StollerUSA's Root Power Helps Onions in the Fight Against Thrips

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Texas A&M research shows increased yields and impressive insect suppression with StollerUSA's Root Power.

StollerUSA's Root Power shows increased yield and impressive insect suppression in Texas A&M research.

Initially the experiments were done using Root Power with insecticides. We also tested the products without insecticides and to our amazement, the treatments without the insecticide were as good as the insecticide in thrips suppression but with greater yields than the insecticide treatment.

StollerUSA announced university research results on the effect of Root Power™ on onion crops. The research was performed by Dr. T X Liu, professor of entomology, Texas Agri-Life Research, at the Texas A&M University System Weslaco site.

The onion plant's natural defense mechanism against thrips and other insects is auxin, which is produced in new leaf tissue. During periods of drought or hot temperatures, new plant tissue does not produce sufficient auxin to trigger the defense mechanism. During periods of excessive growth, caused by rain or other factors, the plant transfers auxin down the roots and can leave new tissue vulnerable to attack.

In Dr. Liu's study, Root Power was applied at 1 pint per acre for six weeks until harvest to boost the onion crop's natural defense against thrips.

"Every now and then in my research experiments for Stoller, I am impressed with instances of insect suppression even without insecticides," explains Dr. T X Liu, professor of entomology, Texas Agri-Life Research, Texas A&M System. "Initially the experiments were done using Root Power with insecticides. We also tested the products without insecticides and to our amazement, the treatments without the insecticide were as good as the insecticide in thrips suppression but with greater yields than the insecticide treatment."

In addition, Root Power has been found to increase root and shoot growth, promote bigger and more uniform bulbs, and increase the quality and total yield of the crop.

"Root Power is having a very positive effect on yield and thrips suppression," said Jerry Stoller, CEO and founder of StollerUSA. "Initial gene regulation studies done by researchers suggest that Root Power up-regulates defensin genes."

Detailed study results are available online at StollerUSA.com.

StollerUSA is dedicated to helping producers enhance yields by maximizing genetic expression. The result is in enhanced marketable yield, resistance to insects, nematodes, disease, and an improved return on investment. Stoller products are proven to ensure optimum plant growth by maintaining appropriate hormone balance in combination with supporting nutrients, resulting in healthier, more productive crops that are better able to withstand stress and achieve their full genetic potential.

In agribusiness for more than 40 years, StollerUSA markets a full line of products to help farmers increase crop yield and quality. StollerUSA, headquartered in Houston, is actively researching and developing micronutrients and other products in more than 50 countries. For more information on Dr. Liu's study, Root Power™ or StollerUSA, visit http://www.stollerusa.com.

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