Tradecorp International https://tradecorp.com.es/en Expert in micronutrients and speciality fertilise Thu, 28 May 2020 10:31:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.3 Camila Levy, R&D Manager, speaks about the collaborative research projects between Tradecorp and Landlab https://tradecorp.com.es/en/colaboration-tradecorp-landlab/ Wed, 27 May 2020 13:59:53 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6707 Tradecorp recently released an infrared timelapse video that shows the “invisible” abiotic stresses caused by drought. This video was the result of a long standing collaboration between Tradecorp and Landlab, a leading Italian agricultural research centre. We speak with Tradecorp's Global R&D Manager to understand more about the collaborative research projects between Tradecorp and Landlab […]

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Tradecorp recently released an infrared timelapse video that shows the “invisible” abiotic stresses caused by drought. This video was the result of a long standing collaboration between Tradecorp and Landlab, a leading Italian agricultural research centre.

We speak with Tradecorp's Global R&D Manager to understand more about the collaborative research projects between Tradecorp and Landlab

    • Name: Camila de C. B. Levy
    • Position: Global R&D Manager
    • Years at Tradecorp: 13 (7 Tradecorp Central Office Spain, 6 Tradecorp Brazil)
    • Nationality: Brazilian
    • Background: Agronomy / Research / Project Management
    • Qualifications:
      • Agronomical Engineer (ESALQ/USP)
      • Master in Tropical Agriculture (IAC)
      • Master in Project Management, PMP (EAE)

Question – The new video is a recent example of Tradecorp’s collaboration with Landlab, but the relationship with them goes back much further, can you tell us a bit more about the history of collaboration between the two entities?

     Answer – The Strategy and Innovation Director in Tradecorp, José Nolasco, has a longstanding professional relationship with Adriano Altíssimo, CEO of Landlab. This led to a formalized collaborative contract in 2015 between our Global R&D Department and Landlab. It is a relationship that is truly pan European in scope; Tradecorp is a Spanish based company, part of our Many biostimulant discoveries resulted from this, and other collaborative projects between us, for example, better understanding of the synergies and antagonisms of different types of biostimulants when they are applied at the same time to stressed plants.

Q.-You mention some of the discoveries and benefits gained from the Landlab collaboration of the past 5 years. How has this contributed to Tradecorp’s knowhow in general?

     A.- By using Landlab’s team and expertise, our internal Global R&D Department can utilise their expertise and facilities without the need for us to recreate it inhouse. For example, the Landlab team can perform multiscreening trials in plants that gives us the capability to screen multiple raw materials, new mixes and products against our existing benchmark products. We also collaborate on in depth literature reviews, to collate current knowledge and information on new raw materials that we might incorporate into our products and portfolio. This allows us to start our research with the most up to date knowledge, avoids reinventing the wheel, as well as saving both time and money. Landlab also have excellent experience in testing our proposed new product solutions in field trials. This enables us to cover a wider geography, and climate, and ensures the solutions we bring to market work across a wide area range of different scenarios and situations.

In fact, the collaboration with Landlab has developed to the stage that it is more like a partnership. Key internal and external clients from Tradecorp have visited their facilities several times and during these visits both the Landlab team, and our Global R&D team, co-presented technical seminars. We also recently held one of our Agronomical Working Group meetings, which is a meeting of our best company agricultural experts from around the globe, at the Landlab facilities.

Q.- Apart from the infrared timelapse video about the effects of drought, what other specific projects have been developed with Landlab?

     A.- Apart from the drought timelapse video, we previously developed a different time-lapse video demonstrating the effect of Humic Acids on germinating maize seedlings roots. Many people know Humics Acids increase root growth, however this can take a long time to explain via graphs and charts during a presentation. In this video, that is only 30 seconds long, the effect of the Humic Acids is clear to see and it is a very effective way of bringing to life and visualising a topic that can be complex to explain.

Other completed projects include, several trials to check the effect of different mixtures and combinations of seaweeds and amino acids, trials and development work on some new biostimulants that we have in the pipeline, effect of drought stress in pot, plot and field trials, as well as the study of our new chelate IsliFe 8.2. We have also collaborated on full field trials in cherry, potato, grape, and several other crops as part of various projects.

