Triton "Controled habitat for beneficiary MicroFlora"

Horticultural growers are faced with root diseases. Pathogenic organisms cause production loss in substrate cultivation. Several strategies are used to counteract these problems, aimed at eliminating the entire microbiology. The TRITON bioreactor not only combats the pathogens but also ensures a balanced MicroFlora in the system. The MicroFlora are mostly comprised of beneficial bacteria, yeasts and fungi. In countless ways there is interaction to be found between the micro and macro flora (the crops). Therefore, healthy MicroFlora is beneficiary to healthy crops and ultimately (crop) production.

A healthy microbiological population is established in the TRITON reactor vessel by the regulation and interplay of air, water and a composite medium. This population becomes resident, meaning that microbiology thrives and belongs there. The water in the reactor is saturated with oxygen. This is done by aerating the water from above and from below. This adds a lot of oxygen to the watering system. The resident MicroFlora ensures the removal of organic pollution. Because of this, the water irrigation system stays clean and anaerobic circumstances are avoided. The beneficiary MicroFlora from the TRITON are distributed over the crops, enriching the MicroFlora in the root environment. An inherent defence system against pathogens is created.

The water after treatment in the TRITON has:
• more oxygen
• less organic pollutants
• an amount of healthy microflora

Normally treating the pathogens focuses on nonselective repressive treatment (using chemicals). The TRITON has been developed to treat and balance the water and give the MicroFlora the place in the production process it deserves. By taking good care of the MicroFlora they can prevent the rise of pathogens. 

The TRITON microbiological reactor is the result of a collaboration between the Dutch water technologists at Aqua-Terra Nova and filtration specialists from Moor Filtertechniek. Practical experiences are: much better water quality, a naturally growing root system and a more resilient crop. The bioreactor had the best results where multiple control strategies were applied, like the use of oxidizing biocides. Besides the application in substrate cultivation, the system is suitable for all cultivation systems with water quality issues. 

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