Innovative products to unlock soil Phosphorus and Sulphur

2 December 2015
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Containing patented rhizobacteria strains, two innovative new products – Rise P and Rise S – have been launched to free up phosphorus (P) or sulphur (S) currently in forms unavailable to crops in the soils.

Developed by Lallemand Plant Care − the French based specialist producer of biological plant protection, biostimulation and biofertilization products − Rise P and Rise S are available under the ICL / Everris banner. This follows a new exclusive distribution partnership for the UK and Ireland between Lallemand and ICL / Everris, a world leading supplier of natural minerals and controlled release, foliar and fertigation fertilisers. 

Containing plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) these two innovative products effectively ‘mine the soil’ improving nutrient availability.  By freeing up the phosphorus or sulphur already in the soil but not bioavailable, Rise P and Rise S can help improve yields and quality while reducing inputs and environmental impact. 

“Certain agricultural practices such as applying lime to increase soil alkalinity can result in P reacting with calcium and magnesium to from insoluble phosphates,” explains Scott Garnett, Manager of ICL / Everris Specialty Agriculture for UK and Ireland.  “The process of solubilisation reverses this process. Rise P contains the patented rhizobacteria, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (strain IT45), which is highly efficient at unlocking the P.” 

As air pollution levels have fallen many UK and Irish soils are showing significantly declining S levels. Crops including oil seed rape, potatoes and brassicas have large S requirements, with shortages creating yield and quality issues. 

“Elemental S applied to the soil is often not in a form readily available to plants and needs sufficient levels of soil microbes to convert it,” explains Scott.  “ Rise S contains the PGPR Delftia acidovorans (strain RAY209) – a highly efficient S oxidizer making soil S available to plants.”  

In liquid formulation, Rise S contains a minimum of 100 million viable colony-forming units per millilitre.

The Lallemand Plant Care range includes naturally occurring fungi, bacteria and yeasts that assist plants by suppressing disease, improving nutrient uptake and stimulating growth.

“The introduction of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD) will significantly change the way farmers and growers approach their production systems, their soils and how they address nutrient management in the future,“ says Scott Garnett.   “These microbial products can help solve some of the important issues farmers and growers face but their adoption requires a change of mindset by some to embrace these new concepts.”

“Lallemand has a healthy pipeline of new products for the future some of which are designed to answer a number of tomorrows looming problems,” says Andrew Gough, of Lallemand Plant Care. “These include reducing and/or regulating soil P levels and utilizing the nutrients already contained in soils, or applied to crops, more efficiently.   UK agriculture also faces the need to remove or replace formulated plant protection products (pesticides) and to utilize products with markedly reduced or very low hazard classifications and without residues - removing the need for harvest interval periods.”

 

For more information on Rise P click here

For more information on Rise S click here