A1.D1 Requirements and limitations over the current PLA twine for hop growing sector
This document outlines the plant guiding systems, their usage in protected and outdoor crops and typical requirements. Compostable twine guides based on man-made polymers have been in use now for the best part of a decade whilst their adoption and particulars with regards to their development and end of life options are discussed. The Elite BIO twine, made by Lankhorst, is now used worldwide in protected crops.
A1.D2 Protocols for the collection and sorting of hop waste defined
After harvest of hops beside the hop cones, we get also a huge amount of biomass that is left behind (leaves and stems). The process of harvesting the hops involves removing the entire hop plants from the fields. This post-harvest hop biomass provides a valuable source of organic mass and nutrients.
A1.D3 Regulations and protocols on modified hop-waste components defined
Zelfo Technology (ZT) has experience with a vast spectrum of new, post consumer/industrial, and Agro-based lignocellulose fibre. They processed fibre functions as an end product in itself (composite) or as a component in a 3rd party product. Dry fibre to moisture quantity of received source fibres is between 25% and 70% dry content dependent on source fibre qualities and desired end result. Hops stalks can be delivered to the ZT processing plant anywhere along this spectrum dependent on the extent of the current or extended objectives of the BioThop project.