Panoramix, a concentrated liquid dressing developed and recently released by Koppert Biological Systems, provides seeds with the added punch of growth-promoting microorganisms.
The result? “A healthier and more productive crop, which results in more yield,” Rick van der Pas, product manager at Koppert Biological Systems, told Crop Protection News.
Even with lower fertilization rates, applying Panoramix will not only increase yield, but also a crop’s nutritional value, van der Pas said.
Koppert developed the product especially for large crops such as maize and wheat, and it contains a mix of “useful” microorganisms and other substances, including the fungi Trichoderma sp. and Endomycorrhiza, the bacteria Bacillus sp., vitamins, fulvic acids, and extracts from algae and vegetable oil.
Panoramix protects the seeds, strengthens them, and promotes growth of both the root system and the fully grown plant. The microorganisms grow along with the roots and protect the crop during an entire growing season.
Subsequently, the plant becomes less susceptible to abiotic stress, and is better able to resist drought and disease, in turn requiring “fewer chemical crop protection products,” van der Pas said.
The “balanced mix of microorganisms and additives” also ensure that Panoramix “predictably performs” in any climate, he said.
The benefits of using Panoramix also extend beyond the plant, van der Pas told Crop Protection News.
“Growers directly benefit because of higher yields, and consumers indirectly benefit because of a safer product," van der Pas said.
Panoramix is completely natural and safe for both humans and the environment.
When asked about the product’s potential for having future market success, van der Pas thinks Panoramix has an extremely bright and sustainable future over the long term.
“When talking with farmers, they do see the benefit and want to start trying the product,” he told Crop Protection News.
“If the product keeps on performing like it has … the adaptation will be gradually growing."