The company is accelerating its research and development of biotechnology for the development of crops while promoting the use of crop protection products and reducing environmental impact.
The challenge to produce more and better agri-food under a sustainable system needs concrete answers. Thus, Rizobacter has introduced this new concept of “microbiolization” to make the production paradigm more efficient.
Under this project, which is based on agricultural micro-biology, the company aims to expand the use of micro-organisms and their metabolites that are present in the soil while combining their crop protection products and fertilizers, to obtain maximum yields. The benefits of the project include reducing environmental damage caused by using chemical synthesis products and improving the biological process, the metabolic cycles, the physiological cycles of biocontrol and the biofertilization of crops.
“Specifically with the Microbiolizar initiative, we intend to change the chemical model to a biological model,” stated Gustavo González Anta, Director of Research, Development and Technical Services at Rizobacter. “The micro-organisms and its metabolites can replace, improve and combine the effects and functionality of various phytosanitary and fertilizers from an agronomic viewpoint, so we can reduce the effects on the environment,” he added.
Because of that, the company has not only taken the lead in the research and development of micro-bio-technological tools, but also has created a strategy that uses the symbiotic and mutual relationships between plants and micro-organisms.
Biotechnologies can therefore provide balanced nutrition and efficiently manage abiotic stresses, such as lack of water, cold and heat, during the growth and development of various crops, both at extensive and intensive production. “The “Microbiolizar” project has already completed its first stages, through using biological nitrogen fixing bacteria and various formulations of osmoprotectants and bioinduction that were developed in our laboratories, ensuring adequate nitrogen nutrition for legumes,” added Anta.
Furthermore, Anta stressed that the company has worked on micro-biological tools for greater vegetable growth and phosphate nutrition, using the microbes, PGPM (Plant Growth Promoter Microorganisms), while developing other micro-organisms that use potassium, sulfur and zinc.
Regarding micro-biology, the company also developed cure seeds that can control the multiple pathogens of wheat seeds and other winter cereals, such as Trichoderma harziaunum.
“Microbiolizar” project is based on using micro-organisms in combination with chemical products, such as coadjuvants or other agrochemicals. “Through micro-biology, our goal is to improve the effects of our products using chemical synthesis, to increase the effectiveness of disease and weed control with lower environmental impact,” explained Anta. “Microbiolizar” technology will create a new generation of bioherbicides, biofungicides and bioinsecticides that will replace and fundamentally add to the present range of available agrochemicals, and improve the effects of various coadjuvant molecules.
Agricultural microbiology world advance is proving to be a tool capable of answering the main problems caused by the misuse of natural resources. “Microbiological technologies increase biodiversity and improve the resilience of agricultural production environments. In addition, they also increase carbon capture improving soil organic matter content which reduces the negative impact of greenhouse gases”, said González Anta.