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Bionema Launches RootVita®: A Groundbreaking Novel Biostimulant

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20 October 2023, UK: Bionema Group, a prominent biocontrol technology developer and manufacturer specialising in crop protection and plant health management, has unveiled a new biostimulant product in the UK developed for application in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, turf, and amenities.

After a decade of dedicated Research and Development, Bionema Group is proud to introduce RootVita®, a groundbreaking product that harnesses the power of nature to revolutionise plant growth and soil health. RootVita® is a potent blend of biofertilisers, PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria), essential nutrients, prebiotics, and vitamins.

Plants treated with RootVita® exhibit improved resistance to abiotic stress factors such as heat, drought and salt. Additionally, their roots tend to access more nutrients and absorb water more effectively. Our innovative formula addresses a wide range of critical aspects for plant growth and soil enhancement:

  • Nitrogen fixation: RootVita® facilitates the natural process of nitrogen fixation, ensuring that your plants receive a consistent supply of this vital nutrient for robust growth.
  • Phosphorus solubilisation: Phosphorus is made readily available to plants, promoting strong root development and overall vitality.
  • Silica solubilisation: RootVita® unlocks the potential of silica in the soil, enhancing plant resistance to stress and disease.
  • Potash mobilisation: The product optimises potassium availability, a crucial element for flowering, fruiting, and overall plant vigour.
  • Micronutrient assimilation: Essential micronutrients are efficiently absorbed by plants, preventing deficiencies and promoting optimal health.
  • Soil nealth: RootVita® actively contributes to the improvement of soil health, fostering a fertile and sustainable environment for plant growth.
  • Organic carbon enrichment: Organic carbon content in the soil is increased, promoting microbial activity and long-term soil fertility.

The Bionema team conducted a series of glasshouse and field trials across various locations including the UK, EU, India, Canada and Mexico. The results of these trials suggest that RootVita® has the potential to enable farmers to reduce their fertiliser usage by up to 30%, all while maintaining approximately 93% of their crop yields. Specifically, in Bionema’s glasshouse trials, root growth was observed to be 35% more robust when using a recommended mixture of 50% fertiliser in combination with Bionema’s RootVita® product.

According to Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema Group, “There has been a notable surge in interest surrounding biostimulants in recent years, driven by the increasing recognition of their benefits. Looking ahead, with the overall Biocontrol market anticipated to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7% over the next five years, the biostimulant segment within this market is expected to grow at a rate of 11.8%, reaching a value of $6.2 billion by the year 2027 (source: Markets and Markets, 2022). This rapid market expansion mirrors public concerns regarding the impacts of agrichemicals on human health, biodiversity, and the environment. Consequently, there is a growing demand for natural solutions to enhance crop yields and promote plant health”.

Bionema’s expanded portfolio enhances the company’s offering to the Biological Agriculture sector, and complements its ongoing research, training and other services in the continuing development of novel biological solutions. It reflects Bionema’s evolution in focus and strategy, announced in 2022 following the company’s deal with Syngenta that secured Bionema’s position as a top 20 world-leading biocontrol company.

Dr Ansari further emphasised Bionema’s aspiration to become a prominent developer of biocontrol technology, with the aim of diminishing reliance on chemical pesticides. He pointed out that the world is undergoing a transformation, marked by increasing calls for reduced chemical usage in agriculture. In order to sustain high crop yields and provide for a growing global population, it is imperative that we explore alternative, more sustainable approaches. Biostimulants emerge as a promising option to meet these demands.

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