine bubbles containing ozone are already an established technology in medical and industrial disinfection. They are also used in oil, gas and mineral extraction processes, pharmaceuticals, food-flavouring, cosmetic fragrancies and wastewater treatment. However, whilst this nanobubble technology is already generating huge market value in these sectors, its use in agriculture is still in its infancy.
Innovation in environmentally friendly farming
Funded by Innovate UK, the Ultra-fine Bubble project seeks to explore the potential for agricultural applications of UFBs and their integration with other technologies. Initially focussing on irrigation, led by MagGrow UK in association with Agri-EPI Centre and the Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), the team will deploy the world-class soil and crop technology facilities and soil science expertise at Cranfield University. The goal to specifically compare the growth of plants treated with oxygen-containing UFB-water, with that of plants given untreated water, measuring root development, nutrient absorption, growth and crop yield.
CHAP Innovation Hub Lead, Richard Glass, said:
“Using the unique Phenotyping and Soil Health facility, CHAP, supported by key soil experts from its partner Cranfield University, will assess and explore the application of this innovative technology and its potential role in transforming UK crop production.”
Agri-EPI’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr Shamal Mohammed, said:
“We’re excited to be contributing our expertise and capabilities in plant phenotyping – the ability to measure the structure and function of plants – to this project. UFBs offer great potential within agriculture and our research will allow us to greatly progress knowledge and understanding of useful UFBs treatments.”