Five Takeaways from the Biostimulant World Congress
1. Interest in biostimulants continues to grow
No surprises here! We have been talking about the benefits of our biostimulants for more than 35 years. As growers continue to seek out more natural inputs, demand continues to increase around the globe.
2. The EU is leading the way in terms of updating definitions and regulations
EU Fertilizer Regulation has been approved and it contains a brand-new Plant Biostimulant category. This is the first time that such a category has been defined and enacted into law. It will take 2-3 years to define standards for these products, but this regulation sets an example for policymakers around the world.
3. Understanding of active compounds and modes of action of biostimulants is increasing
The science of biostimulants continues to deepen. We recently added a molecular lab to our R&D Center and our internal research as well as those of other companies are investing in sophisticated science tools to better understand what is happening inside the plants treated with biostimulant products.
The research companies are recognizing this need and develop complex automated high throughput phenotypic screening systems that allow rapid screening of many different compounds or fractions of biostimulants. This will allow for quick and early assessment of new products before they are tested in the field.
4. While the tried-and-tested products rule, new categories of biostimulants also look promising
There continues to be lots of interest in traditional products such as humic acids, protein hydrolysates and seaweed extracts. We saw well over 20 new seaweed products during the Congress! Yet, interest remains high in our established and proven products as evidenced by the popularity of our Ascophyllum nodosum tank display. It’s clear that competitors and customers continue to recognize that our extract is second to none.
New technologies include new strains of microorganisms, various plant extracts and microalgal products, with lots of new market entrants and interesting scientific studies presented at the Congress.
5. Global ag giants that traditionally focused on synthetics are getting on board
Large agricultural companies that have long focused on synthetic solutions are recognizing the potential of plant biostimulants, especially in lessening the effects of abiotic stress brought about by climate change. We welcome this development as these companies will help educate growers regarding the benefits of integrating biostimulants into their standard crop management programs.
Reach out to our team to find out more about biostimulant trends.