Biorational IPM and crop stimulation made simple with Recharge
Oct. 12, 2017
Recharge is a powerful blend of naturally growing microorganisms found in healthy soils. It is a biological, non-toxic solution and crop enhancer, containing beneficial soil microbes. The formulation design, developed by British manufacturer Russell IPM stimulates plants’ growth and immune systems, enabling them to remain healthy and improving their yield. Recharge is often used as a fertiliser, applied via irrigation as a dissolvable powder. By restoring the soil’s microbial fauna, it creates an environment that encourages the presence of natural pest enemies, reducing the amount of pesticide required to maintain healthy plants.
Recharge stimulates the plants’ physiological vigour, staging symbiotic interactions among plants, triggering the plants’ systemic acquired defence systems. Farmers who have used Recharge have been reporting a 30-50% reduction in pesticide usage. This is because a microbial impact is greater than that of a fertiliser. Optimizing soil biology through entering the correct doses and kinds of microbes in it strengthens plants against pest infestations without having to resort to chemical warfare. Research has shown that there's constant communication between plants. Plants conduct microbial dialogue through aerial emissions—the volatile molecules they emit—and also through the mycelial networks in the soil. This is exactly what happens when Recharge is introduced into the soil. Repaired soil yields crops with vigorous growth and maximised production. The results are healthy plants with reduced pest and disease incidence, higher crop quality with no pesticide residue on the commercial produce.
Farmers found that applying Recharge in tomatoes resulted in clean fruit, free from Tuta absoluta, aphids, mealybugs, mites, and a reduced number of whitefly and thrips. The treatment also ensures a lower level of fungal diseases, and infestations, such as powdery mildew, root rot and blight in open field tomatoes. In addition to improving the quality of greenhouse plants, such as strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes, Recharge performs very well in the open field. It has been tested in roses, bananas, rice, sugar beet, alfalfa, courgette, onion, potatoes, legumes, and more, where it also has improved the plants' capacity to cope with insect pest damage.