What is Plasma Agriculture
The term “Plasma Agriculture” encompasses several processes involving the use of non-thermal within the agriculture field of science. To be more specific, plasma agriculture generally involves the conditioning of air and irrigation water by passing them through a high voltage plasma discharge like the one shown to the right. Within the plasma field the oxygen and nitrogen components of air become highly ionized and unstable, creating a wide assortment of highly reactive species such as ozone (O3), nitric oxide (NO), nitrite (NO2), nitrate (NO3), hydroxide (OH), nitrous acid (HNO2) and nitric acid (HNO3). These gas phase radicals include super oxidizers, nitrogen compounds that are essential for plant growth and ph balancing acids. When irrigation water is added to the plasma many of the gas phase compounds become suspended in the water, of particular interest is the nitrate because of it’s high value as the primary nitrogen compound used by all plants from algae to the largest trees.
Plasma Seed Treatment: Plasma agriculture also includes the treatment of seeds by exposing them directly to the plasma filaments and ionized gasses exiting the plasma reactor. More information regarding the treatment of seeds with plasma can be found on the Plasma Seed Treatment tab
Plasma Sub-Surface Irrigation: GreenPath Industries is the only known producer of a technology that delivers both gas and liquid phase components exiting the plasma reactor directly to individual plant root areas. More information regarding this technology can be found on the Plasma Sub Surface Irrigation tab