Q.-And what projects are happening right now? And what projects are going to come to light in the near future?

     A.- Right now the focus is on the multiscreening drought stress trials, principally in lettuce and tomato. This helps us in the development and proofing of new products optimised to manage this type of abiotic stress. These multiscreening trials will later evolve into semi-field trials and finally full field trials that will test some of our proposed solutions. The objective is always to increase our internal company knowledge, which allows us to deliver new solutions and / or enhanced technical support to our clients enabling them to produce both sustainably and profitably.

Global R&D is also working on Abiotic Stress Projects with other collaborators, such as QUB and the University of Milan, to help manage and reduce the effect of Salinity, Flooding, Cold, Frost and Heat through optimal biostimulation and nutritional management. Within our collaborating Research Centers, there are ongoing trials to test different application timings and to optimise product positioning. This will result in clear guidance on application timings and dosage for the new solutions that we will launch in the upcoming months. We also have embryo projects that will inform new product ideas, releases, or solutions in the medium term, for example secondary metabolites of bacterial fermentation are a new and promising potential source of raw materials for the next generation of biostimulants.

In the near term in the latter half of this year, Tradecorp and Landlab will also work on a European Project.

Q.-Can you tell us a bit more about this new European project?

A.- I would love to say more, and it is a really exciting initiative, but unfortunately the information cannot be disclosed for now. Come back to me in a few months when I can talk about these specific developments and I will more than happy to share information about this new challenging project.

  • If you want to know more about the latest project between Tradecorp and Landlab on the effect of drought stress on plants analyzed with thermal camera, click here.

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Drought stress affects plants earlier than you think. Watch it on this new infrared timelapse video ! https://tradecorp.com.es/en/drought-stress-timelapse-video/ Wed, 20 May 2020 09:56:36 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6674 Primactive effect can delay or even eliminate negative abiotic stresses that crops are exposed to during the normal crop cycle…but in reality, this is not the case. Wilted plants are in fact close to death and visible wilting is one of the final signs for drought stress before plant death!! How do plants react to […]

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Primactive effect can delay or even eliminate negative abiotic stresses that crops are exposed to during the normal crop cycle…but in reality, this is not the case. Wilted plants are in fact close to death and visible wilting is one of the final signs for drought stress before plant death!!

How do plants react to drought stress?

Plants and humans have very similar reactions to dehydration. They alter their metabolism to conserve moisture. In plants, the stomata are closed tightly to prevent water loss during transpiration and in humans the excretion of water is reduced.

As water begins to become scarce, the plant, or body, begins to implement further emergency procedures to conserve fluids. The cells are now suffering from internal stresses that are referred to as abiotic stresses.

  • Abiotic stress: Stress that is external to the plant and is non pathogenic and non biological in origin is called non-living stress or abiotic stress

Due to the heat generated by the cell’s own metabolism and the lack of transpiration, temperatures in the cells begin to rise, as can be seen in the time lapse video. At this stage of drought, the plant is not visibly wilting but is already suffering large internal metabolic stresses that, for example, reduce growth rate.

What are the effects of drought stress on plants?

These effects include:

  • reduced ability of the cell to perform normal functions and growth
  • the disruption of amino acid or protein production
  • the destruction of chemicals that are critical to normal cell function, but are sensitive to heat
  • the concentration of electrolytes or salts (osmolytes) in the cell, which can damage the mitochondria, the energy factory of the cell

As drought continues, the cells lose water because:

  • They are permeable and water escapes through the cell wall
  • Also, water from the cell is used to preserve critical functions.
  • As a result, the cells become soft or lose their “turgor” and only at this late stage does wilting become visible.

Even if water is provided at this stage, the cell may rehydrate and regain “turgor” but the cells functions may be permanently damaged and, as a consequence, will never again be able to achieve 100% function. In plants this results in reduced yield and quality of harvest.

Infrared timelapse visualization of the “invisible” abiotic stresses caused by drought

Tradecorp, in collaboration with Landlab, a leading Italian agricultural research centre, has created this new infrared timelapse video to demonstrate that these invisible drought effects, such as increased cell temperature or reduced growth rate do indeed occur, even before wilting is visible.

