The Netherlands is the world’s leading exporter of agricultural products, being behind only the United States of America. The scientists from the University of Wageningent made developments, which allowed their country to take the leading position in tomato production, taking into account products output per square meter.
These developments include the system based on basalt wool applied as a substrate for growing plants. Duijvestijn Tomaten implemented this system and announced a transition to highly economical consumption of resources at every production stage. The company grows 15 tomato varieties in 36-acre greenhouses. Reaching about 6 meters in height, the plants are not rooted in the soil, but in the basalt substrate.
Necessary nutrients and water are delivered directly to tomato bushes, whereas, according to Duijvestijn Tomaten, it is almost zero-waste production process.
The substrate is supplied by Grodan, specializing in basalt fiber growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector. These solutions are applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas, and also for nursery plants transportation.
In 2015 by the decision of the International Expert Horticultural Jury, Duijvestijn Tomaten was recognized the most innovative tomato producer in the world.
In Russia, the largest Lipetsk greenhouses company Dolina Ovoschey supplies vegetables grown on basalt substrate. The similar project has been implemented in Yakutia. TechnoNICOL corporation produces agronomic basalt. In 2017 the greenhouse technologies exhibition saw basalt substrate produced by ECOVER.
Basalt fiber substrates are getting increasingly popular in the world: Biotecture has developed and installed a hydroponic vertical system for greening up premises and buildings walls. Perm University suggested the method for vertical hydroponic “garden beds” based on continuous basalt fiber.