Good casing soil is at the foundation of successful mushroom cultivation. How can that contribute to disease-free and sustainable cultivation? The results of a four-year study conducted by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will allow the sector to put a number of pieces in the right place in the jigsaw that looking for these answers is. However, the puzzle is far from complete.
In mushroom growing hygiene is key. Mushrooms are susceptible to deseases and bad hygiene increases the risks of contamination. This article focusses on hygiene during different steps of the process and explains why proper sheltered storage of casing soil is important.
The demand for raw materials and good substrates is growing fast. More and more companies are switching from open soil to growing in substrates. To meet global needs, Kekkilä-BVB is to create new raw materials with a low environmental footprint which have technical benefits for the crop. In this article we discuss some of the examples available with Bart Verheijen; Product Manager Soft Fruits at Kekkilä-BVB.
In 1989 Belgian research center "Proefcentrum Hoogstraten" and BVB Substrates started working together on new developments in strawberry growing. We've been working together ever since. In 2015 new research and tests with tray plants started. We'll get into that research in this article.
Last month an article about the tests that BVB Substrates is carrying out together with Proefcentrum Hoogstraten was published in the magazine Poeftuinnieuws. Through these tests we want to find out whether the composition of the cutting soil influences the chance that a strawberry plant will be affected by fungal disease Phytophtora.