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February 28, 2024
Crop focus

Going bananas

It’s the world’s most popular fruit: every year, the 100 billion bananas we chomp our way through account for more than three-quarters of the tropical fruit trade. But as news of the first genetically modified banana has recently revealed, it’s a precarious trade.

Nearly every banana sold in every shop, in every country, on every continent, is a clone. They’re all examples of the Cavendish banana. Its ubiquity came about in the 1950s and 1960s because the previous global favourite – the Gros Michel – succumbed to the devastating Panama disease, caused by a form of Fusarium known as Tropical Race 1 (TR1).

The Gros Michel banana was itself a genetic clone, lacking the diversity that might have allowed it to evolve a genetic defence against attack by TR1. Instead, the Cavendish – a higher yielding variety, with thicker skin that made it even better suited to export – was selected from a naturally occurring hybrid that displayed the necessary resistance to TR1. It quickly became the world’s dominant banana variety, grown everywhere from South America to Africa and throughout Asia and into Australia.

But in 1990, a new disease – TR4 – was detected in Taiwan. Now widespread in more than 20 banana-producing countries, according to the FAO, it has put the Cavendish in potentially the same precarious position as the Gros Michel, eighty years ago. We could be facing a banana crisis on a global scale: in an industry worth $25bn, with annual production of more than 125 million tonnes, that’s a chilling thought.

What’s so devastating about Panama disease? Effectively, the total death of the plant: yellowing leaves quickly brown, before falling off. Then the fungus moves into the stem and roots, killing the tissue as it moves throughout the plant. Even replanting is not the solution. Once in the soil, TR4 becomes virtually impossible to eradicate.

It’s for this reason that the Australian government has approved an application from Queensland University of Technology to release QCAV-4, a genetically modified Cavendish variety developed to show resistance to TR4.

The resistance gene, labelled RGA2, has been taken from a wild banana variety found in South-East Asia. Interestingly, the gene is already present, although dormant, in the Cavendish variety. Approval of the variety gives the researchers the go-ahead to trial it in real conditions on farm; there are no plans yet to allow consumers to buy the new GM banana.

They’ll also try to use the CRISPR technique – gene-editing – to introduce the resistant gene, as gene-editing poses fewer hurdles when it comes to acceptance by regulators and consumers.

Another disease the researchers have identified as a target for gene-edited varieties is black sigatoka, brought on by the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis. A foliar disease that causes lesions, chlorosis and physical collapse of the leaf, black sigatoka will ultimately cause the death of the plant. Chemical control is possible but requires an intense spraying programme of up to 50 applications every year. Even then, yield may be slashed by as much as 50%.

Adding to this grim outlook is the loss of many of the active ingredients that are most effective against black sigatoka. Mancozeb, for example, has already been banned in many countries; growers still permitted to apply it may nonetheless be prevented from using it, owing to production protocols imposed by their buyers.

But with any genetic solution still some way off, what’s the best option for banana producers facing the headache of black sigatoka? It’s a challenge that FertiGlobal took up.

Finding and commercialising these breakthrough solutions, that can assure farmers of yield and quality while observing regulatory parameters and environmental obligations, are FertiGlobal’s ‘bread and butter’. To help farmers navigate the threat of black sigatoka, we turned to our EnNuVi Technology, the patented nutrient-polyphenolic-molecule that focuses on facilitating the strengthening of the plant’s natural defence systems.

There’s a wealth of evidence to show that a balanced combination of nutrients – putting the plant in good stead – fortifies the plant, reducing its susceptibility to both biotic and abiotic stresses. With better health comes increased energy, allowing it to use its own in-built mechanisms to ward off attack by pathogens such as Mycosphaerella. If a plant can resist infection, a farmer’s need for fungicides is much reduced.

FertiGlobal took EnNuVi technology to India and the Philippines – respectively the world’s largest and sixth-largest banana producers – for trials.

The first trial, conducted in India, examined the losses induced in banana plants through leaf wilting. Farmer standard practice often saw wilting in more than half of all plants, leading to a loss in crop ROI of over $200/ha. But in plants treated with the EnNuVi-enabled Semia, the percentage of wilting plants was slashed to less than 10%, reducing investment loss by 85%.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the trial proposed to see whether EnNuVi would increase the number of functional leaves on each banana plant, boosting overall plant health and energy levels to help it fight stress and attack. Of all the EnNuVi products tested, Mantus provided the best result: a 44% increase in functional leaves, over the standard practice, after 45 days.

