The environmental benefits of the microbial inoculant Nitragin Optimize, produced in the country by the Novozymes company, were published by the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, the world’s leading scientific journal in this area, after the study was reviewed by experts in The matter.
The benefits of this inoculant on the environment are generated as a result of verified improvements in crop yields, since this in turn promotes a more efficient use of nutrients, a greater retention of carbon in the soil and a lower need for resources to produce each ton of soybeans.
The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA, for its acronym in English) is a globally standardized technique to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a product throughout its life, accounting for the energy, the materials used and the waste generated in the period elapsed from its manufacture to its use and final disposal. Thus, the research carried out on this bioinput allowed an objective view of its positive impact on the environment in soybean cultivation.
“We are proud that the environmental benefits of our microbial inoculants can be documented in the scientific literature. In fact, the new soybean study has undergone two rounds of scientific scrutiny. First, a panel of experts analyzed the background report for ensure compliance with the ISO standard for LCA. Second, the extract submitted to the Journal of Life Cycle Assessment was peer-reviewed. We are pleased with this high level of credibility and applaud the researchers behind the study, “he says Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, Senior Global Sustainability Specialist at Novozymes.
Nitragin Optimize is a technology for soybean and other legume inoculants that is characterized by adding lipo-chito-oligosaccharides to the formulation. Also called “signal molecules”, lipo-chito-oligosaccharides stimulate nodulation of roots, increasing the efficiency of nitrogen uptake by plants. Independent trials published in Argentina on this input in soy showed a improvement of between 6 and 7% in yields and a 4% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per ton produced.
It is not the first time that the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment has published the environmental benefits of an inoculant, recently it had also done so with Nitragin JumpStart, a growth promotion technology for corn, soybeans, wheat and rapeseed. Its mode of action is based on a fungus that improves the absorption of nutrients such as phosphorus, giving the plant greater initial vigor and, therefore, a better yield. The rapid development of the crop generates more prominent roots, which translate into a strong reduction in nitrogen losses due to washing, as well as emissions of nitrous oxide, a Greenhouse Gas that is very harmful to the climate.
Extrapolating the numbers from the research published in the Journal it could be said that, if the Optimize technology were used on all Argentine and Brazilian soybeans and the Jumpstart on all corn and soybeans from the same region, it would be possible to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 38 million tons, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 16 million cars, which is more than all the cars that exist in the national territory. According to recent estimates by the Association of Argentine Component Factories, the country has 14.5 million registered vehicles, of which 11.9 million are automobiles and the rest are distributed between light and heavy utility vehicles.
“The mere fact of subjecting our products to an external analysis at the highest scientific level is, in itself, proof of our commitment to sustainability in agricultural production. But, in addition, the results obtained are evidence that the technologies developed by Novozymes are based on science and that, on that basis, it is possible to generate biological inputs that increase the profitability of producers and at the same time promote greater care for the environment “, he concludes Maximiliano D´Alessio, Commercial Director of BioAg for Latin America.
Optimize and Jumpstart are bio-inputs that fall within the concept of Climate-Smart Agriculture, the approach developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in order to disseminate and promote agricultural strategies sustainable.