Category Archives: Plater Bio

Landmark achievement for the chemical industry

REACH

REACH – now widely regarded as the global role model for chemical safety. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. It’s a process that has taken 10 years to register all chemicals used in the European Union. In May 2018 all chemicals […]


Exploring Mimosa and Quebracho Natural Tannin Extracts for Industrial Applications

Mimosa and Quebracho

Tannin, also called tannic acid, can be any of a group of pale-yellow to light-brown unstructured substances in the form of powder, flakes, or a spongy mass and widely distributed in plants. They are predominately utilised in • tanning leather • dyeing fabric • making ink • various medical applications Tannin solutions are acid and […]


Chitosan and the forgotten Basic Substance

Chitosan and the forgotten Basic Substances

Basic Substances are a group of chemicals and natural extracts that can be used in plant protection in the EU. In 2014 a range of substances were approved as “basic” under Regulation 1107/2009 and these can be used without restriction in any EU member state for an indefinite period. Sounds pretty amazing, right? So why […]


Turf grass nutrient deficiency symptoms; the missing tool

As with all growers, greenkeepers and groundsmen use a variety of tools to ensure that their plants have adequate nutrition. This includes regularly sending off both soil and tissue samples to accredited labs for analysis to indicate the nutrient concentrations, or in the case of soil samples their availability. They will also make use of […]


Novel product to address manganese deficiencies

Manganese is an essential plant micronutrient which is a key component of many important metabolic processes. In particularly, it is crucial as an enzyme co-factor for the catalysis of many redox reactions in photosystem II and nitrogen assimilation. It is also essential for many reactions that allow plants to tolerate environmental stresses. Some typical symptoms of […]


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 […]