Evaluation of performance of ferti-activator Sanbio PLANTA on the productivity and quality of vine varieties ´Portuguese´ and ´Silvaner´in Germany

Laucha, Germany (October 06, 2014) – Vines have been cultivated since AD 998 on the hillsides lining the Saale and the Unstrut rivers which lend their name to the small, but growing, Saale-Unstrut region. It is among the northernmost of Europe’s traditional wine regions. Due to this and the cooler climate, the weather is more variable than in the regions in the west. As such, many of the vines are planted on labor-intensive stone terraces that help temper the climate. Yields are low and Spätlese or Auslese can be produced only in exceptionally warm years. The wines are labelled as varietals and, with the exception of extremely rare dessert wines, all wines are vinified dry and have a refreshing acidity.

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of ferti-activator Sanbio PLANTA on productivity and quality of vine variety ´Portuguese´ and ´Silvaner´.

This study was executed in cooperation with the winegrower Wolfgang Voigt, located in Laucha, Saale-Unstrut region, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

1.  Materials and methods

Table 1. Basic data

Season 2014
Location Germany, State Saxony-Anhalt, Laucha, Dorndorfer Rappen, Gemarkung 37 Laucha, Flur 12-84/1
Direction South                         
Angle Plot Portuguese: 30° Plot Silvaner: 10° – 15°
Organization Winegrower Wolfgang Voigt
Crop Vine
Variety Portuguese, Silvaner
Trial field 1 block system, plant spacing 1.0-1.3m
Soil quality Lime gravel with loessic loam, transition to weathered red sandstone and keuper
Climate Continental, with warm, dry summers and cold winters
Rainfall Annual 729mm (resp. 92% of long-term average 789mm)
Test product Sanbio PLANTA, manufactured by SANBOS GmbH, Germany
Dosage 10 g/plant, 5 l water/plant
No. of applications 1
Date of planting 1986
Date of application 03/04/2014
Date of harvest Plot Portuguese: 27/09/2014 Plot Silvaner: 05/10/2014
Scoring Yield, sugar content

Table 2. Product presentation of Sanbio PLANTA

Product name Composition Description Application
Sanbio PLANTA Activated blend of natural seaweed, nutrients, trace elements, selectively and adapted highly effective natural bacterial cultures and mycorrhiza fungi, activated by SANBIO  Biocatalytical Stimulation Technology Fertilizer and biological activator (certified in France, Germany, EC, USA)Stimulation of plant growth and immunityBetter protection against fungal diseases and biotic and abiotic stressBetter control of factors favorable to plant growthBetter germination and growth of vegetation and development of roots and shootsColonization of roots by beneficial microorganismsBetter mobilization and assimilation of nutrientsEarly flowering and maturationIncreased production and improved quality Dosage: 1.5 kg / ha in 200-500 l of water   No. of application: 1-2   Mode of application: Soil application   Stage of application: 3-5 leaf stage  

2.   Results

Table 3. Productive performance

Treatment   Control Portuguese PLANTA Portuguese Control Silvaner PLANTA Silvaner
Weight (N=1) Kg 1.80 2.08 6.06 7.43
 Sugar content Öchsle Brix 75 18.2 86 20.7 70 17.1 78 18.9

Figure 1. Yield calculated as weight of grapes per vine plant (kg)

The yield calculated as weight of grapes per vine plant was increased by +0.208 kg/vine plants, resp. +15.7% of Portuguese
+1.37 kg/vine plants, resp. +22.6% of Silvaner.

Figure 2. Sugar content in °Brix

3.  Pictures

Picture 3. Plot ´Portuguese´ at trial start

Picture 4. Plot ´Silvaner´ at trial start

Picture 5. Application of PLANTA into the planting hole as dry powder

Picture 6. Flushing of fresh water onto PLANTA powder

Picture 7. Plot ´Portugues´ at harvest

Picture 8. Bunch of grapes ´Portugues´ at harvest

Picture 9. Vine ´Portuguese

Picture 10. Vine ´Silvaner´

4.  Conclusion

To summarize, the present study shows significantly positive effects of ferti-activator Sanbio PLANTA on productive performance of vine.

The positive effects at glance:

  • Higher harvest
  • Higher sugar content.