To visualize these effects, we recorded three sets of plants:

Plants primactiveThe infrared camera clearly demonstrates that before wilting occurs plants were suffering from abiotic stresses.

 

  • Leaf temperature of the untreated drought affected plant was the highest
  • Growth rate of the untreated drought affected plant was lower than both the plants protected with Primactive and the plants not suffering from drought stress
  • Wilting occurred first in the untreated drought affected plant, and was delayed in the ones protected with Primactive,

The Primactive effect can delay or even eliminate negative abiotic stresses that crops are exposed to during the normal crop cycle - in this example, drought stress. Leaf surface temperature was reduced compared to untreated plants, the onset of wilting was also delayed.

As a result, plants suffered less disruption and damage to their metabolic functions and the growth rate of the Primactive plants was much higher than untreated plants. Reduction of the negative effects of drought helps to protect yield and quality and thus profitability – all thanks to Primactive.

Tradecorp’s collaboration with Landlab and other research centres

Tradecorp and Landlab have a long history of collaboration and research. This infrared time-lapse video is but one example of the successful research projects that Tradecorp R&D and Landlab have been collaborating on. Tradecorp have used the expertise gained with Landab and other similar research type entities to develop a deep and internationally recognized understanding of Biostimulants and their optimum use in agriculture.

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Global Technical Manager Dr. Cathal Daynes and Americas Technical Manager Renata Alcaraz support Rodel, Tradecorp's recent acquisition https://tradecorp.com.es/en/global-technical-manager-dr-cathal-daynes-and-americas-technical-manager-renata-alcaraz-support-rodel-tradecorps-recent-acquisition/ Thu, 07 May 2020 11:49:35 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6668 Before the implementation of COVID19 travel restrictions, Dr. Daynes and Alcaraz visited Rodel to support and train the Rodel team in Ecuador. They also visited clients and made field visits, in order to better understand agricultural production in Ecuador, along with sharing experiences and knowledge from other countries. A new stage for Rodel Rodel, now […]

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Before the implementation of COVID19 travel restrictions, Dr. Daynes and Alcaraz visited Rodel to support and train the Rodel team in Ecuador. They also visited clients and made field visits, in order to better understand agricultural production in Ecuador, along with sharing experiences and knowledge from other countries.

A new stage for Rodel

Rodel, now part of Tradecorp, will not only continue to service their core market of flowers but will also expand their footprint into other horticultural and plantation crops. In addition to cut flowers, Ecuador as the world’s largest exporter of bananas, second largest exported of Cocoa beans and sixth largest producer of palm oil represents significant agricultural production markets. These markets are complimented by traditional areas of strength for Tradecorp such as potato, corn and mango.

To this end the local Tradecorp portfolio on offer in Ecuador was analysed with a view to introducing further product lines to support existing clients in the flower business, and also with the intention of expanding Tradecorp’ s footprint across Ecuador. Plans for local trials of Tradecorp products with key producers in some of these crops were discussed, with the aim of confirming results in Ecuador that have been achieved in similar crops in other countries around the world.

Rodel

Biostimulation 360 training

Matching the correct Biostimulant to achieve the desired outcome is key. Therefore, presentations in line with Tradecorp’s Biostimulation 360 philosophy were also conducted in Ecuador. This training particularly focused on how to select the correct Biostimulant, based on whether the Biostimulant is being used for prevention or correction. The need to alter dosage between different types of Biostimulants was also emphasised.

Tradecorp’s Knowledge Management System is now available for Rodel

The Rodel team, led by Giselle Betancourt, were also trained in the use Tradecorp’s Plaza Knowledge Management system. Tradecorp Plaza now contains more than 10,000 pages of information and a database of more than 15,000 product compatibility combinations that are accessible and exclusive for the Tradecorp team and its affiliates. The local team now have access to this information, as well as other Tradecorp and Rovensa Group corporate platforms, giving an immediate benefit to enable Rodel to deliver a premium level value proposition to the Ecuadorian market.

