Your crop has a story to tell. About its needs. About its resistance against Abiotic Stress. About the best circumstances for it to prosper in. We listened to your crop for ten years. Then we came with an answer: an entirely plant-based Biostimulant. We call it Plants for Plants®. And now you can use it. Plants for Plants® was awarded a grant by LIFE, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

What makes Plants for Plants® unique?

We have observed during the trials clear pieces of evidence of WUE and NUE increase, resulting in often significantly higher yield and quality even in conditions that appear to be comfortable for the crop (no visible stress). These proofs are founded on:

  • 10 years of scientific research using phenotypic, genotypic, and metabolomics methods
  • Well identified active ingredients called Standardized Metabolites Phytocomplex: Flavonoides, Heterosides, and Organic Acids

To determine how the product facilitates nutrient uptake, we've conducted gene expression analysis based on different methods:

  • Metabolomics method was used to identify which compounds are being synthesized during the interaction of the product with the crop (for example hormones, heterosides, flavonoids…)
  • Biochemistry helped to determine how the product protects the plant against oxidative stress (ROS-degrading enzymes)

These different methods have proved their worth as essential tools for the characterization and understanding of the biological and agronomic phenomena observed during the trials and increasing the performance of crops.

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Sustainability is at the core of Plants for Plants®. As part of our Green switch projects, these plant-based biostimulants stand out by:

  • Environmental friendly: there is no exhaustion of natural resources
  • Food grade safe for user and consumer: they are made of natural plant extract and processed in a food-grade factory
  • Suitable for Organic and Conventional Agriculture: products are therefore safe for users, consumers, and the environment

The first fully controlled plant-based Biostimulant

We grow and follow active ingredients from the crop we use for making extracts all way to end–products. Plants for Plants biostimulants are suitable for organic and conventional agriculture. We call it a fully controlled and patented production process, which goes like this:

  1. We grow the crops that we have selected
  2. We check the concentration of the active ingredients at harvest
  3. We extract those active ingredients
  4. And finally, we formulate the end-product

The Plant-based Biostimulants

Plants for Plants® 4-Good is a Biostimulant targeting Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) ensuring higher yield and crop quality. 4-Good has been developed for all crops in comfort and stress conditions. Applied at the early stage of the crop cycle, 4-Good will improve the crop establishment ensuring a better nutrient uptake throughout the crop cycle.

During our research, we have observed after application of 4-Good, a reduction of enzymatic activity involved in the antioxidant protecting system, leading to a reduction of oxidative stress. The application of 4‑Good improves Phosphate assimilation due to activation of chloroplastic orthophosphate gene PHT2;1 a Phosphate transporter.

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Plants for Plants® 4-Vita is a Biostimulant targeting Water Use Efficiency (WUE) ensuring higher yield and crop quality. 4-Vita has been developed for all crops in comfort and stress conditions. Applied before periods of strong growth or heat.

During our research, we have observed after application of 4-Vita a reduction of enzymatic activity involved in the antioxidant protecting system, leading to a reduction of oxidative stress.

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Plants for Plants® 4-Terra is a Biostimulant targeting Nutrient Use efficiency ensuring higher yield and crop quality. 4-Terra has been developed for all fertigated crops in comfort and stress conditions. Applied at the early stage of the crop cycle, 4-Terra will improve the crop establishment ensuring a better nutrient uptake throughout the crop cycle.

During our research, we have observed after application of 4-Terra, an improvement of Phosphate assimilation due to activation of chloroplastic orthophosphate gene PHT2;1 a Phosphate transporter. We have also noticed an increase in microbial activity in the soil as well as nutrient availability.

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"We are very satisfied with Plants for Plants performance from both trials, the plants were healthy with proper growth and flowering, giving high-quality fruits."

Manos Antonakis
Tomato Grower - Ierapetra (Crete, Greece)

What to know about Plants for Plants®?

In the last 5 years, we’ve conducted more than 120 scientific and demonstration trials to prove the effectiveness of the product in both stress and comfort conditions, and to let the growers experience the product.

With the support of our partners, we've executed numerous scientific and demonstration trials on a large variety of crops firstly in Europe and, during the last stage of Plants for Plants®, we've spread them around the world.

Thanks to all these trials, we have collected different outcomes and learned more in-depth the performance of Plants for Plants® solutions in different climate conditions. And now, all results are available on our website to download and check. Interested in knowing more about the plant-based biostimulant and trials?

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The first steps of Plants for Plants® started as a project to introduce new organic biostimulants with reliable performance for reducing water, nutrients, and pesticide demand. In January 2019, Plants for Plants® was awarded a grant by LIFE, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.

Plants for Plants® is a joint project of Van Iperen International as a coordinating beneficiary, together with Landlab, University of Padova, The James Hutton Institute, The University of Padua, Euroliquids, and Van Iperen BV, as associated beneficiaries.

This project is co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme under Grant Agreement LIFE18 ENV/NL/000043. The contents reflect the partnership’s view and EASME nor the European Commission is responsible for any use of the information it contains.

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