What are the typical sources of pathogen and pest contamination in grow facilities? Find out and receive practical advice on how to reduce the associated risks by using some best practices.
This tutorial article addresses some typical sources of pathogen and pest contamination in grow facilities and provides practical advice on how to reduce the associated risks by using some best practices. It discusses preventive measures directed at minimizing the breeding grounds for fungi and bacteria inside the grow facility, limiting the spread of existing contaminations, and implementing sanitary measures at and around the entrances. The latter include controlling the presence and proliferation of other plant species growing nearby, some of which may be common garden vegetables.
There are certain tips and tricks a grower can use to prevent or limit the spreading of contamination with pests or pathogens in the grow facility. Some of those are simply about avoiding common mistakes, while others require some financial investment and labor to implement. The latter group may be particularly appropriate for larger facilities, where a widespread contamination can be particularly devastating.
The following tips and tricks are divided into three groups, based on the place or time of their use. The first group is about the area surrounding the grow facility and involves preparations to be done prior to starting the grow inside, as well as ongoing measures to be carried out throughout operation. The second group focuses on preventing contamination inside the facility, while the third one is about limiting one that has already been found. A short rationale is also provided for each case.
The author thanks Randy Shipley (VividGro) for reviewing the first draft of this article and making helpful recommendations.
Emil Radkov, PhD, is the V.P. Science and Agronomy with VividGro, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. Direct correspondence to: email@example.com
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