Biostimulants

Posted: Aug 11 2020

Would you like to:

a. Increase crop yield
b. Increase plant's stress resistance
c. Improve quality of crop yield
d. Grow healthier plants
e. All of the above

If you selected "e".  Then you may want to try biostimulants, if you aren't already.

Biostimulants are organic materials used to aid plant development in a variety of ways throughout the plant's life cycle, from seed germination to maturity, and can be applied to seeds, soil or the plant itself.

What is a Biostimulant:

Biostimulants are also commonly called:

  • plant strengtheners and conditioners
  • phytostimulants
  • bioactivators
  • crop and plant growth enhancers

Popular biostimulants on the market today include: humic and fulvic acid; seaweed extract; and more.

According to the 2018 US Farm Bill, a biostimulant is defined as “a substance or micro-organism that, when applied to seeds, plants, or the rhizosphere, stimulates natural processes to enhance or benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, or crop quality and yield”. (2018 US Farm Bill)

The European Biostimulant Industry Council shares “Plant biostimulant means a material which contains substance(s) and/or microorganisms whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere is to stimulate natural processes to benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, and/or crop quality, independently of its nutrient content.” (EBIC, 2019)

How Biostimulants Work

Biostimulants stimulate natural processes to benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, and/or crop quality.

Benefits of Biostimulants in Crop Production

  • Improves germination and root development
  • Contributes to more efficient energy and nutrient uptake and transport
  • Optimizes metabolic process
  • Contributes to greater vigor and stress resistance
  • Creates higher crop quality and yield
  • Improves forage nutritional value

Source: https://www.alltech.com/blog/athlete-style-nutrition-plant-science-biostimulants

What is in Biostimulants

Biostimulant products may contain one or more of a broad range of ingredients, including nutrients, organic acids, hormones, amino acids, vitamins, microbial inoculants, plant extracts, and more.

Humic acid and seaweed are two common biostimulants when it comes to agriculture, gardening and turfgrass management. 

Biostimulants Popularity

Biostimulants have increased in popularity and consumption as demand has increased for environmentally friendly natural products has increased. 

Also, after years of using potentially damaging chemical inputs in lieu of products made with natural and sustainable ingredients, there is an increased need to restore degraded soil, using natural products.

Earth Smart's Biostimulants

Earth Smart Solutions offers a variety of biostimulants to aid with crop production. We include micro and macro nutrients, kelp, molasses, yucca, humic acid, beneficial microbes, beneficial bacteria, amino acids and fungi. These ingredients each play a role in the the health of a plant through it's growth and life cycle.

Please contact us at 1-866-444-7174 or via email at info@earth-smart-solutions.com if you have any questions and for more information on our products.

Source: 

Alltech, Athlete-style nutrition for a plant: The science of biostimulants: https://www.alltech.com/blog/athlete-style-nutrition-plant-science-biostimulants

Frontiers in Plant Science, Crop and Product Physiology, General Principles to Justify Plant Biostimulant Claims, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2019.00494/full

Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog is a compilation of information presented from a variety of sources.

You should not rely solely on the information contained in this website as it does not purport to be comprehensive or specific to your personal needs or requirements.

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