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   Is bamboo the answer to citrus greening in Florida

At the present time, USA production of bamboo products provides but a tiny fraction of the national and international demand which is growing by geometric rates. By eliminating export requirements and import costs the domestic production of bamboo products is on a course to become a major force in Florida agriculture. Bamboo will become the next cash crop for Florida and beyond.  In a collaboration with an Italian bamboo company and Florikan, a producer of NASA chosen controlled release fertilizer we have been able to refine and accelerate  the production, propagation and growth of certain bamboo  species. Due to the elegance of design and safety and efficiency of this controlled release fertilizer it is adaptable to the growth characteristics of bamboo. Application is necessary only once or twice per year or per growth cycle. Edible bamboo shoots in large volume can be achieved in 3 years with mature trunks available for harvest in 5 years.  The future for Florida citrus farmers need not be bleak as they will be the logical recipients of this technology as the demand for bamboo products increases and as Florida farmers and growers realize the vast potential of this “perfect” plant. Just as the original settlers in Florida recognized a natural resource and improved upon it to create a major industry, the new pioneers are poised to begin a new frontier for Florida agriculture. 

Barrett Demler and James Demler Sweetgrass Farms, Sarasota, Florida, USA Published in Fruit Juice Focus Stefan@fruitjuicefocus.com 

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Florikan is honored to be featured in NASA Spin Off Magazine in 2018
Thats two years in a row !
Thank you NASA KSC Spin Off and NASA Space Plant Biology

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FDA Announcement – Protecting Public Health by Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gives FDA a new public health mandate. It directs FDA to establish standards for adoption of modern food safety prevention practices by those who grow, process, transport, and store food. It also gives FDA new mandates, authorities and oversight tools aimed at providing solid assurances that those practices are being carried out by the food industry on a consistent, on-going basis.  FDA will fulfill the vision of FSMA and strengthen food safety protection by applying the principles outlined here across the entire food safety program, while adapting them to the specific challenges posed by implementation of preventive controls, produce safety standards, and FSMA’s new import system. (more…)

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By Frank Gonzales NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Pushing envelopes isn’t just for test pilots at NASA — Ed Rosenthal’s agricultural creativity has been so successful that it is getting ready to take its place in the Space Technology Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Fertilizer helps crops grow better, but nutrient runoff can lead to serious environmental problems. Ed Rosenthal, founder of Sarasota, Florida-based Florikan, had an idea to control the nutrient release to avoid runoff and maximize the benefit to the plant. He perfected the formula thanks to 40 hours of NASA consulting, and the fertilizer is now sold around the world—and also used on the ISS for project Veggie.“NASA’s expertise helped us advance our development by years. We were happy to pay it back.” — Ed Rosenthal, Florikan





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Florikan’s Student, Teacher and Community Outreach Program

Florikan E.S.A., LLC The Company


Florikan® is a Proud Family Owned U.S. Based Manufacturer | Evolving Plant Nutrient through Advanced Fertilizer Technologies

Founded in 1981 by Ed and Betty Rosenthal, Florikan ESA has grown from a man selling goods from the trunk of his car to an industry leader in plant nutrition. Florikan’s entrepreneurial drive, continuous innovations, and pioneering work formed the basis for introduction of Nutricote® controlled release fertilizer to the U.S. market over 30 years ago. This drive helped form NASA partnerships, for research and development work, on the recently patented Gal-XeONE™ controlled release fertilizer, and ‘Veggie’ production programs on the International Space Station.

Florikan® is a Proven Performance Leader | Bringing Plant Nutrition, Production and Conservation together

Florikan’s commitment to quality, and a solution driven technical sales process, has earned a loyal customer base of over 3000 end-user growers and industry professionals, who rely on Florikan’s crop recommendations and product performance. From production, fulfillment, to complete customer satisfaction, Florikan’s pledge is “We Make it Right”. Florikan has been recognized with awards from industry, community, government, and environmental organizations for the tireless efforts to develop solutions that bridge the demands of economics, crop production, and stewardship.

Florikan® is a Solution Driven Industry Leader in…


Tree Farms

Sod Farms
Specialty Crops
Golf and Turf

Golf Courses
Sports Fields
Municipal Parks & Schools
Recreation Facilities
Professional Landscape

Commercial Parks
Malls & Shopping Centers
Resorts & Hotels
Theme Parks
To learn more about Florikan, please visit the website at http://www.florikan.com

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About Gal-XeONETM Thriving Through Continuous Nutrient Delivery

Plants thrive best and remain healthiest when supplied with continuous nutrition. GAL-XeONE™ is a controlled-release fertilizer with a new, advanced polymer coating technology. It delivers optimal nutrients to the plant at a pace that matches a plant’s uptake requirements. GAL-XeONE fertilizer provides gradual release of plant nutrients to match a plant’s growth cycle as needed. It improves efficiency, limits plant damage and reduces nutrient loss.


EFFICIENT DELIVERY: GAL-XEONE™ is a controlled-release fertilizer with a patented polymer coating technology that delivers nutrients to the plant at the right rate to match a plant’s uptake needs.

EXTENDED RELEASE: Plants are healthiest with constant nutrition over an extended period. GAL-XEONE technology allows consistent, predictable delivery of plant nutrients.

EXACTING TECHNOLOGY: The patented GAL-XEONE coating uses technology developed with support from NASA to allow water to enter the prill then carry the nutrient solution out through a precise, semi-permeable membrane.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Delivering just the right amount of nutrients to match the pace of plant growth is a 4R Nutrient Stewardship® best practice and an efficient use of resources.


Controlled nutrient release from 2 months up to 18+ months
Sustained nutrient delivery to improve plant health
Reduced losses from volatilization and leaching, and minimized risk of scorching
Reduced number of applications therefore reducing labor and logistics costs
Applying the right source of nutrients at the right rate at the right time and in the right place
East and West coast production enables nationwide & international availability
About Nutricote®

Nutricote® is the gold standard in the world of controlled release fertilizers. For over thirty years, this world-class technology has been scientifically proven to outperform all other CRF’s, with its consistent and dependable release curve and superior homogeneous nitrate based fertilizer.


The release of nutrients from Nutricote® is controlled by the amount of a special chemical release agent in the resin coating.
Only the amount of this special release agent varies according to the required period of release designated by the various Types of Nutricote®.
This special release agent has resulted in a dramatic technological improvement in consistent and precise nutrient release.
Every particle of Nutricote® is uniquely homogeneous, to ensure consistent analysis application after application.

Crop Safe – Will Not Flash Release
Creates Uniform Crops in Size and Color
Longevities and Customization Available to Meet all Crop Cycles
For more information about Florikan products, please visit http://florikan.com/#nav

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