Keeping cultivation areas clean is the key to healthy, high yielding harvests

Biosecurity refers to the measures taken to reduce the likelihood of harmful organisms being introduced to or spread throughout a cultivation facility. Just like any other form of security, there are various levels of biosecurity, ranging from basic to more advanced measures. Our biosecurity offering is comprehensive, providing best practices, consulting and equipment to ensure your facility is clean and risk-free.

We begin with full facility Biosecurity screenings, from baseline facility analysis and development of standard operating procedures to testing services and reporting. During this time, we will assess your facility, establish testing protocols and recommend appropriate equipment to maintain quality levels.

The second component of Surna’s Biosecurity Program is regular air and surface testing. Surna’s Biosecurity Team monitors environmental conditions and facility hygiene, and conducts air and surface quality tests to ensure top-level facility sanitation and performance. Finally, Surna provides reports based upon collected facility data highlighting potential problem areas and suggested risk-mitigation.

As another line of defense, Surna offers photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) equipment for air sanitation and the prevention of airborne fungal diseases. Developed by NASA and approved by the FDA for medical usage, this PCO technology kills pollutants like powdery mildew, bacteria, botrytis, spores, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) without creating any unpleasant byproducts like ozone or damaging terpenes on plants.

Why you should think about biosecurity

Biosecurity is one of the most important topics in cannabis cultivation. Testing standards are getting stricter and rates of tainted crops are skyrocketing, causing supply shortages and profit losses. Crops with mold, or fungus can be deadly to consumers—especially those with lower immune systems. The alternative for many cultivators is to use chemicals like pesticides and fungicides to combat mold but unfortunately, these still pose a threat to consumers and can cause crop losses if they test positive.

In the age of commercial cannabis production, thinking about your biosecurity must be all encompassing, including everything from standard operating procedures to proper climate control to supplemental air and surface sanitation. By incorporating all aspects of biosecurity into a facility, cultivators are protecting themselves against testing failures and profit losses.