Biostimulants are a diverse group of materials that are used to improve crop vigor, quality, and yield, as well as tolerance to abiotic stresses (drought, salinity, heat, etc.). Biostimulants can work in many different ways, including: 1) facilitating nutrient uptake, 2) enhancing the development of soil microorganisms, and 3) stimulating root growth to increase water use efficiency.

Biofertilizers contain living microorganisms that, when applied to the seed, plant or soil, and inhabit the area around the roots or live in the roots. These microorganisms promote plant growth by increasing the supply or availability of nutrients, by stimulating root growth or by aiding other beneficial symbiotic relationships.