Technology Features & Specifications
The proprietary technology enables plants to extract their own nitrogen from the atmosphere. The technology is applied to the seed and spreads systemically through the plant, enabling the organism to form a symbiotic relationship with the Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd) bacteria that converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form that the plant can use – thus reducing dependency on nitrogen fertilisers.
It has the following features:
- It can provide approximately 50% of the plant’s nitrogen needs.
- Increases crop yield
- Enhances crop quality – improves protein levels
- It contains no toxins and is environmentally friendly.
- Less nitrogen pollution from reduced nitrogen fertiliser usage.
- A sustainable product which improves agricultural productivity.
- It is neither genetic modification (GM) nor bioengineering.
- Addresses a clear market need at an advantageous cost benefit to farmers.
This technology has organic certification with the Soil Association and OF&G.
The technology provider is the only company offering an “intracellular” strain of Gd for rice and other major crops.
A product based on this technology has been developed for rice with an optimised dose, formulation and delivery process. Field validation of the formulation and delivery method that fits well with existing seed priming systems has demonstrated that it has the ability to reduce nitrogen fertilizer application and farmers operating costs while also increasing crop yield.
The company’s initial product, a liquid seed inoculant, has been tested and validated by external contract research organisations (“CROs”). Its efficacy has been proven on key crops such as maize, wheat in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, soybean in the USA and rice in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. Field trial results show that it promotes plant growth and photosynthesis thereby increasing yield.
The seeds are treated with a liquid inoculant before planting. The bacteria are incorporated into a plant’s cells via the seed to boost its ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere.
In order to move towards Climate Smart Agriculture, modern agriculture needs to feed a growing population in a more sustainable way. Agriculture must embrace technological change. There is growing emphasis on biologicals which will contribute to sustainable agriculture and also support better soil health.
Growers will benefit from using this proprietary technology.
- Saving up to 50% on nitrogen fertiliser usage will reduce fertiliser costs as well as benefiting the environment.
- Increasing crop yield will have a positive effect on profitability.
- Growers are being encouraged to adopt sustainable farming practices. This technology is a natural product and is an ideal fit.
- Nitrous oxide contributes to greenhouse gases, therefore it will help farmers reduce their carbon footprint.
- Cleaner food for the consumer.