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About us?
BioAtlantis Ltd. is a Kerry-based biotechnology company involved in the manufacture of natural nutraceutical products from seaweeds with proven health benefits for plant, animal and human applications. Since 2004, BioAtlantis Ltd. has established and developed markets in 30 countries across Europe, the USA, the Middle East, South America and Asia. The clear focus of the company is to continuously develop new markets. This demands an unrelenting emphasis on premium quality products, conclusive technical data and excellent customer service. Seaweed extract “Plant Strengtheners” are widely used by high-value fruit and vegetable growers, tree growers, green-keepers and sports turf managers to optimize growth, yield, quality and visual appearance in crops and amenities. BioAtlantis manufacture a number of seaweed extracts including highly concentrated extracts of Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria spp.. BioAtlantis Ltd. also manufactures a range of products certified for use in organic farming systems, which are also suitable for the home gardener or allotment keeper. For animal and poultry producers, particularly for intensively farmed monogastrics livestock, the BioAtlantis GutCare range has been developed which utilizes synergistic bioactive molecules extracted from brown seaweed to boost performance indices (weight gain, feed efficiency and nutrient utilization), immunity and gastrointestinal microbiology when included in animal feeds.

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What is so special about BioAtlantis’ seaweed extracts and plant strengthener products?
1. BioAtlantis products are designed to solve problems associated with stress. We focus on identifying important bioactives and verifying their activity with experiments conducted in conjunction with our academic partners and via field trial verification.
2. They are highly soluble and will not block sprayers.
3. Formulations are designed to ensure maximum bioavailability of macro and micronutrients added to BioAtlantis seaweed extract.
4. Our products are manufactured using the most modern food processing equipment, in a fully automated facility that is highly ergonomic.
5. BioAtlantis products are highly economical. We target a 3:1 return on investment (ROI) for growers. The application cost per hectare is quite low versus the ROI.
6. BioAtlantis is the only biotechnology company worldwide extracting Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed plant strengtheners at a 50% concentration rate. With such a concentration of bioactive material in our products, we offer the most concentrated seaweed extract worldwide with 500g/L. BioAtlantis also has the capacity and technology to purify key bioactives from our raw material.

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Are BioAtlantis products organically certified?
Our products have been awarded the Organic Trust Limited certification making them acceptable for use in organic markets in the European Union.
Several BioAtlantis products are also OMRI listed, allowing for use in organic farming within the United States. this includes extracts of Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria species of seaweed.

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Where is BioAtlantis based?
Our main office is located in Tralee, County Kerry on the West of Ireland. It is easily accessible by air via either Cork or Kerry Airport. The seaweed is also harvested on the west coast of Ireland. These shores are bathed by the Gulf Stream current which keeps water temperature and quality at optimum levels for the Atlantic fauna and flora to thrive. Our automated seaweed extraction facility is also located close to our seaweed resource near Kanturk, Co. Cork.

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Who benefits from BioAtlantis seaweed extracts and plant strengthener products?
Producers who have maximized crop yields through the use of liquid or foliar fertilizers, macronutrients and micronutrients, would benefit from using plant strengtheners or seaweed extracts (Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria spp.) manufactured by BioAtlantis Ltd. This producer may benefit by 5 to 10% by increasing plant/crop tolerance to stress. The organic grower may benefit from increased microbial activity in the soil, shorter production time through seed stimulation and the reduction in abiotic stress in plants. Distributors looking for profitable margins can also benefit from seaweed extracts and plant strengtheners manufactured by BioAtlantis Ltd, as these products are widely used to increase yield in commercial crop agriculture. Growers who want to increase crop agricultural yield/output or improve their return on investment with fruit and vegetables of higher marketable grade, can also benefit from plant strengtheners or seaweed extracts manufactured by BioAtlantis Ltd. Retailers who wish to sell organic products free from pesticide may also benefit as BioAtlantis products are naturally derived.

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How do I know that BioAtlantis products work?
The properties of BioAtlantis products have been verified by research partnerships through associations with several universities. Much of the initial research was done under the FUSION program with AFBI. Since then, BioAtlantis has continued to implement a research strategy in collaboration with Queens University Belfast and University College Cork. BioAtlantis is always happy to provide our potential customers with samples so they can make up their own mind and see for themselves how BioAtlantis products work. For a summary of the scientific studies undertaken on BioAtlantis products in plant and crop agriculture, please Click here. For the associated bibliography, please click here.

Among the scientifically-proven benefits of seaweed extract products manufactured by BioAtlantis are:
 

  • Super Fifty®, the World’s most concentrated seaweed extract derived from Ascophyllum nodosum (500g/L), is shown in scientific studies to:
    1. Enhance performance, yield and marketable grade in fruit and vegetables. 
    2. Enhance yield in abiotic stress conditions (e.g. salinity problems).
    3. Stimulate rooting.
    4. Contain exceptionally high levels of antioxidants.
    For a summary of scientific findings relating to the effects of Super Fifty® seaweed extract on enhancing plant growth and performance, please Click here.

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  • Ecolicitor®, also an extract of Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, is shown to enhance seed emergence, root growth and shoot growth and also reduced plant tissue damage. For details on scientific studies describing the effects of Ecolicitor® on increasing plant growth and performance, please Click here.
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  • Nematec®, an extract of Laminaria digitata has been shown to crop performance, yield and marketable grade (e.g. potato crop).  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


    For a list of peer reviewed papers associated with the BioAtlantis GutCare™ range used in animal production please Click here.


