A chemical-free plant root system growth enhancer, interestingly named “HormoGroe” will shortly be in the market.
Developed by researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the product will be sold pre-commercial for market and efficacy validation and to see if its price is okay with farmers and farmers cooperatives, its primary target users.
Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) executive director Enrico Paringit said they funded the research conducted by MakilingTek, a spin-off company set up by UPLB researchers, to manufacture, market and distribute the HormoGroe.
Paringit said HormoGroe could speed up seed germination, induce rooting, enhance shoot growth and flowering in plantation crops, high-value ornamental plants, fruit trees, and vegetables.
The product yielded positive results its tests on coffee, cassava, banana, vegetables, and plants such as gumamela and bougainvillea. “Positive results were mainly higher yield or increase in weight harvest per unit area,” he said.
Makiling Tek project leader Lilia Fernando said HormoGroe consists of naturally occurring microorganisms that are nano-encapsulated to increase their utilization rate while reducing the impact of environmental risks.
“It is not synthetic. It is naturally produced by bacteria and is nano-formulated,” Fernando said, adding that HomeGroe is cost-effective and environment-friendly.
She said HormoGroe will available to farmer cooperatives and growers by 2021.