An electrical current running through salty water creates a mixture of chemicals that kills microbes such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. The mixture is called ‘electrolysed water’, but the process - anodic oxidation. There are many other names for electrolysed water, including, hydrolysed water, electrically activated water, electrochemically produced water, activated water, active water, etc.
This is a promising technology for disinfection and disease control. It is already used successfully in many industries. In horticulture, the main application of electrolysed water is as a ‘biocide’, meaning ‘life-killing’ agent. It is used to break down the slimy build-up in hydroponic lines that often contains bacteria, fungal spores and other microbes. It is also used successfully for disinfection of seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, equipment and packing materials and may be used for disease control in greenhouses.
Although in the market exist devices for anodic oxidation of water, a university from Latvia has developed his own water activation unit for application in agriculture. The aim was to improve construction of the device and its exploitation characteristics.
The university is offering commercial agreement with technical assistance to agricultural equipment manufacturer companies.