Symborg will be participating in a science symposium on citrus biotechnology 16 through 18 April, in the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo. The 4th International Symposium on Citrus Biotechnology, (organised under the auspices of the International Society of Citriculture, the International Society for Horticultural Science and the Instituto Nacional Uruguayo de Investigación Agropecuaria (Uruguayan National Institute for Agricultural Research)), will showcase a speech by Dr Félix Fernández, Director of R+D at Symborg, on the benefits of the Glomus discovered and patented by the company, and how it is used with citrus.
The Conference, entitled “Activity of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Glomus iranicum var tenuihypharum var nova in Citrus plants,” provides a practical case of using Symborg’s products based on this fungi at a citrus farm in south-eastern Spain. Symborg’s Glomus is an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AM), which stimulates radicular growth and plant productivity. Different studies endorsed by Research Centres and independent Universities confirm the capability of Symborg’s Glomus to improve water and nutrient-absorption efficiency in roots, even with water containing high saline levels, to increase plant productivity.
In citrus plants, field tests showed up to a 35% increase in productivity. Such is the case with “Fino” Lemon, whose production increased by 35.67% after being treated with Symborg products. In an Oronules mandarin crop, plants treated with Symborg increased production by 26.3%, and with Clemenvilla and Clemenpons, productivity increased by 8.83% and 7.94%, respectively.
The international citrus symposium will host different international experts on this crop and on agricultural biotechnology, who will speak about citrus genetics, physiology and quality, phytopathologies, response to abiotic stress, etc. See programme.
Recently, Dr Félix Fernández also participated in another international scientific meeting on the South American continent, specifically on mycorrhizal symbiosis in this part of the continent. The International Workshop Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America took place in March in the Chilean city of Valdivia. The researcher from Symborg was called to offer a speech on the biological features of Glomus iranicum var tenuihypharum, discovered by Symborg, and on its activity on plant roots.
Symborg has developed several products based on this fungi’s effectiveness. For example, MycoUp and MycoUp Activ which inoculate the fungi up to the root of the plants through watering systems, Resid HC, which is applied through seed treatment, and Resid MG, directly administered in the soil when sowing. Company experts assess agriculturalists on the most suitable method to use these products, based on the crop type, the most suitable time, amounts, etc. Given Glomus iranicum var tenuihypharum’s biological features, Symborg has obtained two international patents over the species.
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