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Chlorinated Water and Biological Seed Treatments

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
  • Biological seed treatments contain living organisms.
  • Municipal water supplies contain chlorine that can be harmful to biological seed treatments.
  • When preparing biological seed treatments, dechlorination systems are recommended for water sources that contain chlorine.

BIOLOGICAL SEED TREATMENTS ARE LIVING ORGANISMS

Biological seed treatments contain living organisms such as bacteria and fungi. Therefore, anything that can kill or injure these organisms can be detrimental to biological seed treatments (Figure 1).


CHLORINATED WATER

To keep water safe for human consumption, municipalities treat their water supply with variable levels of chlorine to kill bacteria and fungi that might be within pipes and water storage facilities. If chlorinated water is used during the biological seed treating process, it can have an adverse affect on biological treatments.

Therefore, the recommendation is to avoid using water directly from a municipal supply line in the preparation of biological seed treatments (Figure 2). The best water source is from a non-chlorinated source.


RECOMMENDATIONS IF CHLORINATED WATER IS THE ONLY SOURCE

  • Install a chlorine filter in the water line to remove chlorine. In general, these filters are comprised of activated carbon.
  • Allow chlorine to dissipate by leaving in an open
    container for 6 to 24 hours.
  • Use dechlorination tablets.
  • These practices can help biological seed treatments
    deliver the full benefits to a crop.












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