Albit improves overwintering, frost resistance of winter
cereals and other crops
agricultural practice, Albit has a good record as an effective anti-stressant.
Plants treated with Albit become more resistant to low temperatures,
chilling, dramatic temperature fluctuations. Albit increases plant frost
resistance (by 25% according to field trial
results at under extremely continental conditions in Kalmykia, and by
30% in greenhouse experiment in China, 2012), improves the overwintering
of winter crops (by 20% according to the Lithuanian
Institute of Agriculture, 2013-2014).
In Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture in 2013-2014, efficacy of Albit
was assessed in comparison with highly effective chemical fungicide (a.i.
fludioxonyl). Seed treatment of winter wheat with Albit and in tank mix
with fungicide was used. Adding of Albit to fungicide considerably improved
overwintering of plants in conditions of snowless frosty winter (Fig.
1). In variant with fungicide, persistence of overwintered plants was
91.6%, however in variant with Albit – 103.4%, in variant with Albit
+ fungicide it was 114.7%.
Fig. 1. Effect of seed treatment of winter wheat with
chemical fungicide and Albit on overwintering (Lithuanian Institute of
Also, Albit is effective for revival of winter
crops after overwintering. The plants, weakened by winter,
herbicides and root rots, respond to Albit treatment with dramatic
increase of productivity. For example, in ZAO AF “Agrokomplex” (“Kolos”
farm Vyselkovsky district, Krasnodar krai) in 2006 on winter wheat
var. Yubileinaya 100, foliar spraying with Albit after overwintering
in tank mix with herbicide and fungicide gave yield increase 0.61 t/ha
over chemical treatment (herbicide and fungicide without Albit). Analogous
application of Albit in the farm of Jonathan Leuenberger (Dudingen,
Switzerland, 2012) on winter wheat var. Titlis gave yield
increase 0.46 t/ha. In this field trial, Albit treatment allowed to
fully abort spring foliar spraying with fungicide. In ZÀÎ «Agrisfera»
(village Starokorsunskaya, Krasnodar krai, 2004) adding of Albit in
tank mix to herbicide during spring treatment of winter barley var. Mihailo provided
yield increase 0.5 t/ha.
In Kalmykia Republic in 2012, winter wheat was damaged
after severe spring morning frosts without snowpack (temperatures on
soil down up -20°C). In the beginning of tillering stage, a severe damages
of plants and irregular vegetation of crop were observed. Albit treatment
(1 fold, 50 mL/ha with herbicide) promoted active growth of plants, and
the wheat had dark green color. As a result, significant yield increase
was obtained (25% over herbicide treatment, “40 let VLKSM” farm, Priyutnenskii
After overwintering of winter canola var. Sherpa, applying
of Albit (foliar spraying) allowed to obtain a world yield
record of 6.86 t/hà (Voore farm, Estonia, 2015).
In the National Institute of Grapevine and Wine (Magarach,
Crimea) a long-term field trials on assessment of influence of Albit
on overwintering of grapevine (var. Cabernet Sauvignon,
Moldova, Asma, Italian muscadine) were conducted. Coefficient of fruiting,
content of starch in shoots, differentiation of shoots were assessed.
It was shown that ability of grapevines to endure of frosts increased
by 22.4–27.9%. Also, Albit increased ability of grapevine to
restore after frosts by 28.7%. Albit application allows to shift
the border of temperatures into lower side for all varieties of grapevine
(ca. by 2°C).
Foliar spraying with Albit also protects vegetable crops against
low temperatures. For example, on cucumbers high protective effect was
observed in greenhouse farm Yongqing (Hebei province, China) (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Influence of Albit treatment on recovering of
cherry garden after frosts (China, 2014)
Also, protective effect of Albit against frosts was observed on seedlings
of woody plants, for example, heat-loving pecan. As shown
on Fig. 3, control plants of pecan were damaged after low temperatures,
however plants after Albit treatment easily endured this stress.
Fig. 3. Seedlings of pecan var. Eliot,
Check – control, Treated – plants treated with Albit (Georgia, USA, 2014)