Tradecorp International https://tradecorp.com.es/en Expert in micronutrients and speciality fertilise Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:39:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 José Nolasco, Head of R&D at Tradecorp International, re-elected to the EBIC Board https://tradecorp.com.es/en/jose-nolasco-head-of-rd-at-tradecorp-international-re-elected-to-the-ebic-board/ Tue, 29 Nov 2022 09:08:57 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8344 In November, our Head of R&D, José Nolasco, was re-elected to the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC) board. We sat down with him to get his thoughts on the re-election, the implementation of the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation, and the future of biostimulants and our industry. On November 14th, the results of EBIC’s 2022 […]

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In November, our Head of R&D, José Nolasco, was re-elected to the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC) board. We sat down with him to get his thoughts on the re-election, the implementation of the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation, and the future of biostimulants and our industry.

On November 14th, the results of EBIC’s 2022 Board elections were announced and you were re-elected as Director-at-large.  What does re-election mean for you at a professional level and for Tradecorp as a leading company in biostimulants?

First of all, I am personally very proud to have been a member of the EBIC Board for the last two years. In 2011, Tradecorp joined EBIC as one of the 11 founding member companies and we have been actively involved from the beginning, whether it be working on a committee or supporting various initiatives and events. I initially ran for the board because we felt that Tradecorp could contribute even more from a strategic perspective, and I was fortunate to be elected.

EBIC has played a fundamental and strategic role in the biostimulant market, especially during the last years as Europe’s – and the world’s – focus has turned towards sustainable agriculture. EBIC is not only influential at a regulatory level, but it has also helped to encourage collaboration across the industry to work towards a healthier and more sustainable future for agriculture.

It is a privilege to be re-elected for the next two years as Director-at-large and I am committed to collaborating and working hard with the rest of the Board members to achieve EBIC’s goals and overcome our collective industry challenges.

After more than a decade of work by EBIC, on July 16 of this year, biostimulants were included in the new EU Fertilising Product Regulation, greatly benefitting agricultural companies and farmers. It’s well known that a significant part of this is thanks to EBIC. How do you asses the work made by the Board of Directors in this regard?

As the Board, we do play an important role in EBIC’s strategic direction, but the inclusion of biostimulants in the FPR was the result of hard work across all parts of the Council. Not least, the special role of the committees and work groups that are focused on the implementation of EBIC’s defined strategy. So, this success was truly a collective one.

Beyond the achievement related to the FPR, we have certainly seen other great successes and significant advances for the market such as the reputation of the plant biostimulants industry as serious and ethical, and practical advantages for the industry such as a better understanding of the new requirements and new opportunities granted by the FPR as the inclusion of new genera of microorganisms or the multiple-use principle, among others. All these successes have been achieved through EBIC by a multicultural group of people and companies to create positive impact in the agricultural industry and the biostimulant sector.

What do you consider to be the key focus areas and challenges for our industry in 2023? How important is EBIC’s role in working for the common interests as an industry?

EBIC’s role has been crucial for the future of the biostimulant market and the mission of ensuring that biostimulant technologies are valued as an integral part of sustainable agriculture, while securing a favorable regulatory framework for biosolutions.

In 2023, I expect there are a few trends that will continue, such as a growing global biostimulant market and an emphasis on innovation within the industry. The challenge will be working to address these trends from a regulatory perspective as well. For example, we are seeing increasing interest in the use of micro-organisms to promote soil health and sustainable agriculture. As this is uncharted territory, it is very important to set up a clear mechanism and establish guidelines on a feasible data requirement for adding new micro-organisms in the regulations to encourage innovation.

EBIC is assuming the role as an opinion leader and can lead to take the good things from Europe and promote them in other geographies.

At Tradecorp, we see plant biostimulants playing a major role in alleviating the food security crisis and providing an answer to a fertilizer shortage, like we are seeing in Europe at the moment. We are very engaged with the plant biostimulants industry´s strategic leadership. EBIC’s job as an industry organization is to promote biostimulants as an innovative and essential tool to help solve some of the major global challenges that we face, and as a non-negotiable for sustainable agriculture. Therefore, our strategy is based on both engagement and implementation to encourage both ‘farm’ and ‘fork’ stakeholders can integrate plant biostimulants as a useful and relevant tool to high-priority, high-level policy and societal issues.

Congrats for your re-election, José!

