Growers set to benefit from new biological foliar treatment

British farmers will soon benefit from a new biological foliar treatment that is claimed to improve nutrient use efficiency, boost crop yields and decrease reliance on artificial fertilisers.

Based on the seed treatment Tiros, the foliar treatment comprises a unique combination of endophyte strains that enable seedlings and mature plants to not only fix nitrogen, but also sequester phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and better withstand drought stress.

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Launched to the market this spring by biologicals specialist Unium Bioscience, Tarbis improves yield by maximising biological nutrient availability and use efficiency, building more robust crops that can handle abiotic stress.

“Independently conducted trials in the UK have consistently shown that treated crops require less artificial fertiliser,” explains John Haywood, Unium Bioscience director.

This is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for a farmer’s financial bottom line.” 

He says it’s a multi-functional, broad-spectrum product, which increases the availability and uptake of many nutrients, not just nitrogen and phosphorus. It can be applied at any time of the year and at any temperature.

“The foliar treatment has a wide application opportunity and can assist where farmers were not able to get the seed treatment,” he says.

John adds that it contains microbes which contribute not only to nitrogen fixation, but also in making other nutrients available to the seedling and plant by mineralising, solubilising, chelating and supplying them to the plant in a highly efficient form for the plant to use.

The product is also approved for use in organic systems.

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