Albina

For Quality, Shelf Life and Health.

Key Benefits

Firmer fruit

Increased flower and fruit setting

Extended post-harvest shelf life

Reduced physiological disorders

Reduced susceptibility to disease

Improved growth during heat and cold stress

Highly Efficient Calcium Absorption

Technical Data:

Albina is a pioneering new product that can reduce physiological disorders, improve flower set, fruit holding, and improves firmness and shelf life of fruit and vegetable crops. Albina uses LoCal technology to help plants absorb calcium, a nutrient that can improve quality but is poorly absorbed by plants.

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Conventional fertiliser is wasteful and environmentally unstable

Most growers know that calcium is important for fruit and vegetable crops, as it can improve cell wall strength, which has a positive effect on shelf life, firmness and ability to withstand diseases and physiological disorders. However when you look at the scientific evidence it becomes clear that the calcium applied to fruit and vegetable crops does not always end up where it is needed. Calcium is poorly absorbed by flowers and fruit therefore a lot of the calcium farmers apply to their crops is wasted as fruit are not able to absorb it efficiently.

So why is it the case that calcium absorption is so erratic? Calcium absorption is strongly linked to the transport of auxin, a plant hormone. In plants auxins are not evenly distributed, so some parts of a crop can absorb calcium well and others can’t.

As fruit and vegetables grow and mature their ability to absorb calcium decreases and when crops are sprayed with foliar calcium, the leaves and very young fruit will absorb it, but maturing fruits will not. Usually it is exactly the fruit that can’t absorb the calcium that farmers are targeting, in order to improve firmness and post harvest shelf life and prevent disorders. This is why results from conventional calcium fertilisers are so erratic, sometimes the fruit can’t absorb calcium into fruit and the input is wasted.

Albina contains Levity’s pioneering LoCal technology, to stimulate calcium absorption into parts of crops where conventional products cannot. It can help farmers get firmness, fruit set and shelf-life to higher standards using very low inputs. It can also reduce physiological disorders on a wide range of crops.

Prevents physiological disorders

Physiological disorders like bitter pit (apples), cracking (cherry), tip burn (lettuce and cabbage), blossom end rot (tomato, watermelon and pepper), black heart (celery), end spot (avocado), soft nose (mango) and cork spot (pear) are closely related to local calcium deficiency. Often when calcium related disorders occur on crops the plants as a whole are not deficient in calcium. Indeed even the fruit is only deficient in small areas. It therefore makes sense to understand why only small parts of the plant have a problem, and treat the problem not just the symptom. Albina corrects the local calcium deficiency that leads to these important physiological problems, by allowing proper transport of calcium into the problem areas. This means farmers can use low rates and get great results.

Improves flower set and fruit retention

Albina is a very effective product for ensuring good setting of flowers, and good retention of fruit. Levity research shows that treating crops during flowering and stress conditions improves the number and size of fruits harvested.

Reduces disease susceptibility

Calcium is important in maintaining strong cell walls, and in cell to cell adhesion both critical factors in promoting plant health. Plants with good calcium status are less likely to become infected with diseases, and Albina has been demonstrated to help reduce disease susceptibility on a wide range of crops.

Improves growth during high temperatures

Albina can be used to help maintain normal growth rates during periods of high temperature growing conditions.

Improves post harvest shelf life

Pre-harvest applications of Albina are an effective way of extending post harvest shelf life, and firmness in fruit and vegetable crops. Mature fruit are naturally less able to absorb calcium, but Albina is easily absorbed allowing good performance close to harvest.

Albina Insights

At levity, we know that science makes the difference. Our team of scientist’s regularly upload insights explaining the science behind our products, and why it works so well.

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Albina Published Papers

At levity, our science is proven, published and peer reviewed in the academic and scienctific community. Read our academic papers related to Albina here.

Albina Increases Yield

Albina, powered by LoCal technology allows parts of plants naturally less able to absorb calcium (fruits and flowers) to absorb it easily, allowing small doses to give large benefits.

In this study on tomato, Albina applications significantly improves yield by increasing both the number of fruits, and the size of fruit. Levity’s research shows improved fruit number and size in a wide range of crops including cucurbits, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes and peppers.

 

Albina Reduces Bitter Pit

Bitter Pit is a physiological disorder of apples, closely linked with calcium deficiency. Bitter pit occurs when calcium is low in fruit, even when the rest of the plant has adequate calcium.

Studies at Warsaw Agricultural University show that 3 x 1.5 (4.5) L/ha Albina corrected Bitter Pit, where  9  x 5 (45) L/ha of conventional calcium fertiliser did not. This is because Albina can be absorbed by the fruit.

Albina Reduces Bitter Pit

Bitter Pit is a physiological disorder of apples, closely linked with calcium deficiency. Bitter pit occurs when calcium is low in fruit, even when the rest of the plant has adequate calcium.

Studies at Warsaw Agricultural University show that 3 x 1.5 (4.5) L/ha Albina corrected Bitter Pit, where  9  x 5 (45) L/ha of conventional calcium fertiliser did not. This is because Albina can be absorbed by the fruit.

 

Albina increases post harvest shelf life

UK (2016) Independent trial looking at the effect of Levity’s LoCal tech (used in Albina) on post harvest firmness of strawberry.

  • 4 replicates of 160 plant plots.
  • 1x 1 L/ha application of Albina applied 2 days pre-harvest vs control.
  • 100 fruit per plot held in refrigerated storage.
  • Pressure tests taken at 7 and 14 days post harvest.

LoCal technology used in Albina gave a significant increase (P<0.05) in post harvest firmness on strawberries.

Application Rates

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CropApplicationAmountFrequencyImpact
Soft FruitFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 1-2 weeks through floweringImprove shelf life and reduce physiological disorders
Lettuce and leafy salad cropsFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 14 days from 3 leaf stageReduce tip burn and improve shelf life
Tomato, Pepper, Cucumber, Melon, Eggplant and other fruiting cropsFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 2 weeks through floweringRelieve stress
Fruit-trees, vines and hopsFoliar apply1L Per HaAt flowering and then 2 further applications (7-14 day intervals)Reduce physiological disorders
Broccoli and CauliflowerFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 2 weeks from formation of head until harvestReduce bruising
CeleryFoliar apply1L Per HaAt 3 leaf stage then every 14-20 daysPrevent black heart
Cabbages and Brussels SproutsFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 2-3 weeks after bud formationReduce internal browning and yellowing
Dragon FruitFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 3 weeks throughout seasonImproved fruit retention and health
BananaFoliar apply1L Per HaEvery 3-4 weeks throughout seasonIncreased fruit number and improved disease resistance
CitrusFoliar apply1L Per HaAfter flowering and then again after 14 daysImproved fruit retention

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