Scientific Water Saving Research

Researches by Universities and Scientific Organisations.

Welcome to our public-access library of researches done by universities and scientific organisations on our hardfoams.
Documents, presentations and reports of various projects can be found in this "Scientific Water Saving Research-library".

What is there to know about

Our substrates have been trialed, tested and researched by many organisations over the past 36 years.
Not all researches are published on this page. But if you'd like more information for your project, please let us know so we can give you all the information you require.

To sum up a few researching labs, universities and certification organisations we've worked with, or have conducted equitable research on or with our products:

Labs, Universities and Certifications:

  • Alterra Wageningen (The Netherlands)
  • Boot & Co. Research Station (The Netherlands)
  • EGO Bleiswijk (The Netherlands)
  • IGI Niedermeier (Germany)
  • Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • New Mexico State University (United States of America)
  • SKG-IKOB (The Netherlands)
  • STRI (United-Kingdom)
  • Teagasc | Kinsealy (Ireland)
  • TNO (Germany)
  • Wageningen University (The Netherlands)



USGA & NMSU - Scientific Water Saving Research

New Mexico State University & USGA Research

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) has conducted several researches on water savings and root development in conjunction with the USGA. Improving water consumption and turfgras quality.

Sandy rootzones are used all over the world in golf greens, golf tee’s and athletic field construction. To improve the physical water holding capacity of the soil, fyto-products can be used. The test results can be found in the reports below.

Scientific Water Saving Research golfcourses

The Sports Turf Research Institute.

The STRI. Combined lab and fields tests done in 1999-2000 on the effects of Fytogreen Foam on the soil physical properties, of sand dominated rootzones, for sports turf.

For more information about this research and how it was conducted, follow the link below to our casestudy about the gained water savings.

All documents related to this study can be found and downloaded below.

STRI casestudy
Fytocell flakes

Laboratory, preliminary vegetation studies with Fytogreen foam

FytoGreen Foam is an organic-synthetic rigid foam. It is biodegradable. Certain production processes are expected to have favourable properties with regard to the provision of water-storing pore volumes. In particular, due to the special cell structure, the continuity and accessibility of the pores are particularly high.

The main aim of the preliminary investigations was therefore to determine the water absorption capacity or the laboratory capacity (SC). All experiments were carried out in duplicate. The tests were not only conducted in the lab, but also in-situ, as shown in the second download.

Scientific Water Saving Research

Boskoop Nursery Stock - soil improvement

In 1999 and 2000 Fytogreen commissioned research to be carried out with the product Fytocell. The requirements of products such as peat soil matter and other organic products are formulated by the ‘Soil Supplement Regulations’ (RAG) and by the ‘Potting Soil Trade Regulation’ (RHP). New products for which there are no product requirements available, must be investigated. Depending on the area of application, extra requirements maybe necessary. Positive effects are expected with the application of Fytocell as a soil improving material in mineral soil or in potting soil.

Fytocell was mixed with sandy soil at the Boot & Co. Research Station for Nursery Stock. A Scientific Water Saving Research facility in Zundert (The Netherlands). During the fertilization research it was determined that due to the application of Fytocell the availability of nutrients increased.

Fytocell flakes


Fytocell contains a high air content (30% at -10cm suction force) which results in strong root development and large bearing power for growth above ground. The oxygen supply to the roots can be realised by diffusion due to oxygen content in the slab. In wetter substrates less diffusion takes place resulting in low yields. And the most important advantage of a better, more extensively branched root system.

Examples of Fytocell being used can be found on the following pages:

The downloads on the right give an insight to the product and it’s benefits. And two research-reports. One by the Kinsealy Research Center:  Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Ireland). And the other by EGO, providing a physical test with the addition of Fytocell to peat soils and the added benefits. (EGO is based in The Netherlands)


Hydrocell is our hardfoam substrate used as a soil additive to reduce water usage and helping with healthier plant growth.

More information on the product implementation can be found on the following case study page;

The downloads on the right of this page are mainly small brochures and leaflets of our Australian Dealer, who have also been a finalist for the 2004 water saving awards.


Fytofoam is often used as a water saving soil improver. Either for it’s water saving capabilities, or the improved growth it generates.

For example this Water saving project in the Middle East. And the scientific water saving research done by STRI and Alterra were also done with Fytofoam.

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