Ozone treatments: more safety in tomato cultivation in the field, greenhouse and above ground

Prevention from bacterial and viral infections in tomatoes is a key aspect of cultivation, from the open field to the greenhouse. It is now known that irrigation water and the irrigation system can be sources of inoculum for transmission of problems that reverberate with viral and bacterial infections in the crop leading to loss of production and the need for containment treatments.

For years now, water and irrigation system disinfection with ozone has been a hot topic. Ozone (O3) has a very interesting biocidal activity because it is derived from oxygen (O2) and once it has reacted and performed disinfection it returns to the molecular oxygen state thus releasing no residue in water.

An important feature is that this is done in seconds, so it can be done directly in-line on irrigation water without the need for the introduction of storage tanks. With work done in collaboration with a research institute in Belgium, we have also shown that under appropriate conditions (replicable in our treatment machines) it is possible to inactivate ToBRFV and other viruses, nonetheless such elimination activity can also be carried out on bacteria such as Clavibacter michiganensis. The numerous applications in Italy and abroad that we have carried out confirm the goodness of this application by reporting repeatable results in all the installations carried out.

Very important, when it comes to the water of irrigation especially for tomato, è consider the source of water used, in fact Surface or canal waters have very high microbiological risks; our experience is that it is through water that many bacterial and viral diseases are distributed in tomato crops and thehe disinfection of water with ozone makes the prevention and protection of crops very effective.

Last but not least, a second very interesting aspect, by the process of disinfecting water with ozone you are able to increase the concentration of dissolved oxygen thus allowing optimal root oxygenation and development even in the warmer months when the higher water temperature decreases oxygen supply to the root system with the resulting problems.

Contact us to find out more about these topics.

We are exhibiting at Macfrut, May 8-10, hall C1, stand 173.


Ozone disinfection of irrigation water. An extra weapon for the IV Gamma

Microbiological contamination of irrigation water is no longer a minor factor in horticultural production. Irrigation plays a vital role on all farms because it directly affects crop productivity and quality, but water quality can make the difference between gain and loss on the farm.

For years, many companies in the horticultural sector have relied on Ecofarm’s expertise, understanding how essential it is to monitor not only the chemical composition of irrigation water, but also the microbiological aspects of water supply sources.

Between reservoirs, wells and river surface waters, each possesses specific chemical and microbiological characteristics. The importance of verifying quality at entry is not everything. Measuring microbiological composition, even in different months of the year, at the point of water delivery is still little in use but extremely useful in actually understanding what is coming to the plant. In some cases, the use of non-sterile water at the point of entry quickly leads to biofilm formation in irrigation systems in addition to also being a vehicle for pathogens that can subsequently infect the crop.

Ecofarm offers its own water treatment with OZONE: this technology helps the farmer in managing phytopathologies from the hydroponic greenhouse to the open field. The advantage of ozone is that it can treat large amounts of water in a short time and compared to other disinfection systems, and it can be used in-line in the irrigation system. Thus, inserting an ozone water treatment system offers the possibility of protecting crops from both microbiological contamination (e.g., coliforms, E. coli, etc.) that can lead to product disputes and waterborne diseases such as bacterial diseases.

The result is to “defend” crops from widespread risks of bacteriosis or other diseases related to surface water contamination and, most importantly, to ensure product quality in terms of health and shelf life by helping the farmer incorporate a natural solution on the farm that helps limit the use of pesticides.

The installation of Ecofarm Ozone machines for sanitizing irrigation water means that even surface water can be used with foliar spraying, without running the risk of subsequent problems related to microbial load on the product. All with simple, automatic and very inexpensive technology.

A system:
-Easy to apply and install
-which leaves no residue in the water
-with a rapid return on investment
-with very low maintenance costs and consumption
-that makes it possible to use available water resources in a waste-free and fruitful way.

Ecofarm makes its irrigation water treatment technology available to horticultural farms-a system designed to sanitize the water resource and make it more usable. Ecofarm’s experience, gained through years of studies and applications in the field and now recognized by many leading companies in the industry, allows us to say that this irrigation water treatment system is able to limit, if not eliminate, the risk of bacterial diseases on crops, and to prevent the spread of both viral and fungal diseases.


Ecofarm at Macfrut 2024, May 8-10 in Rimini, Italy

Ecofarm Storti will be present at Macfrut 2024, the benchmark event for fruit and vegetable professionals in Italy and abroad. The splendid exhibition venue of the Rimini Fair, the growing number of Italian and foreign companies, and the many initiatives for innovation and internationalization make it a key event for the sector.

