Nov 28, 2017
Rootella mycorrhizal inoculants listed for organic farming
Stephen Kloosterman

Groundwork BioAg is pleased to announce that its Rootella series of mycorrhizal inoculants has been allowed for use as inputs in organic agriculture, by both OMRI and Ecocert certification agencies.

Organics Material Review Institute (OMRI) reviewed Rootella G, P,  S and WP and has determined that they are allowed for use as microbial inoculants. OMRI list standards are based on the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program regulations.

Rootella products have demonstrated favorable field trial results in corn, soybeans, tomato, pepper, onion and potato, according to a release from the company.

“Rootella inoculants, based on naturally-occurring mycorrhizal fungi, improve plant nutrient uptake,” said Danny Levy, Groundwork BioAg’s vice president of research and development. “Ninety percent of all vascular plant species thrive in nature with the help of mycorrhizae. However, modern cultivation techniques, including most organic farming, significantly deplete mycorrhizae in agricultural soils, reducing crop yields and resilience to stress. Rootella helps both organic and conventional farmers restore the natural mycorrhizal balance in their soils”.

In a similar set of findings, Ecocert found that several Rootella products met European standards for organic farming.

“Organic certification is an important achievement and milestone for our company,” said Dan Grotsky, Groundwork BioAg’s vice president for sales and marketing. “These listings will accelerate Groundwork BioAg’s penetration into the rapidly-growing organic markets in the US and Europe.”


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