BioFlora® began a trial on Tango Green and Lola Rose leaf lettuce in Salinas, California. The purpose of this trial was to test whether supplementing a conventional fertilizer program with BioFlora products would improve germination rate, weight and quality, reduce soil crusting, and inhibit Sclerotinia sclerotorium.
Sclerotinia sclerotorium is a plant pathogenic fungus that can cause a disease called white mold. Sclerotinia sclerotorium can also be known as: cottony rot, water soft rot, stem rot, drop, crow rot and blossom blight. A key characteristic of this pathogen is its ability to produce black resting structures known as sclerotia and white fuzzy growths of mycelium on the plant it infects. This pathogen can occur on many continents and has a wide host range of plants it will infect. When incidence of Sclerotinia sclerotorium is noticed, losses can be severe and quick action should be taken.
Case Study 1
In this trial, the control field used a conventional fertilizer program consisting of: phosphoric acid to reduce crusting, urea, and 10-34-0.
In the BioFlora treated field, we utilized our signature products: Humega®, Fulmega™ 1% Mg, and BioFlora Seaweed Creme®.
Humega enhances root protection by stimulating the growth of beneficial microbes.
Fulmega assists with higher yield even with less chemical fertilizer input.
BioFlora Seaweed Creme acts as a growth stimulant, assists with development, and protects plant growth and post-harvest shelf life.
Humega was applied at pre-plant, with two additional applications during the first two irrigation cycles.
BioFlora Seaweed Creme and Fulmega were applied as foliars at emergence and 10 days and 20 days after emergence.
The scientific testing carried out using BioFlora products revealed:
BioFlora aims to preserve our ecosystem through environmentally sustainable efforts as well as unique, proprietary product lines, which all of the products used in this trial are a part of. The core business model is to create a partnership between crops and soil which in turn focuses on the needs of the customer so that we can work with growers, instead of simply for growers.