Envita nitrogen-fixing bacteria product gains organic certification in Canada

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Envita®, a nitrogen-fixing biological distributed by Syngenta Canada, is now approved for organic use in Canada.

This certification allows Envita to be sold as an organic agricultural product meeting the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Canadian approval is based on the National Standard of Canada on Organic Production Systems and Permitted Substances Lists (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311).

Earlier this year Syngenta Canada Biologicals Business Manager Nathan Klages announced the addition of Envita to the company’s biological product portfolio through an agreement with Azotic Technologies, giving Syngenta the exclusive rights to distribute Envita in Canada.

“We continue to be excited about the addition of Envita to our Syngenta Biological portfolio because it will complement crop technologies, and offers both conventional and organic growers more choice in their fertility program,” says Klages. “Envita technology offers season-long nitrogen in the right place at the right time, supplementing a grower’s current fertility program.”

He pointed to field-scale trials conducted across Canada over the past two years showing crops treated with Envita outyielded untreated checks approximately 80 percent of the time.1

Envita is available from Syngenta for the 2023 growing season.

What is Envita?

Envita is a liquid nitrogen-fixing biofertility product featuring a food-grade strain of the bacteria Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus. The bacteria colonize the plant, forming a symbiotic relationship with the plant and ultimately grow with it over time.

Envita is registered for use on a wide range of crops, including but not limited to corn, canola, cereals, soybeans, pulses, potatoes and other fruits and vegetables. It is applied as an in-furrow or foliar treatment.

How Envita works

The bacteria begin fixing nitrogen from the air soon after an Envita application – a process that occurs within cells of the plant’s leaves and roots and continues throughout the season. This provides plants with an additional source of nitrogen, supplementing the supply of nitrogen available from fertilizer treatments.

For more information about Envita, please visit the Envita product page.