So while EnNuVi products can’t be seen as a direct replacement for mancozeb, because they don’t exhibit any fungicidal properties, they can – if applied at the correct time in the crop cycle – provide growers with an earlier alternative that may alleviate their need for fungicides at a later date.

We’re not stopping at bananas, of course. FertiGlobal is committed to ensuring continuing success in every crop in which we have an interest. If we can help farmers, wherever they are in the world, reduce the use of agrochemicals and maintain or increase their crop’s productivity and yield, we’ll find a way to do it. It’s the FertiGlobal way.

FertiGlobal ginger management in India
April 13, 2023
FertiGlobal’s difference

Ginger: the spicy cultigen

Ginger: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this fragrant spice? One of the oldest spices known to man and used in different ways throughout the world, your ginger ‘preference’ – a drink, a cooked dish, baked goods, a snack, perhaps a medicine – will give a good indication of where in the world you come from.

Ginger’s been cultivated by humans for so long that, like staple crops such as wheat and maize, it’s become what’s known as a ‘cultigen’: a plant that’s been bred and domesticated into a form that doesn’t exist in the wild. And while ginger is still a relatively minor crop – annual production tops out at about 4.3 million tonnes – it’s considerably more plentiful than pepper, at around 750,000 tonnes, often said to be the world’s most popular spice.

What’s FertiGlobal’s interest in it? Well, most of the ginger grown in the world today – around 4.3 million tonnes – is grown in India. We’ve talked before about our fascination with this important agricultural country. Ginger’s just one of the many crops that contributes to India’s agricultural diversity and, with many of India’s farmers moving beyond the traditional ‘homestead’ farming practices, there’s a real appetite for adopting new and more productive practices.

Overhauling ginger’s agronomy is one such example. But we also like to demonstrate how, through our growing global network of partners and distributors, FertiGlobal is developing solutions and sharing knowledge about all crops, not just the half dozen or so that usually attract most of the attention.

Ginger’s also a great example of our total crop management approach: how we think about every crop throughout its lifecycle. With a preference for a warm and humid climate, ginger can be particularly susceptible to fungal diseases. But, as we know, a plant that has satisfied its nutritional requirements will be better placed to stimulate its own natural defence processes: in other words, a healthy plant will stay healthy.

For example, current agronomic practices in India often encourage use of toxic chemicals whose use in the EU is now banned, such as mancozeb; severely restricted, such as malathion; or which have never been licensed, such as the antibiotic streptocycline. While little of India’s ginger production ends up on the world market – despite being the largest producer, it’s only the seventh-largest exporter – if India is to realise its ambition to compete in agricultural markets worldwide, its farmers must abstain from using such outdated crop protection solutions.

That’s why, in conjunction with SCL Commercial India, we undertook trials last year to examine the effectiveness of Dinamico+Nixi on ginger. Good leaf growth, strong vigour, healthy leaves and improved productivity were the results – and all without using dangerous chemicals that pose risks to farmers, consumers and the soil itself.

It’s another great example of the FertiGlobal difference.


Semia and Ok on Banana India
August 25, 2022
News from India

Semia and OK give satisfaction in growing banana

🍌 Are you ready for a potassium boost?

We are in the South of India, in the Country’s second largest banana market located in Tamil Nadu. Our local team has been following a field trial to test Semia formulation, powered by #EnNuVi technology and OK solution, powered by Foliarel.

These banana plants tell us a lot about the benefits of this powerful combination of active ingredients:

🌿 broad and greener leaves

💪 overall better plant health

📈 excellent growth

The farmers appreciated a significant decrease of infection of Sigatoka (banana leaf-spot disease) and a better resistance against abiotic stresses.

Agriculture of the future ➡️ here we come!

Semia and Ok on Banana India
Banana plant treated with Semia and Ok
Semia and Ok on Banana India
EnNuVi Semia and Foliarel Ok gave satisfaction in growing banana in India
Semia and Ok on Banana India
EnNuVi Semia and Foliarel Ok gave satisfaction in growing banana in India
July 21, 2022
News from India

Helping Indian farmers to reach abundant harvests

🌿 Our technologies in action in Indian fields

From North to South, from East to West, our local team is at the side of Indian farmers helping them to protect their hard work and convert it into abundant harvests.

