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AlgaEnergy biostimulant increases melon productivity, taste

June 4, 2018
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

An investigation by the UCAV in Spain demonstrates microalgae as a biostimulant for the cultivation of melon.

For the second year in a row, as reported by freshplaza.com, an independent study conducted in Spain by the iMiDRA has demonstrated the effectiveness of AlgaEnergy’s micro-algae biostimulants in melon cultivation.

“The trial, which was designed and carried out by the Agro-food Research Center, shows that, compared to other biostimulant treatments, the application of AgriAlgae® leads to a larger increase in melon production and greater improvement of the fruit’s quality. This study confirms the data obtained in a first trial that was also carried out by the iMiDRA last year,” said Fernando Vares Orive, AlgaEnergy Communications Manager.

“The Madrid Institute for Rural, Agrarian and Food Research and Development (iMiDRA) concluded that the results obtained by AgriAlgae® microalgae agricultural bioestimulants are much better than those obtained by the rest of the biostimulants commonly used in the market,” he said.

The trial, which was designed by the iMiDRA and carried out at its facilities at the Experimental Farm “La Isla” (Madrid), compared the effects of AgriAlgae on melon with those obtained by products based on animal amino acids and macroalgae, as well as with control treatments (basic fertilization without biostimulant treatment).

The iMiDRA study showed that the plots treated with this biostimulant had a higher kilogram per hectare crop yield. Total production obtained was up to 12.3% higher than with the rest of the treatments.

“The data obtained regarding the commercial production, i.e. the total production minus the waste, was especially relevant. Biostimulant treatments in general increased commercial production, but the commercial performance of the plots treated with AgriAlgae was not only the best, but also increased by 7 to 10% more than the other biostimulant treatments in the market. The use of this biostimulant also resulted in a greater first quality production, that is, it obtained a higher percentage of melons with a greater weight and without imperfections than the other treatments,” said Mr. Orive.

“The average fruit weight obtained, a parameter that is of the utmost importance to farmers, in the plots that used this product was 5 to 8% higher than with other treatments,” he said.

In a blind tasting conducted by a panel composed of a hundred consumers, the melons from the plots treated with AgriAlgae® obtained the best score, with an average score of 7.09 out of 10, compared to the score of 6.76. and 6.59 obtained by the other treatments. The tasting included the assessment of the fruit’s sweetness, juiciness, firmness of the flesh, and the global quality.

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