Many must have been puzzled the first time they heard the word «biostimulant». This term has emerged relatively recently. A century ago, the word «herbicide» probably provoked the same reaction.
From the start, terms other than biostimulant were used to name this category of products : plant conditioner, phytostimulator, plant strengthener, elicitors and even plant vaccine. Over time, biostimulant prevailed as it best describes this vast array of substances and modes of action.