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Seaweed extracts – what makes them work?

Most of the seaweed extracts used in agriculture as biostimulants are extracted from species of brown algae (Phaeophyceae); principally the species Ascophyllum nodosum (knotted wrack), which grows in the intertidal zone of the Northern Hemisphere. It is thought that the stressful conditions of repeated exposure to desiccation, ultraviolet light and temperature fluctuations experienced by the […]


Overcoming the remaining challenges faced by no-till cultivation

No-till cultivation involves preventing/minimising soil disturbance by eliminating ploughing and drilling seeds directly into the seed bed left by the previous crop. Once considered the preserve of hippies by mainstream agriculture, no-till agriculture has now gained widespread acceptance in the US and Europe. This acceptance is down to farmers appreciating the less intense nature of […]


2017 Field trial results; Thatch Degrader on amenity turf

At Plater Bio we manufacture two products which are designed to improve the rate at which organic matter is broken down in the soil; Stubble Digester focuses on arable crops, and Thatch Degrader for sports and amenity turf. Both products utilize the same intrinsic technology, which we know from our previous laboratory trials to be […]


Spray drying – the development chemist’s best friend and how Lancashire Chemicals help turn ideas into reality 

Here at Lancashire Chemicals, most of our established customers have travelled the same path from product concept to full scale production.  The length of time taken to get from pilot plant production to full scale production can vary enormously from just a few weeks to several years! However, the route is generally fairly similar for […]


Latest Daltrade shipment supporting manufacturers across the UK and Ireland

Three more vessels for Daltrade Chemicals recently arrived at Flixborough Wharf near Scunthorpe, bringing Polish Soda Ash, Calcium Chloride and Sodium Carbonate for our customers in the UK and Ireland. Shipping these chemicals directly from our reputable manufacturers enables us to assure traceability and quality. The consignments were transported 765 nautical miles from Szczecin in […]




Chitin and Chitosan biostimulants

Chitosan is a natural polymer that has applications in a range of industries. Here at Plater Bio we are working on an exciting project to manufacture chitosan on an industrial scale. The facility we are designing will be the only one of its kind in Europe. Chitosan manufacturing begins by extracting the polysaccharide chitin, which […]


Remediating polluted soils – applying concepts from advanced plant nutrition

With ever increasing legislative and consumer pressure to clean up brownfield sites before development, remediation has grown rapidly into a significant global industry. Remediation has a lot in common with agriculture, in that it uses chemical, physical, and biological means to solve soil-based issues. In fact, many of the advanced solutions found in agriculture can […]