Successful removal of cucumber virus CGMMV

Viruses cause headaches to many fruit and vegetable growers. A well-known current example is the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), which has already claimed quite a number of victims internationally, looking at affected farms in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Although the virus does not pose an immediate danger to humans or animals, its presence can mean that all or part of the crop has to be destroyed. This was reason enough for us to do research on the possible effect of washing processes on fighting and removing viruses.

Cucumber mosaic virus as test virus in laboratory research  

Because the tomato virus has been classified as requiring quarantine since October 2019, we needed to use an alternative virus in our tests. After consulting with Groen Agro Control, an independent professional laboratory that conducted the study together with us, we chose the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV). We then carried out various tests on the effect of different washing processes on removing a virus that was present on harvesting crates. This is because viruses can spread in various ways, including via logistics crates.

Crate washer test based on different parameters

Various factors affect the final result of a washing process. During our research, various parameters were investigated precisely: difference in temperature, time in the washer, detergent/disinfectant, the spray pattern and finally the washing pressure. Would you like to know about the full experimental design and results? Read our detailed description of the earlier study.

These results have now also been found to be particularly valuable for cucumber cultivation, because there is also increasing attention in this segment of greenhouse horticulture to hygiene protocols and preventing the spread of viruses.  Here too, prevention is better than a cure!

We are happy to share our insights in the fight against waste!

Growers and cultivators who are interested in our approach are warmly invited to contact us. We would like to join forces in the fight against viruses.

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This is what satisfied customers say about us

Fully automatic washing line for Royal De Ree Holland

“What we now have is a system that washes the transport crates far better than the previous installation, and the number of operators has been reduced from three to just one.”- Joost van den Berg

Limex crate and tray washer at Jungpflanzen Gernert

“The trays are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with foam from Menno Florades. The washing result could be seen very quickly from the better root quality.” – Achim Gernert

Intensive and sustainable crate washer for Wijnen Square Crops

“With this washer, we can be sure that the crates that come out of the machine are clean and free from viruses and other diseases; we can use them in our processes without risk.” – Koen Saris

Meet our sustainable partner: PlantLab

“We are excited about the washing result of the Limex machine. We like to share our plans and working method with a company like Limex that is also committed to sustainability and we are looking forward to a beautiful and successful collaboration in the future!” – Mr. Hans van Scheijndel

Limex develops process for hygienic cleaning of propagation trays

“Limex is developing constantly to meet our increasingly stringent requirements. We can recommend Limex with a clear conscience.” – Oliver Schneider

5 Tray washers in 4 years at Svenska Skogsplantor

“Our collaboration with Limex has worked very well. A supplier that we will continue to work with and can recommend as a good partner.“ – Niclas Noord

Limex crate washers at Wesselman Flowers

“During cultivation, we see cycle after cycle of tulips emerging uniformly. An extra benefit is that the machine can remove the TVX virus. I can certainly recommend a Limex washer to every tulip grower.” – Joost Wesselman

Hishtil and Limex announce intensive collaboration

“The fruits of this productive collaboration between Limex and Hishtil permit both companies to offer their customers the best sanitation solution and healthy propagating material that will allow them to maximize crop quality and yields.” – Amit Dagan

Silver – our tray washer partner in Chile

“It is a pleasure for us to work with Limex, which is aware of the problems of hygiene and water scarcity that concern us in Chile and some regions.” – Martin Campos

Limex crate washer at Boer Erik

“I have seen Limex machines at other fruit growers, even one that has been in use for 25 years and is still running. When I invest, I think it is important to invest in high-quality and well-functioning products that I will be able to use for years to come.” – Boer Erik

Industrial tray and trolley washing machines for Ontario Plants Propagation, Canada

“I’m really proud that we get such large, intensive trolley and tray washers.” – Pieter van Dijk

Limex Bucket Washer at Veiling Holambra Brazil

“The delivery of the bucket washer from Limex has fully met all our expectations! Limex has now a satisfied customer in Brazil!” – André van Kruijssen

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“The Limex washers are an indispensable component for a successful service to LCS!” – Jan van Hoef

Sustainable box cleaner Scherpenhuizen

For distribution centre Scherpenhuizen, Limex supplied a boxwasher, type KKW6000NS for sustainable washing of boxes where the water is heated by high-quality residual heat from cooling.

Limex tray washer at Bergvik Skog Plantor

“To have a tray washer that works this great has really boosted our production at the nursery. The growing trays gets clean and we can use them over and over again in our production without any problems. I can highly recommend any forest plant producer to use a Limex Washer in their production line.” – Ronny Anngren

Limex crate washer at Banken Champignons

“The Limex crate washer meets our hygiene requirements (microbiological cleanliness) and produces a drying result of less than four grams per crate. This allows an output of 5,600 clean crates per hour, and that maintains our delivery capacity at an optimal level. ” – Jurgen Banken