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Plant Activators


Numerous microbes threaten the survival of plants in nature. However, they are typically rendered harmless by the active and passive defense barriers used by the plant. These resistance cultivars activate the defense system of the host in time and at an adequate magnitude. It is necessary to suppress the spread of the pathogen, leading to decreased or no disease. Insensitive cultivars, despite having broad-spectrum defense genes are either deactivated late, or their level of expression is low. In addition, some biotic or abiotic agents can activate disease defense responses in susceptible cultivars, so even they become resistant.

According to the market database, a plant activator is a chemical that activates defense genes in the plant using a signal transduction pathway mediated by salicylic acid. Chemicals or their metabolites will not qualify as a ‘plant activator’ if they have no direct antifungal / antibacterial activity in vitro or in plants. As part of the defense-related mechanism, the agent should modify the plant-pathogen interaction to resemble an incompatible association phenotypically, including a defense-related response. The agent should protect a plant against different pathogen types as well. Systemic acquired resistance (SAR) is triggered by plant activators, which render plants resistant to a broad range of pathogens. Since plant activators do not contain pesticides or antibiotics, they have minimal health and environmental impacts. Furthermore, since they do not directly interact with pathogens, they have minimal chance of developing resistance to these chemicals.

According to the market database, there are two types of plant defense activators, biological and chemical. The plants produce antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral compounds because several defense genes are present in them. These include pathogen-related proteins (PR), phytoalexins, lignin, callose, and terpenoids. Defense genes are mostly dormant (quiescent in healthy plants) until they receive specific signals to come to life. Many antagonistic organisms demonstrate to stimulate defense genes by supplying signals.

Various compounds act at different points in plant defense pathways to induce plant defenses against pathogens and herbivores. Plants become resistant to a range of biotic and abiotic stresses by consuming the non-protein amino acid, known as Beta-aminobutyric acid (BABA). BABA is not typically found in plants. It shields the plants against viruses, bacteria, oomycetes, fungi, and phytopathogenic nematodes. It also stimulates abiotic stresses like drought and extreme temperatures.

Several regions have seen an increase in the number of nurseries. In addition to the availability of new technologies for spraying chemicals and activators, this factor has driven the market’s growth. As pesticides and protective chemicals become more popular, the major suppliers of herbal activators are likely to take advantage. Plant activators are also selling at a higher rate in developed countries due to increased agricultural spending.

According to the market database, in 2020, Europe held the largest share of the plant activators market. A decline in agricultural land in Europe has resulted in an increased need for optimization of arable land. Expectedly, plant activators will increase long-term agricultural productivity and contribute to food self-sufficiency by increasing crop productivity over time.

Market database states that the European Union is increasingly valuing agricultural lands, improving their efficiency and productivity. Consequently, European markets for plant activators are likely to grow faster and probably dominate the global plant activators market.

Stirling Square to acquire Sustainable Agro Solutions

European capital solutions provider Kartesia and Eurazeo have provided Stirling Square Capital Partners with a EUR103 million financing solution to fund the firm’s acquisition of Spanish agriculture business Sustainable Agro Solutions (SAS).

Sustainable Agro Solutions (SAS) is a developer and producer of biostimulants, soil and water improvers, defense activators, and specialty plant nutrition bio-solutions. The company is experiencing positive secular trends in the solutions segment. It offers a broad and high-quality product portfolio, an international footprint, reliable distribution networks, and industry-leading R&D capabilities.

Since acquiring SAS, Stirling Square has positioned itself as a manufacturer and producer of nutritional and biostimulant solutions for agriculture. As part of the commitment to sustainability, Kartesia supports companies like SAS. According to the market database, they are confident that their partnership with Stirling Square will further cement their position as an industry leader. The Plant Regulators market and its 10-year business outlook can be understood using Global Market Database.