A. LA TORRE, V. BATTAGLIA and F. CARADONIA
Consiglio per la ricerca e la sperimentazione in agricoltura - Centro di ricerca per la patologia vegetale, Via C. G. Bertero, 22 - 00156, Rome, Italy
LA TORRE, A., V. BATTAGLIA and F. CARADONIA, 2013. Legal aspects of the use of plant strengtheners (biostimulants) in Europe. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 19: 1183-1189
Some EU member states allow the use in agriculture of a class of substances, known as plant strengtheners, under national laws. Plant strengtheners (biostimulants) enhance the resistance of plants to harmful organisms and protect plants against non-parasitic impairments. They are “borderline” products because the boundaries between plant protection products and fertilizers are not clear and univocal. There is no European regulatory framework for these substances. This fragmented and contradictory situation can prejudice the fair productive competitiveness of agriculture systems in Europe.