Novel iron chelate corrects and prevents iron deficiencies


After more than a decade of work and research, Tradecorp has released Islife 8.2, a novel iron chelate that corrects and prevents iron deficiencies even in unfavorable conditions, such as calcareous and alkaline soils with extreme pH conditions.

Thanks to its exclusive chelating agent, IsliFe 8.2 has a unique feature: progressive biodegradability, which combines biodegradability with high availability of iron throughout the crop cycle.

Amongst the advantages of IsliFe is its high iron content (8.2%), which is greater than that of other chelates with similar characteristics and stability. It also guarantees a 100% chelation grade and a high stability constant, which allows for the protection of iron against possible interactions that could limit its effectiveness.

In addition, IsliFe 8.2 presents a wide range of pH stability of the chelated fraction (3-11).

“(This) makes it an ideal solution for the prevention and correction of iron deficiencies in extreme pH conditions," said José Nolasco, Tradecorp's Director of Innovation and Strategy. This stability differentiates IsliFe 8.2 from other biodegradable chelates available on the market which "show stability up to a pH close to 7.”

The agronomic trials developed by Tradecorp in collaboration with independent research centers revealed the efficacy of the product, even when applied in lower doses than other products available on the market. IsliFe 8.2 provides a fast correction of iron chlorosis, as the chlorophyll synthesis increases immediately after its application. Because of its persistence, it also efficiently provides iron to the plant throughout the crop cycle, even after months of the application.

One of the differentiating features of IsliFe 8.2 when compared to other chelates on the market is its progressive biodegradability, "which simultaneously allows for a low environmental impact, thanks to its degradation; and a high persistence, by progressively and gradually degrading throughout the crop cycle, " stated Nolasco.

Because of its innovative chelating agent, IsliFe 8.2 is not included in the current fertilizer legislations. According to Sara Tormo, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Tradecorp, the company has already started the registration process in some countries.

“Registration requirements as well as times vary from one country to another,” noted Tormo. “As a consequence, in some countries – like Australia – we could launch immediately, while in others – like Mexico – the process could take up to two years.”

Regarding the introduction of this product in the European market, Tradecorp has already requested the amendment of legislation along with the inclusion of a new type of fertilizer. Tormo explained: “By the end of this year, we expect approval from the Spanish authorities. With this approval, we will begin mutual recognition procedures for other countries within the European Union".

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