Nitronat – Forage Legumes

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 destined to the industry as is the case of Soybean, or those that participate in the food chain production as 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 of 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 the N2 is carried out by bacteria of the Rhizobium and Bradyrhizobium genera, located inside specific structures called nodules, developed in the roots of the host plant.

This Rhizobium-Leguminosa 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 – Forage Legumes

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.

Strains: 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 the 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: the formulation and sterility of the carrier is of utmost importance In order to achieve a high quality product (apart from the characteristics of the strains). Therefore, NITRONAT inoculants are produced entirely on sterile carriers, processed through sophisticated state-of-the-art sterilization methods, such as electron accelerators (Electron – Beam process).

The combination of the aforementioned factors has determined that national products have achieved levels of excellence, which comply with the highest regulatory requirements (standards) of the region, and considered among the best products worldwide.

These quality characteristics, along with a constant development of research strains selection and inoculant processing processes, have enabled F.B.N. to be one of the bases where the main productive systems in Uruguay are sustained, ensuring that the fixing process is established at the top of the biological possibilities. 

Minimum concentration:
At date of manufacture:  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.
For seed pelletization, add the coating powder and mix quickly.
Let the seed dry in the shade.