LIDA Plant Research is a biotechnology-based concern with a great capacity for innovation, both in processes and in developing new solutions. From its headquarters in Almussafes (Valencia), works on the development of new alternatives to improve yields and quality of crops.
“The company focuses its efforts on the close work with farmers and search of solutions for every problems and suggestions, thus highly competitive prices”, says Ricardo Villuendas, Marketing and International Expansion Manager.
Plant biostimulant cromar contains natural compounds named fructans, which are chains of oligosaccharides of fructose with an action based mainly on alleviating or minimising the effects of high temperatures on the denaturation of anthocyanins. Fructans are a natural source of sugars which, thanks to their solubility and absorption, exert a number of beneficial effects:
- They increase the osmotic potential of cells and maintain their water content under conditions of high temperatures, thereby avoiding the enzymatic and thermal destruction of anthocyanins.
- As they reduce thermal stress, the photosynthetic rate is not reduced and the plant thus does not decrease its production of sugars.
- They contribute to increasing the cell’s sugar content and stimulate the activity of the PAL enzyme (phenylalanine ammonia-lyase) involved in the synthesis of anthocyanins.
- They inhibit the re-greening effect of gibberellins.
On the other hand, Fytosave is a new elicitor of the natural defences of plants against powdery mildew-like diseases. This product is the result of the research conducted by Fytofend, a spin-off of the University of Namur (Belgium), in collaboration with LIDA Plant Research. The active substance is a patented complex of oligosaccharides of natural origin obtained from chitin (chitooligosaccharides or “COS”) and pectin (oligogalacturonides or “OGAs”), which thus form COS-OGA complex. This complex has been approved and included in Europe in the list of active substances according to the Regulation EC 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, within the category of low-risk.