While the importance of (Si) in agriculture is poorly accepted, it will be when the consequences of adding (Si) to the soil are properly understood! In the past everyone thought that (Si) was not needed except as an ordinary constituent of the soil. Now it is slowly being accepted as an important beneficial element inside plants for their proper functioning.
Dr Victoria Fernández, from the Forest Genetics and Eco-physiology Research Group, School of Forest Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid, has the story for New Age International. She tackles the answers to some of these questions in scientific and applied terms, stressing the great market potential and usefulness of foliar nutrient sprays as a more target-oriented, sustainable and environmentally-friendly complementary fertilisation method.