Benefits of biostimulants

Reasons to believe

They contribute to sustainable agriculture

Biostimulants have long been associated with organic agriculture. Now, thanks to research, they have an important role to play in conventional agriculture as a complement to crop nutrition and protection.

They contribute to sustainable agriculture

Providing food for a growing population requires higher crop yields and quality, which can be achieved through the use of biostimulants. Extreme temperatures, lack of water, salinity and other types of stress related to climate change require resistant crops. Biostimulants increase plant tolerance to adverse effects caused by abiotic stress.

Biostimulants can enhance product quality. Improved quality means greater profits for crop growers and healthier and more nutritious foods for consumers. Biostimulants help to protect the soil and to improve its quality, thereby contributing to the development of microorganisms that are beneficial to it. A healthy soil retains water more effectively and is more resistant to erosion.

Biostimulants will help to address some of the most important challenges that world agriculture will face in the next few years.

They contribute to social development

Biostimulants allow crop growers to obtain greater profits, by helping to ensure that crops make full use of the fertilisers applied.

They contribute to social development

Biostimulants help to reduce residues along the whole food chain. Fewer residues lead to lower costs, which eventually benefits consumers, who have access to high-quality food at a reasonable price.

Crop growers can also obtain higher prices for their products when crop quality is enhanced. Improved quality has a positive impact on storage and conservation, which gives producers more time to choose the best moment to sell their products at advantageous prices.

Companies that develop biostimulants often conduct their research in collaboration with universities and independent research centres. This model promotes knowledge sharing and innovation and creates a demand for researchers and other highly qualified workers, which encourages more students to focus their interest on agriculture.

They contribute to promoting innovation and knowledge development

Innovative green technologies are at the heart of the biostimulant industry.

They contribute to promoting innovation and knowledge development

The development of biostimulants begins by observing plants and their ecosystems, and then conducting rigorous research to discover new bioactive compounds, identify beneficial microorganisms and understand how synergies provide stronger effects than any single substance or microorganisms working alone.

Many of the components of biostimulant products are very common in nature, such as aminoacids, algae, humic acids, sugars, vitamins, soil microorganisms, organic acids or polymers.

Many of the technologies used are based on biotechnology, for example with the use of microorganisms to transform raw materials into active ingredients or with the development of final products containing microorganisms. This provides employment for researchers and highly qualified workers in biological sciences.

A large pool of qualified professionals in these fields is a necessary precondition for the innovative and sustainable growth that will help Europe achieve "smart, sustainable and inclusive" growth.