Given the planet’s limited water resources, the industry is focusing on the development of new technologies and the use of new products, such as biostimulants, to help growers maximize water efficiency. In this context, tools such as the Biotool Platform can encourage the production of new biostimulants that are increasingly efficient not only in terms of crop yields, but also in terms of plant water management. The Biotool Platform will improve understanding of how water is used in greenhouse crops and how to optimize the way it is managed through biostimulants.
The project, developed by Tradecorp and Landlab, combines the know-how and experience of both organizations. Tradecorp provides its experience in the development and production of biostimulants, as well as its production expertise and market knowledge. It will be in charge of testing and validating the new biostimulants on different types of crops, soil and weather conditions. Landlab is a research centre specializing in the assessment, cultivation and development of prototypes, products, techniques and strategies for nutrition, biostimulation and plant protection.
The Biotool project has been presented to the European Union’s Eurostars programme which supports SMEs in R&D projects, as is the case of Landlab. Eurostars funds transnational projects set up and led by SMEs, involving at least two partners from different participating countries, and lasting no longer than three years. The ultimate goal of the project is to transfer knowledge to the market. Therefore, within two years of the completion of the research period, the product must be ready for market launch.
In previous studies, Tradecorp reached the conclusion that biostimulants can help plants to overcome moments of water stress when applied in a preventive way, i.e., a Primactive effect. Against this background, reduced water use and the joint application of new Tradecorp biostimulants, developed in the Biotool project, can improve yields with less water.