Step Change for Biostimulants
Triacontanol is a fatty acid that is widely used in hydroponics as a biostimulant.
While triacontanol has developed a good following in hydroponics, its adoptions in other sectors of horticulture and agriculture has been somewhat limited.
The major reasons for this limited adoption has been the need to use synthetic solvents and surfactants in order to get the fatty acid to dissolve in water. These solvents, such as ethanol and chloroform, are toxic to plant metabolism and interfere with cell membranes.
Removed the Need
A breakthrough in technology at Plater Bio has removed the need for these solvents/surfactants in triacontanol solutions. As such, Plater Bio are now able to offer triacontanol solutions free of synthetics and include them in custom blends for their customers.
Plater Bio’s Technical Director Russell Sharp said he hoped that this development would lead to the wider adoption of this potent biostimulant. 'The industry needs to consider the major increases in plant growth that can be achieved with such a low concentration of this active ingredient’.
Triacontanol itself is isolated from the leaf cuticle of crop residues, or from beeswax.
Plater bio are pictured (top right) at the GreenTech Trade Fair held in Amsterdam this year.