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Our leading role in Research & Innovation to develop new, better sustainable solutions https://tradecorp.com.es/en/our-leading-role-in-research-innovation-to-develop-new-better-sustainable-solutions/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 09:47:26 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8337 All industries innovate. It’s necessary to keep up with the changing needs of consumers due to new technologies or scientific discoveries, or simply due to trends and preferences. In the agricultural industry, we’re no different. Our world is experiencing new changes and challenges every year due to climate change, diminishing natural resources and a growing […]

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All industries innovate. It’s necessary to keep up with the changing needs of consumers due to new technologies or scientific discoveries, or simply due to trends and preferences. In the agricultural industry, we’re no different. Our world is experiencing new changes and challenges every year due to climate change, diminishing natural resources and a growing population, so we dedicate ourselves to research and innovation to protect and nourish crops while minimizing agriculture’s environmental footprint, supporting those who are feeding our world in their mission, while doing it sustainably.

Strategic Collaboration and Partnerships

The answers to global challenges can only be solved through a collective effort. One of the key parts of our innovation strategy is to work with likeminded partners in the industry, who share our vision to create a more sustainable future for agriculture. At the moment, Tradecorp collaborates with more than 20 research centers and universities around the world.

One of the most significant projects to materialize from our partnerships is Biotool, created in collaboration with Italian research center Landlab as part of the Eurostars initiative, to tackle the industry-wide concern of water as a readily available resource. Biotool is designed to measure the effect of biostimulants on plants and improve crop yields through efficient water management. Thanks to the Biotool Platform, growers can increase production quality, boost yields and reduce economic losses caused by different types of abiotic stresses, based on water stress as a model.

The teams are currently evaluating the performance of the new range of Biotool biostimulants with Curactive effect, with the goal of bringing a quality and effective product to market in the future.

Research Centers of Excellence

In addition to working collaboratively with the industry, having dedicated research and innovation centers is essential to our work. These centers allow us to devote time and resources to finding new and even more sustainable ways to help farmers’ crops survive and thrive in terms of yield and quality parameters, while also contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In Madrid in April of this year, we launched Biological Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture, a Joint Research Unit located in Madrid, alongside our partner, the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), part of the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – (UPM-INIA/CSIC).  We chose to launch this in Madrid, not only because it is where our headquarters are located, but because Spain is a benchmark country in agricultural and plant biotechnology research.

The project is already underway with three lines of research based on the search for microbial biosolutions with biostimulant potential. Trials are being carried out both in vitro and in greenhouse with several crops to investigate the biostimulant effect of the microorganisms in agronomic trials as well as to find out the mode of action. Thanks to the use of different technologies, Tradecorp can identify the innovative microorganisms, as well as learn the metabolic pathways that are affected after their application in plants, providing high-level scientific knowledge to the company and main stakeholders, to finally reach the field. Research is ongoing and we expect to have effective biosolutions very soon.

More recently, Tradecorp Brazil launched a new Global Biosolutions Research and Innovation Center that will serve as an accelerator to develop innovative biosolutions for Brazil and other international markets. We chose Brazil as our first location for a center of this kind outside of Europe because the agricultural industry in Brazil has seen incredible growth over the last decade and represents a new frontier in sustainable agriculture. Like the projects conducted at our center in Madrid, the Brazil research team will focus on biological and sustainable solutions that can improve the efficiency of nutrient and water use, quality of crops, and the quality and life of soil using microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. The center is beginning its research to address local challenges for farmers within the country, but the solutions will be applicable to other markets around the world.

Research, Innovation and Testing to Develop New and Improved Methods

The R&D department is one of the strategic axes established in the Rovensa Group’s growth policy. And as a central part of our mission to create a more sustainable agriculture, we know that investing in Research & Development is essential. This includes time, experienced and specialized staff, and monetary resources.  Our work promotes research and development always with the aim of innovating and accelerating revolution in the agricultural sector, to achieve a competitive agriculture that produces more, with fewer resources and less environmental impact.

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Biimore, Tradecorp’s Ultra-Efficient Biostimulant, obtained the CE mark under the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation https://tradecorp.com.es/en/biimore-tradecorps-ultra-efficient-biostimulant-obtained-the-ce-mark-under-the-new-eu-fertilising-products-regulation/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 06:41:31 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8321 Biimore has officially been registered in the European Union as a ‘Non-microbial plant biostimulant’ under the EU Fertilising Products Regulation 2019/1009 (FPR), and will bear the CE mark. This makes Biimore the first Tradecorp biostimulant, and one of the first in the market, to receive the CE mark under this new regulation. Biimore is an ultra-efficient biostimulant, derived […]

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Biimore has officially been registered in the European Union as a ‘Non-microbial plant biostimulant’ under the EU Fertilising Products Regulation 2019/1009 (FPR), and will bear the CE mark. This makes Biimore the first Tradecorp biostimulant, and one of the first in the market, to receive the CE mark under this new regulation.

