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Researchers at ISSA: Presented Findings on Surfactant Seed Coating Technology

Published on 2013-05-22. Author : SpecialChem

PAULSBORO, N.J. -- Dr. Matt Madsen of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and representatives from Aquatrols Corporation of America recently presented new findings on a patent-pending surfactant seed coating technology at the International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals (ISAA).

Dr. Madsen presented the research in April at the 10th meeting of the ISAA, which attracted 500 of the world's leaders in agricultural surfactant and adjuvant technologies.

Madsen disclosed the results of a study conducted in July and August 2012 at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, Oregon. His findings showed that seed coating technology may provide a novel approach for delivering soil surfactants in water repellent environments and aid in seed establishment of new golf course greens and sports fields.

Throughout the study, surfactant seed coating technology was shown to ameliorate a severely water repellent soil and subsequently increase root-zone water reserves for turf grass seedling emergence, cover, and biomass production.

Madsen stated that the merger of seed coating and surfactant technologies could potentially reduce the cost, time and amount of seed needed in the agricultural, horticultural and turf grass industries. In light of increasing demands on water sources and diminishing supplies, this may provide a solution to addressing water scarcity issues.

Though there is more research to be done, Aquatrols is optimistic about Madsen's findings and the enormous potential behind this surfactant seed coating technology.

"These results reinforce our belief that surfactant seed coating technology can play an important role in addressing the serious issues related to water scarcity," said Aquatrols President Tracy Jarman. "Our work with Dr. Madsen underscores our company's commitment to developing new and innovative solutions to the challenges of tomorrow," she added.

The collaboration between Aquatrols and Dr. Madsen is the result of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that the company signed with the ARS last year and is intended to further develop and apply technology that Madsen began developing while he was a graduate student at Brigham Young University.

About the Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the USDA's chief in-house research agency. The ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems that Americans face every day. The ARS conducts over 800 research projects in more than 90 locations worldwide.

About Aquatrols

Aquatrols is one of the world's leader in the development of soil surfactants, wetting agents, and other technologies that optimize soil-water-plant interactions. For more than 50 years, they have been changing the way the world grows by providing reliable and beneficial products to managers in the turf, agriculture, greenhouse & nursery, and snowmaking industries. They currently have a significant presence in the American, Canadian, and International markets. Each division plays a unique but collaborative role in advancing their ultimate goal of sustainable water use and global resource conservation. Their company aspires to discover, develop, produce, commercialize, and support products that bring agronomic, economic, and environmental benefit to each of its customers.

Source: Aquatrols

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