The leading agricultural biotechnology and innovation company Symborg continues its work in disseminating the advantages of using microorganisms in agriculture. On 28 March, it will be giving a conference at the Global Berry Congress to be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Vincent Fuerte, Business Development Manager of the company, will give a presentation on the use of microorganisms in intensive production guarantees competitive advantage, using examples of success stories and results at a global level in the cultivation of berries.
Because berries have antioxidant properties and multiple health benefits, many public health organisations both in the United States and in Europe are promoting berries to their population. Berries are frequently displayed in the main supermarkets and have become a growing trend for improving the image and increasing the health profiles of sales outlets. Consequently, consumption of red fruit and other types of berries continues to grow and penetration into the world market has multiplied several fold in recent years.
Last year, the Global Berry Congress was attended by more than 350 company professionals spanning 12 different sectors from a total of 30 countries. This year, the organisers have scheduled several presentations that explore consumer behaviour with regard to these types of products and seek new opportunities for increasing sales. Experts at the Congress will analyse existing markets in countries with consolidated consumption and assess the possibilities of generating new demand in emerging markets. There will also be two presentations on blackberries and honeyberries.
Symborg has developed a range of bio-stimulant products with demonstrated efficacy in these types of crops. Its products have repeatedly achieved production increases from 7% to 10% in strawberry production and in some cases even higher in plantations of these types of fruit. For strawberries, various trials have shown constant increases in numbers, size, and quality of the crops.
Symborg biotechnology is based on Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum, an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF) that stimulates the growth and productivity of most plants. When it comes into contact with the roots, it achieves a symbiotic relationship with them, even in conditions of intensive agricultural management. It helps the roots to develop better and absorb and transport more nutrients to the plants, generating very significant increases in crop yields.
Symborg has two international patents on Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum for its biological properties protecting, for the first time, an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF).
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