Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Stratus Hydroponics International Inc. - Windsor

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Photo of Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Bill Wu, Dave Pelgrims and Colby Wu

Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Bill Wu, Dave Pelgrims and Colby Wu

Greenhouse growers hope to see their plants reach new heights with an innovation called the "Grow Gutter." The patented system, developed by Stratus Hydroponics International Inc., controls plant root zone temperatures by directing water back and forth along a heating and cooling tray. The Grow Gutter can rest on top of existing architecture in any type of hydroponic production, from floriculture to fruit and vegetable operations. Trials have shown that, by providing additional heat to the root zone area, the system can help advance plant production and growth by as much as one and a half weeks. Better plant health and reduced disease and energy use are all at the root of this innovation.


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