Biome Makers’ BeCrop soil intelligence technology proven effective

08-04 | |
Photo: Henk Riswick
Photo: Henk Riswick

Biome Makers, a global leader in agtech, has unveiled groundbreaking findings from two scientific studies affirming the efficacy of its BeCrop soil intelligence technology. These studies shed light on key insights for agricultural practices worldwide, emphasizing the practical benefits of BeCrop for farmers seeking to optimize soil health and crop productivity.

BeCrop Technology, developed by Biome Makers, offers practical insights into soil health and functionality. By analyzing microbial metabolism and soil bio-sustainability, BeCrop detects stress, identifies nutrient deficiencies, and correlates with different agricultural management practices. Accessible via API (Application Programming Interface) connections, BeCrop seamlessly integrates into existing agricultural systems, empowering farmers and professionals to make informed decisions for optimizing crop productivity and soil health.

Organic management have a positive influence on soil

In a comprehensive study titled “Physicochemical Properties and Microbiome of Vineyard Soils from DOP Ribeiro (NW Spain) Are Influenced by Agricultural Management,” the impact of different management systems on vineyard soils was evaluated. The study’s findings underscore several crucial points:

  1. Sustainable agricultural practices, particularly organic management, have a positive influence on soil conditions in vineyards. Organic vineyards exhibit decreased soil acidity and increased levels of essential nutrients compared to conventional ones, fostering more resilient microbial networks that benefit plant health.
  2. Minimal pesticide residues are detected in organic vineyards, while conventional and transitional vineyards show reductions in pesticide residues over time. However, the transition from conventional to organic management may require further investigation due to residual persistence.
  3. Differential microbial community compositions were observed between organic and conventional management systems, highlighting the unique microbial profiles associated with each approach.

Biodynamic preparations reshape soil microbes

In another study titled ‘Enrichment of Putative Plant Growth Promoting Microorganisms in Biodynamic Compared to Organic Agriculture Soils’, the focus shifted to the enrichment of soil microbiota in biodynamic and organic agricultural soils. Key findings include:

  1. Biodynamic preparations significantly alter soil microbial communities, leading to increased abundance of beneficial microorganisms with plant growth-promoting properties. These preparations, rich in phytohormones and stress-reducing agents, contribute to enhanced soil fertility and plant vigor.
  2. While taxonomic composition remains similar across different experimental sites, variability exists at the species level, influenced primarily by geographical location and sampling timepoints.
  3. The abundance of putative plant growth-promoting organisms is notably higher in biodynamic soils, indicating the potential for biodynamic practices to stimulate microbial-mediated plant growth and soil health.

These results underscore the value of BeCrop technology in improving soil management practices and advancing sustainable agriculture. Dr. Alberto Acedo, Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Biome Makers, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to scientific excellence, stating, “These findings validate the effectiveness of BeCrop in enhancing soil health and crop productivity, paving the way for a more sustainable agricultural future”.

Geert Hekkert Chief editor of Future Farming
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