Soil Health

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Sustainability Report Card, Part 5

Croptimistic: Soil mapping start-up makes promising start

By CM Tay

Canada-based Croptimistic has published its inaugural sustainability report detailing promising information on its product and service offerings and commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

Image: Aphea.Bio has so far launched two products: a biostimulant seed treatment for wheat and a maize biostimulant. Image: Getty/Roelof Bos

How biostimulants can win where GMs didn't

By Oliver Morrison

Aphea.Bio’s recently appointed chairman Hadyn Parry predicts ‘huge’ growth for biological crop protection products. Biostimulants are GM-free of course, but the market is well-placed to avoid the mistakes of the past, he tells AgTechNavigator.

Image: Getty/Svetlozar Hristov

Microplastics in soils… how big is the problem?

By Oliver Morrison

Plastic pollution in agricultural systems, much of it from fertilisers, has negative impacts on human health and productivity but little is known about concentrations of microplastics in soils. That is slowly changing, and recent studies examine both...

Image: Getty/Marcus Chung

Microbes could help reduce the need for chemical fertilisers

By Oliver Morrison

Chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIS) have developed a coating that protects nitrogen-fixing bacteria from heat and humidity, which they claim could allow them to be deployed for large-scale agricultural use.