Control of plant growth & diseases is a major problem in horticulture which today’s solved by quantities of chemical growth regulators, fungicides and herbicides. Cost, increased ecological awareness and regulatory issues call for substitutes. One promising solution is through selective filtering of the sunlight. Researchers in D, IL, J, and NL, UK have demonstrated the principle, but no solutions are commercially available as yet. The SME partners from Germany and Israel therefore aim at developing with the help of leading research partners in the field, designer’ plastic cladding foils for greenhouses with integrated spectral filters. Material properties will be defined for optimum use in horticulture in different climates: PAR transmission > 90 %; NIR transmission < 30%; very low FIR transmission; photo selectivity according to climatic needs: low transmission of dark-red / extended dark-red, selective UV transmission; good mechanical and chemical properties.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
MP 12120 Kibbutz Naot Mordechai/upper Galilee