Biostimulants – Metabolites hold the key


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Download PDF Biostimulants have been used on crops for decades but the mechanisms they employ are only just beginning to be understood. CPM finds out how studying metabolites is helping elucidate biostimulant modes of action – a knowledge which could make them a precision tool in the future. Metabolites show what is actually happening in the plant. By Lucy de la Pasture Few would argue that biostimulants show promise and that’s reflected by the rapid growth of the industry. But with various degrees of scientific rigour underpinning the c300 products currently available in the UK and variable performance in the field, using them successfully can be somewhat hit or miss. Part of the problem is the limited fundamental research into their modes of action, says Dr Fidele Tugizimana, biochemist at the University of Johannesburg and for the Omnia Group, the biggest fertilizer producing company in South Africa. He’s working together with the University of Edinburgh on a project, jointly funded by Innovate UK/Department for International Development (DFID) and Omnia, that’s investigating the relationship of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and maize using metabolomics. Fidele Tugizimana describes the metabolome as the ‘chemical space and language of metabolism.’ Most biostimulant studies look at…
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...