TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / December 1, 2020 / Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. ("GROW") (TSXV:GROW, OTCQB:BLONF, Frankfurt:4021) is pleased to announce accelerated flowering results in ornamental orchid species receiving supplemental CO2 via CO2 Delivery Solutions™ compared to a control grown under standard atmospheric conditions.
This orchid grow trial began in April 2020 at Minnesota based St. Cloud State University's greenhouse facilities. As of mid-November, the CO2 supplemented orchids were achieving full bloom approximately three months faster than control orchids. This is consistent with all other GROW scientific and commercial feasibility plant growth results which show benefit from CO2 supplementation delivered via aqueous CO2 misting. GROW's potential orchid greenhouse customer cannot use CO2 gassing due to heat constraints.
Global Orchid Market
Orchids account for about 10% of global fresh cut flower and potted plant trade. The Netherlands represents approximately 40% of the world orchid market followed by Thailand (28%), Taiwan (10%), Singapore (10%) and New Zealand (6%). Importing countries are Japan (30%), UK (12%), Italy (10%), France (7%) and the USA (6%) (Commercial Orchids pp 300).
While most orchids grow from seed to sale in less than a year, GROW's trial is on orchids classified as C4 desert plants that take three years to grow from seed to sale. Most faster growing plants grown including certain orchids are in the C3 family where they intake CO2 during the day via opening their leaf stoma (pores) to absorb CO2 needs for photosynthesis. C4 desert plants shut their leaf stomata by day to minimize water evapotranspiration so they absorb and store CO2 at night for day photosynthesis.
According to John Archibald, GROW's CEO, "While not an immediate return, this looks like another potential vertical for us helping growers of high value plants such as C4 orchids accelerate their multi-year plant growth cycles. Using our highly efficient CO2 Delivery Solutions™ technology to accelerate their plant growth can add value to these growers and our shareholders."
About CO2 GRO Inc.
GROW's target markets are focused on the 50 billion square feet of global greenhouse and covered cultivation space (USDA). Atmospheric enrichment of CO2 by gassing has been practiced in indoor and expensive sealed greenhouses for decades resulting in enhance crop yields of up to 30%. However, 85% of the world's greenhouses are unsealed and have open-venting designs for heat ventilation which makes CO2 gassing uneconomical and impractical since the CO2 gas easily escapes.
GROW's CO2 Delivery Solutions™ naturally and safely dissolves CO2 gas into water creating an aqueous CO2 solution which is then misted directly on plant leaves. GROW has demonstrated its technology to be as effective as CO2 gassing by improving crop yields up to 30%, while using a fraction of the CO2 gas. The CO2 solution's micro droplets create an aqueous film around the entire leaf surface, isolating the leaf from the atmosphere. This creates a diffusion gradient favoring CO2 transport into the leaf and other gases out of the leaf. Increased carbon availability enhances photosynthesis resulting in faster and larger plant growth. CO2 Delivery Solutions™ has been demonstrated on crops including Cannabis, hemp, lettuce, kale, microgreens, peppers and flowers. In addition, aqueous CO2 misting offers Perimeter Protection™ for plants by slowing the spread of micro pathogens such as E. coli and powdery mildew. Greenhouse growers everywhere can now supplement CO2 to their crops using CO2 Delivery Solutions™, increasing plant yields and profits.
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