Tinytag radio data loggers monitor the growing conditions of roses, and have an alarm to warn of major temperature fluctuations.The Tinytag Plus 2 temp/RH logger has been integrated into a spore sampler to monitor conditions to provide information about disease development and fungicide control.
For professional flower growers, measuring and monitoring the
conditions that affect the development of flowers is essential for
production of quality stock. Gemini Data Loggers, producers of
Tinytag loggers, measure temperature and humidity, either through
single wired loggers or through a unique wireless mesh network
which can measure multiple sites through one central computer,
taking away labour costs and time and producing reliable
Roses in particular require stringent conditions to grow
properly, and without correct and effective monitoring of the
conditions, the reasons for spoiled batches cannot be identified.
If the temperature where they are growing fluctuates or decreases
considerably, there is a Tinytag logger fitted with an alarm system
that can warn the grower of any change above or below the desired
wireless mesh system allows the grower to monitor several
points remotely via one central computer, capturing data via radio
waves and limiting laborious spot checking. The loggers also
communicate with each other, meaning that any break in normal
communication is identified by the loggers, and they will find an
alternative logger to communicate with to ensure the data is
returned to the receiver and central computer.
Both of these systems mean that growers can now become more
sophisticated in monitoring conditions, and they also help reduce
the amount of spoiled stock. In addition, the computerised Tinytag Explorer Software
can easily create graphs and reports to provide an overview of the
whole process, allowing growers to be more accountable if required.
Alignment and integration with data loggers with spore samplers
(traps) is the only way to actually monitor fungal pathogens and
plant diseases. Powdery and downy mildew diseases, the most
widespread and damaging on greenhouse-grown roses, are particularly
suited to spore sampling and environmental monitoring. With
pathogen present and temperature and humidity ripe for spread and
development of disease, rose growers can make informed choices and
decisions about fungicide control.
Burkard Scientific (Sales) Ltd has developed
SporeWatch; to tackle this by integrating the
Tinytag Plus 2
logger into an electronically operated spore sampler based on
definitive spore trapping technology. By using the logger, it is
possible to establish a complete aerobiological environmental
monitoring station. Solar panels can be provided for operation of
the unit in remote locations lacking in electrical power supply.
Robust and hard-wearing, Tinytag loggers have been specifically
designed to last, even through adverse conditions. Already widely
used in the composting and agriculture industry, Tinytag loggers
are ideal for ensuring that data is accurate and as easy to access
as possible, reducing hassle for the user and ensuring that growers
can become accountable for the conditions that their flowers have