Biofilm is a pervasive coating of microorganisms and their exudates that can clog irrigation drip emitters, filters, and pipes, reducing water flow and efficiency. Biofilm can also harbor plant root pathogens such as Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, and Thielviopsis, which can cause root diseases and crop losses.  Biofilm is ubiquitous and lives in virtually every water system.  It grows in acid or base pH environments; warm water or cold; nutrient-rich water or clear; municipal water, well water, or pond water; disinfected water or not.  Initial stages of biofilm formation have been observed in as little as 5 seconds after flowing fresh water through a new, clean, highly polished pipe. 

Clear ZonaTM, a natural enzymatic solution biodegrades biofilm in irrigation systems, grow media & plant roots

It is important to prevent biofilm formation in plants and remove any existing biofilm as soon as possible.  Biofilm formation in plants is a serious problem that can affect plant health, yield, quality, and safety.  Contrary to popular belief, light is not necessary for a biofilm to develop.  It can grow in completely opaque pipes, buried far below the ground.  Unless otherwise expressly destroyed, Biofilm exists on virtually every non-sterile surface exposed to water, whether living or non-living.  Biofilm establishes extremely quickly which means destroying it must be a continuous process.  Biofilm is very tough to eliminate.

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Clear Zona -
Biodegrades Biofilm Including Matrix

  • Contains no harmful or undesirable chemicals
  • Safe to use Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production
  • Biodegrades & Destroys Biofilm, Mineral Salt Buildup, Sludge, Green Water
  • Clears Irrigation Systems, Tanks, Emitters, Roots, Grow Media, Hydroponic Channels
  • Increases Plant Yield
  • No Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine, Acid
  • No Bacteria Resistance

15 Ways Biofilms Harm Plants

Biofilms are communities of microorganisms that adhere to surfaces and secrete a slimy matrix that protects them from environmental stressors.  Here are 15 ways Biofilms can be damaging to plants:

  • Clog irrigation drip emitters, filters, and pipes, reducing water flow and efficiency
  • Harbor plant root pathogens as Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, and Thielviopsis, which can cause root diseases and crop losses
  • Interfere with nutrient uptake by plants, leading to nutrient deficiencies and reduced yields
  • Alter the pH and oxygen levels of the soil or water, affecting plant growth and health
  • Produce toxins that can harm plant cells or inhibit plant enzymes
  • Induce oxidative stress in plants, causing damage to their membranes, proteins, and DNA
  • Trigger plant immune responses that can lead to inflammation, tissue damage, and energy depletion
  • Compete with beneficial microorganisms for space and resources in teh rhizosphere, disrupting the plant-microbe symbiosis
  • Influence gene expression in plants, altering their metabolism, development, and defense
  • Increase the susceptibility of plants to environmental stress such as drought, salinity, or temperature extremes
  • Reduce the quality and shelf life of harvest crops, affecting their appearance, taste, and nutritional value
  • Contaminate food products with harmful bacteria or fungi, posing a risk to human health
  • Cause aesthetic damage to ornamental plants, making them less attractive and marketable