A new biostimulant that helps young plants to recover from the stresses of transplanting has been launched by Arysta LifeScience UK & Ireland.
Goteo is applied by drip irrigation or drench to horticultural seedling plugs and young plants, to improve overall health status and the ability to overcome stress.
Technical Support for Horticulture at Arysta LifeScience UK & Ireland, Stephen Olive, said: “Goteo works by increasing root activity, which improves the uptake of water and nutrients, boosts photosynthetic activity and therefore increases chlorophyll content.
“This has a positive effect on plant development and can aid recovery following the stress of transplanting - a problem that horticultural growers face especially.
“Independent research has shown that across the range of crops trialled, Goteo results in an impressive average of 65% increase in root growth, and 44% increase in shoot growth, when applied by drip irrigation before and after transplanting.
“For growers, this could mean a tangible improvement in their plant survival rates, because the plants are healthy and strong enough to overcome the stress of being transplanted.”
Goteo contains oligosaccharides - naturally produced complex sugars found in seaweed, with the addition of phosphorus, potassium and copper. These sugars are effective in crop production because they stimulate plant reductases, which increase nutrient and water translocation.
Mr Olive added: “The oligosaccharides in Goteo are extracted from seaweed that is cold pressed at our manufacturing plant in St Malo, France, and are manufactured to the same high standards as our conventional crop protection products.
“Ultimately, strong, healthy plants that withstand the rigors of the retail market offer growers a more marketable product, which will improve consumer satisfaction too.”
Goteo can be used on a wide range of crops including vegetable seedlings, ornamental plants and field vegetables.