Biimore is an ultra-efficient biostimulant, derived from biological fermentation, using a specific bacterial strain and an exclusive and sustainable plant fermentation process. This innovative solution has been used across a variety of over 25 strategic crops and different geographical areas in more than 180 agronomic trials, which have demonstrated the high efficacy of Biimore at ultra-low doses applied at fruit swell and development stage, increasing yield and fruit weight by up to 28% and 19%, respectively, and improving other quality parameters such as size, sugar content and shelf-life. 

EU FPR and the CE mark

The EU Fertilising Products Regulation 2019/1009 (FPR) came into force on 16 July 2022, opening the European market for biostimulants. Whereas products previously required registration in individual EU member states, the FPR allows registered products bearing the CE mark to be marketed in all 27 EU member states.

Plant biostimulants with the CE mark are assessed by a Notified Body and deemed to have not only met the EU safety, health, and environmental protection requirements, but also to fulfill the effects claimed on the labels through agronomic efficacy trials. This means that growers can be reassured that the biostimulants they are using are safe, effective, and quality products.

Biimore Certification

Biimore was certified for efficiency and quality claims including the ability to increase the fruit quality in terms of size, weight, and sugar content. The initial certification is for foliar application to woody perennials and efficacy trials are currently underway to extend registration to horticultural and extensive crops.

This certification represents a guarantee to customers that Tradecorp’s rules and processes comply with the European regulation standards, delivering on our commitment to protect people’s health and preserve the environment, while becoming the best partner for industry, farmers, distributors, suppliers and all our stakeholders, in terms of quality, quantity and sustainability.  Receiving the CE Mark Certification under the EU Fertilising Products Regulation 2019/1009 gives customers and growers greater reassurance and peace of mind knowing that products as Biimore have been evaluated for safety, quality, and efficacy.

In addition to becoming one of the first biostimulants to be registered under the FPR in Europe, Biimore, under the product brand name of Vorax, also became the first biofertilizer to be registered in Brazil. Together, these represent a significant moment for Tradecorp in our mission to enable a more sustainable agriculture worldwide. 

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Tradecorp invests more than US$ 1 million in its first Global Biosolutions Research and Innovation Center in Brazil https://tradecorp.com.es/en/tradecorp-invests-more-than-us-1-million-in-its-first-global-biosolutions-research-and-innovation-center-in-brazil/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:56:54 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8297 Campinas (São Paulo State, September 19, 2022) – Tradecorp Brazil, a Rovensa Group company, has announced an investment of more than US$ 1 million in a new Global Biosolutions Research and Innovation Center, located in Hortolândia (São Paulo State). The company’s first innovation center in Brazil aims to develop new biosolutions for the country and […]

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Campinas (São Paulo State, September 19, 2022) – Tradecorp Brazil, a Rovensa Group company, has announced an investment of more than US$ 1 million in a new Global Biosolutions Research and Innovation Center, located in Hortolândia (São Paulo State). The company’s first innovation center in Brazil aims to develop new biosolutions for the country and other international markets where Rovensa Group operates to promote a more sustainable agriculture worldwide and contribute to the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population.

The first of its kind for Rovensa Group outside of Europe, this Global Research and Innovation Biosolutions Center was created in Brazil based on the substantial growth that the country’s agricultural sector has seen in the last 10 years.

Eric van Innis, Chief Executive Director at Rovensa, during the presentation of the new Global Research and Innovation Biosolutions Center, celebrated last September 17 in Campinas, São Paulo State.

“The Brazilian agricultural industry has seen significant investments from the public and private sectors in the last decade, making it an important and strategic market globally,” says Rafael Leiria, Operations Director, Tradecorp Brazil. “Brazil represents a new frontier in sustainable agriculture that we believe has the ability to contribute to the world’s food supply in a quality, safe and environmentally friendly manner.”

Aligned with the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, the research at this new center will focus on biological and sustainable solutions that can improve the efficiency of nutrient and water use, quality of crops, and the quality and life of soil using microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria.

As it is located in Brazil, the center will begin its research to address local challenges for farmers within the country, but the solutions will be applicable to other markets around the world.

