Today bio-stimulants and biostimulation really are hot topics.
The high number of conferences all over the world, the future new EU regulation on bio-stimulants and the increasing demand for bio-stimulants to integrate into IPM (Integrated Pest Management) are confirming this.
Many distributors, consultants, and crop advisors are dealing with issues like the positioning of bio-stimulants, the regularity strategies, claims, and trial methodology.
According to the European Commission, bio-stimulants are a “substance or micro-organism whose function when applied to plants or the rhizosphere is to stimulate natural processes to enhance/benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress and crop quality.”
Farmers are scouting bio-stimulants as a solution to produce better and cleaner crops. Distributors want to introduce bio-stimulants into their product range as a commercially interesting product due to increased demand and better margins compared to fertilizers, but what bio-stimulant to select? What active ingredients? Who are reliable suppliers? These are just some of the questions that could appear.
The biostimulant you choose needs to solve the real problem for customers. The key question here is; what mode of action of which specific biostimulant can avoid or solve the problem in future crop productions? It is of high importance that scientific literature and studies are available to back up the claims.
In our next blog, we will present an overview of some extremely broad areas of biostimulant actions.
Furthermore, we will explain and show the boundary conditions and fundamentals of “sustainable” biostimulants and their application.