Learn About Pathogen X Wands

What is a Pathogen X Wand?

Herbicides and fungicides are used to kill unwanted growth in plants — like bacteria, fungal pathogens, and powdery mildew. Some of those treatments, however, can interfere with the plant growth and introduce additional, unwanted hormones. If not flushed properly, toxin residue can lead to failed samples and expensive crop loss. Even after passing state testing, the consumer still ingests these questionable substances on the plant.

The Pathogen X Wands helps make sure these toxins are removed from your plants.

SpectrumGro has done the research.

To validate the PXW strip's effectiveness, we started by testing it in a lab. We worked with a previously failed sample of cannabis to prove the light treatment can eliminate yeast, mold, and most bacteria post-cure. Treating cannabis in grow room conditions is obviously very different than the environment in a controlled lab. Therefore, before we brought the strips to market, we felt it imperative that we conduct studies in the field.


What we discovered.

The chronology of studies is as follows: we began by testing failed cannabis in a state-licensed lab. When those treatments proved to be successful, we moved on to test the lights in grow operations to test their efficacy in the field. In each in-field grow study, we sectioned off an area of the grow room and the grower agreed to refrain from spraying herbicides or fungicides on the section of the grow being treated by the PXW's. The balance of the grow was treated with traditional spraying protocol. We took weekly samples from the control group, the plants being treated with the grower's spraying methodology, as well as the PXW group, the plants being treated under the lights. We learned that the plants treated by the PXW light strips contained powdery mildew better than traditional spraying.

Lab Test Results

Figure 3 demonstrates the amount of TYMC, or yeast and mold, that were eliminated on each sample

In the lab test, conducted in January 2017, we wanted to determine the strip's ability to eliminate yeast and mold on previously failed samples. To achieve this, two strips were set approximately six inches apart. Cannabis samples, previously determined to be highly infected with yeasts and molds, were recultured and placed about sixteen inches below the strips on a stainless-steel table surrounded by protective sheets. The samples were tested at 0, 19, 46, 72, 96, and 166 hours. Samples were then plated on 3M PetriFilms and incubated for a minimum of 60 hours. The results showed a reduction in yeasts and molds after 166 hours. Discover our lab testing results here. 

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