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“Lower chemical use and higher productivity and Brix with vermicompost”

Soil is essential for soil-bound horticulture. It’s not only the place where the plant roots develop and which contains the nutrients; it also hosts many microorganisms on which plant health depends.

The soil itself forms an entire ecosystem with a great biodiversity, which is why the use of chemical products is avoided in environmentally-friendly agriculture by resorting to sustainable solutions that will yield effective results and protect the quality and fertility of the soil, and vermicompost has shown to be a great alternative.

“Instead of having to use potassium nitrate or a chemical fertilizer to supply nitrogen to the soil, vermicompost provides bacteria that are able to dissolve the nitrogen already present in the soil from the over-fertilization of decades past,” says Enrique Cat, of Nostoc Biotech, a Spanish company that is specialized in the development of environmentally-friendly products for (hobby) horticulture.” In any case, the application of this natural solution does not only have a fertilizing effect,” he says.

“We also provide the grower a tool to fight diseases by strengthening the immune system of the crops with micro-organisms, starting with the soil. Both with soil treatments and foliar treatments, we control very difficult to control pests, such as spider mites, aphids and thrips. To this end we have a completely organic, residue-free product which can also be used in combination with auxiliary fauna,” says Enrique. “Ultimately, vermicompost is just another tool in the integrated crop protection strategy, which aims to reduce the use of chemicals.”

Also, the use of chemical fertilizers can change the pH of the soil. By changing the medium in which the roots of the plants develop and in which microorganisms live, the plant is prevented from absorbing sufficient nutrients and fungi and pathogenic bacteria can multiply. “This ultimately makes the soil sterile; the exact opposite of what we are looking for, which is a healthy soil that recovers its natural properties.”

Nostoc Biotech, together with the cooperative CASI, the growers’ association MABE and the University of Almería, has participated in a research project that has shown that the use of vermicompost can help reduce fertilizer use in horticulture by up to 20%.

The results of the study also reveal that vermicompost increases the yield and quality of the crops. “One of the statistics that stood out the most in the trials we carried out in Almería is that the Brix of the fruits increased by 3 to 7 percent. The latest figures also show an increase in the weight of Class I fruits and vegetables,” says Enrique Cat.

The company produces and sells vermicompost, both solid and liquid, in addition to a range of microbiological products for horticulture suited for every kind of crop, from greenhouse and open ground vegetables to soft fruit, citrus or olives. “At the moment, we have a lot of demand from large growing companies in both Murcia and Almería; however, Nostoc Biotech is constantly expanding and we are therefore still looking for additional distributors.”

For more information:
Enrique Cat
Nostoc Biotech
María Pedraza 30,
28039 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 290 52 89
Mob: +34 679 11 09 41


Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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