Jun. 8, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Brazilian company NovaTero registered for sale the first inoculant Rootella BR in the country, based on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus from the species Rhizophagus intraradices, for corn and soybean crops.
“The agronomic validations have shown that the application of the fungus to the corn crop increased grain production by an average of 54% per hectare. For soybean, the average increase in grain production was 25% per hectare, according to the dose recommended for fertilization,” remarked NovaTero.
Rootella BR was registered under No. 22902 10000-0 and was given extension for application on rice, wheat, barley, kidney beans and oats. NovaTero will work on the sales and distribution of the product all over Brazil and other South American countries.
The Brazilian company specified that the product presented nearly 20,800 propagules per gram of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus – the largest concentration of the same species in the world. According to the commercial director of NovaTero, Rodrigo Moreira, the tests, conducted by the Federal University of Santa Catarina, exceeded expectations. “We are ready for this new development in agriculture, which will ensure progress.”
According to the maker, the fungi will bring a series of benefits to the plants, mainly through its higher tolerance to plagues and diseases. It will also strengthen the crops against environmental stress such as droughts and metals, among others. NovaTero stated that the product triggered an expansion of the rooting system, solubilization and facilitated greater contribution of nutrients (notably phosphorus).
According to the company, this results in better vegetable quality and higher productivity on the planted area. “There are some 100% biological products with European and American certifications for use on organic agriculture. There are no procedures or chemical products for production. Its recommended application rate is 120 grams per hectare on seed treatment.”