Stress-blocking plant technology receives green light in California

By Mary Ellen Shoup contact

- Last updated on GMT

LandFresh can now be used among tomato growers in California. ©GettyImages / kruwt
LandFresh can now be used among tomato growers in California. ©GettyImages / kruwt

Related tags: Agriculture

Plants undergo a lot of early environmental stressors pre- and post-harvest and a solution by AgroFresh can block the elements that take a toll on plants.

AgroFresh provides pre- and post-harvest food preservation and growth enhancing solutions for produce farmers worldwide. 

The patented-protected technology, LandSpring​, can be applied as a liquid via a spray system to melons, tomatoes, and other crops to guard against environmental conditions such as heat, cold, salinity, and UV rays, resulting in higher yields, AgroFresh claims. 

The technology recently received regulatory approval for use on tomato crops in California, which represents approximately 80% of the US tomato market, according to the company. 

Growers in most parts of the US have used LandSpring since it debuted in the US market in 2016.

"The benefit for our customers is even greater, as our pre-harvest technology provides advantages from the early growth stage, ultimately resulting in superior produce quality, loss reduction and a bigger return,"​ said AgroFresh CEO Jordi Ferre.

How does it work?

LandSpring technology is classified as a plant-growth regulator (PGR) for pre-transplant used on seedlings to help the plant withstand transplanting and other natural stressors when applied one to five days before transplanting. 

The active ingredient in LandSpring is 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), which closely resembles ethylene (a hormone involved in numerous aspects of growth, development, and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants) allowing it to preferentially bind to ethylene receptors within the plant when applied ahead of a stress event.

As a result of application, LandSpring prevents the ethylene signals that would prompt a plant to reduce growth processes in response to stress.

Because of the use of 1-MCP, LandSpring, it does not qualify as organic, according to the USDA Organic Certification Program.

"Unlike many other PGRs, LandSpring technology does not directly change the plant’s metabolism. It simply blocks ethylene from reaching receptors and therefore reduces the plant’s negative response to stress factors,"​ the company said.


Related news

Related products

show more

High Protein Snacks: Beyond the Protein Bar

High Protein Snacks: Beyond the Protein Bar

International Dehydrated Foods | 06-Mar-2019 | Technical / White Paper

As snacking becomes more of an ingrained part of the American diet, it will be increasingly important for snacks to deliver nutrition benefits, including...

Color plus clean labels from a proven ingredient

Color plus clean labels from a proven ingredient

Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. | 04-Mar-2019 | Product Brochure

BriesSpecialty™ Malt Flours offer natural color and flavor adjustment for cookies, breads and other grain-based goods. Ranging in color from light to black,...

Related suppliers


Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.

Follow us


View more