Tradecorp’s mission is to enable a balanced and sustainable agriculture worldwide, through healthy and safe solutions, and to be an ally to farmers, helping them increase yield, quality and fruit size in a sustainable manner. “We work hand-in-hand with our local growers to create solutions that work for them, and we are using that knowledge to drive our research at this center. However, we will be creating biosolutions that are applicable globally, in all of the markets where Rovensa Group operates, to work towards enabling a more sustainable agriculture worldwide”, adds Rafael Leiria.

The new center will be led by a highly qualified multidisciplinary team under the management of Dr. Johana Rincones Pérez, allowing for multiple projects to be developed simultaneously. In the laboratory, the fermentation processes, based on fungi and bacteria, will be carried out with prototypes being produced and evaluated in a greenhouse or field. At the same time, results of chemical bioanalysis and molecular biology of the microorganisms involved will be evaluated and tested in model plants.

From left, Jorge de Almeida, Country Director Tradecorp Brazil; Eric van Innis, Chief Executive Director at Rovensa; Rafael Leiria Nunes, Operations Director Tradecorp Brazil; and José Alfredo García, Chief Operating Officer, Bionutrition at Rovensa.

Tradecorp’s Sustainability Promise 

As a company with sustainability at its core, Tradecorp takes a holistic approach, promoting internal initiatives aimed at mitigating its impact on the environment, while also investing in innovation to encourage the adoption of sustainable products externally.

This announcement comes on the heels of the recent opening of the Joint Research Unit in Madrid, Spain in April of this year, when Tradecorp International launched Biological Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture. Aligned with the goals of the Rovensa Group, together, these two new research centers further demonstrate Tradecorp’s commitment to promoting a healthy and balanced agriculture and providing biological solutions that can help to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, such as a growing global population, climate change and environmental preservation.

The opening of this research center in Brazil strengthens Tradecorp’s presence in the market and put the company in a leading role in the development of biosolutions that will improve productivity and sustainability in the country’s agricultural sector. This project is framed within “The answers lie in our hands”, an initiative led by Tradecorp aimed to face global challenges to transform food production through a sustainable improvement of agriculture by collaborating to eradicate hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition worldwide.

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World Agriculture Day 2022 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/world-agriculture-day-2022/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 09:21:21 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8276 Celebrating our partners on World Agriculture Day  Heat waves, drought, wildfires and energy rationing – just a few things that have marked the summer of 2022 across the world. These changes to our climate are, little by little, putting additional stress on our future food security and threatening the existence of some of our favorite […]

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Celebrating our partners on World Agriculture Day 

Heat waves, drought, wildfires and energy rationing – just a few things that have marked the summer of 2022 across the world. These changes to our climate are, little by little, putting additional stress on our future food security and threatening the existence of some of our favorite foods such as chocolate, coffee, avocados and even staples like wheat and rice. According to the UN, by 2050 an anticipated 9 billion people will be living on Earth, increasing to 11 billion by the end of the century. While it is a collective responsibility to find ways to sustain our global population, much of this responsibility falls on the shoulders of the agricultural industry.  

So today, on World Agriculture Day, we celebrate them.  

  • We celebrate the growers who we work closely with to address new challenges due to climate change.  
  • We recognize the distributors and storefronts who make the freshest produce and foodstuffs available to all of us. 
  • And we thank all the manufacturers in the industry who are doing their part to identify sustainable solutions to the new issues the agricultural world is facing in order to ensure our food security in the future. 

Growers in particular face a slew of challenges each year in what is an increasingly unpredictable business. Tradecorp works alongside farmers to understand their unique situations and identify the right solution for their crops. This could be utilizing a product to optimize water management (Transformer), and products to activate a stress tolerance mechanism in crops, improving their tolerance to heat stress in the tough summer months (Phylgreen). But growers not only need to adapt their practices to the changing environment, but they also need to ensure they have a productive farm that meets the rising demand and changing taste of consumers. Our boots-on-the-ground approach means that we are there each step of the way for growers to curate the right solution for them and their end users. 

Another hurdle we come up against as an industry is ensuring our solutions are sustainable. In recent years, the concept of sustainable agriculture has gained traction as a viable – and necessary – alternative to intensive, industrial agriculture. While the latter was initially practiced to increase yield, and therefore profits of landowners, the industry is discovering that sustainable methods, such as the use of biostimulants, can also increase yield, improve quality and lead to greater profits without the detrimental environmental effects that often result from intensive farming. Using high-quality and efficient products on crops that aim to get the best out of the soil while also protecting the harvest from abiotic stressors is a promising solution to sustaining our future global population.