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Biostimulant 360 synergy with Plant Protection Products (PPP) in Abiotic Stress Management https://tradecorp.com.es/en/biostimulant-360-synergy-with-plant-protection-products-ppp-in-abiotic-stress-management/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:37:05 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6644 Responsible use of Plant Protection Products (PPP) in agriculture allows growers to feed a global population of almost 8 billion people. While PPP are very effective in protecting the crop against Biotic Stresses such as pests and diseases, PPP can have an unwanted effect of creating an Abiotic Stress on the crop itself. Effects of […]

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Responsible use of Plant Protection Products (PPP) in agriculture allows growers to feed a global population of almost 8 billion people. While PPP are very effective in protecting the crop against Biotic Stresses such as pests and diseases, PPP can have an unwanted effect of creating an Abiotic Stress on the crop itself.

Effects of abiotic stresses caused by PPP

Unmanaged these Abiotic Stresses reduce the maximum potential yield of the crop. An example of PPP related Abiotic Stresses are temporary decreases in photosynthetic activity - a recent scientific paper1 found that almost half of the PPP tested caused unintended reductions in photosynthesis. Some PPP reduced photosynthesis immediately and had a short severe effect, while other PPP reduced photosynthesis for >5 days.

Other examples of Abiotic Stress from PPP are increased plant stress chemicals such as free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause premature cell aging2. The result of these varied PPP Abiotic Stresses is a slowdown in the crops metabolism and growth.

Biostimulation 360: the perfect synergy for PPP

Through its Biostimulation 360 product options, Tradecorp offers a range of Biostimulants that can be used before, tankmixed and used with, or applied after PPP applications. Biostimulation 360 products help minimise or eliminate these PPP related Abiotic Stresses enhancing plant metabolism and boosting growth.

Tradecorp offer different Biostimulation 360 products to match different agronomic and management needs for example:

  • Delfan Range products can be used to resist stress from the current spray cycle
  • Delfan and Aton Range products can be used to help recover the crop after a harsh PPP cycle

Other Biostimulant 360 options include the Phylgreen Range of products that are excellent in helping to manage environmental Abiotic Stress when applied pre-emptively.

Tradecorp’s Biostimulant 360 product options allow growers to choose the most appropriate Biostimulant to partner with almost any PPP program. This gives growers the flexibility to pursue their optimum PPP program while simultaneously managing related Abiotic Stress to help their crop reach its maximum potential yield and profitability.

Would you like to learn more?  To get in touch with your local Tradecorp office select country.

 

  1. Moolhuyzen et al. (2020) Photosynthesis Inhibiting Effects of Pesticides on Sweet Pepper Leaves. Insects 2020, 11, 69 https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11020069
  2. Khan Sakie et al. (2018) Pesticide-induced oxidative stress and antioxidant responses in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) seedlings. Ecotoxicology 2019, 27, 919 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10646-018-1916-6

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Rovensa expands its Biocontrol business unit by acquiring Grupo Agrotecnología https://tradecorp.com.es/en/rovensa-expands-its-biocontrol-business-unit-by-acquiring-grupo-agrotecnologia/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:49:18 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6639 Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of ROVENSA, an international group with innovative solutions for well balanced agriculture, announces the acquisition of Grupo Agrotecnología. Based in Orihuela, Spain, Grupo Agrotecnología is a leading company specialized in biological plant protection solutions with a particular focus on microbial technologies. This is the third acquisition of Rovensa’s biocontrol […]

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Idai Nature, the biocontrol business unit of ROVENSA, an international group with innovative solutions for well balanced agriculture, announces the acquisition of Grupo Agrotecnología. Based in Orihuela, Spain, Grupo Agrotecnología is a leading company specialized in biological plant protection solutions with a particular focus on microbial technologies.

This is the third acquisition of Rovensa’s biocontrol business unit, reinforcing the Group’s compromise towards its goal of leading the change in agriculture by focusing on safe, healthy and environmentally friendly solutions. Rovensa has now a stronger and wider portfolio of registered biocontrol products for a large range of crops, which will help to expand its biocontrol business.

“The acquisition of Grupo Agrotecnología will bring together two major strengths: Rovensa innovative biological crop solutions focused on plant extracts and Grupo Agrotecnología strong expertise in microbial-based biopesticides” explains Rovensa CEO, Eric van Innis, adding that “Rovensa will continue to explore new opportunities to complement organic growth with acquisitions so that it can fulfil its mission to feed the planet with safe and healthy solutions enabling a well balanced agriculture”.

