Biofilm is a broad term for a colony of microorganisms (primarily bacteria) that form on almost every surface, especially ones exposed to water and nutrients.
Biofilm is inevitable and is unavoidable in irrigation systems, especially in those where fertilizer is being applied through the system. If it goes unchecked, biofilm will result in clogged filters and emitters, costly repairs, and crop damage from pathogens or undiscovered drought stress.
Using the tools and techniques laid out in this series, treatment and prevention of biolfim development and accumulation is possible and will mean a stronger, healthier crop.
- Planning a good irrigation design
- Selecting the proper fertilizer before the system is even set up
- Consistently injecting appropriate sanitizing chemistries
- Establishing a defined maintenance plan
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