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Soil genetic analysis as the foundation of regenerative agriculture

Regenerative agriculture practices are a set of agricultural techniques that prioritize health, biodiversity and the soil ecosystem. Some examples are cover cropping, crop rotation and reduced tillage, which also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, regenerative agriculture focuses on producing nutrient-rich foods without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, which can have harmful effects on human health.

The concept of regenerative agriculture has been gaining popularity in recent years due to several reasons, such as:

1. Environmental concerns: as it is seen as a way to mitigate climate change and protect the environment.

2. Health concerns: consumers are becoming more aware of what they eat and how it is produced.

3. Economic benefits: can provide economic benefits to farmers by reducing input costs, improving soil health, and increasing resilience and yields over time.

4. Social responsibility: can be seen as a way to support local and small-scale farmers, promote community building and improve social and economic equity in rural areas.

One of the main and most important components of regenerative agricultural practices is soil analysis. This technique involves the evaluation of soil properties, such as pH, nutrient content and microbial diversity. Soil analysis is crucial as it allows farmers to understand the specific needs of their soil and adapt their farming practices.

That’s where bioinputs come in. Soil inoculants that contain a diverse mix of beneficial microorganisms, bio-inputs are used to improve plant growth and health by promoting the growth of beneficial microbes in the soil without causing harmful environmental impacts. That is, the use of bioinputs is one of the favorites of regenerative agriculture.

And soil genetic analysis is also becoming increasingly important in the bioinput market, helping to identify which microorganisms are present in the soil and can be used to develop more effective bioinput products.

Genetic analysis is one of the most modern and adequate tools to describe the biological community of a soil. With it, the DNA of organisms present in the soil can be extracted and sequenced, thus knowing their main genera and species, as well as the functions they perform.

Rural producers using bioinputs can greatly benefit from soil genetic analysis, as it provides a detailed understanding of microbial diversity in the soil. This information can be used to identify beneficial microorganisms that can be added to the soil to promote plant growth and health. It can also help identify harmful pathogens that can be controlled using targeted biological treatments.

Knowing the soil is strategic and essential to optimize the use of bioinputs and boost agricultural productivity, being one step closer to the promising approach of regenerative agriculture.

Knowing the soil is strategic and essential to optimize the use of bioinputs and boost agricultural productivity, being one step closer to the promising approach of regenerative agriculture.

  • Identification of soil microorganisms for analysis of the diversity and quality of the microbial community, as well as the presence of microorganisms beneficial to nutrient/organic matter cycling processes;
  • Identification of the presence of pests or pathogens in an agile and precise way in plants and soil, preventing their spread;
  • Identification of resistance genes to diseases of agronomic importance;
  • Matrices genetic profiles.

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