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BioTelo Agri

March 31, 2008  By Fruit & Vegetable


For many years, the majority of
growers have been using plastic mulch to prevent weeds and to increase
soil temperatures. But at the end of the season, growers must remove
the plastic mulch and dispose of it in landfill sites, a practice that
generates costs and is not ecological.

For many years, the majority of growers have been using plastic mulch to prevent weeds and to increase soil temperatures. But at the end of the season, growers must remove the plastic mulch and dispose of it in landfill sites, a practice that generates costs and is not ecological. BioTelo Agri is the end result of a new Italian technology. This new mulch is exclusively made of Mater-Bi, a cornstarch-based raw
material (without any genetically modified elements) that allows micro-organisms in the soil to transform the mulch into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass. No toxic residue is left in the soil, which helps to reduce the impact on the environment, especially in regard to the warming of the planet, and the quality of water and soil. Tests made on BioTelo Agri show that we get the same agronomical parameters and productivity as with plastic mulch films, and in some cases even better results.  For the past three years, more than 3,200 hectares (8,000 acres) of BioTelo Agri  have been used in Europe. BioTelo Agri is exclusively distributed in North America by Dubois Agrinovation.  It is available in two types of duration – four and six months. A 24-month mulch is also offered on a trial basis only.

For more information, visit www.duboisag.com, or call Eric at
1-800-667-6279


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