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Published Study: Modification of Gene Expression of Tomato Plants through Foliar Flavonoid Application in Relation to Enhanced Growth

hand in white glove holding tomatoes while being tested with CropBioLife

We are excited to announce the publication of our recent study on the effects of CropBioLife foliar spray on tomato plants in the journal Genes. The study highlights several significant findings:

Key Highlights

  1. Enhanced Growth: CropBioLife application led to a 60% increase in cell enlargement, significantly promoting plant growth.

  2. Optimised Hormonal Balance: Treated plants exhibited higher levels of zeatin and lower levels of IAA, enhancing growth and stress response.

  3. Improved Nutrient and Water Uptake: Gene expression analysis indicated enhanced mineral transport and water uptake, contributing to better overall plant health.

  4. Increased Flavonoid Concentrations: The study demonstrated higher internal flavonoid levels in the leaves, enhancing the plants' resilience and productivity.

Study Overview

The research focused on the exogenous application of phenolic compounds, particularly flavonoids, to tomato plants. Through high-throughput mRNA-sequencing and bioinformatics, we examined the transcriptomes of treated plants under controlled conditions. The findings suggest that CropBioLife can significantly influence gene expression related to growth, hormone regulation, and nutrient uptake.

Detailed Findings

The study revealed that CropBioLife primarily influences cell enlargement by 60%, leading to increased growth. Treated plants showed higher concentrations of the growth hormone zeatin and lower levels of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), a crucial factor in plant development. The RNA-seq analysis indicated that CropBioLife-treated plants required increased mineral transport and water uptake, as evidenced by gene expression patterns. Pathways such as fatty acid degradation, phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, and ABC transporters were prominently affected, governing internal flavonoid biosynthesis, transport, and tissue concentration. This ultimately resulted in higher flavonoid concentrations in tomato leaves, which are beneficial for the plants' resilience and productivity.

Implications for Sustainable Agriculture

These findings highlight in a big way the potential of CropBioLife as a powerful organically certified biostimulant, promoting sustainable agricultural practices. The use of CropBioLife can enhance crop productivity, improve plant health, and increase resilience to environmental stressors, making it a valuable tool for modern agriculture.

hand touching leaves of young tomato plant that is being tested with CropBioLife

Study Summary

Study Focus and Key Findings:

This study investigates the effectiveness of CropBioLife (CBL) in enhancing plant health and productivity. Key findings show that plants treated with CBL exhibit a 60% increase in cell enlargement, improved photosynthesis, increased nutrient uptake, and better overall health compared to untreated plants.

Mechanism of Action:

CropBioLife supplies plants with flavonoids, natural compounds that stimulate beneficial processes such as enhancing metabolism, improving nutrient absorption, and increasing photosynthesis efficiency. CBL-treated plants showed higher levels of zeatin and lower levels of IAA, critical for growth and stress response.

Benefits to Plants:

Treated plants exhibit greater resilience to environmental stresses like drought and heat. There is a noted improvement in crop quality and yield, benefiting farmers economically. Additionally, CropBioLife contributes to healthier soil microbiology, supporting plant growth and sustainability.

Application and Usage:

CropBioLife is applied as a foliar spray directly onto plant leaves, where it is absorbed and begins to enhance plant functions. The study suggests specific dosages and application timings to maximise benefits, tailored to different crop types.

Environmental Impact:

The use of CropBioLife aligns with sustainable farming practices by reducing the need for synthetic chemicals and enhancing soil health through natural means. This contributes to sustainable agriculture and improved environmental health.


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