Flower Transportation and Preservation

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O3 Biologics has developed an effective, safe and green way to minimize decay, control ripening, and enhance shelf life without the use of harsh chemicals, making it an ideal solution to protect decay-prone or ethylene-sensitive cargo. Scientifically engineered, the system enhances the atmosphere inside the container with an active form of oxygen—commonly referred to as Ozone—to control molds, yeasts, ethylene, Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and other contaminants in the air and on surfaces. Because it uses oxygen from the air, the system is able to continuously generate Ozone throughout the voyage.

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Flowers represent an important and valuable global industry, and generate some of the biggest revenues among fresh commodities. However, flowers are also extremely sensitive, and are subject to leaf discoloration, premature wilting, and disease from molds and fungal pathogens such as Botrytis and Alternaria. Consequently, cut flowers are vulnerable to large post-harvest losses running as high as 20% -35% annually, depending on the species. 

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Bacteria Problems:

  • Shelf-life of cut flowers is directly related to water uptake.
  • Addition of antibacterial compounds to cut flower storage water increases water uptake, enhancing shelf-life
  • In the floral industry, a lot of money is spent on antibacterials that have limited effectiveness 

With O3 Biologics Ozone Systems the value adds up quickly:

  • Prolonging vase life increases value for the consignee as well as the retailer.
  • Minimizing waste increases returns and reduces claims processing costs.
  • Maintaining freshness over longer distances enables the use of ocean transport to reach and develop new markets. 

Ozone: An Ideal Candidate

  • Less expensive than current antibacterials
  • Safer for both flowers and workers
  • More effective