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BioSafe – Leading the way with sustainable, innovative solutions and service.

BioSafe Systems celebrates their 20th anniversary!

 As BioSafe Systems celebrates their 20th anniversary, we proudly offers a complete retail line of the same powerful and effective formulas professional growers have been using for years, just in smaller sizes. BioSafe Systems pioneered the development of proprietary PAA+ (peroxyacetic acid) technology with its flagship product, ZeroTol® for greenhouses and nurseries.

BioSafe Disease Control is the retail version of ZeroTol® providing broad-spectrum fungicidal control on flowers, turf and vegetable gardens. Comes pre-diluted, ready-to-use spray bottle or in concentrate to mix at home as-needed. BioSafe Disease Control leaves behind no harmful residue. It can be used on edibles, the same day they will be picked. OMRI listed for organic farms and gardens. BioSafe Disease Control is an OMRI-listed and gives the home gardener peace of mind knowing they are getting superior results backed by commercial growers.

Dedicated to maintaining the highest standards, BioSafe Systems has an in-house lab and testing facility run by a Ph.D. of pathology and entomology. We are also staffed with a team of experienced quality control and compliance officers, as well as a dedicated retail sales and marketing team.

BioSafe Systems is leading the way in several commercial industries like greenhouses, nurseries, hydroponics, agriculture, food safety, animal health, aquatics, waste water management, golf course management, child care, education, recreation and sanitation.

Organics Made Easy

Simply Sustainable. Always Effective.

BioSafe Systems believes in leaving no residue behind and manufacturing products that do not contain harsh chemicals like chlorine, bleach or copper sulfate. All products have no negative impact on the health and safety of people, pets, wildlife and the environment.

BioSafe Systems understands their products are used in homes and backyards and that’s why they only formulate and manufacture products to the highest standard of commitment and quality. Products are field-tested, proven effective and US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) registered and many are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) listed.

BioSafe Systems is family owned and products are made in the USA.

BioSafe Systems’ corporate offices are in Connecticut, housing a full customer-service team that can be reached toll-free. BioSafe Systems has five manufacturing facilities and eight warehouses throughout the US which utilize sustainable manufacturing practices like recycling and reusing resources, resulting in zero-waste whenever possible.

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“As a teacher of organic programs and a proponent of organic products, I am delighted to be associated with BioSafe Systems and their high-quality products. BioSafe’s products are effective and conveniently packaged for easy use. I recommend (and use myself) – BioSafe.”

– Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, Healthy Living and Growing Radio Show

 

From Field to Fork to Backyards

Celebrating 20 years of working with agriculture farmers like Thomas Produce Farms in Florida.They have been farming since 1910. We are proud to offer sustainable solutions to this industry. We took our commericals products like OxiDate and made it available to homeowners with products like BioSafe’s Disease Control.

 

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Connecticut Department of Public Health now recommends green cleaning in child care settings.

Choose SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer

Public health professionals recently put out a notice recommending facilities to avoid products containing bleach for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Instead, they suggest using safer yet effective products with hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. Bleach can harm both children and adults, especially when strong concentrations are used.

Bleach is known to trigger asthma attacks and cause new cases of asthma in those who use it frequently, like janitors and custodians, professional house cleaners, and maids. For some of these people, very small exposures can cause increasing symptoms after the first exposure. Another family of chemicals to avoid during routine cleaning and disinfection.

Child care operators frequently ask about safer cleaning methods and materials for their facilities. In response to questions about the availability of “greener” disinfectants, sanitizers and cleaning products, the Connecticut Department of Public Health offers two fact sheets that address these questions. Get more information here:

Connecticut Department of Public Health now recommends Green Cleaning In Child Care Settings.

Here is the up to date Tips for Cleaning Child Care Facilities the Safe & Healthy Way Fact Sheet.

When looking for a sanitizer, SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer is the right choice. SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer – The Bleach Alternative!

SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer is an EPA Registered sanitizer with the active ingredient being hydrogen peroxide. It is Ready to Use, so no daily mixing or discarding unused product. Also it is a 1-minute contact time and no rinse required as well.

SaniDate Ready to Use Hard Surface Sanitizer is formulated with an activated peroxide chemistry that easily and safely cleans, sanitizes, deodorizes and kills 99.9% of bacteria. Safe for use on hard surfaces, including food contact surfaces, SaniDate Hard Surface Sanitizer is made without harsh chemicals or strong odors.

Perfect product to be used snack tables, cutting boards, dishes, utensils, food prep areas, high chair tables, non-mouthed toys, and MORE!

  • Kills 99.9% of E. coli, Salmonella, Staph and Klebsiella on contact
  • Chlorine and ammonia free
  • EPA registered
  • Leaves no residue; no rinsing required
  • Only 1-minute contact time

See all of BioSafe’s Cleaning Solutions

 

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Three Factors for Improving Water Quality

Koi Pond

Sunlight, warm temperatures and nutrients can combine to form the “perfect storm” of algae and clarity issues.

