Biostimulants are being increasingly used by growers to give them an edge in plant growth. By definition, a biostimulant is any substance or microorganism that is applied to crops in order to enhance nutrient intake. Examples of biostimulants include seaweed and plant extracts, phosphite, humic and fulvic acids, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, and micronutrients.
It is important to note that biostimulants are not fertilizers. Fertilizer is used to add nutrients and minerals to the soil, whereas biostimulants stimulate the growth of plants and optimize plant health.
How do biostimulants work?
Biostimulants increase the efficiency of nutrient use from the plant. As a result of the nutrient use efficiency, there will be less nutrient loss in the atmosphere, meaning a reduced impact on the climate.
Protection from the climate
One of the biggest advantages of using biostimulants is protecting the plants from climate shocks such as floods and droughts. Biostimulants work by enhancing root growth in plants, which energizes the plant to survive in more harsh conditions such as extreme heat and cold weather.
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