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Toward a Sustainable Agriculture Through Plant Biostimulants: From Experimental Data to Practical Applications

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-24 Thu 07:46

Modern agriculture increasingly demands an alternative to synthetic chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides) in order to respond to the changes in international law and regulations, but also consumers’ needs for food without potentially toxic residues. Microbial (arbuscular mycorrhizal and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria: Azotobacter, Azospirillum and Rizhobium spp.) and non-microbial (humic substances, silicon, animal- and vegetal-based protein hydrolysate and macro- and micro-algal extracts) biostimulants represent a sustainable and effective alternative or complement for their synthetic counterparts, bringing benefits to the environment, biodiversity, human health and economy. The Special Issue “Toward a sustainable agriculture through plant biostimulants: from experimental data to practical applications” compiles 34 original research articles, 4 review papers and 1 brief report covering the implications of microbial and non-microbial biostimulants for improving seedling growth and crop performance, nutrient use efficiency and quality of the produce as well as enhancing the tolerance/resistance to a wide range of abiotic stresses in particular salinity, drought, nutrient deficiency and high temperature.

Microbial enriched growing media

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-24 Mon 09:40

The biological suppression of common plant diseases increasingly becomes the preferred alternative to chemical plant protection. Adding biostimulants to a growing medium can induce the required suppressing effects. Based on long-term research, Klasmann-Deilmann has developed TerrAktiv PLUS, a unique constituent consisting of…

Improving performance of re-used coir with biostimulant

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-20 Mon 09:27

Fortafol-D from Koppert UK contains humic and fulvic acids and is ideally placed to support healthy growth in newly transplanted strawberry plants. It works by actively supporting a plant’s root zone, encouraging root growth, cell activity and mineral uptake during the critical early development stage.…

Biostimulant for higher yield and securing bee population

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-17 Fri 08:14

GROPRO announces launching a new Bio-Stimulant - 'Awakening Pollination' - which stimulates the plants' natural processes to enhance flower development while increasing stamen hold and pollinator activity. This in turn increases total flower pollination ensuring overall plant yield increases. The primary…

Role of Trichoderma as plant-growth promoter

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-15 Wed 11:34

The main objective of a recent study was to determine the capacity of Trichoderma aggressivum f. europaeum to promote pepper and tomato seedling growth compared to that of T. saturnisporum, a species recently characterised as a biostimulant. Consequently, in vitro seed germination and seedling growth…