BioSafe Systems adds to their Marketing Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of Ben Mcgreal as their new Marketing Coordinator for Turf & Ornamentals. Based out of the Connecticut headquarters, Ben’s main task will be helping the marketing and sales team provide effective messaging and content for their crop protection products and programs.

“I’ve always had a firm belief sustainability and the well-being of our environment should be a top priority in everyday life, no matter how big or small the issue,” he says.

Ben is currently working on finishing his marketing degree from Tunxis Community College, and prior to joining BioSafe Systems worked with MJM Home Builders doing site management along with framing new homes. He also has been involved with the company Soulstainable, taking water filters and supplies to areas in Ecuador affected by natural disasters. Ben’s passion and hard-working spirit make him an essential addition to the BioSafe team.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088 or visit

BioSafe Systems featured on Fox 61’s “Coffee Cup Salute”

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems was recently featured on Fox 61’s “Coffee Cup Salute” television segment, which helps raise awareness of businesses across Connecticut. Members of Fox 61 will hold a mug and briefly describe the company. The mug features BioSafe Systems’ logo and slogan “Simply Sustainably. Always Effective.”

BioSafe Systems is a small business that was founded in 1998 by Rob Larose, President & CEO. Through hard work and seeking change, Larose has been in business for over 20 years, keeping sustainability at the forefront and taking care of the environment one step at a time. Thank you, Fox 61, for supporting BioSafe Systems!

Clean Up Your Act: Sanitation in Hydroponic Growing, an article in the February edition of insideGrower

Hydroponic growing has become a standard production method over the last 80 years. Its rise in popularity doubles and triples annually. The major crops grown hydroponically in the U.S. are tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumber, herbs, strawberries and ornamentals. Hydroponics gives you an extended season and a boost in yields, leading to an increase in profitability. Since both the water and nutrients are recycled, this is an ecologically responsible way to produce food. Among the many benefits lurk potential pitfalls. There can be a large capital expense associated with the initial set-up. The hydroponic grower needs to be nutrient savvy and have a technical understanding of the system. These challenges are further compounded by the increase in disease pressure and algae through the recirculating water. Prevention and sanitation are the best defense a hydroponic grower has against potential production snags.

Since hydroponics uses water as the medium, the potential for contamination from water-borne pathogens increases. On the upside, foliar disease usually decreases. It’s difficult to prevent and decontaminate a hydroponic system. The most common pathogens are Pythium and Fusarium. These notoriously persistent diseases readily travel through water. They produce an abundance of zoospores, as well as chlamydospores or oospores allowing for long-term survival. Many times, these reproductive structures will colonize dead plant debris, which protects them from attempts to treat the water. The level of prevention and sanitation in a hydroponic greenhouse needs to balance the increase in disease pressure.

Algae is a nuisance in hydroponic growing that plagues the system throughout production. They thrive in the oxygenated, fertilized water. Not only is it unsightly and messy, but it harbors pests and depletes the dissolved oxygen levels in the water. This uninterrupted flow of liquid nutrient feeds algae and can create an impenetrable layer on greenhouse surfaces such as walkways, plastic, end walls, benches and on the inside of irrigation/mist lines. These conditions can be hazardous for workers and influence crop quality and yield. Algae grows in layers, so it’s important to be diligent when cleaning. Sometimes physically scrubbing is best to ensure that products are penetrating each layer of algae. A good way to decrease algae build-up and spread is to maintain your sanitation practices throughout the growing cycle, not just at the end of each crop cycle. Standardize practices, such as spraying racks, empty benches, walkways, and sanitizing pots and trays to maintain a clean environment during the production cycle. Be sure to check labels and make sure the products can be used while a crop is in production and doesn’t have to be rinsed.

In a hydroponic system, all contact surfaces and equipment that encounter flood water or plant material must be washed first and then disinfected. Washing with detergent THEN rinsing with water will emulsify organic matter and rinse it away. Plain water can’t do that. The photo of a steamed plug tray gives us a visual of what can be left behind when only rinsing is used. The tray in this photo was rinsed and then steamed, but much of the organic matter still remains on the surface. This resulted in an infection in the next crop. Incorporating the washing step will eliminate what water cannot. This is true of all surfaces, including water tanks, floors, benches and the irrigation system. Dead plant tissue harbors pathogens and decreases the efficacy of sanitizing agents, whether they’re added to the irrigation water or used in between crop cycles.

An important objective with cleaning and sanitizing is to keep biofilm from creating an irreversible layer on surfaces. This is a gluey mass of bacteria, algae and other free-floating microorganisms that form into a colony. The mass is protected with large molecules that are like the polysaccharide layer found in algae. Part of its survival strategy is creating a protective barrier using this slimy matrix. It’s tenacious and difficult to completely eradicate. We’ve heard of biofilm causing trouble in irrigation lines, but when surfaces aren’t thoroughly cleaned, bacteria will continue to build up. Biofilm adheres to materials, such as stainless steel, plastic, copper, rubber and lead.

Disinfection seals the pathogen’s fate by physically destroying it. There are many sanitation products available. These include activated peroxides (products with peracetic acid/hydrogen peroxide combination such as Sanidate 5.0), bleach, chlorine dioxide, quaternary ammonium, and ozone and heat/UV. Most of these treatments are oxidizers, which increases the need to eliminate as much organic matter as possible. Some are more powerful than others because of their stability in the environment. Activated peroxides are stable, high-level disinfectants. They’re more resistant to environmental factors, making them less prone to quick degradation.

It’s worth doing your homework on sanitizers prior to making a choice. Important considerations are the stability/power of the product, PPE requirements, REI restrictions and whether a rinse is needed after the application. Irrigation lines, whether underground, soil level or overhead have a literal hidden dark side … in the line itself. Water and nutrient make a very conducive atmosphere for many organisms. They’re fed, sheltered and protected, which allows them to take root, grow and reproduce. This is biofilm and it moves when pieces break off and travel with the flow of water.