Ecofarm will present its installations related to the use of ozone in horticulture by sharing innovative solutions to increase crop sustainability and profitability.

Come and visit us, we will be present in Rimini from May 8 to May 10: Hall C1, Stand 173.

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Contributions, extended deadlines. Here are the dates for all regions

As many will know, the final dates for submitting applications for aid under the Investment 2.3 call change for so many regions “Innovation and mechanization in the agriculture and food sector” – Submeasure “Modernization of agricultural machinery to enable the introduction of precision farming techniques,” including those proposed by Ecofarm for the livestock and vegetable sector.

Masaf also eliminated the investment cap previously set at 70,000 euros, while the 35,000-euro contribution limit remains.

For most regions, the application deadline is now May 31, 2024. The only exceptions are Basilicata and Emilia Romagna, which have set a deadline of May 10, 2024, while Molise and Trentino al Adige have not yet set extension deadlines.

Below is the complete list of all regions with corresponding deadlines.

Region/P.A.Application deadline
Friuli-Venezia Giulia31/05/2024
Molise29/03/2024 (as of 05/04/24 not yet arranged for extension)
Trento15/03/2024 (as of 5/04/24 not yet arranged for extension)
Aosta Valley31/05/2024

Ozone in irrigation. Ecofarm’s conference with La Felina and the University of Verona between results and awards

Ecofarm Storti was one of the featured companies at Horticulture Technique in the Field, the three-day event in Guidizzolo dedicated to the world of horticulture in the event that drew the participation of more than 50 companies.

For Ecofarm great interest not only in the exhibition space but also in the conference on the use of ozone in irrigation, moderated by Freshplaza journalist Cristiano Riciputi. Along with Giorgio Zaffani, a biotechnologist from Ecofarm, Professor Elodie Vandelle, from the University of Verona, and Alessia Bonati, from La Felina Farm, also participated.

“Ozone is a gas generated in nature from oxygen – began Giorgio Zaffani – is a very simple molecule, O3, which when it decays goes back to being simple oxygen” thus leaving no residue. The focus shifted to the use of ozone in irrigation. “Water sources,” Zaffani continued, “are a little-treasured topic, but having the microbiological aspect under control is crucial. Wells, reservoirs or river surface water, each of these sources has individual specificities both from a chemical point of view but also from a microbiological point of view. The great advantage of ozone, compared to all other water disinfection systems, is that it can treat large flow rates in a short time with great efficiency and thus achieve, disinfection and oxygen enrichment with great benefit to crops, thus being able to directly treat water during irrigation.”

The floor was then turned over to Professor Elodie Vandelle of the University of Verona: “We wanted to understand together with Ecofarm, whom we thank for involving us, the effect of this treatment on the plants given the results they were getting on the farms, and we focused on an arugula crop where an irrigation water treatment machine was installed. We considered several parameters, but one of the first observations we made was that treated plants, retain more water, thus resulting in greater leaf weight than untreated plants; in practical terms this translates into greater resistance to water stress and in qualitative terms with crisper leaves and longer life span. In addition to this, plants after germination grow more vigorously with increased photosynthetic activity.”

This scientific work also received two awards, highlighted by Professor Vandelle: “Students are protagonists in these projects, and in this case Riccardo Greco carried out the work with sampling and analysis, and his thesis was awarded the Agro Innovation Aword and also received an award from the Apollinare Cesira Veronesi Foundation. A work recognized by the area that highlighted the importance and spin-off for applications in the agri-food chain.”

Finally, Alessia Bonati, who brought her experience on the use of ozone on the farm for basil cultivation: “We learned about Ecofarm in 2020 and started using ozone with a machine installed on the sprayer. Last year we installed an ozone generator instead to treat irrigation water directly from the well. This use allows us to reduce plant protection products, and in the 6 ha where we used ozone, we were able to make two cuts without treatment, thus zero residue. In the total campaign, the number of total active ingredients was reduced to 3. We will now install two more machines on two more wells.”.

Many questions at the end of the conference confirmed the great attention of companies to this technology and to the applications proposed by Ecofarm Storti.

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Orlandi farm uses Ecofarm Breezair to preserve the welfare of its animals

The Ecofarm Breezair natural cooling system is a viable solution to heat stress in barn animals during the hottest months of the year.

Stefano Orlandi, of Orlandi Farm, has been involved in raising pigs for two generations, particularly piglets for sale to fatteners. The company has always made it a priority to preserve the welfare of its animals, which is why it has successfully tested this innovative system in environments dedicated to gestation, fertilization and farrowing of sows.

