Materials used in this chapter were published in the book Biostimulant Albit for
increasing yields and protection of agricultures against diseases, A.K. Zlotnikov,
Ed. Prof. ј. Melkumova. All-Russia Institute of Plant Protection, Russia, 2006.
Influence of Albit on tomato was examined in trials of All-Russia Institute of
Vegetable Selection and Seed Breeding, carried out in 2001 and 2003. According
to results of the trials, treatment with Albit increased average yield
of tomatoes by 46.7 centners/hectare (0.46 kg/m², or 23.4% over control). As one
can see, Albit considerably (almost by a quarter) increases yield of the culture; that
is the reason why Albit is so popular in tomato-growing farms of Krasnodar krai and
Saratov oblast and among owners of small plots all over Russia.
As it was shown in the trials, treatments with Albit provide more simultaneous ripening
of tomatoes than in control sets (or in cases of treatment with standard pesticides).
Besides yield increase, treatments with Albit increase germination, number of flowers per
plant, improve development of vegetative parts of plants, increase turgor and drought
resistance, accelerate ripening of tomatoes, decrease content of nitrates and increase
content of vitamin C and β-carotin. In the conducted field trials, economical or
biological effectiveness of Albit was not inferior to that of standard formulations based
on epibrassinolide, Pseudomonas aureofaciens and its metabolites.
Treatment of tomato plants with Albit should be carried out
according to general application recommendations for vegetable cultures.
Cost of full treatment (presowing treatment + double foliar spraying) is 135
roubles/hectare approximately, treatment of 1 hectare takes 61 ml of Albit.