Thank you to all of our partners who work tirelessly and passionately to feed us. Today we celebrate you. We are honored to work alongside you! 

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The role of biostimulants in the circular economy https://tradecorp.com.es/en/the-role-of-biostimulants-in-the-circular-economy/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 10:01:20 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8252 We’re on the precipice of an irreversible change to our climate and significant stress on Earth’s resources. Year on year storms intensify, weather patterns drastically shift, and new stressors appear that challenge us to rethink our approach to solving the world’s problems. One buzzword that has been floating around for a while is “circular economy”, […]

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We’re on the precipice of an irreversible change to our climate and significant stress on Earth’s resources. Year on year storms intensify, weather patterns drastically shift, and new stressors appear that challenge us to rethink our approach to solving the world’s problems. One buzzword that has been floating around for a while is “circular economy”, but what does that mean exactly and how can it contribute to a more sustainable future and support our planet and population through climate change?

As part of Rovensa Group, a global leader in BioSolutions for sustainable agriculture, Tradecorp has been exploring this for years, and has developed practices and solutions that are in line with the circular economy to reduce our negative impact on the environment.

Firstly, we should identify circular economy. According to the European Parliament, it is a “model of production and consumption that involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.”

When we think about the circular economy in practice, typically we think about car sharing, buying second-hand products or recycling bottles. While we often consider responsibly disposing of food packaging as part of the circular economy, what was inside of the packaging is often an afterthought. But food and the production of foodstuffs plays a key role in the circular economy, and it’s important that as an industry, we focus on increasing agriculture’s role in the circular economy to help ensure food security in our future, adding value to specific raw materials.

In addition to abiotic stressors such as extreme heat, extreme cold or a lack of water, crops are also facing soil erosion and loss of nutrients in soil. In the European Union, for example, 12 million hectares of land are being affected by soil erosion, reducing crop yields at an annual loss of €1.25 billion [1]. This directly affects our food supply and global economy.

Circular agriculture is a concept that has also been around for many years and was widely practiced before modern farming became popularized, according to the UN. The more sustainable concept of circular agriculture focuses on using minimal amounts of external inputs, closing nutrients loops, regenerating soils, and minimizing the impact on the environment [2]. When practiced on a wide scale, circular agriculture can reduce resource requirements and the ecological footprint of agriculture.

Biostimulants play a specific role in this process in a variety of ways. Firstly, they can be developed in line with the circular economy. This means creating them in a way that extends the product lifetime and doesn’t produce waste. Secondly, biostimulants help plants to unlock nutrients from the soil and both support resistance to and repair from abiotic stresses, promoting soil health and regeneration. This helps growers to see greater yield, quality, and fruit size of their crops – both in greenhouses and on the field, as well as meet consumer demands in terms of sustainability. Thirdly, the use of biostimulants reduces the need for chemical pesticides and increases­­ the efficiency of fertilizers.

Over the last four years, our sales of registered organic products have doubled, while those of circular economy products have increased by 83%. This shows promise for the future of circular economy products in agriculture, leading us to increase our portfolio of circular economy related products by 35% over four years. By promoting the use of high-quality and efficient biostimulants in crop production, Tradecorp promotes a more balanced and sustainable agriculture that aims to feed the planet through healthy and safe solutions.

 

[1]UN/DESA Policy Brief #105: Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Rural Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs.” United Nations, 2021
[2]UN/DESA Policy Brief #105: Circular Agriculture for Sustainable Rural Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs.” United Nations, 2021

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Tradecorp’s commitment to the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/tradecorps-commitment-to-the-new-regulation-eu-2019-1009/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 07:30:09 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8221 On July 16th, the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 – the Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) – officially opens the European market for recycled and organic materials for fertilising purposes and most importantly, biostimulants. While biostimulants were previously considered part of Plant Protection Products, this new regulation recognizes the proven potential for biostimulants to also support the growth […]

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On July 16th, the new Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 – the Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) – officially opens the European market for recycled and organic materials for fertilising purposes and most importantly, biostimulants. While biostimulants were previously considered part of Plant Protection Products, this new regulation recognizes the proven potential for biostimulants to also support the growth and yield of crops by creating a clear functional delineation between this category and those specifically for plant protection.

