Protected cultivation is becoming increasingly popular not only for vegetables, but also when it comes to tree crops. Supply diversification often goes hand in hand with the most advanced technologies, as is the case of Supersolex by Agriplast, which was developed specifically for greenhouse banana crops.
Greenhouse crop (Italy)
The film boast a higher level of thermal insulation compared with the other products available on the market, as it features both glass micro-beads and unique mineral loads. Due to this characteristic, it is a valid alternative for the double films usually employed for banana crops. SuperSolex is able to reproduce tropical conditions inside the greenhouse!
Intensive crop (Turkey)
"A tropical climate is naturally suitable for this crop, but greenhouses at the right conditions enable the cultivation of bananas also in more temperate climates (160 kly) using the double blown film technique, i.e. a double cover with air inside to improve thermal insulation," explains Marco Cascone, CEO and R&D director at Agriplast.
SuperSolex film machine
Cascone studied this technique for a long time and managed to develop an alternative solution, less expensive but just as effective, which drastically reduces the quantity of film used for banana cultivation in greenhouses. SuperSolex is a single film that guarantees the highest effect on the market.
"This important result was obtained by adding special nano-loads to the Agriplast glass microbead technology. The two components, associated with special polymer resins, obtain specific IR barrier values and, more in general, a previously-unseen thermal insulation when it comes to polyethylene films. SuperSolex makes it possible to use only one film instead of two, thus halving the quantity needed with exceptional results on the crops."
The Agriplast facility
Agriplast believes this technology can help spread tropical crops in more temperate climates and provides its clients with innovative technical solutions capable of obtaining excellent results. SuperSolex guarantees economic advantages while reducing environmental impact.
Banana plants are part of the Musaceae family. According to recent archaeological finds, this plant was originally cultivated in Papua New Guinea between 8000 BC and 5000 BC, then spread to Asia and Africa until it was finally brought to Central America by Portuguese merchants. This fruit is now grown in a protected facility in Turkey and even in Italy.