Some common problems that can be associated with irrigation line cleanliness are water-borne pathogens such as Pythium and Fusarium. They can easily become attached and thrive in biofilm. Pieces will eventually get swept up, move down stream and are then deposited everywhere water splashes. Clogged emitters are indicative of a severe problem. In order to eliminate this, the irrigation lines should be as much a part of the clean-up as the greenhouse surfaces themselves.

If you regularly shock and flush your irrigation lines, consider maintaining them by treating your irrigation water throughout the season. This is a very effective way to keep free-floating micro-organisms from attaching and growing. There are several options for treating irrigation water on a continuous basis. Take time when making your choice to consider your facility, budget and what your goal is.

Sarah Brackman is Technical Sales for BioSafe Systems, LLC. She can be reached at

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BioSafe Systems Rewards & Solidifies Sales Team

BioSafe Systems announced the promotions of Jeff Kline from market Segment Manager to Vice President of Sales for Agriculture and Professional Products, and Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental Markets.

“Jeff has been a valuable part of our business over the past 10 years,” says Rob Larose, CEO and president of BioSafe Systems. “We are expecting him to help BioSafe Systems continue to grow in the next 10 years.”

In this new role, Kline will be responsible for strategic planning and marketing.
“I am excited to work with our team and partners to continue providing high-quality products that protect our customer’s brand,” Kline says. “I am honored to be a part of this great company and look forward to many more years of positive impact within our core markets.”
Kline has been working with the company since early 2007.

Eric Smith has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with BioSafe’s distribution networks. Smith will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/nursery industries.
“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” Kline says. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.”

BioSafe Systems also announced two sales representatives. Maxwell Gilley joined BioSafe in January as Technical Sales Representative for T&O in California. Gilley has a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management, then went on to receive a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology. Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, Gilley worked for as a product development scientist and technical specialist for ornamentals.

BioSafe also welcomed James Atkins as Mid-Atlantic States Technical Sales Representative in January. Atkins received his Associates degree in Agronomy, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture. Prior to BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker and Trial Manager.

They can be reached at

Jeff Kline: 413-209-1809
Eric Smith: 561-955-0315
Max Gilley: 408-279-9467
James Atkins: 864-360-9855

BioSafe Systems Adds to Their Horticultural Sales Team

EAST HARTFORD, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the hire of James Atkins as their new Technical Sales Representative. Based out of his home in South Carolina, James will be responsible for generating distribution and sales opportunities in the greenhouse, nursery, turf, and ornamental industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

James received an Associate degree in Agronomy from North Carolina State University, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from Clemson University.

Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, James worked as a Plant Broker for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies before taking over as Account Manager in the Southeast for MasterTag. Most recently, he worked as a Grower and Trial Manager for Stacy’s Greenhouse.

For more information contact BioSafe Systems toll-free at 888-273-3088.

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BioSafe Systems Adds to Turf & Ornamentals Team

EAST HARTFORD CT – BioSafe Systems is excited to announce the hire of Maxwell Gilley. He started his career with BioSafe Systems on January 2, 2019 as the new Technical Sales Representative for Turf & Ornamentals in California.

Max grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri where he earned his B.S. degree in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Turf Management. He then went on to Mississippi State where he received a M.S. degree in Plant Pathology.

Prior to joining BioSafe Systems, he worked for two years as a product development scientist. His expertise and education make him a great asset to our company and to our substantial California customer base.

Max Gilley can be reached at 408.279.9467 or

BioSafe Systems Promotes Eric Smith to Sales Manager

East Hartford, CT – BioSafe Systems is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Smith to East Coast Sales Manager for Turf & Ornamental markets.

In the past two and a half years at BioSafe, Eric has successfully grown his territory, gained product knowledge and built strong relationships with our distribution networks. Eric will work with the team to promote and support sustainable solutions in turf and greenhouse/ nursery industries.

“Eric has been an integral part of our growth,” says Jeff Kline, Vice President of Sales. “I look forward to him leading the East Coast T&O team to new heights.” BioSafe is looking forward to working with him at his new capacity.


Eric Smith can be reached at 561.955.0315 or

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

ZeroTol® Canada Label Updates

BioSafe Systems’ ZeroTol Canada has expanded its label to include foliar spray treatment on cannabis produced commercially indoors. ZeroTol Canada is labeled to effectively treat Powdery Mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum) and Botrytis Grey Mould (Botrytis cinerea).

The approved label reads:

For Indoor Use
Foliar spray treatment on cannabis (marijuana) produced commercially indoors. Use this product to suppress diseases in cannabis (marijuana) produced commercially indoors. To ensure that this contact fungicide is effective, thorough coverage and wetting of the foliage is necessary.

The full ZeroTol Canada Label can be found on the Government of Canada website under Pesticides and Pest Management, Pesticide Label Search.

Read the full label
Registered #29508.

ZeroTol’s activated peroxide formula controls a wide range of bacterial and fungal diseases. ZeroTol may be used as a stand-alone product or curative control or may be tank mixed with compatible fungicides and insecticides to enhance a preventive control program. ZeroTol is especially suited for direct injection into a misting system for disease-free propagation.

For more information on ZeroTol® Canada please contact us at 860-290-8890 or visit and

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

Foaming Applications in the Greenhouse with SaniDate 5.0

Eric Smith of BioSafe Systems talks about how turning liquid chemicals into a foam application improves sanitation effectiveness.

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Eric Smith can be reached at

BioSafe 20th Anniversary

Biofilms and the Importance of Irrigation Line Cleaning