For many farmers and growers, the use of chemical inputs is the largest contribution to their carbon footprint. Aquapulse water technology enables reduced inputs, results in better quality produce naturally, and improves water efficiency. It allows growers to achieve enhanced white root development, more consistent batch colour, and better quality produce whilst using reduced inputs, and less water.
Dr. Hugh Martin, formerly Head of Agricultural Science at the Royal Agricultural University, wrote an independent academic paper on Aquapulse water technology. This article brings forward the highlights of that study.
Aquapulse technology provides naturally clean water lines, promoting healthy bird development, less maintenance & reduced or eliminated chemical use
- Aquapulse is a totally natural technology utilising Feldspar minerals contained in a food grade stainless steel cartridge
- The cartridge can be simply immersed to treat water
- Plants irrigated with Aquapulse treated water show positive physiological growth changes to roots and fruiting
Main benefits for growers
Using Aquapulse can deliver:
- Enhanced crop yield
- Improved quality of produce
- More consistent batch colour
- Crisper fruit & vegetables
- Reduced chemical input
- Reduced water consumption
- Extended post picking shelf
Initial water technology trials
Design of full trials NIAB were commissioned to design and perform scientifically robust and statistically verifiable trials on three crops: dwarf beans, maize and capsicum. The trials were overseen and reported by Dr. Hugh Martin, formerly Head of Agricultural Science at the Royal Agricultural University.
Positive impact plant species
Aquapulse has a physiological and morphological impact on specific plant species (more marked in capsicum and maize, less evident in dwarf beans):
- Increased fruit yield in capsicum
- Increased root mass in capsicum and maize
- Change in the root:shoot balance, with a greater proportion of growth in roots
- There is evidence of advancement in the rate of development of flowering and fruiting.
Water technology treatment follow-up
Additional scientific evaluation is required to further understand the exact mechanism of Aquapulse treated water on plants. This will focus on physiological and morphological impacts on plants and the mechanisms at play. The work will focus on the following objectives:
- Identify specific species that Aquapulse has the greatest impact on
- Identify economic benefits in high-value crops
- Identify opportunities to reduce agricultural inputs (water, crop protection agents, fertilizers)
- Optimise the application of Aquapulse in a farming environment