Agronomists interested in finding out more about biostimulants and their effects on crops are being encouraged to get in touch with the UK importer of seaweed-based biostimulant, Algifol.

The company wants to establish a network of regional agronomists to provide insights and feedback– and is offering free product to those that get involved.

Algifol is a concentrated brown algae gathered from the North Atlantic, containing trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, polyuronides and growth-regulating plant hormones. It is manufactured in Germany by NeoMed-Pharma, and has been distributed in the UK by Marcus Palmer, since 2005, where it has been applied it to a wide range of crops, including combining peas, potatoes and other vegetables as well as sugar beet, oilseed rape and cereals.

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"Last year, we worked with the Processors and Growers Research Organisation and their field trials on Combining Peas proved that the use of Algifol increases yields and reduced foot rot infection," said Mr Palmer. "We have also worked with several universities and academics who have said Algifol has a positive effect on root establishment, disease resistance and yields.

"Since distributing Algifol in the UK, I have received lots of feedback from customers who are delighted with the results of using it. They say they like it because it is entirely natural, improves yields, reduces the stress caused by droughts, heat and heavy rainfall.

"Now, though, I'd like to work with agronomists and gain their feedback on the product as we look to broaden our knowledge and develop our proposition. Most big brands have their in-house agronomists, but we'd like to take a different approach and work with independent agronomists."

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Algifol wants to work with one agronomist in the South East, South West, East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the North East and North West of England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Agronomists wanting to take part or needing further information should contact Marcus on 07702 293 727 or email