Gallery Balsamo 1
Gallery Balsamo 1
June 2019
Headquarters 44800 Saint-Herblain, France

Balsamo - A solution to improve the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer applied on crops

Balsamo is an additive that improves nitrogen (N) fertilizer efficiency on crops, providing a high nitrogen absorption even without rainfalls.

The Balsamo additive is designed to improve the nitrogen fertilizer efficiency , and consequently improve crop performance (yield and protein. With more nitrogen in crops there is less nitrogen in the atmosphere (nitrogen oxide). Its active ingredient, Glutacetine, is a unique patented formula which allows plants to incorporate nitrogen in spray solution in their metabolism. The product is applied on crops leaves blended with liquid nitrogen, and works on three steps: (1) protect leaves from eventual N scorches, (2) increase the nitrogen crossing through the cuticle, and (3) stimulate the crop's metabolism through mainly 2 enzymes: nitrate reductase and glutamine synthetase. This unique mode of actions increases Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) and decreases volatilization and water pollution from fertilizers.

Key features

  • Decreases liquid nitrogen fertilizer volatilization and GHG (greehouse gas) emissions
  • Saves 35 kg CO2 equivalent by hectare per year on average.


  • With Balsamo, farmers produce an additional 340kg of wheat per hectare

Company Profile

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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