Press release

Tubos de ensayo de BACAGRO
Spanish Biotechnological Company identifies natural bacteria as a soil fertility enhancer
Biorizon Biotech (Almería, Spain), a company based on development, production and marketing of bio-fertilizers, is currently developing the BACAGRO project, focused on the production of bacteria for agricultural use both as enhancer of soil fertility and the development of protective agents some phytopathogens. These research lines, which have a deadline of development until October 2018, are intended to develop new products bio-agricultural use stimulants that improve the profitability and sustainability of intensive agriculture. Early results have been presented in informative workshops held in Peru and Spain (Tenerife and Almeria).

The ongoing project allows to identify bacteria and beneficial microorganisms for agriculture from a nutritional point of view and as antagonist against phytopathogen agents for fighting against pests like fungi and other bacteria. The project also intends to implement a new way of culturing for these beneficial bacteria. Such procedure provides as innovation the fact that it is developed from extracts of microalgae, according to an exclusive process of Biorizon Biotech. Finally, it approaches the production and stabilization tasks in order to be efficient and profitable for farmers. The implementation of the project has required an investment of more than half a million euros, supported by the FEDER European Regional development and managed through a local program of research, development and innovation-oriented challenges. (Programa Retos Collaboration 2015 of the Spain Ministry of Economy). This project is developed in cooperation with Cajamar Foundation and University of Almeria.

BACAGRO Project covers four technological objectives:

1. Selection and identification of beneficial bacteria for soils and plants.
2. Optimizing of scalable microbial production processes which are competitive for agricultural application.
3. Development of methods of preservation and application to ensure the quality and efficiency of the product.
4. Validation of the effect on soils and plants after application of the product in its final stage.
The achievement of these objectives will increase, company says, the productivity of crops through the minimization of diseases caused by fungi and other pathogenic agents. At the same time it will reduce the use of chemical agents currently used for the same control. A third element of development linked to the supply of nutrients to the plant through a better use of those present in the soil. This line of research in intensive agriculture is the result of an intense multidisciplinary public-private cooperation that started in October 2015 and will continue until the end of 2018.

Research Lines

Cajamar Foundation as well as some University of Almeria research teams take part in the Project BACAGRO in the field of microbiological techniques for the enhancement of soils with agricultural interest, microalgae biotechnology as well as aquatic ecology and aquaculture. In this path all the process stages are addressed, identification of micro-organisms in laboratory scale, industrial production, preservation and their evaluation on the ground.

Biorizon Biotech has pointed out that the success of BACAGRO will not only advance in the technology of production and use of agricultural use bacteria, but it will promote the development of new microalgae-based products. Almeria’s company in convinced of the importance of the production of this type of microorganisms for agricultural purposes because it can contribute to progress in the improvement of the sustainability and profitability of our agriculture, strengthening their competitiveness in this increasingly globalized economy.
Biorizon Biotech Ltd., located in the Technological Park of Almería (PITA), counts in this project on the Cajamar Foundation, which brings its centre of research of the Palmerillas of Almería agricultural research reference. The University of Almería is also a part of Bacagro project through its Centre for research in agro-business biotechnology (BITAL).
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