Composition and method for promoting herbaceous plant growth

The product is a mixture of microorganisms that interact with plants and play a role in promoting growth and protection of the health status. The product also plays a positive effect on the overall fertility of the soil.

Title of the patent Composition and method for promoting herbaceous plant growth and facilitate accumulation of organic matter in soil
Thematic area Agro-food
Ownership Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Inventors Giovanni Dinelli, Ilaria Marotti, Diana Di Gioia, Bruno Biavati, Francesca Gaggia, Loredana Baffoni, Sara Bosi, Mattia Accorsi
Protection International
Licensing status Available for licensing agreement
Keywords Aesthetic improvement, functional improvement, grassland species, sports fields, lawns
Filed on Jul 30, 2015

The grass for sports use must fulfil specific aesthetic and functional requirements and therefore are composed of herbal essences that are grown in poor conditions for the development of root systems, e.g. using inert and microbiologically poor substrates.
In particular, the lack of interaction between root systems and endogenous micro-organisms of soil makes the plant less resistant to mechanical insults and more easily exposed to infection of virus, bacterial and fungal.
It is known that various microorganisms (lactobacilli, spore-forming bacteria of the genus Bacillus and others) in the interaction with plant organisms have an important role in promoting growth and optimal plant health, with less tendency to contract viral, bacterial and fungal diseases.

The context of the invention is the treatment of lawns for sports use. It originates from the scope of develop a product easy to apply, able to recreate the beneficial interactions between microorganisms and plants. The aim of the invention is then summarized in three main concepts: better settlement of the root systems, increased resistance to pathogens, improved aesthetic and functional properties.

The product consists of a mixture of microorganisms that in the interaction with plants play an action to promote growth and protection. The product also plays a positive effect on the overall fertility of the soil / substrate.

The product is a mixture of microorganisms that interacts with plants and has a role in promoting growth and protection. The product also plays a positive effect on the overall fertility of the soil / substrate. The main advantages of the use of the product consists of:

1) Reduction of maintenance costs, in particular respect to ornamentals grass and lawn for sports and recreational use;

2) Environmental friendly application, since it does not include xenobiotic substances harmful to the environment and the natural microbiota rhizosphere;

3) Easy use that does not require specialized personnel.

The product will find an application in agricultural production and ornamental plants, with greater opportunity of spreading in the segments of organic farming, given the organic nature of the product (that is therefore usable in this type of agricultural production). The product also has a specific and verified applicability in golf courses, particularly in the management and maintenance of green.