Applications in Ireland

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    Hydroponics

    `A technique of growing plants in nutrient solution”. Hydroponics literally means water-working or water-activation. It is a cultivation technique for growing plants in highly oxygenated, nutrient enriched water, rather than soil. The nutrient solution and its management are the cornerstone for a successful hydroponics system. The function of a hydroponics nutrient solution is to supply the plant roots with water, oxygen and essential mineral elements in soluble form. In soil, biological decomposition breaks down organic matter into basic nutrients that plants feed on. Water dissolves these nutrients which allows uptake by the roots. For a plant to receive a well balanced diet, everything in the soil must be in perfect balance.

    By Myron L Company Distributor in IRELAND.

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    Spray Drying & Encapsulation for researching

    For different applications in research as well as for academic education

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Dublin 8, IRELAND.

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    Screw water pumping for irrigation

    By Landustrie Sneek BV Distributor in IRELAND.

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    Solutions for the agriculture sector

    Sustainable energy from farm-based residue can be a valuable source of income for farmers. Many countries now actively promote biogas upgrading for use in the gas grid. We have found that a robust design and a simple operation works best for farms. 24/7 support further enhances the already very high level of reliability. Technological flexibility allows for a quick response to changing circumstances and the seizure of opportunities as they arise.

    By DMT Environmental Technology BV Distributor in IRELAND.

  • Drinking water solutions for the DBP formation potential

    Problem: Drinking water plants that use chlorine for disinfection must ensure organic matter is removed before chlorination to limit the formation of harmful disinfection by-products (DBPs), most commonly Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic acids (HAA5).

    By Real Tech Inc. Distributor in Loughrea, IRELAND.

  • Aquaculture Monitoring

    Our custom multi-ion calibration solutions are made to match the matrix of your samples, thereby providing the grower with the most accurate data.

    By CleanGrow based in Blackpool, IRELAND.

  • Wine Analysis

    In France, ammonium levels in wine are limited to 20 ppm, we have developed a protocol for using our solid state sensor for measuring ammonium in all stages of wine production.

    By CleanGrow based in Blackpool, IRELAND.

  • Fertigation Monitoring /Nutrient Concentration Monitoring

    We have optimized six and four ion probes for horticultural applications. For growers, these products offer a “lab-in-hand” solution — a quick and affordable way to maintain the proper nutrient balance required for better yield, improved flavor and color, greater disease resistance and longer shelf life. Controlling the concentration of nutrients in liquids is a vital step in the fertigation process. Today, nutrient levels are tested daily, most commonly by measuring pH and EC, and dispatching samples to offsite labs for analysis. This traditional testing protocol is time-consuming and costly, and delays access to information on potential yield-threatening nutrient levels.

    By CleanGrow based in Blackpool, IRELAND.

  • Timber harvesting

    Material: stock of spruce, fir. Working steps: cutting down, debranching, shaping and storing. Machinery: harvester HVT 132. Neuson Ecotec offers harvesters for every application from first thinning to clear-cutting. The Neuson Ecotec Harvesters are provided with crawler tracks. The larger contact surface of the tracks reduces ground pressure and increases the stability of the machine. The grouser track shoes may be made of metal, hard rubber or plastic. Because of the compact design tracked harvesters are very agile which is especially favourable when they are used for thinning.

    By Neuson Forest GmbH Distributor in Co. Wexford, IRELAND.

  • Water quality monitoring for aquaculture industry

    A clean and pathogen free water source is essential to prevent infections from being introduced and spreading in a hatchery. Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection of water for inactivation of pathogens is recognized as a safe and effective method for use in the aquaculture industry. Continuous monitoring of water quality by measure of UV transmission (UVT) ensures the UV light is able to penetrate the water effectively and achieve the optimal dose.

    By Real Tech Inc. Distributor in Loughrea, IRELAND.

  • Waste Composting for Livestock Breeding

    Aware of the risks of nitrate pollution, livestock breeders and farmers are looking for solutions in order to enhance their liquid and solid effluents.

    By Menart Distributor in IRELAND.

  • Measuring Ion Concentrations in Plant Tissue

    Measuring Ion Concentrations in Plant Tissue

    Required Apparatus:

    • Aptisens Digital or Mobile Multiple Ion Kit
    • Weighing scales
    • Liquid measurement device e.g. graduated cylinder
    • Bowl for stirring
    • Spoon for stirring
    • Funnel
    • Filter paper / muslin
    • Conical flask / vessel

    Required chemicals:

    • Aptisens multiple ion conditioning solution
    • Aptisens Plant Tissue multiple ion calibration solutions
    • Deionised water

    Sample Preparation:
    This preparation can be applied to any plant tissue. Take a sample of lettuce and remove any soil but do not wash the plant tissue as doing so may reduce the number of ions in sample. Weigh this sample and record (say 100 g). Macerate the plant tissue in a blender and add a known amount of hot deionised water to the sample to extract the nutrients. For example, dilute the sample two-fold (200 mL), three-fold (300 mL) or five-fold (500 mL). Ensure all the plant tissue is covered with water and leave to sit for approximately 30 min with some stirring. The sample then needs to be filtered.

    Set up a funnel with folded filter paper in a conical flask or any vessel that can hold a funnel. Pour the plant tissue and water into the funnel and allow the mixture to filter. Collect the filtrate.

    Calibration:
    Before use the multiple ion probe must be conditioned in Aptisens multiple ion conditioning solution. Ensure the correct calibration solutions for a three-point calibration are set up on the Mobile meter or MeterLink. Follow the instructions for calibration and proceed to take a sample reading when the calibration data is ‘very good’ or ‘good’ for all ions.

    Sample Reading:
    Place the probe in the plant tissue filtrate and ‘Take a Sample’ reading. The concentrations for each ion will be displayed in ppm or mmol / L.

    Remember to multiply these concentrations by the dilution factor.

    Probe Care:
    After taking your reading be sure to remove the sensors from the solution as quickly as possible, rinse with deionised water and replace the cap of the probe

    By Aptisens based in Little Island, IRELAND.

  • Measuring Ion Concentrations in Hydroponics Samples

    Required Apparatus:

    • Aptisens Digital or Mobile Multiple Ion Kit

    Required chemicals:

    • Aptisens multiple ion conditioning solution
    • Aptisens multiple ion HORTICULTURE calibration solutions
    • Deionised water

    Sample Preparation:
    Typically, it is not a requirement to filter a hydroponics sample.

    Calibration:
    Before use the multiple ion probe must be conditioned in Aptisens multiple ion conditioning solution. Ensure the correct calibration solutions for a three-point calibration are set up on the Mobile meter or MeterLink. Follow the instructions for calibration and proceed to take a sample reading when the calibration data is ‘very good’ or ‘good’ for all ions.

    Sample Reading:
    Place the probe in the aqueous extract and ‘Take a Sample’ reading. The concentrations for each ion will be displayed in ppm or mmol / L.

    Probe Care:
    After taking your reading be sure to remove the sensors from the solution as quickly as possible, rinse with deionised water and replace the cap of the probe.

    By Aptisens based in Little Island, IRELAND.

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