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Ireland: Scientists discover farmers’ secret stress buster

Recent research by scientists at University College Cork in Ireland has recently confirmed what a select group of arable farmers and vegetable growers have long since known: That a certain seaweed extract can help plants withstand stress caused by warm weather.

Researchers at the University’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences have been studying seaweed extract as a fertiliser on a range of crops including spring barley, oilseed rape and potatoes. The scientists consistently reported an average yield increase of 20 per cent, as well as an increase in abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Put simply, they are better adapted to cope with challenging growing conditions such as those presented by the current warm dry weather.

These findings come as no surprise to growers and agronomists, such as John Carney of Carney Agricultural Services in Cambridgeshire who has been recommending Algifol to his growers for the last 7 years. John Says: "Having sold seaweed products for over 40 years we have always tried to keep abreast of latest technology and research. This has steadily seen seaweed move out of the muck and magic scenario to a proven and reliable product, and this latest research backs this up."

Algifol is seaweed product which contains trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, polyronoides, plant hormones and carbohydrates. It acts as a fertiliser and natural growth stimulant on a range of arable and horticultural crops, and is certified as organic under EC regulations.

"It’s interesting to see that scientists are catching up with what we’ve known for years," comments Marcus Palmer of MJP Supplies, the UK distributors of Algifol. "Our customers have used Algifol to help plants withstand stressful conditions for years, and the warm outlook for this summer has already seen plenty of demand for the product."



He adds: "Plants absorb the amino acids through the stoma, and the uptake is proportional to environmental temperature. In the past we have seen the maintenance of good plant health in drought conditions through the use of Algifol, which helps to reduce moisture loss, boosts root growth and promotes sap synthesis, all of which help maintain growth in the conditions which we’ve seen during the last week.

"It can even help reduce the effects of PCN in potato crops and transplanting shock in vegetable."

For more information:
Marcus Palmer
MJP Supplies
Tel: +44 (0) 1406 362 325
Mob: +44 (0) 07702 293 727
marcus@mjpsupplies.co.uk
www.mjpsupplies.co.uk

or

Richard Crowhurst
Tel. +44 (0) 1406 701 690
Mobile +44 (0) 7825 515 395
richard@rcrowhurst.force9.co.uk

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