Plant biostimulants under the new EU Fertiliser Product Regulation

Date: 1 August 2019

The new Fertiliser Product Regulation (FPR) 2019/1009 was published on 15 June 2019 and will fully apply from 16 July 2022. It defines plant biostimulants1 as products “stimulating plant nutrition processes independently of the product’s nutrient content with the sole aim of improving one or more of the following characteristics of the plant or the plant rhizosphere:
(a) nutrient use efficiency;
(b) tolerance to abiotic stress;
(c) quality traits;
(d) availability of confined nutrients in soil or rhizosphere”.

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1 Article 47 of Regulation 2019/1009 amending Article 3 of Regulation 1107/2009