Research and development to create biostimulants and innovative fertilizers for agriculture
Meet the expectations of customers and the nutritional needs of different crops around the world, pursue minimum environmental impact: with these objectives, Valagro has always invested in research and development, developing processes and solutions that are highly innovative.
The best ideas born from Valagro's research become prototypes. Formulated in the laboratory, they are tested by careful experimentation and are subjected to strict testing in the open field, in different areas and environmental conditions. A long and challenging process that exploits the agronomic know-how acquired by Valagro in more than 30 years of experience.
With this approach, the research of Valagro has created GeaPower, an innovative technology that can enhance the natural growth of plants. Raw vegetable materials of excellence are selected to locate and extract natural active ingredients, which are cleverly combined in specific products for crop nutrition. The use of selective investigations and cutting-edge technologies, combined with responsible and targeted application of genomics, proteomics and phenomics, make the realisation of innovative solutions possible for the processes of growth of different crops.
Biostimulants: a tool for the improvement of production quality
If initially the biostimulants were mainly used in organic farming and for fruit and vegetable crops with higher added-value, now they play an increasingly important role in traditional agriculture, as a complement to fertilisers and crop protection products as well as agronomic practices in general. They are in fact perfectly compatible with the most advanced farming techniques that characterise the ICM (Integrated Crop Management) that is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture.
What are they used for?
Biostimulants favour the growth and development of plants during the whole life cycle of the crop, from seed germination to plant maturity:
- Improving the efficiency of plant metabolism to determine crop growth and improving its quality;
- Implementing the tolerance of plants to abiotic stress and the ability to recover from it;
- Facilitating the assimilation, the passage and the use of nutrients;
- Increasing the quality of agricultural production, including sugar content, colour, size, etc. of the fruit.
- Adjusting and improving the water content in plants;
- Increasing some physiochemical properties of the soil and encouraging the development of soil micro-organisms.
What is the difference between biostimulants and products for traditional agriculture?
The biostimulants act through different mechanisms than fertilisers, regardless of the presence of nutrients in the products. In addition, biostimulants are distinguished from agrochemicals because they only influence the vigour of plants and have no direct action against pests or diseases. Bio-stimulation of plants is therefore complementary to the use of fertilisers and crop protection products.
The legislative framework
The innovative character of the biostimulant field requires a flexible regulatory approach, and the establishment of a European legal framework that recognises and protects innovation in the industry is becoming increasingly urgent. In this sense, EBIC (European Biostimulants Industry Council) is committed to support the European authorities in the definition of an effective and shared regulation for the benefit of farmers, consumers, industry and the environment.
For more information on biostimulants you can read the Study of the Italian Scientific Centre of Fertilizers and visit the ISCF website
GeaPower technology: the innovation of today for the well-being of tomorrow
Deep knowledge of active ingredients and raw materials
Our in-depth knowledge of the biological and chemical characteristics of the raw materials - responsibly selected in pristine environments - allows us to identify, characterise and preserve the specific active ingredients that can help you reach targeted physiological responses in plants.
Selection of the extraction methods of active ingredients
For each raw material, and for each active ingredient, our researchers select and refine the most effective extraction process based on the desired solution. Only in this way it is possible to preserve the active components in plants. This is the real strength of our products.
Advanced Screening and investigation technologies
Our laboratories identify the process of physical, chemical and biological classification of the substances present in the extracts obtained from raw materials. We use genomics, phenomics, proteomics and metabolomics in order to decipher the genetic and molecular triggers and obtain specific physiological responses in plant systems. This helps us understand the way our products work. Thanks to our technology, we can analyse more than dozens of prototypes and hundreds of samples per experiment to map physiological responses in different environmental conditions.
Proven ability to provide effective solutions to the customer's requirements
A perfect knowledge of functions related to the use of active ingredients extracted and characterised, and the ability to combine them, allows us to offer our customers the best solution for their needs. Our corporate functions of Marketing and R&D are closely integrated because we believe it is crucial for us to identify and offer products with the best potential for development.