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    How to purchase BioAtlantis seaweed extracts (Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria spp.)?

  • Direct query:
    To buy BioAtlantis seaweed extracts (Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria spp.) and other products designed for use in enhancing crop yield, quality and marketable grade, please contact sales[at]bioatlantis[dot]com.


  • Agricultural products: For our full range of agricultural products and seaweed extracts, please Click here.

  • Formulation ingredients: For our full range of formulation ingredients and seaweed extract ingredients, please Click here.

  • Sports turf: For our ‘Ocean Green’ portfolio of natural products and seaweed extracts, please Click here.

  • Home and garden: natural products and seaweed extracts for use in home in garden can be obtained by clicking here.


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    What is Laminaria spp.?
    This genus represents thirty one species of brown algae which are commonly known as “kelp”. This genus is characterized by long, leathery laminae and large size. It is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean at depths from 8m to 30m, depending on the degree of solar illumination. Certain species of Laminaria have been shown to contain bioactive elements that have significant benefits in several applications, thereby providing natural solutions for modern day problems. For information on seaweed extract products used in crop production (click here). Information on scientific studies undertaken on BioAtlantis seaweed extract products can be obtained (here). For seaweed extract-based products used in animal production (click here).

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    What is Ascophyllum nodosum?
    Ascophyllum nodosum is a brown seaweed closely related to Fucus. It is recognisable by single bladders in long, flattened fronds. The fronds hang downwards draping sheltered intertidal rocks. Many fronds grow from the base and the plant generally regenerates new fronds from the base when one of the larger fronds becomes damaged. Ascophyllum nodosum is harvested for use in alginates, fertilisers and for the manufacture of seaweed meal for animal consumption. It has also long been used as an organic fertilizer. For information on seaweed extract products used in crop production (click here). Information on scientific studies undertaken on BioAtlantis seaweed extract products can be obtained (here). For seaweed extract-based products used in animal production (click here).

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    Why are plant root bacteria so important?
    The importance of soil microbial dynamics in crop health is well known, with species such as Pseudomonas florescens commonly used as biocontrol agents to enhance crop health and responsiveness to pathogen.

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    What does “chelated iron” mean?
    Bioavailability of iron (Fe) to plants in its mineral form can be low. Chelated iron is the soluble form of the element Fe. When soluble in water, it is readily available for assimilation by plants. Ferriton is a BioAtlantis product that offers our Ascophyllum nodosom seaweed extract supplemented with bioavailable chelated multivalent cations such as iron, copper, and zinc.


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    What is laminarin?
    Laminarin is the principal reserve polymeric carbohydrate in seaweeds. Laminarin is a polysaccharide comprising 16 to 31 linked glucose residues, mainly of (1,3)(1,6) linked ß-D-glucans. It is found exclusively in the fronds of brown algae, mainly of the Laminaria genus such as Laminaria hyperborea, Laminaria digitata.
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    What does laminarin do?
    Laminarin is known to have prebiotic properties and thus may stimulate growth of beneficial bacteria.
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    What is fucoidan?
    Fucoidans are heteropolymeric carbohydrates found in the cell walls of Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria species. They are sulphated polysaccharides composed of α-(1-3) and/or α-(1-4) linked α-L-fucose subunits.
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    What are the properties of fucoidan as a Plant Strengthener?
    Fucoidans are known to be potent antioxidants when tested in trials for inhibition of superoxide radical and hydroxyl radical formation. Antioxidants counteract the damage by free radicals and oxidative stress, thereby preventing premature aging and chronic disease. Fucoidans have also been reported to have several pharmacological or therapeutic properties, exhibiting anti-bacterial, anti-viral (HIV), anti-tumour, anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive and anticoagulatory effects.
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    What is alginate?
    Alginate is a polyuronide consisting of ß-(1,4)-D-mannuronic acid and α-(1,4)-L-guluronic acid that is found in the cell wall of brown algae. In human and animal models they can function as heavy metal binders, cell immobilisers and immune system stimulators. Oligoalginates are known to act as prebiotics, stimulating growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine and in the soil.

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    How do antioxidants work?
    Antioxidants mop up and quench free radicals and oxidation reactions that lead to oxidative stress in biological organisms. Ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) analysis have demonstrated that BioAtlantis products and seaweed extracts contain considerable levels of antioxidant content. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) In fact, results have shown that seaweed extracts tested are several times more potent than foods commonly associated with high antioxidant activity such as orange juice and green tea.

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    What are the roles of Amino-Acids in plants cells?
    Amino acids are the building block of life. Plants require amino acids for a variety of function which range from key intracellular processes including cell signaling and gene expression, to growth and development of plant structures such as root systems, and they are also required in fruit formation.

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    How much product do I need to see an improvement in my crop?
    BioAtlantis products contain bioactives which work optimally at low concentrations.  Dilute your 1L drum of Super Fifty seaweed extract into 1000L to approach optimum lab results. Trials results are .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    My crops are showing discolouration signs, what is the best BioAtlantis product to solve my problem?
    Discolouration, also called chlorosis, is a common sign of plant stress. BioAtlantis offers a whole range of formulations and seaweed extracts derived from Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria species to suit your needs. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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    When do I need to apply BioAtlantis products for the best result?
    Depending on your crop, timing of application varies. Application rates and timings for products and seaweed extracts are provided on our labels and are .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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