How biostimulants can help solve the fertiliser problem
The Fertiliser Problem part 6
We’ve previously shared with you our insight on the effect of biostimulants on plants in the context of the global over usage of fertilisers.
We’ve looked at the need for biostimulants as a way to enable plants to better use the nutrients available to them, therefore allowing producers to use less fertilisers, the effect of biostimulants on plant roots, how they can reduce nitrogen requirement, and most recently their influence on soil structure and the microbial activity in soil.
In this final article we round up our conclusions on the effect and opportunity of biostimulants to help reduce global fertiliser consumption. And share the insights we’ve evidenced using Maxstim biostimulants in trials.
Managing nutrient use will increasingly become a major priority for agriculture, horticulture and amenity sectors. Agronomists, growers and farmers must be informed and convinced that complex and well designed biostimulants have a role to play.
Maxstim is well positioned to support this priority by using existing experimental and trial data, as well as continuing to carry out additional targeted studies. This will allow us to continue to demonstrate efficacy of our products and advise growers with solutions to specific crop problems. Our aim is to enable all farmers, growers and turf managers to reduce fertiliser inputs while sustainably maintaining yields, crop and soil quality.
Modifying plant morphological characters
Our research and field observations have demonstrated the ability of our formulations to increase root mass and modify root structure. We are continually adding to this comprehensive data by recording field trial data and carrying out targeted experiments of specific priority crops under different nutrient regimes and conditions.
In the specific case of organic production, it is also possible to overcome disadvantages in nutrient availability by growing crops with more robust root systems and encouraging a higher nutrient-uptake efficiency, to ensure that they receive the nutrients when they need them despite their lower immediate availability when introduced in organic form.
The effect of our biostimulants in promoting germination and helping develop larger root systems more quickly (e.g. following germination) and in specific soil types has been demonstrated in some crops and substrates.
Improving plant nitrogen and nutrient uptake
By altering plant physiological characteristics and upregulating nutrient assimilation and metabolism, we can evidence that our biostimulants can have a profound effect on improving crop quality, yield and resilience in the presence of better controlled and reduced nutrition. A well-planned approach which includes complex, multi sourced and highly bioactive biostimulants could significantly reduce the reliance on and need for unsustainable levels of fertiliser use.