Farms and greenhouses

Farms and greenhouses Applications

Continually monitoring of ethylene (C2H4) and carbon monoxide (CO) in production greenhouses.

Ethylene is a colorless flammable gas with a faint “sweet and musky” odour when pure. It is a gas that is naturally produced by plants. It also aids in the growth and development of the crop. However, it must be closely monitored as too much ethylene can damage the plants and in turn ultimately affect it value on the market. Decaying foliage, ripening fruit and stressed plants produce more ethylene than young, healthy plants. Other sources which can contribute to the levels of ethylene gas are blowers, trimmers and carts with combustion engines. 

Heating systems, propane powered forklifts, vent stacks and leaky fuel lines all add to ethylene levels as well.  Typically, when there are high levels of ethylene gas, a high concentration of carbon monoxide is also occurring, which is most certainly dangerous to humans working inside the greenhouse.