BIOLOGICALS: INCREASING YOUR CROPS EFFICIENCY AT ACQUIRING NUTRIENTS
Very little of field applied nutrients are readily available to crops, as they become chemically bound in soils or leach away. Key to increasing the capture, conversion and transportation of these applied is a highly biologically active soil. An abundance of beneficial soil microbes, such as symbiotic fungi and bacteria, is key to building highly functional soils.
SMART ROTATIONS is both a suite of products and guidelines that allow farmers to enhance and manage the biology in their soils over varying rotation systems.
PlantWorks Ltd is the UK's leading manufacturer of bio-fertilisers, the SMART ROTATIONS range of biological inoculants is designed to reintroduce and restore microbial balance in arable soils. Operating from two sites in the UK at Kent Science Park and NIAB-EMR the company works with many of the UK's leading agronomy and academic partners to refine, demonstrate and ultimately make available to market the very best beneficial soil biology. PlantWorks’ production is based around extensive research all products are thoroughly evaluated in laboratory and field trials before launch.
The rhizosphere is the little talked about sheath around the roots of all plants where soil biology congregates to release, convert and transport nutrients into a crop. SMART ROTATIONS products comprise two very import groups of microbes that make up the beneficial soil biology: Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) and a sub set of bacteria called the Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR).
Mycorrhizal fungi are a remarkable group of fungi associating with over 80% of all land plants and 90% of all crop plants. By growing into the root, as well as accessing large areas of soil around the root, the fungus effectively increases the uptake surface area up to 700 times. Additionally, critical plant defence mechanisms are improved by the partnership. Put simply, plants colonised by AMF are healthier and significantly more efficient at collecting water and nutrients from the soil.
Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and unlock soil bound phosphorus. Additionally, PGPR further support a robust plant immune system for healthier crops and produce phytohormones such as auxins and cytokinins, aiding growth and development of plants.
If you would like to know more about how to manage your soil biology and make best use for the fertiliser that you use we would be pleased to meet you at our stand No. 415 at cereals 2019.
Natallia Gulbis BSc Agriculture, Msc Microbiology
Technical and Arable Farm Trails Manager
Tel: 01795 411527