Micronutrients 2.0

It's time for a Micronutrient upgrade.

The micronutrient fertilizer space has seen few patents or innovations over the last few decades, which is a problem because many current solutions (like chelates, oxides and oxy-sulphates) are expensive relative to their benefits, cannot deliver the right amount of nutrients when plants need them and are ineffective in alkaline soil.

Soileos Is the Smart Solution

Soileos is a new kind of 'smart' fertilizer that will revolutionize your agricultural operation.

Soileos uses cellulose as a natural delivery agent, instead of synthetic molecules like EDTA. Over time, the cellulose decomposes naturally and becomes a source of carbon in the soil. 

Soileos also provides plants with nutrients in their most bioavailable state, resulting in crops with higher nutrient density in their tissues, which can directly address micronutrient deficiencies in humans.

In contrast, current solutions like chelates don’t fortify the soil, don’t decompose, and can ultimately end up transporting heavy metals into groundwater.

Developed by an international team of scientists, Soileos’s core innovation is a process that binds bioavailable nutrients (such as iron, manganese, and zinc) to cellulose.

This bond is strong enough so that the nutrients do not leach, while weak enough for plant roots to successfully absorb nutrients. This allows the plant roots to take up nutrients “on demand” throughout their growth cycle. This is unlike current synthetic fertilizers, which simply release a stream of nutrients for a limited time, regardless of whether the plant actually requires them or not. 

The end result of Soileos’s novel delivery mechanism is a higher uptake of nutrients in plant tissue, resulting in healthier and more nutrient-dense crops.

The Proof is in our plants

We’ve worked to extensively test our products in over 50 small plot trials utilizing independent research organizations and universities as well as with 40 farms on over 1,000 acres of land with cereal crops, oilseeds, berries, vegetables and special crops.

Our trials in 2019 and 2020 demonstrate a consistent improvement in growth and yield. in 2021, Lucent BioSciences partnered with IN10T to confirm the performance of Soileos in large scale farm demonstration trials on canola, corn, lentil, soybean, and wheat crops across Canada and the United States. For these trials, in-season qualitative assessments were completed by Professional Agronomists to compare Soileos fertilized strips to untreated check strips. 

Some of the findings can be seen below. 

Plant Quality

Five randomly selected corn ears from Soileos Zinc (right) appear larger with better grain fill as compared to the untreated check (left) after a severe (D2) drought. August 6, 2021 – Stacyville, Iowa.

Lettuce Trials

Lettuce Grown in Soil with Soileos

Our trials found that the use of Soileos resulted in higher quality and overall weight of lettuce crops, as well as higher average head weight. 

The use of Soileos also did not result in any phytotoxic effect — even when extreme overdosing took place. 

With Soileos, average head weight increased from ~280 grams to well over 400 grams.

Field Trial Results

Broccoli, canola, corn, wheat, and lentil trials delivered similar results, with the use of Soileos once again resulting in bigger plants and significantly higher yield.

With Soileos, average broccoli head diameter increased from ~16.4cm to more than 17cm.

Canola yield was ~1,350 kg/ha with Soileos, 14% more than with another fertilizer.

Corn yield with Soileos was ~11,000 kg/ha, a massive 41% more than that of a competing product.

Soileos provided an increase of 12% in wheat yield compared to to another fertilizer. 

Lentil stand count increased from just over 100 plants/m² to ~160 plants/m².

Lentil yield was 40% more with Soileos, increasing from roughly 105 kg/ha with another fertilizer to more than 150 kg/ha with Soileos.

Transforming Modern Agriculture

We’re committed to helping farmers improve operational efficiency by delivering higher yields and better quality. But it’s also important that Soileos be an overall force for good. We want to create sustainable, carbon-neutral, non-toxic, non-polluting fertilizers that regenerate soil and protect the environment. 

With this in mind, Soileos not only improves soil quality long-term and reduces run-off pollution and burn risk. In one trial where five times the recommended amount of Soileos was used, it still improved yield, which would never happen with traditional fertilizers.

Visit our About Us page, or our company site Lucent Bio, to learn more about our mission.