Instead of enjoying your beautiful water feature, you may end up spending just as much time trying to keep water clear. The best way to keep water looking pristine is to understand the variables that influence certain conditions.

The first is sunlight. All living organisms, especially plants and algae, need sunlight to survive and grow. Even if your pond is considerably shaded, algae can still grow and reproduce, even rapidly at times.

The second variable is temperature. Temperature naturally encourages growth and increases aquatic life activity. Once temperature raises, algae and bacteria come out of dormancy and begin growing. A good threshold for water temperature is 50º F. Warmer water does not hold as much oxygen as cooler water and can be concerning if algae begins.

Last, but most important, is nutrients. Nutrients are almost always the culprit when it comes to water issues. In a natural pond, there is a balanced ecosystem that can keep itself in check. With backyard water features, you’re shrinking down that ecosystem. Even a slight change can result in huge consequences. Nutrients come from several different sources, most from dead organic material (leaves, dead plants, dead algae) and from fish waste, uneaten fish food and lawn fertilizer run-off after rain.

If you find yourself in a never-ending battle with algae chances are one of these variables mentioned are out of balance.

Keep your water feature as pristine as possible.

Do regular “clean-outs” when the seasons change. Remove leaves, muck and other organic debris that collect at the bottom. Also remove algae that builds up and gets stuck onto rocks and the side/bottom of the pond. GreenClean Granular or GreenCleanFX Liquid Algaecide are ideal. Both are organic and safe for fish and plants. Make preemptive treatments using smaller doses once or twice a week leading up to those times when algae is normally an issue.

If you keep fish in your pond, a good rule of thumb is 10 gallons of water for every inch in length of fish. If you get younger fish, they will grow quickly! You should have an aerator or a waterfall to provide circulation and to add oxygen into the water.

Using beneficial bacteria is very important for water quality. Beneficial bacteria are essential for consuming organic debris (leaves, muck, fish waste) and keeping a balanced ecosystem. Beneficial bacteria occur naturally in water, but it’s recommended to periodically “boost” their numbers. This can be done with GreenClean Liquid Bacteria or GreenClean Bacteria Tablets.

Learn more about our complete pond program

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It’s Important to Be Clean

Dr. Vijay Kumar Choppakatla, a plant pathologist at BioSafe Systems, offers his advice on proper greenhouse sanitation.

No matter how much growing space an operation has, proper sanitation is essential. Below, Dr. Vijay Kumar Choppakatla, plant pathologist at BioSafe Systems, offers his insight into proper sanitation practices.

What are some tips for growers looking to improve greenhouse sanitation?

Dr. Vijay Kumar Choppakatla: Greenhouse conditions can promote growth of not only plants but ‘other’ life forms, which include plant pathogens, microbial bio-films, insects, algae and weeds. It’s imperative that some of these ‘others’ have to be contained through a good greenhouse cleaning and sanitation program to maintain/improve crop quality and general aesthetics of the greenhouse production.

The areas of focus should be on places like benches, floors and irrigation systems, including pipe lines and water storage tanks. Cleaning is the first step in this process that’s typically done in between crops and involves removal of any loose plant or soil debris from the previous crop, removal of any weed growth through mechanical or chemical means, and removal of any attached organic and inorganic deposits on surfaces through use of power wash or rinse with chemical cleaners. After a thorough water rinse, sanitation step should follow using approved sanitizers.

Are hydroponic greenhouses more difficult to keep clean?

The nutrient-rich water and wet environment in hydroponic crop production can accelerate algae growth both on surfaces and in water when compared to conventional greenhouses. Also, waterborne plant pathogens such as Pythium are a major concern in hydroponic production, and cross contamination risk is high between plants, especially in re-circulated water systems. Hence, both surface and water sanitation are key in hydroponic systems.

Algae growth in greenhouses, in addition to being unsightly, can also impact other aspects of crop production, such as impediment to water/nutrient percolation, and breeding ground for nuisance pests such as fungus gnats and shore flies. In irrigation lines, algae and biofilm growth can cause issues such as clogging of filters and reducing the water flow. In addition, extreme algae growth on walkways can be a safety hazard for workers. Weeds can harbor and serve as alternate hosts for some of the major greenhouse pests, such as thrips, whiteflies, mites, etc., and viral pathogens, such as Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) and Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). Also, fungal pathogens such as Rhizoctonia and Thielaviopsis can spread through the soil/plant debris attached to pots and flats, and can cause plant root infections.

Are there any products you’d recommend growers use?

Multiple products are available based on different active ingredients/chemistries. Each may have its own advantages and limitations and should be carefully assessed before implementation. When it comes to chemical cleaners, there are some alkaline and acid based products available for greenhouse use such as GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner, GreenClean Acid Cleaner and Strip-It When it comes to sanitizers, there are several available for greenhouse use such as Hydrogen Peroxide + Peroxyacetic acid, Quats, Sodium Hypochlorite, Ozone and Chlorine Dioxide.