For the first time, all EU member states will share the same official definition of agricultural biostimulants, representing a major breakthrough for every company operating in the industry. 

We enhance the hard work and collaboration of the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC), of which Tradecorp is a founding member, who came together with the common goal of including plant biostimulants into the regulation despite a challenging political landscape. 

Tradecorp International views this as a great step forward in sustainable agriculture and the transformation of the agricultural sector, as well as an important milestone for Europe to be at the forefront of the industry, acting as a reference for the rest of the world in terms of  agricultural regulation. According to EBIC, most market analysts report that the European biostimulants market accounts for roughly half of the global market, driven by a desire for efficiency, consumer demand for products with reduced environmental impact, and the ability for biostimulants to target specific agronomic needs, among others.  

“At Tradecorp, we support the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation because we are determined to take an active role in leading the transformation of the industry and enhancing the circular economy and sustainable agriculture, aligned with the goals of the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU Green Deal, and the Farm to Fork Strategy”, stated José Alfredo García, Chief Operating Officer, Bionutrition at Rovensa. “We are committed to all our stakeholders by promoting greater use of recycled materials and reducing waste and dependence on imported nutrients, and this new regulation is helping us in this regard”. 

Tradecorp has successfully operated in Europe since its founding in Spain in 1985. In the years since, the company has provided growers with high-quality and efficient products to ensure their success and optimize their yield. With this new regulation, Tradecorp will be able to share their innovative products throughout Europe more quickly and to more markets where, under the previous regulations, biostimulants were not permitted. FPR also ensures the safety and quality of all products on the market, as new products must comply with environmental and safety requirements. This will afford growers greater reassurance and peace of mind that the biostimulants they are using are effective and safe to use on their crops. 

By promoting innovation in the industry, together we can address the challenges our world faces today and in the future. As a leader in biostimulation and a member of the EBIC (European Biostimulants Industry Council), Tradecorp is pleased with the implementation of the regulation and is optimistic that it will help the biostimulant industry to flourish in the coming years, benefitting us all.  

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Tradecorp discuss climate change, sustainable agriculture and green economy at Farm To Fork Europe Congress 2022 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/tradecorp-discuss-climate-change-sustainable-agriculture-and-green-economy-at-farm-to-fork-europe-congress-2022/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:57:24 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8178 Tradecorp have participated this week in one of the largest conferences for the agricultural industry worldwide. Farm to Fork Europe 2022, organized by New Ag International and EBIC (The European Biostimulants Industry Council), and held in Athens from 21-23 June, has been positioned as the industry’s unique event to bring to light the key concerns of the […]

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Tradecorp have participated this week in one of the largest conferences for the agricultural industry worldwide. Farm to Fork Europe 2022, organized by New Ag International and EBIC (The European Biostimulants Industry Council), and held in Athens from 21-23 June, has been positioned as the industry’s unique event to bring to light the key concerns of the agricultural industry and promote changes that will bring about a more sustainable business model.  

As part of the conference and in line with its new initiative “The answers lie in our hands”, Tradecorp lead a keynote with Juan Verde, a global leader in sustainable development, about the importance of creating a sustainability-oriented food strategy to face the challenges confronting our world today and in the future.  Jorge Aguilar, Tradecorp’s Marketing Director, joined Juan Verde in introducing the session by sharing Tradecorp’s Sustainability Promise with the attendees. 

Jorge Aguilar, Tradecorp’s Marketing Director during the session. 

Farm to Fork Europe highlights how working together as an industry can drive a transition towards a more sustainable agriculture, using the answers that we already have in our hands to help ensure our future on this planet. 

“As a leader in the sector, we have no Plan B. In response to the climate challenges we are facing, we have a commitment to support all our stakeholders – growers, distributors, employees and society – to promote a more efficient and sustainable business model,” says Jorge Aguilar, Marketing Director, Tradecorp International.  

In a presentation entitled “The Green Economy, a great business and investment opportunity”, keynote speaker, Juan Verde, one of the most influential voices in promoting and implementing strategies and projects based on the sustainable economy model, sought to instil in companies, institutions, and governments the importance of innovation. His end goal is to impress upon the global community that, as a society, we can reduce our environmental impact while boosting economic and social benefits. Speaking about the value of investing in sustainable companies, Verde said: “The great majority of investment and private equity funds around the world finally understand that it makes perfect economic sense from a competitive and profit standpoint to invest in sustainable companies that understand sustainability as a comparative advantage”. “Climate change is not only real, is the greatest and most serious threat to the global economy transition”, he added. 

