28 January 2019
Last week Querétaro, Mexico was the setting for the biggest Plant Empowerment seminar in Latin America so far. An overwhelming number of 135 interested growers from all over Mexico gathered to hear about the principles of Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE), that were explained by speakers from Plant Empowerment partners Hoogendoorn, LetsGrow.com, Koppert, Svensson and Cultilene. The message of cultivation optimization based on plant health and resilience was well received.
Plant Empowerment: a plant production strategy that combines the power of physiology and physics. What is the most sustainable way of growing in my greenhouse, to convert the available resources into maximum production and quality? In the book "Plant Empowerment; the basic principles" , methods are explained to give your plants the right energy. Empower your Plants!
Why Plant Empowerment?
Typically, traditional plant production methods are based on a mix of blueprints, best practices, common knowledge of plant physiology, as well as the ‘green fingers’ and ‘emotional perception’ of the growers. This approach has been successful, but also has several limitations:
· Blueprints are valid only under specific (outdoor) climate conditions
· The human sensory perception provides false information about the plant status
· Sensor-based climate control is not directly related to plant growth or plant status
· Most of the physiological knowledge is based on mono-factorial plant research
What is Plant Empowerment?
Growing by Plant Empowerment (GPE) brings the different pieces of experience and knowledge together in an integrated approach. Its starting point is the natural behaviour of plants related to the greenhouse environment described by six balances concerning energy, water, CO2 and assimilates. Monitoring these balances utilizing sensors, combined with crop measurements in a coherent framework based on physical and plant physiological knowledge and insights, provides hard facts required to control and improve the cultivation process.