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Biostimulants, the agricultural nutrition of the future

 

Agricultural bio-stimulants are organic products or components of various origins, which contain a wide range of bioactive elements capable of improving the efficient use of plant nutrients and thus help farmers to be more tolerant to adverse weather conditions.

They act on the physiology of the plant in different ways to improve the vigor of the crop, the yield and quality of the harvest, providing greater protection and development of the plant, and a more natural and biological fertilization.

"Generally, agricultural biostimulants are biodegradable, non-toxic, non-polluting and non-harmful for the auxiliary fauna, and have a minimum safety period, without residues for the crop or for the fruits." Hence, the use of biofertilization is increasingly widespread throughout the world. This option is widely used throughout the coast of the United States, Mexico and the rest of South American countries. Australia is another country where biofertilization is practiced regularly and is well established. " - Victorino Martínez General Director of AEFA (Spanish Association of Agronutrition Manufacturers)

The agricultural biostimulants act through different mechanisms to the fertilizers, regardless of the presence of nutrients in the products and also differ from the phytosanitary products, since they only act on the vigor of the plant and do not have direct actions against them. pests or diseases.

They are currently used to increase the quality of crops, which means greater benefits for farmers and healthier and more nutritious foods for consumers. Some biofertilizers are composed of amino acids, which act by causing an additional increase in photosynthesis, strengthening the cell walls of plants and increasing sprouting and vegetative development of crops.