Innovating to enhance crop nutrition and protection
Lesaffre Italia wanted to optimise the management of waste from its yeast production process. By recycling its yeast-derived products, the Italian subsidiary created a range of natural and innovative products aimed at farming and crop cultivation in particular.
Lesaffre helps its yeast-derived products return to the soil
Lesaffre Italia is guided by one philosophy: all of its yeast-derived products must be reused and converted into raw materials. Using its expertise in converting sludge from the water treatment plant, it developed a range of completely natural fertilisers called “Ecolution”.
Benefits of the Ecolution fertiliser range:
- Eliminate the cost of waste treatment
- Create products that enable a reduction in the use of chemical products in farming
Thanks to the know-how of the team at Lesaffre Italia and Group R&D, the subsidiary developed Ecoeffect, a completely natural biostimulant made from compost tea and renowned in organic farming. This product enhances plant growth and protection.
What is compost tea?
Compost tea is a fermented liquid made from compost in the presence of oxygen. It contains both soluble nutritional ingredients and live micro-organisms.
Unlike traditional compost, compost tea can be sprayed on crops or used as a pulp to soak into soil or a substrate. It provides growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms to enhance growth and prevent disease in plants.