Carlos Ledó, COO of Biocontrol, states “we are very proud and happy to Grupo Agrotecnología on board. Grupo Agrotecnología, under the leadership of the founding Riquelme family, will maintain its independence and will be integral in achieving our goal of becoming a world leader in biocontrol for sustainable agriculture”.

About Rovensa

Rovensa, formerly known as Sapec Agro Business, is an international player in the agricultural industry, with a long history, experience and knowledge in the sector.

In September 2019, Sapec Agro Business was renamed Rovensa, with the aim of creating a prestigious international brand in the agricultural industry. The group is now organised into three main business units: BioNutrition, BioControl and Crop Protection. With offices, factories, research centres and laboratories in Brazil, France, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, Rovensa continuously develops a broad portfolio of innovative solutions for plant health & care.

All companies belonging to Rovensa share synergies and offer a catalogue of complementary products that have the same objective: Well Balanced Agriculture.

+ info: https://www.rovensa.com/

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Coronavirus alert (Covid-19) https://tradecorp.com.es/en/coronavirus-alert-covid-19/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 18:42:12 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6633 Due to the current situation lived worldwide caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), Tradecorp factories and offices are taking all the precautions to help on the contention of the disease.   We have implemented proper actions worldwide with the aim of prioritizing the health and safety of all, and taking special care with the closest to us, […]

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Due to the current situation lived worldwide caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), Tradecorp factories and offices are taking all the precautions to help on the contention of the disease.

 

We have implemented proper actions worldwide with the aim of prioritizing the health and safety of all, and taking special care with the closest to us, our teams, customers, partners and suppliers.

With these safety protocols that address properly global and local governmental instructions, we are being able to deliver appropriate customer service with safety.

Be responsible and stay safe.

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Tradecorp Germany onboards new Sales Manager https://tradecorp.com.es/en/tradecorp-germany-onboards-new-sales-manager/ Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:32:43 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6624 Tradecorp Germany has recently onboarded Andreas Heine as Sales Manager for Germany and Austria. Mr. Heine holds a degree in industrial engineering, agricultural marketing and agricultural management from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences in Freising, Germany. He has 20 years of experience in the agricultural sector, working as a farmer, sales manager for a […]

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Tradecorp Germany has recently onboarded Andreas Heine as Sales Manager for Germany and Austria.

Mr. Heine holds a degree in industrial engineering, agricultural marketing and agricultural management from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences in Freising, Germany.

He has 20 years of experience in the agricultural sector, working as a farmer, sales manager for a big distribution channel, and as a Business Unit Manager for a company in our industry. In his new position, he will work directly with the Commercial Director for North Europe, Bastiaan Zijlstra. His proven experience in the agricultural industry will support the growth of Tradecorp Germany and other related regions.

Welcome on board Andreas!

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How to maximise foliar Potassium uptake in your crop https://tradecorp.com.es/en/how-to-maximise-foliar-potassium-uptake-in-your-crop/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:17:00 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6610 There is a difference between simply spraying Potassium on your crop and knowing that the Potassium has been actually absorbed into your crop. For example did you know that in many parts of the world the dissolved Calcium and Magnesium ions commonly found in “Hard Water” can react with Potassium fertilisers to create precipitates that […]

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There is a difference between simply spraying Potassium on your crop and knowing that the Potassium has been actually absorbed into your crop.
For example did you know that in many parts of the world the dissolved Calcium and Magnesium ions commonly found in “Hard Water” can react with Potassium fertilisers to create precipitates that can reduce or block the Potassium’s uptake?

Tradecorp’s new video allows for easy visualization of the types of precipitation reactions that can occur in your spray tank between Potassium fertilisers and Hard Water. In the video Tradecorp's Final K is compared with a competitor product - the same Potassium raw material is used in each, but Tradecorp’s superior quality and product formulation process maximises Potassium uptake into your crop.

