DARTMOUTH, NS, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Acadian Seaplants Limited has obtained product registration, with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), to become the first ever registered aquatic plant extract available in the Canadian agricultural market.
The recognition by CFIA of Stella Maris®, aquatic plant extract, as an approved supplement for use in commercial agriculture is a progressive step for Canada's innovative growers and provides a level playing field in the global agricultural marketplace. Acadian's seaweed extracts have been available in global markets for more than 30 years.
"It's a significant advancement for the Canadian agricultural industry," says Jean-Paul Deveau, President of Acadian Seaplants. "It provides growers with improved access to natural and effective solutions which contribute to the production of sustainable and profitable crops that improve growers' competitive position."
The new registration recognizes the unique benefits of Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed as part of a complete grower program. Stella Maris® works as a natural activator of the crops' own growth and defence mechanisms to improve root growth and resist temperature, drought, and salinity stress in order to maximize yield and crop qualities.
The seaweed that is used in Stella Maris® is exclusive to the pristine waters of Canada's East Coast and is exposed to extreme growing conditions. This environment has resulted in seaweed that has evolved biochemical compounds to overcome stress - protective properties that are then imparted to the crop with the application of Stella Maris®.
"The ability of plants used as food to overcome stress is going to be increasingly relevant to global food production and security," says Dr. Alan T. Critchley, VP of Research and Development at Acadian Seaplants. "Fluctuating temperatures and stress conditions impact crop quality and yields. Stella Maris®, as manufactured by Acadian Seplants, has been extensively researched and proven to mitigate these stresses."
Acadian Seaplants is a fully-integrated, bio-tech manufacturer of premium agricultural products, cultivated sea-vegetables and functional ingredients derived from select species of aquatic plants. In 1981, Acadian Seaplants was founded and established the seaweed industry in Canada. Today, Acadian Seaplants is the world leader in aquatic plant products for humans, animals and plants. Acadian's brands, which include Stella Maris®, Acadian® and Stimplex®, have been used as soil and foliar inputs on over 70 crops in more than 80 countries.
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