The mineral nutrition of plants is usually analyzed in terms of increased productivity and the absence of deficiencies. However, we mustn't forget that nutritional management through fertilization is an important way to control plant diseases and, therefore, an integral component of production.
Oranges in the fattening phase.
"Generally, the main problem caused by pathogens lies in the impossibility of satisfying the needs of the plant because they interfere in the way the plants move their water and nutrients, either by the immobilization or alteration of absorption, solubilization, or distribution of these elements. Diseases are caused by the deficiency of these nutrients,” stated Juan Vicente Pascual Traver, manager of Tecnicrop.
"Mineral nutrients are capable of increasing resistance against pests or diseases, either through changes in the plant anatomy (thicker cells) or changes in physiological and biochemical properties (production of repellent or inhibitory substances)."
Juan Vicente Pascual Traver.
"Nutritional balance is of vital importance due to the complex synergistic effects that take place between macro and micronutrients, and the significant energy consumption involved in putting all defense systems into operation. The contribution of these nutrients is often necessary through fertilization."
"The contribution of nutrients is relevant and they have to be available to be able to exert their action. In this sense, we have to take into account a large number of factors that affect it, such as soil structure, pH, environmental factors, and the presence of pathogens, among other issues. That's why the field's action strategies must be designed by an expert who must carry out a study before the crops are planted."
Mineral nutrition continues to play a fundamental role in this context, stated Juan Vicente Pascual. “However, nowadays we have more and more knowledge about agro-nutrition and about the processes that affect plant growth and development. The appearance of biostimulants has allowed us to achieve an improvement in nutrition and a strengthening of the plant against different biotic stress issues. Tecnicrop has been specializing in this field in the last years," he added.
Citrus fields in Murcia.
Since its creation in 2014, Tecnicrop aims to provide an effective response to the nutritional demands of current crops from the point of view of 'conscious agriculture'. This concept implies agriculture that prioritizes the safety of the food that will reach consumers while protecting the environment and our planet's biodiversity.
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