Sep. 13, 2017
Rizobacter has introduced a new and more efficient technology using a new production model, named, “microbiolization.”
The company is accelerating its research and development of biotechnology for the development of crops while promoting the use of crop protection products and reducing environmental impact.
Under this project, which is based on agricultural micro-biology, the company aims to expand the use of micro-organisms and their metabolites that are present in the soil while combining their crop protection products and fertilizers, to obtain maximum yields. The benefits of the project include reducing environmental damage caused by using chemical synthesis products and improving the biological process, the metabolic cycles, the physiological cycles of biocontrol and the biofertilization of crops.
“Specifically with the Microbiolizar initiative, we intend to change the chemical model to a biological model,” stated Gustavo Gonzáles Anta, Director of Research, Development and Technical Services at Rizobacter. “The micro-organisms and its metabolites can replace, improve and combine the effects and functionality of various phytosanitary and fertilizers from an agronomic viewpoint, so we can reduce the effects on the environment,” he added.
The company has created a strategy that utilises the symbiotic and mutual relationships between plants and micro-organisms.
Biotechnologies can therefore provide balanced nutrition and efficiently manage abiotic stresses, such as lack of water, cold and heat, during the growth and development of various crops. “The Microbiolizar project has already completed its first stages, through using biological nitrogen fixing bacteria and various formulations of osmoprotectants and bioinduction that were developed in our laboratories, ensuring adequate nitrogen nutrition for legumes,” added Anta.
Anta stressed that the company has worked on micro-biological tools for greater vegetable growth and phosphate nutrition, using the microbes, PGPM (Plant Growth Promoter Microorganisms), while developing other micro-organisms that utilise potassium, sulfur and zinc.
Regarding micro-biology, the company also developed cure seeds that can control the multiple pathogens of wheat seeds and other winter cereals, such as Trichoderma harziaunum.
The Microbiolizar project is based on using micro-organisms in combination with chemical products, such as coadjuvants or other agrochemicals. “Through micro-biology, our goal is to improve the effects of our products using chemical synthesis, to increase the effectiveness of disease and weed control with lower environmental impact,” explained Anta.
“Microbiolizar” technology will create a new generation of bioherbicides, biofungicides and bioinsecticides that will replace and fundamentally add to the present range of available agrochemicals, and improve the effects of various coadjuvant molecules.