“With climate change, sudden heat strokes in the summer months affect animal welfare and their performance, a hot topic now,” – says Stefano Orlandi.

“We chose Breezair because this system ensures constant operation. The animals are better off, they don’t suffer from heat stress, and yields and productions remain almost unchanged from the more temperature-friendly months. The animals are calmer, not constantly getting up and lying down to seek relief.”

Listen directly to Stefano Orlandi’s interview to learn more about his experience and the results achieved through Ecofarm technologies and systems.

Ecofarm experts are at your disposal for any useful information: contact us!
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Ecofarm and ozone in agriculture on FreshPlaza and HortiDaily

Sterilizing irrigation water helps prevent, especially in horticulture, diseases typical of soil fatigue, both in the field and in the greenhouse
“. This is what the reference publication FreshPlaza attests to when talking about us.

Ecofarm’s participation in Macfrut 2021.

From September 7 to 9, the 2021 edition of Macfrut was held in Rimini.

Ecofarm was present with its booth and range of ozone generators for applications in horticulture, agriculture and produce preservation.

The event represented a return to normalcy after a long time of enforced distance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The sector has shown a lively and dynamic interest, with great desire for restart and innovation. Many professionals and practitioners attended and requested information regarding our technology and its application.

Positive feedback also came from the industry publications FreshPlaza and Hortidaily, national and international reference sites that we thank for talking about the innovation of our equipment.

Freshplaza publishes article discussing ozone in agriculture Ecofarm
Ecofarm at Macfrut 2021: from left Max Bizzarri, Enrico Storti and Giorgio Zaffani.

Here is an excerpt from the article published on Freshplaza.com

Among the various innovations proposed during Macfrut, particular attention received a series of equipment that ‘produces’ ozone to sterilize irrigation water, to perform fruit and vegetable treatments and for storage cells. The company developing this technology is Ecofarm Storti. “Thanks to our technologies,” says Enrico Storti – ozone is produced on site and is very effective against pathogenic bacteria and fungi in crops, both in the greenhouse and in the open field. Ozone does not release residues and is a powerful disinfectant.” “We have equipment,” Storti adds, “that needs to be brought online in the irrigation system, and especially in the greenhouse, treating water is a necessary process to keep diseases under control.

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Green Island Company: ‘Ozone is effective against agricultural crop diseases’

A Green Island in the true sense of the word, respectful of the environment and productions through the use ofOzone. Natural disinfectant becomes the number one ally in agriculture to reduce fungicide treatments and achieve noticeable results.

The new Ecofarm system, which introduces Ozone into the production process, is effective in treating agricultural crop diseases, in a totally natural way.

Marco Ferrari, of the Isola Verde Farm in Salerno, Italy, who tested it in his plantations, tells us. “We were looking for new systems to prevent and treat diseases that often affect crops,” Ferrari explains. “Today, after more than a year of using Ozone, I would recommend it to all farmers.

An experience to listen to.

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Marchioro Farm chooses ozone for quail welfare

TheMarchioro Farm, which has been raising quail for generations, has managed to switch from battery farming to free-range, reducing drugs and improving animal welfare. All thanks to the new Ecofarm system that harnesses the benefits of Ozone, a powerful natural disinfectant, by incorporating it into the production process.

Owner Luca Marchioro tells us about his experience.

We met Ecofarm at the fair,” Marchioro explains. and we were presented with this new, environmentally and animal-friendly possibility. Effectively Ozone limits the development of bacteria, both in the air and in the litter, and allows us to have better results, without using any kind of antibiotic“.

A sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for all types of farming.

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Aldà Company chose ozone for arugula and basil production

Ozone incorporated into the production process makes it possible to limit the use of chemicals and increase the production efficiency of crops. Stefano and Mirko, father and son, of the Aldà company, which produces arugula and basil for the foreign market, know this well. An innovative company always looking for solutions and technologies that can guarantee the highest quality standards.


For us, guaranteeing our customers high quality products is crucial, because it means they will continue to choose us,” explains Stefano Aldà. The employment of ozone makes it possible to cut down the use of chemicals and return healthy plants. We did the first ozone trial with a small plot. Now our whole farm is irrigated with ozone. We quickly realized that with ozone, the plants were stronger against diseases and insects.

Listen directly to the interview of the entrepreneur who talks about his experience, results and positive solutions, achieved thanks to Ecofarm technologies and systems.

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