It is easy to see in the video that when adding Final K to the water, the special co-formulants used in Final K eliminate and even reverse the precipitation reactions, whereas when the competitor product is added to the water, precipitation reactions immediately become apparent as a white cloud in the water. As a demonstration Final K is then added to the mix of competitor product and water and this reverses the precipitation reaction, highlighting the difference in technology, quality and potential result to your crop and profit of apparently “similar” products. Clearly Final K is the best candidate for a good return on your investment.

It is easy to understand all Potassium products are not the same, but there is even more to Final K….

Did you know that the majority of Potassium fertilisers turn to salt crystals at a relative humidity of about 90%? and of course a crystal is not going to be easily absorbed through the plants leaf? As well as lower absorbability, these easily salted Potassium fertilisers can also cause fruit spotting, plant scorch or can be easily leached off during the next rainfall or irrigation reducing profitability… but not Final K!

As well as precipitation blockers, Tradecorp’s scientists have also designed Final K to stay in liquid solution form for as long as possible - maximising the potential for, and efficiency of, Potassium absorption into your crop. Final K will stay in liquid form when the relative humidity is as low as 50% - a common daily air humidity in many regions. This means that the Final K remains in liquid form until your crop has a chance to absorb all of the Potassium in the Final K maximising your value for money and further differentiating Final K from the competition.

All of Tradecorp’s solutions are designed to delivery maximum quality, efficiency and return on your crop investment. Speak to one of our local representatives about Final K, our other Potassium -the Key for Quality products, or solutions to your other nutritional and biostimulant needs. Tradecorp does not sell products - we sell solutions

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Visit Tradecorp at the Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020! https://tradecorp.com.es/en/visit-tradecorp-argus-added-value-fertilizers-europe-2020/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:25:48 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6588 The 3rd annual Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020 conference will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from February 26th to 28th. The convention will be held at the Hilton Amsterdam. The VIP (Value for Industrial Partners) team will be representing Tradecorp at the exhibition. On the 26th at 09:00 am, Marc André, Value for Industrial […]

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The 3rd annual Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020 conference will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from February 26th to 28th. The convention will be held at the Hilton Amsterdam. The VIP (Value for Industrial Partners) team will be representing Tradecorp at the exhibition.

On the 26th at 09:00 am, Marc André, Value for Industrial Partners Director at Tradecorp, will be giving a speech about the role of “Developments and innovations in commercial biostimulants”. The talk will be focused on the biostimulant product development, the market potential of new, innovative products using new technologies to guide product development, as well as the innovation of Tradecorp.

VIP (Value for Industrial Partners) is the division at Tradecorp focused on the B2B segment. It provides adapted technologies and innovative solutions to industrial actors, such as fertilizer producers, bulk blenders, lime producers and peat substrate producers, looking for added value and differentiation of their products.

 

About Marc André

Marc Andre

Marc André, Value for Industrial Partners Director at Tradecorp

Marc André holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Gembloux-Liège University, Belgium. Passionate about marketing, business development and innovation, he has been working on the International Specialty Fertilizers segment for almost 40 years and serving Tradecorp since 2000, playing a key role in its internationalization following the company acquisition by Sapec Group. Since October of 2017, he is the Director of V.I.P. Business Unit leading the development and implementation of Tradecorp’s new coating technology Cash Coat for the fertilizer and seed sectors at a global level.

 

 

 

About Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020

This conference is fully focused on developing enhanced efficiency and specialty fertilizers to maximize crop yields and business growth. Dedicated to European market’s specific crops and products, it aims to offer a balance of technical and scientific content alongside access to commercial and business opportunities in the region. During the meetings of Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020, you can get the latest updates and detailed information about Sustainability, Fertilizers and Coated Fertilizers topics.

Furthermore, it offers a complementary program this year, the Biostimulants Forum, acknowledging the market demand for these types of solutions and the key role they can play on innovative Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers.

More information about Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020: https://www.argusmedia.com/en/conferences-events-listing/added-value-fertilizers-europe

Argus Added Value Fertilizers Europe 2020

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Prevent and combat cold stress with Biostimulation 360, by Tradecorp https://tradecorp.com.es/en/prevent-and-combat-cold-stress-with-biostimulation-360/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:50:53 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=6557 Plants are continuously exposed to adverse environmental factors during their lifecycle. Cold stress is one of the most important abiotic stresses that can affect the growth and development of crops. The impact of cold stress has increased in recent years due to the ongoing climate breakdown. Conditions have become more unpredictable, with longer and more […]

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Plants are continuously exposed to adverse environmental factors during their lifecycle. Cold stress is one of the most important abiotic stresses that can affect the growth and development of crops.

