Nov 11, 2020
FMC biostimulant project honored, shows potential for organics

FMC Corporation received top honors in the Best Biological Product, in the biostimulant category at the Crop Science Forum & Awards 2020.

The annual awards event, formerly Agrow’s Crop Science Awards & Forum, recognizes best-in-class scientific, technological and leadership initiatives in the global crop protection industry across 12 categories, according to a news release from the company. Recipients are chosen from entries submitted from around the world and adjudicated by a distinguished judging panel.

FMC won the Best New Biological Product (biostimulant) category with its Accudo biostimulant, a microbial innovation valued for enhancing yield gains greater than 15%, according to the news release. It enhances root development and has anti-fungal tolerance, delivering superior yield increases compared to competitive products. Accudo biostimulant also has a superior shelf life of two years compared to competitive biological crop protection products on the market.

Accudo is not yet registered for use by the Organic Materials Review Institute, also known as OMRI, but that could change, said FMC spokesperson Emily Parenteau.

“Currently Accudo biostimulant is only registered in South Korea but is currently being tested in the U.S. by one of our national distributors,” Parenteau wrote in an email to Organic Grower. “Based on the information we have today, we believe it could likely be certified for organic farming.”

In addition to the new product award, FMC won the Best R&D Pipeline award.

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