The internationally renowned expert on sustainable economic development Juan Verde during the presentation.   

Tradecorp’s Sustainability Promise 

As a company with sustainability at its core, Tradecorp takes a holistic approach, promoting internal initiatives aimed at mitigating its impact on the environment, while also investing in innovation to encourage the adoption of sustainable products externally. 

Aligned with its parent company, the Rovensa Group’s, sustainability commitments, including a Net Zero future, Tradecorp has reduced its use of water and energy, emissions, and waste across its plants. To fulfil the Net Zero plan, in 2020, Tradecorp significantly cut the use of polyethylene, reducing the global emissions of CO2 by 240.399 kgi. Tradecorp will continue to implement 100% renewable sources at its industrial sites, aligned with the science-based emissions reduction targets in line with a 1.5°C pathway. The company has also taken actions to create more sustainable product packaging by using recycled materials to better manage its waste. The reduction in cardboard consumption has saved approximately 162.000 boxes per yeari and has reduced hazardous waste by 41.130 kg per year.  

Both Tradecorp and Rovensa Group are aligned with the UN SDGs and the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy. To address Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Tradecorp boosts sustainable food production systems by supporting agricultural practices that support growers to reach crops maximum potential under extreme weather conditions. One example of this is the company’s use of sustainable technologies with smart seeds treated with its biostimulants and enhanced efficiency fertilisers in more than 466.000 ha, increasing the output by up to 10%. Due to this yield increase and aligned with SDG 13 (Climate Action) to integrate climate change measures into company strategy and planning, Tradecorp has saved 1.8 megatons of CO2 eq in the last year. As part of the Farm to Fork strategy, by 2030, Tradecorp will firmly contribute to help growers to reduce the use of fertilisers by 20% and reduce at least 50% of nutrient losses to ensure that there is no deterioration in soil fertility. 

“As a result of Tradecorp’s focus to support sustainable agriculture through innovative solutions in biostimulation and sustainable crop nutrition, over the last four years, our sales of registered organic products have doubled, while circular economy products have increased by 83%”, explains Jorge Aguilar. “At Tradecorp, we are determined to be part of the solution for the world’s present and future challenges, and we see quality, efficient, biological products as a clear path forward to tackle some of these issues. As such, we have increased our portfolio of products related to the circular economy by 35% over four years.”

Farm to Fork Europe 2022 helps to bring to light the key concerns of the agricultural industry and promote changes that will bring about a more sustainable business model. In line with Tradecorp’s recently launched corporate campaign, the conference highlights how working together as an industry can drive a transition towards a more sustainable agriculture, using the answers that we already have in our hands to help assure our future on this planet.

 

i. Rovensa Sustainability Report 2020 – 2021 

 

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New results developed by Tradecorp R&D and University of Milano reveal how biostimulants enhance crop tolerance to abiotic stresses, improving crop performance, crop yield and quality traits https://tradecorp.com.es/en/new-results-developed-by-tradecorp-rd-and-university-of-milano-reveal-how-biostimulants-enhance-crop-tolerance-to-abiotic-stresses-improving-crop-performance-crop-yield-and-quality-traits/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 08:23:37 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8169 Recently, Tradecorp R&D new study1 published in Plants MDPI journal shows the mode of action of Phylgreen and Delfan Plus at a molecular and genomic scale against heat stress. The study was conducted by Tradecorp International, the University of Milan and Italian agricultural research Centre Agricola 2000 during 2018 and 2019. The effect of Phylgreen […]

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Recently, Tradecorp R&D new study1 published in Plants MDPI journal shows the mode of action of Phylgreen and Delfan Plus at a molecular and genomic scale against heat stress. The study was conducted by Tradecorp International, the University of Milan and Italian agricultural research Centre Agricola 2000 during 2018 and 2019.

The effect of Phylgreen and Delfan Plus applied as preventive treatments to plants exposed to short-term heat stress was analysed in this study. The main conclusions of the research were that, at physiological level, both biostimulants increased antioxidant capacity of plants and were able to reduce the oxidative damage generated by heat shock in leaves and cell membranes, thus preventing oxidative stress and damage on cellular structures. Furthermore, transcriptomic analyses showed a strong influence in the regulation of the plant genetic responses, effectively inducing the activation of specific heat stress-associated genes belonging to different families of heat shock proteins (HPS), antioxidant systems, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavengers.

