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Biostimulants

Biostimulants are any substance or microorganism applied to plants with the aim to enhance nutrition efficiency, abiotic stress tolerance and/or crop quality traits, regardless of its nutrients content.

The principles on which biostimulants operate are different from those of fertilizers, highlighting the independence of the presence of nutrients. The range of Biostimulants that Nature produces have been rigoursly tested alongside the most common fertiliser types to ensure compatibility.

What are the benefits of Biostimulants?

  • They promote plant growth and increase crop yields
  • Increase the soils water holding capacity through the increase in humus content
  • They increase the plants’ tolerance to drought
  • Increased photosynthetic activity.
  • Hormonal balance of the plant, achieving an increase in the root system; and a greater fruit set, fattening and quality of the fruit (Brix degree, firmness, size, etc.).
  • They enhance soil health and contribute to soil regeneration.
  • They prevent CO2 loss by capturing the element and converting it into fungal biomass
  • They stabilize the ecosystems’ ecological functioning and productivity.
  • As they are organic products, they do not produce undesirable residue on the plants, nor do they alter the genetic characteristics of the crops and harvests.

 

The origins of Biostimulants

The use of biostimulants in agriculture is almost as old as agriculture itself. Farmers have always tried to maximize their crops by using natural products that help improve their harvests. Traditionally, biostimulants such as manure, liquid waste or algae extracts have been used. So, why is everyone talking about agricultural biostimulants now? Are we facing a new agricultural revolution? In recent years, farmers have opted for the use of microorganisms, granting them better results, since they help both the plant and the soil. A great example of this is EM or Effective Microorganisms. EM was developed in Japan 30 years ago and is now a Global technology with an enormous following around the world. EM is the unique composition of a diverse group of bacteria, yeasts and fungi (more than 80 strains) which has been thoroughly tested and proven safe for human and animals. One of the strengths of EM is that it is a diverse combination of microbes, and this gives it versatility in terms of a wide scope of applications that it can be used on. But predominantly EM is used to boost natural processes in the soil to enhance production. The goal is the same for all biostimulants ie to enhance the natural processes and boost production. 

 

The Future of Biostimulants

Future growth of the sector is huge as the demand for products that can enhance production without the negative effects on the environment and human health are going to be huge. When it comes to food production, the public are increasingly looking to farmers and growers to produce more food using less agrichemicals. This is where the BioStimulant has a massive role to play. Why not contact us today to see how Naturefarms' range of BioStimulants can support your system. 

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