Improving plant growth and controlling pests while supporting organic agriculture Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colourless, odourless gas produced by burning carbon and organic compounds, and by respiration. It is naturally present in air (about 400 parts per million 1) and is absorbed by plants during photosynthesis.
Plants breathe differently than humans and other animals. While animals breathe in O2 and breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), plants do the reverse. This is one of the most important factors why plant life is an essential part of the earth’s ecosystem. Without plants, CO2 levels would reach suffocating levels quickly.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential element of photosynthesis required for growth and food production in plants. Photosynthesis is a process by which CO2 and water are absorbed by plants and then converted in the leaves into sugars, cellulose, and starch under the influence of light energy. More photosynthesis means more growth.
Even though the current CO2 levels in the atmosphere is about 350 PPM, it seems that plants have maintained their ancient ability to consume up to 1500 PPM of CO2. Knowing this is extremely important because the assertion that plant growth could be sped up by increasing the CO2 intake is indeed true.
How is CO2 made? A significant amount of the product is re-captured from industrial processes. This re-captured CO2 is then condensed and purified, allowing it to be sold in cylinders or in bulk to a range of specification grades. Tri-State Carbonation Service only sells food grade CO2.
CO2 is a versatile molecule, supporting growth in plant life while also serving as a useful pest control tool. It is considered an organic treatment in many areas. That means the addition of CO2 into the greenhouse or as a post-harvest treatment for produce will not impact the organic status of your produce.
For more information, please contact your local TCS representative.