These results are key to understand the mode of action of biostimulants against heat stress by activating antioxidant and heat repair systems and represent a starting point for further studies focusing on agricultural crops.

Phylgreen and Delfan Plus are Tradecorp’s benchmark biostimulant products particularly well known as references to enhance crop tolerance to abiotic stresses, improving crop performance even in the suboptimal conditions, thus increasing crop yield and quality traits. The right timing application and approach is crucial, stated in Tradecorp’s Biostimulation 360° campaign, as dealing with different types of abiotic stresses and requires specific solutions to match the biostimulation needs of the plant, from sowing to harvest and from roots to fruits.

On this matter, Associate Professor, Prof. Antonio Ferrante and Assistant Professor, Dr. Giacomo Cocetta, from University of Milan, explained in an previous interview that “the timing of biostimulant application is very important, since the efficacy of the products is related to the activation of specific pathways […]. Earlier (biostimulant) applications can lead to a lack of response when the stress occurs, given that plants can degrade the bioactive molecules. Conversely, applications that come too late can lead to low responses, as the stress can damage the crop when inducing the physiological and biological responses”.

In fact, Tradecorp previous studies with drought stress2, in a collaboration with Queen’s University of Belfast, demonstrated a biostimulant-mediated drought tolerance, requiring different moments of application for successful stress mitigation.

Read more about the recently published study here.

References:

  1. Cocetta G. et al. (2022) ‘Priming Treatments with Biostimulants to Cope the Short-Term Heat Stress Response: A Transcriptomic Profile Evaluation’, Plants, 11(9): 1130. Doi: 10.3390/plants11091130
  2. Fleming T.R. et al. (2019) ‘Biostimulants enhance growth and drought tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana and exhibit chemical priming action’, Appl. Biol., 1-13. Doi: 10.1111/aab.12482

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Phós’UP, awarded Best Biofertilizer Product at the World BioProtection Awards 2022 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/phosup-awarded-best-biofertilizer-product-at-the-world-bioprotection-awards-2022/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 12:22:16 +0000 https://tradecorp.com.es/en/?p=8159 Tradecorp was recently honored to receive the award for “Best Biofertilizer Product” for Phós’UP. Biotool resulted finalist in the category “Innovative Research Project of the Year”, and Biimore was finalist in the category “Best Biostimulant Product Award”. These awards recognize and showcase the achievements of innovators in the biocontrol industry, acknowledging outstanding achievements in the […]

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Tradecorp was recently honored to receive the award for “Best Biofertilizer Product” for Phós’UP. Biotool resulted finalist in the category “Innovative Research Project of the Year”, and Biimore was finalist in the category “Best Biostimulant Product Award”.

These awards recognize and showcase the achievements of innovators in the biocontrol industry, acknowledging outstanding achievements in the field of biopesticides. The event took place in Birmingham, United Kingdom, during 23rd and 24th of May with Oro Agri as Gold Sponsor. The initiative was an important connecting centre for the biocontrol industry, covering solutions such as Biopesticides, Biostimulants, Biofertilizers, Biocides and Bioremediation.

Phós’UP

Phós’UP is a high-tech and sustainable solution to phosphorous nutrition, an essential nutrient in plant growth. Among the numerous agronomical assays conducted throughout Brazil in the last couple of  years using  Phós’UP in soybeans, Tradecorp’s new biofertilizer is a viable solution for increased phosphorous nutrition allied to sustainability, since our product is renewable and produced from a sustainable fermentation process. The product contains the live bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens, able to solubilize the phosphate adsorbed in the soil and thus increase the availability of this element to the plant, promoting increased crop growth with lower P applications.  This co-inoculation strategy can be readily applied in several legume and non-legume crops. Such an effect is extremely significant in terms of reducing dependency on conventional fertilizers given the current geopolitical scenario brought on by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and Russias’s war efforts in Ukraine.

Tradecorp, committed with sustainable agriculture

With Phós’UP, Tradecorp sediments its reputation as a reference partner for farmers, bringing new products that promote the highest producing crops coupled to environmental and economic sustainability. We are strongly committed to having a positive impact on agriculture, which is why we align our objectives to meet the SDG and the European Farm to Fork strategy goals: reducing pesticides, nutrition losses and antimicrobials, and boosting organic farming.

This is great recognition for how Tradecorp is innovating in the field of biostimulants, redefining the business model of the industry and promoting sustainable agricultural production, because we firmly believe that the answers lie in our hands.

For more information about Phós’UP: Tradecorp Brazil website.

 

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