The impact of cold stress has increased in recent years due to the ongoing climate breakdown. Conditions have become more unpredictable, with longer and more severe cold or frost incidents, and areas that previously did not suffer from cold or frost periods now experience them. All these factors combine to impact on crop growth, and eventually grower yield and profitability.

 

How does cold and freezing impact plants?

Different plants show a variable degree of cold tolerance, and, within the same crop, individual plants will have different levels of tolerance due to differences in microclimate and localised nutritional status.

Cold or frost damage occurs when ice crystals begin to form between and within cells producing physiological, biochemical (such as decreases in protein formation), metabolic and molecular changes.

Ice forms first outside cells (extracellular water) because the area outside the cells has a lower solute concentration and freezes quicker (i.e. it is like pure water). Typically, only this extracellular water freezes during a “light” frost.

Water inside cells (intracellular water) takes longer to freeze as it has a high concentration of solutes (e.g. Potassium) and conceptually can be thought of as salty water. Since it requires lower temperatures and takes longer to freeze, this typically occurs during a “heavy” frost.

Both types of cold and freezing can cause cells to burst or other physiological effects although the freezing of the intracellular water is obviously more damaging to the plant. Reduced metabolic processes are common consequences of cold stress in plants and produce negative effects such as:

  • Growth inhibition/growth reduction.
  • Cell walls/membranes function poorly preventing the cells from maintaining ionic gradients.
  • Reduced absorption and translocation of water and nutrients.
  • Dehydration causing loss of turgor/cell strength resulting in plants that wilt, even when soil moisture is adequate.
  • Flower drop.
  • Bud death or necrosis.
  • Reduced reserves of sugar and energy; both as a result of the reduced sugar production and through their increased use by the plant during cold periods.

 

How can I protect my crops from frosts and cold damage?

To deal with cold stress, Tradecorp has a wide variety of solutions and options. Tradecorp’s Biostimulation 360º management program has different products to use before, during and after cold stress.

 

Before stress biostimulants

The first Biostimulation 360º strategy consists of the application of abiotic stress preventive Biostimulants. These products typically exhibit the Tradecorp “Primactive” effect. The application of preventive products should ideally be done 7-10 days before the cold stress starts, with the aim of preparing the crops to resist against the negative effects of the cold temperatures.

Tradecorp’s range of Phylgreen products, based on 100% pure Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed extract, provide osmolytes that help resist osmotic stress. Examples of the osmotic stresses consequences caused by freezing that Phylgreen can help plants resist are: cell expansion from freezing, incorrect ionic gradients and reduced water uptake.

Phylgreen also supplies plant energy sugars such as Mannitol, which is a known osmolyte, to help plants resist the eventual cold stress situation. When the osmotic compounds are accumulated outside and within cells, they help decrease the difference of osmotic gradient between liquid water and extracellular ice. This helps to reduce the dehydration and crystallization of the ice.

Separately, Mannitol also acts as a source of energy for plants so that they can continue to grow during cold periods. Of course, in heavy frosts with complete freezing some damage to crops will inevitably occur.

 

During and after stress biostimulants

Sometimes climate conditions change drastically and there is not enough time to apply a preventive treatment. In these situations, Tradecorp has other Biostimulation 360º curative products for use during and after the cold stress events.

For example, Biostimulation 360º products based on L-α Free Amino Acids, such as Delfan Plus or Vegenergy, have a strong a curative action against abiotic stress. A well-balanced proportion of these L-α Free Amino Acids, and their high content (i.e. the Aminogram), provide an immediately plant useable source of energy ensuring plants have the energy needed to recover during or immediately after the abiotic stress period. These curative products enhance the formation of plant proteins that confer the ability to better tolerate cold and to recover more quickly from stress.

For more information on Tradecorp, Biostimulation 360 and management of cold and other abiotic stresses please contact your local Tradecorp office, representative or select country.

 

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