New Challenges for the Root

Just a few years ago the root of plants, both cultivated and wild, was for science and agriculture an entity with limited functions and precise interventions in the growth and development process. Today, thanks to the concern of researchers and the courage of farmers who looked beyond the conventional, vegetable production systems have been created where the main tasks or amendments are aimed at the direct or indirect stimulation of the root. Works that were designed due to a rediscovery of the importance of the root and its functions.

This way of working has given results in such a way that it has integrated agricultural production processes into sustainable systems and with increases in the quality of vegetables. But in the same way, the demand for tools for root stimulation with short-term effects is intensive. This is how the pioneers in root stimulation who are still doing research and designing technological packages managed to change the paradigms of agriculture. Using and structuring different tools, methodologies and resources to achieve results in the current production season and maintaining them in the medium term.

To achieve precise objectives in the production of different crops, knowledge of the architecture of the root and the physiological and metabolic processes of each structure that compose it is necessary. Where do the nutrients come in? Where are the new roots born?Where and how do diseases attack? What type of substances does it excrete and where? Are those substances waste? What can I do to influence these processes? Thus, farmers, technicians and researchers seek answers in different investigations of all possible disciplines.

Although many of the questions or challenges that arose at the beginning of the incorporation of amendments for root stimulation were answered and overcome, as it is a dynamic system, there are innumerable changes within the modes of production that present new challenges. Which most of the time it is not only necessary the use of amendments but the incorporation of complete technologies that focus on the root environment in a more comprehensive way.

As they are integral technologies, they must consider all the factors that intervene in the development and function of the root. As a production system, these factors can be considered as energy and input conversion processes in a final product that the root will take and lead to the demanding organ in the plant, which in turn will give it that nutritional and commercial value so sought after by the producers and consumers of the vegetables.

For more than ten years, Innovak Global has been aware of the importance of integrated management of root development, which is why it has designed and adapted a technology capable of molding itself to the new challenges that modern agriculture brings with it. Taking into account conventional work and techniques, fighting to improve current production systems, with the incorporation of innovative research results on the important functions of the root, it seeks to achieve a sustainable future of agricultural production based on the Regulation of Root Dynamics.

Innovative Concept

RDR the root technology.

Regulation of Root Dynamics (RDR) is the technology that aims to promote the greatest benefit of agricultural production from the roots, considering each factor that makes up the soil environment. Placing a new model of thought that prevents, cares and seeks the future of vegetable production.

Innovak Global was one of the first companies in the world to study the root and its environment, considering it as the vital component with great potential to increase crop productivity through comprehensive root regulation. Since 1998, a deep research process has begun in alliance with educational and research institutions of international stature.

RDR is a technology focused on the root and its environment, which is constantly updated as it investigates, knows and develops modernization tools that increase the chances of success in each crop, in addition to promoting sustainability so that the farmer lasts on his land.

How does RDR Work?

In modern agriculture there are new challenges that involve better knowledge of the root to take advantage of its potential and at Innovak Global, thanks to research alliances with world-class laboratories and universities, a technology has been developed that accompanies the farmer, generating knowledge in General information on crops to be able to face the new production challenges that arise, diagnosing the integral situation of crops, implementing innovative tools to improve the condition of the root and evaluating the performance of the root. Together to establish management practices for crop improvement.

To carry out these functions in a manner consistent with the current situation of production systems, RDR does so through the support of advisers and expert institutions on the subject, using soil analysis methodologies where the most important aspects that influence root development, in addition to monitoring using modern technology, such as the minirhizotron camera that allows detailed observation of the structures that make up the root system. The implementation of RDR in the production of crops in general is always accompanied by technical support for the optimal adaptation of the technology to the specific conditions of production of the crop of interest.

Four areas of action ────

Given the challenges and conditions that modern agriculture presents, RDR focuses on four areas of action where the root can be stimulated in a timely manner, having a direct or indirect effect on vegetable production.

The physical / chemical characteristics of the soil are given depending on the process of its formation and determine its ability to support different crops as a growth medium. The ability that these characteristics give to the soil to retain nutrients, water and oxygen is decisive to give it the degree of fertility. Specifically, compaction and salinity will be the factors that will limit the optimal development of the root since they can infer metabolism or present a physical barrier to growth. 

In a strict sense, the factors to consider for the adequate conditioning of the soil would be the clay content, amount of organic matter, electrical conductivity, and the percentage of exchangeable sodium, since these have a direct effect on the nutrients, however, in an intensive vegetable production system, it is also correct to consider the passage of machinery and the repercussion of daily work towards soil compaction. 

One of the factors of the root environment most affected when working with conventional and technical agriculture is the biological fertility of the soil. This factor goes beyond the simple physical / chemical characteristics of the soil and its relationship with the availability of nutrients for the plant. It is about the quantity and variability of microorganisms working together with the root through a symbiotic relationship, having a direct effect on production. The soil contains five main groups of microorganisms: bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. The soil, as an ecosystem, includes these microbial groups as well as the organic and inorganic constituents of a certain place. 