Throughout the year, we conduct field trials on a wide range of crops, in completely different climatic regions, benchmarking results with traditional practices.

Our database keeps growing: among the latest cultivations we have tested eggplant, banana, melon and okra – a vegetable also known as “lady’s fingers”.

This is the best way to prove that a well-nourished plant is also a stronger plant, bringing bigger and more nutricious fruits!

March 29, 2022
News from India

Super colourful flowers with FertiGlobal Technologies

Cultivation means caring, day after day, for life. And then life blossoms, giving us colour and beauty.

Today we take you with us to the city of Bangalore, in the Southern part of India. In synergy with one of our local partners, we are meeting farmers to promote the use of sustainable technologies. Farmers who have tried our solutions have given us great feedback, observing extraordinary effects in protected cultivations of flowers like Gerbera and Chrysanthemum.

Flowers instill joy, sense of celebration and vitality, being at the same time an icon of delicacy. These colorful crops show of the power of FertiGlobal’s Technologies in boosting growth, while triggering plant defense systems and resistance.

We have also taken the opportunity to hold a technical training session, spreading the best practice and showing to Indian growers the “super colorful” results obtainable with innovative eco-frendly formulations.

Let’s grow together in innovation!


March 17, 2022
News from India

Great results in India using Semia

Exciting news from India

Our latest on-site field trials have proven once again that building a sustainable and respectful agriculture is possible!

We just visited the rice crops treated with Semia with one of our local partners: observations on rice seedlings have shown visible beneficial effects like:

💪 better overall plant health

🌿greener and broader leaves

✨suppression of biotic stress

Stay tuned not to miss our next updates!


January 28, 2022
News from India

Crop management program on Chili – top performance!

🌶 India is one of the world’s leading chili producers. These plants particularly love warm weather and grow in small bushes.

Curious fact: the super pungent taste of its fruits is due to a chemical called ‘capsaici’.

Here we are in central India, in the State of Madya Pradesh. One of our partners in the country is testing FertiGlobal’s advanced bioactivating technologies on their chili cultivations. Our local team has supported the client right from the beginning of the season following FertiGlobal’s Crop Management Program specifically designed for this crop.

Results are impressive: our chilies have grown much bigger and healthier compared to the crops treated with the standard agricultural practice.

Have a look at the pictures to see for yourself! 📷

November 11, 2021
News from India

Foliflo on chilli – the results are excellent

Every farmer has experienced the disappointment of a low yield.

This is exactly what has happened to Mohammad. It’s been 20 years since he started growing chillies 🌶 and during this time he has developed a deep knowledge of these plants.

Lately, he has observed a significant yields decrease, both in terms of quantity and quality.

This is why he decided to rely on FertiGlobal’s new generation fertilizing solutions.

Here’s what he has achieved thanks to our Foliflo, based on plant nutrients in high analysis suspensions:

👉 right after the very first treatment, plants were already looking healthier and stronger

👉 after only 4 days the plant was visibly healthier and richer with chili fruits

November 9, 2021
News from India

Training session in India

Great dreams need a great team 🙌

FertiGlobal’s Indian staff has organized a special technical training session with our local partner Raj Agri Tech, active in many different areas of the Country. These moments of sharing are essential to fully understand the potential of FertiGlobal’s advanced solutions for growers.

Winter is around the corner and crops need an extra support to grow healthy and strong despite the difficult weather conditions. Ensuring long-term nourishment is crucial to protect plants and reinforce them from the inside.

We can’t wait to come back to you with the results obtained on fields by these farmers, stay tuned!


September 30, 2021
India tour

Foliflo Technology application on apples

☀️ Follow us on our tour among these beautiful Indian apple orchards!

We have recently been travelling around the Country visiting farmers together with our local partners. The journey has been the perfect occasion to collect their opinions on FertiGlobal’s bioactivating technology FoliFlo on their Royal Delicious apple trees.

Here are some of the benefits they have observed:

🍎Fruits are shining

🌿Leaves are very strong, glowing and much bigger

🍃Drop has decreased

🎥 Have a look at the video to learn more on their experiences

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