Plant Care

Lallemand group has naturally turned to plant care since 2006.

Lallemand group decided in 2006 to put its knowledge and technological assets in microbiology and fermentation for the agricultural world. And so was born the Lallemand Plant Care business unit, which has since grown significantly through the acquisition of companies specializing in plant bio protection and bio fertilization.

We are now one of the market leaders – developing and marketing the best microorganism strains.

A plant is an ecosystem in which microorganisms play a key role

Microbes can be found both in the rhizosphere (the area close to the roots) and in the phyllosphere (the aerial parts, located above ground level) and some even colonize the plant interior. Although invisible to the naked eye, they have been linked to plants since the dawn of time and some have agronomic properties that allow their host plant to develop, better.

Current technologies allow us to study these mechanisms, select microorganisms of agronomic interest, duly analyse, produce and formulate them to inoculate crops.

Reproducing natural symbioses for efficient and sustainable agriculture

Inoculating a crop means artificially recreating a natural mechanism that would have been created over a very long period of time – the time not available in agriculture. Supporting its seedlings or plants with microbial partners selected for their properties is relevant, effective and environmentally friendly.

Our microorganism products improve plant productivity and vitality without releasing undesirable pesticide residues into the environment. We classify them in 3 categories:

  • Plant protection or biocontrol: Our microbial origin plant protection products use methods existing in nature for the prevention of plant diseases and pests. Pathogens are controlled by their natural enemies – a beneficial microorganism (bacteria or fungi).
  • Biostimulation: Biostimulation is another method used to improve plant resistance to stress, but also to stimulate natural processes to improve crop yield and quality.
  • Biofertilisation: Biofertilisation optimizes soil resources by making nutrients available to the plant by, for example, fixing atmospheric nitrogen or solubilizing phosphorus in the soil. But also, by associating mycorrhizal fungi to the roots, the plant’s ability to explore the soil for water and nutrients is increased tenfold.

Partnerships with universities and research centres around the world

In addition to its own research laboratories, the Lallemand Group has established partnerships with major universities and research centres around the world.

The aim is to study plant-microbe interactions and find the most effective natural solutions to the problems faced by today’s and tomorrow’s farmers.