New Biological Soil Amendment Launched for Growers
Kemin Crop Technologies announced the launch a new product, Valena, a soil amendment sourced from a proprietary strain of Euglena gracilis (algae) rich in beta-glucan. Valena is designed to support the growth of healthy and strong plants. The new product was unveiled at the Biocontrols USA West 2018 Conference & Expo in San Diego, CA.
Valena consists of more than 50% beta-glucans and more than 20% protein and other essential nutrients, such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Beta-glucans can be found in many sources, but the unique and highly pure form of 1,3 beta-glucan from Euglena is the only one of its kind.
By adding Valena in the growing environment, the plant perceiving it as a pathological encounter acting as pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs)1-3, responds to counteract a potential threat. This results in more efficient nutrient uptake and robust growth that the plant does naturally on its own.
“This is a new and exciting product that can help growers give their soil and subsequent crops an added advantage,” said Emily Fuerst, R&D Director. “In Kemin greenhouse trials, we have seen significant improvement in crops for select spring annual plants, as well as vegetables.”
Valena is currently registered as a non-specialty fertilizer in the State of Florida. Other registrations have been submitted and are under review