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Solutions for better yields

Biostimulants operate through different mechanisms than fertilisers, regardless of the presence of nutrients in the products. They differ also from crop protection products because they act only on the plant’s vigour and do not have any direct actions against pests or disease.

Why use Biostimulants?

Biostimulants foster plant growth and development throughout the crop life cycle from seed germination to plant maturity in a number of demonstrated ways, including but not limited to:

  • Improving the efficiency of the plant’s metabolism to induce yield increases and enhance crop quality

  • Increasing plant tolerance to and recovery from abiotic stresses

  • Facilitating nutrient assimilation, translocation and use

  • Enhancing quality attributes of produce, including sugar content, colour, fruit seeding, etc.

  • Rendering water use more efficient

  • Enhancing soil fertility, particularly by fostering the development of complementary soil micro-organisms

Biostimulants can be of different types:

they can be microbial like fungi or bacteria and non microbial like hydrolized ammino acids, humic acids, plants or algae extracts defined as organic or minerals and chemical compounds defined as non organic.

Biostimulants: where and when?

  • at seeding to improve seed germination, plant vigour and tolerance to abiotic stress during the crop development

  • after transplanting… to enhance roots growth, to speed up the vegetative growth with irrigation…to enhance the uptake of the nutrients (both in soil or externally supplied)

  • foliar application whenever there is an abiotic stress episode (drought, heat, frost/freeze, hail, etc)

  • at flowering... to increase fruit set, to balance the number of flowers

  • during the fruit avoid fruit drop, to increase fruit size or quality

  • after allow a better plant recovering and to promote a good accumulation of nutrients in the wood before the winter pause

According to EU Ferilizer Regulation,

A plant biostimulant shall be an EU fertilising product the function of which is to stimulate plant nutrition processes independently of the product’s nutrient content with the sole aim of improving one or more of the following characteristics of the plant or the plant rhizosphere:

(a) nutrient use efficiency,
(b) tolerance to abiotic stress,
(c) quality traits, or
(d) availability of confined nutrients in the soil or rhizosphere.