To describe the beneficial processes between microorganisms and the root, it is important to bear in mind that these occur in a limited space in the soil and that it is called the rhizosphere. It comprises 5mm from the surface of the root and it is there where the root through the exudation of a large amount of substances controls and selects the type of microorganisms with which it needs to be in relation, maintaining the optimal microenvironment, at certain times of the process. of production. 

Although many species of microorganisms have been found in the soil and with different behaviors in response to the environment where they grow, the root has the ability to exude organic compounds that allow a medium for growth and interaction at the appropriate rhizosphere level. However, when describing the rhizosphere as a space of influence of the root on the microorganism, the root has to fill that space. And when there are not enough beneficial microorganisms for the plant in the soil to cover that space, an opportunity is left for it to be occupied by pathogenic microorganisms that cause root diseases. 

 The attack of pathogens to the root is not influenced only by the lack of beneficial microorganisms, in fact, their presence in the soil has much more to do with the environmental conditions that allow them to develop in it. This leads to the implementation of integrated management, which considers the factors that influence the disease, and avoid the attack of these pathogens. Factors ranging from properly conditioning the soil to maintain optimal oxygen levels, inoculating the root with microorganisms that promote root growth and those organisms that are antagonistic to pathogens and that can even parasitize disease-causing agents. 

The importance of keeping the root system of crops dynamic is mostly due to its nutritional repercussions. The fact that there is a symptom of stress reflected in the root generates problems for it to take advantage of the mechanisms of nutritional access such as diffusion, mass flow and ionic interception since structures responsible for nutrient assimilation are compromised. 

The efficiency of the nutrients to be assimilated by the plants and form part of their metabolism is mostly determined by the characteristics of the fertilizers and the conditions that are provided to the plant. As a result of this way of producing, it is thought that the potential of the fertilizer is in direct relation to the yield of the crop. This model is correct but incomplete because we are leaving out the capacity of the root for the assimilation of nutrients. In addition, the ability to stimulate the metabolism of the plant in terms of growth rate, assimilation of nutrients, and the release of exudates to the rhizosphere for a greater and better relationship of symbiosis with those microorganisms that are capable of providing nutrients, so direct or indirect to the plant. 

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ECCA Solutions

Promoter of Biological Fertility

  • Recovers and maintains the productive capacity of soils .

  • It is a formulation that biologically recovers depleted soils and comprehensively maintains biological fertility in balanced soils, as it contains a great diversity of beneficial soil microorganisms that activate mabolic processes, optimizing nutrition and crop development, improving soil structure, favoring the health of plants from the root. 

  • Enrich life on the ground
  • Improves activity and root development 
  • Optimizes the nutritional status of the crop
  • The use of Biofit RTU for prolonged periods contributes to the improvement of the soil structure
  • Increase productivity 
  • Easy to apply and use 

Global Notes

ITV Onion 2017

Thanks to the interest of a select group of innovative companies concerned with bringing cutting-edge technologies to farmers in an integrated way; The ITV Onion 2017 Seminar was held in the city of León Guanajuato on August 1, with the objective of cultivating Onion due to its importance in the region.

It was attended by important producers, technicians, advisers who showed interest in transferring the information acquired during the seminar for the daily practice of their fields.

The subject dealt with during the seminar focused on phytosanitary management in onion with a focus on technology for the efficient application of agrochemicals.

INTAGRI

Last July Innovak Global was present at the 6th. International Congress of Applied Plant Nutrition and Physiology in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Event where world specialists converge to share innovation in nutrition and crop physiology.

In addition to being sponsors in this congress, the technical and commercial team of Innovak Global provided advice on the integral management of our brands to the attendees of the event, strengthening and creating new alliances, providing more and better solutions to agriculture.

Fortaleciendo Raíces

En el mes de Agosto Innovak Global tuvo la dicha de recibir en su Convención Anual Fortaleciendo Raíces a sus integrantes nacionales e internacionales en la ciudad de Chihuahua.

Durante la convención, el equipo Innovak recibió una actualización integral desde el ámbito técnico hasta el personal, sin dejar de lado la capacitación experimental de Soporte Técnico.

Asi mismo la convivencia y diversión entre el equipo de Innovak se hizo presente cerrando el evento con el tan esperado Innovakamp, en donde nuestros compañeros intercambiaron experiencias, pláticas y buen humor.

International Banana Congress

From July 25 to 28, Tuxtla Gutiérrez received important Mexican and International producers at the Innovak Global Banana Congress 2017.

Topics on RDR, Root Technology, Physiology of stress and Fertiliad of banana soils were some of the topics that Innovak gave through important speakers.

The field tour and the RDR Root Technology demonstration were carried out in order to show the guests the comprehensive banana management program.

The exchange of experiences and tourist activities strengthened the ties and knowledge between our guests, exhibitors and the Innovak team.

IV Congreso National Congress of Plant Health and Safety in Vegetables

Culiacán Sinaloa was the headquarters of the CAPACIAGRO Congress on Plant Health and Safety in Vegetables.

Innovak participated again as a sponsor of this event, where the guests were served by offering integral solutions for their crops, demonstrating the effectiveness of our products through the demonstration of healthy roots treated with RDR Root Technology