of the Future
Lucent Biosciences Creates Innovative Agriculture Solutions
Lucent Biosciences has developed a new kind of “smart” fertilizer that is revolutionizing the agricultural industry.
Lucent BioSciences has solved the micronutrient delivery problem. Soileos micronutrients are more bioavailable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly than mineral salts or liquid chelated products.
The team at Lucent Biosciences has developed a novel method to bind essential plant micronutrients metals like zinc iron and manganese to bio-based substrates like cellulose. This binding process imparts a new mode of action, stimulating the soil microbiome, that activates the release and transport of bio-available micronutrients. Soileos has a low salt index , helps build soil health/carbon, and improves sustainable yields with healthier crops.
Our solutions provide crops with bioavailable nutrients, resulting in greater uptake and crops with higher nutrient density. Increasing nutrient density of food crops is an important step in tackling human nutrient deficiencies.
In contrast, current solutions like chelates don’t fortify the soil, don’t decompose, and can ultimately end up transporting heavy metals into groundwater.
Developed by an international team of scientists, our core innovation is a process that binds bioavailable nutrients (such as iron, manganese, copper, and boron) to cellulose.
This bond is strong enough so that the nutrients do not leach, while weak enough for plant roots to successfully absorb nutrients. This allows the plant roots to take up nutrients “on-demand” throughout their growth cycle. This is unlike current synthetic fertilizers, which simply releases a stream of nutrients for a limited time, regardless of whether the plant actually requires them or not.
The end result of our technology is a novel delivery mechanism that allows greater nutrient uptake by the plant, resulting in healthier and more nutrient-dense crops.
The Benefits of Our Solutions
Higher Crop Yield
Thanks to improved nutrient delivery and uptake you can achieve higher yields at the same costs as current micronutrient fertilizers.
Better Crop Quality
Increased micronutrient uptake results in better taste and nutritional value
Acting as a carbon source, Soileos improves soil structure and feeds the natural soil microbes thereby increasing soil productivity.
Farmers can use existing equipment and Soileos creates no dust, smell, or phytotoxicity
Soileos is carbon neutral, EDTA-free, and does not leach from the soil.
Works In Alkaline Soil
Studies have shown that Soileos is effective in Alkaline soils.
The Proof Is in Our Plants
We’ve worked with leading research institutions like Integrated Crop Management Services (ICMS), AgQuest, Expert Agriculture, Floramaxx, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) to test our solutions extensively. These tests consisted of 26 trials on 936 plots growing 136,425 plants.
Crops included barley, birch trees, blueberries, broccoli, canola, corn, cucumber, flowers, grapes, lentils, lettuce, peas, tomatoes, and wheat.
The trials illustrated a consistent improvement in growth and yield. Some of the findings can be seen below.
Lucent Biosciences solutions provide comparable leaf color and health to the ‘hydroponic optimum’ and is superior to commercial slow-release fertilizer.