Nitronat – Legumes and Industrial Crops

These inoculants are manufactured and stocked throughout the whole planting period for the following species: Lathyrus sativus; Pisum sativum.

Inoculants are also manufactured for other legumes and experimental industrial crops. 

General Information: Legumes constitute a group of vegetables within which are found some of the most widespread crops worldwide: those destined for direct consumption such as legumes, those that are destined for the industry as it is the case of Soybean or those that participate in the food chain, as it is the case of forage species such as alfalfa.  Altogether they present great economic significance since they are one of the food production pillars and proteins of high quality.

These vegetables have the peculiarity of being able to obtain most of their nitrogen needs through a process called biological nitrogen fixation (BNF), which allows the use of N2 present in the air.

The fixation of N2 is carried out by bacteria of the Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium kind, located inside specific structures called nodules, developed in the roots of the host plant.

This Rhizobium-Legume association is a phenomenon of symbiosis that has been studied and exploited for the efficient production of food. It has expanded throughout modern agriculture considering that Nitrogen is the most limiting and expensive nutrient in agriculture. Inoculants are therefore used to favor or maximize the efficiency of this process, allowing for a more rapid and effective symbiosis. The quality of the inoculants becomes a major factor in achieving this objective.

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Nitronat – Legumes and Industrial Crops


Quality parameters of inoculants
There are basically two parameters: one of a qualitative nature and the other of quantitative nature. The former is directly related to the characteristics of the strains used, while the latter is defined by the ability of the product to maintain high concentrations of bacteria (Rhizobia) under normal storage and use conditions.

The characteristics of the selected strains in the case of NITRONAT inoculants have been defined by the National Rhizobium Strain Selection Program in order to obtain maximum potential of nitrogen fixation under the conditions to be used.

Selection criteria
– Nitrogen fixation efficiency.
– Industrial Skills.
– Ability to survive in the carrier.
– Ability to survive on inoculated seed.
– Saprophytic competence.
– Genetic stability.
– Adaptation to the climatic, biological and physicochemical characteristics of the soils where they will be used.
– Adaptation to the normal operating conditions of the product.

Concentration and survival:
At manufacture date:  2 x 10 (9) Rh/gr.
At expiration date: 1 x 10 (9) Rh/gr.

Minimum concentration:
At manufacture date:  2 x 10 (9) Rh/gr.
At expiration date: 1 x 10 (9) Rh/gr.

Use instructions: Mix the contents of this container with the adhering solution until there are no lumps. Pour the mixture over the seed until it is uniformly coated with NITRONAT. Let the seed dry in the shade.

– Check the expiration date.
– Always work in the shade, using tools that have not been in contact with pesticides or fertilizers.
– Inoculate each legume species separately
– Inoculate only what you can plant in a day.
– If you have any questions, consult an Agronomist or the Technical Department of Calister S.A.
– NITRONAT is made of specific and highly tested Bradyrhizobium strains supplied by the Laboratory of Soil Microbiology and Control of Inoculants of the Husbandry, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry.

Important: Due to the diversity of use conditions and storage to which this product can be subject, the quality guarantee is limited to the moment of delivery to the buyer.