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For farmers, ‘plantitas:’ HormoGroe, natural plant growth stimulant

Good news for Filipino farmers and “plantitas” and “plantitos”! A new, natural plant product that stimulates root growth will soon be available in the market.

The plant stimulant yielded a positive result after being tested in coffee, cassava, banana, vegetables and some ornamental plants—such as gumamela and bougainvillea.

Scientifically proven and tested, HormoGroe, an innovative root growth enhancer, can speed up seed germination, induce rooting, enhance shoot growth and flowering in plantation crops, high value ornamentals, fruit trees and vegetables.

Researchers from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) established MakilingTek, a spin-off company that caters to the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of HormoGroe.

This was made possible through the Funding Assistance for Spin-Off and Translation of Research for Advancing Commercialization Program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

HormoGroe is made up of naturally occurring plant growth regulators that are nano-encapsulated to increase its utilization rate and reduce impact of environmental risks.

Project leader Dr. Lilia M. Fernando said this nano-formulated plant growth regulator is cost-effective and environment-friendly.

“Unlike other products available in the market, HormoGroe is not synthetic. It is naturally produced by bacteria and is nano-formulated,” she said.

Meanwhile, PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit expressed optimism that HormoGroe can increase production of good quality crops.

“As leader and partner of innovation, DOST-PCIEERD remains committed in delivering excellence to Filipino people through technologies that  foster vibrant production, food safety while ensuring care for the environment,” Paringit said.

“Making HormoGroe available and accessible to Filipino growers will enable them to contribute to food production in a sustainable manner.,” he noted.

The team revealed that HormoGroe will become commercially available by 2021 and it will be initially introduced and sold to farmer cooperatives and plantations as well as to retail stores through distribution channels.

The project team currently needs potential investors and partners for product distribution and testing to other crops.

For inquiries, please contact project leader Dr. Lilia M. Fernando at [email protected] or call +6349.536.1620.

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