During the Plants for Plants® LIFE program, we run scientific and demonstration trials to prove the effects of the prototypes on a large variety of crops all over Europe.
We test three products with different aims: LL002 foliar applied to increase water and phosphorus use efficiency (WUE and PUE), LL004 soil applied to increase phosphorus use efficiency (PUE), and LL017 to increase crop fortification (CFE) against biotic stress.
Thanks to the trials, we get a better understanding of what the plants need in every circumstance and how we can enhance the crop's performance using Plants for Plants®. Now, it's time to disseminate this valuable knowledge and dig into the results of the different trials in 2019 and 2020!
Plants for Plants® trials - 2019
In 2019, in the frame of the EU founded LIFE Project, we tested the Plants for Plants® prototypes in three climatic zones all around Europe (B4 trials).
We performed trials in different countries on different crops, like strawberries, apples, potatoes, sugarbeets, tomatoes, grapes, etc. Using this approach, we measured the efficiency of the Plants for Plants solutions under certain conditions and in different locations.
We traveled to The Netherlands, France, Croatia, Poland, and Italy (Veneto and Sicily), for a total of 28 travels and 608 hours of journey! In all these countries we were welcomed by very willing and interested farmers, that helped us with their time and observations.
Some trials results were excellent, as in sugar beet where there was a terrific increase in yield and sugar content of tomatoes, where -30% of water was achieved without dramatically change the yield, and overall very good results were obtained in the majority of the crops, with a saving of water, phosphorus, and fungicides. A lot of people were involved in this part of the project both from Landlab and Van Iperen International.
Some trials were performed by external subcontractors, under Landlab supervision: The Faculty of Agrobiotechnology in Osijek and Rusthoeve in the Netherland.
All these trials will be repeated again in 2020, and on a bigger scale, with the help of many distributors and farmers, in 11 countries in the B5 trials.
Plants for Plants® demo trials - 2020
Despite the challenges met in 2020, we managed to continue the field trials and release the initial results of the Plants for Plants® demo trials. The test area of the European pilot have been 220 hectares in 2020; 40 hectares of which were treated with the new biostimulants.
We executed 29 trials in 8 European countries on a selection of cash crops, arable, and fruit trees. In total, 14 different crops were treated, including corn, potato, wheat, canola, sunflower, sugar beet, barley, melon, tomato, wine grape, strawberry, pear, apple, and apricot. For next year, we expect to extend the demonstration trials around the world.
Together with our French partner, Arterris, we conducted four trials on wine grapes, apricot, sunflower, and corn. The solutions tested were LL002 and LL004, and we verified claims on Water Use Efficiency (WUE) and Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE). All demo trials showed an increased total yield. However, the most outstanding performance was noted on apricots with an increase of more than 40%.
In The Netherlands, we tested LL004 and LL002 on two different crops: pears and two different varieties of potatoes. The four trials revealed relevant results on total yield, confirming the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) and Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) of the plants. In particular, the pears offered a 23% increase in total yield with 30% less P2O5 on the treated plot.
With the help of LandLab and Terre Emerse, we executed three trials in Italy. The Plants for Plants® solutions LL002 and LL004 were tested on wheat, industrial tomato, and melon. The trials endorsed the Water Use Efficiency (WUE) and Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE) on the plants and an increase of total yield on the three crops.Watch video now!
With the support of Kekkila-VAPO Humic, we executed three demo trials on potatoes, sugar beet, and barley in Finland. The Plants for Plants® solution, LL002, was tested on all crops, verifying the enhancement of Water Use Efficiency (WUE) and Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE). Trials proved a better plant performance resulting in an increase in total yield.Watch video now!
Horticentar, our partner in Croatia, took care of the execution of four Plants for Plants® demonstration trials. The crops treated with LL002 or LL004 were apple, sugar beet, strawberry, and potato. Although we observed no major differences, the yield was preserved despite the reduction of P2O5 fertilization on treated plots.
Together with Agro Hellas and AGK, we tested LL004 and LL002 solutions on tomatoes and corn in Greece. With different set-ups, such as the reduction of irrigation or P2O5 fertilization, the three trials showed diverse results. Nevertheless, we saw positive performance on corn with more than a 2% increase in total yield.Watch video now!
Thanks to Caldena, our partner in Poland, we conducted two trials on canola and wheat. After testing LL002 on both crops, we didn't perceive any significant difference in the treated areas.