Agricultural innovators Levity CropScience, are launching Sulis for Soft Fruit, a pioneering new product that improves maturity in soft fruit, building brix and colour in fruit at this years Fruit Focus event.
Sulis works by supplying molybdenum and boron in a special formulation that helps the fruit maximize the function of the enzymes responsible for the maturation process in soft fruit crops, building better levels of colour and brix to allow earlier picking. Levity MD Anna Weston said “Sulis promotes the processes of maturation that are normally triggered by the hormone ABA. Importantly Sulis does this without causing a spike in ethylene which can retard shelf life and create quality problems”
Anna explains “The processes of maturation require molybdenum and boron, but as moly does not produce visible deficiency symptoms the enzymes often are not adequately functioning leading to a slow build of colour and sugars. The chemistry in Sulis uses these nutrients alongside natural chemistry developed by Levity’s team of crop scientists, that actively encourage the functioning of the plants natural process of maturity, whilst ensuring these key nutrients in the process are available. ”
She adds “Sulis also contains cell wall stabilisers, so that whilst colour and sugars build the developing fruit can also maintain firmness. Normally there is a trade off between colour and sugar formation and softening, Sulis is designed to manage this process so that farmers can get the taste they need whilst still picking fruit that’s firm”.
Levity Commercial Director Mike Peters MBE, said “Sulis is one of a range of products developed by Levity’s scientists to address the four key unmet needs of soft fruit growers. Levity will be launching Sulis at this years Fruit Focus event on the 20th of July where our research team will be there to explain how Sulis and Levity’s other products for soft fruit work and to give agronomic advice to growers.”