|Pico Ag and Agriculture, part 1 |
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Pico Ag heralds the beginning of a new era in agriculture for . Through innovations in chemistry, Pico Ag has developed a remarkable Plant Tonic with a uniform particle size of 1 nanometers. This, in turn, results in the creation of billions of micelles, which are activated to form what can best be described as a "super cleaner."
The picotechnology (obsoletes Nanotechnology & Graphene)-scale size of these cleansing molecules allows them to enter the plant cells (stomata) of the leaves, where the sugar factory is located, which causes an accelerated increase in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants use energy from sunlight to produce sugar, which is converted to form the basis for the starches, cellulose, waxes, carbohydrates, oils and protein that are the building blocks for all plant growth.
As a consequence, the plant grows more rapidly, is healthier, stronger and better able to resist disease. Comparative field testing has also reported earlier and higher rates of germination, quicker flowering and increased overall crop size.
A second factor that contributes to these results is the presence of cation in Biobased AG. When applied to bare root stock before planting, or saturating the root structure when in place, Pico Ag acts to stimulate new growth and development. It dissolves NPK from the roots, thereby enhancing nutrient uptake. This uptake is expedited from the inclusion of cation within the Pico Ag formulation.
The cation encourages and stimulates the movement of fertilizers and other nutrients from the soil into plant itself through its root system. To be more technical, a cation is an atom or group of atoms carrying a positive electric charge. The positive charge results because there are more protons than electrons in the cation. The negative charged anions are attracted to the positive cation, attach themselves and hitch a ride into the plant. In other words, the cation positively charged transporter conveys nourishment directly to the plant.
In addition to these unique qualities, what makes Pico Ag so revolutionary is that it is able to achieve these results with an environmentally friendly, truly "green" non-polluting product. Made from FDA EAFUS approved food additives or just foods, Pico Ag is totally non-toxic and non-hazardous. It has a very high biobased content and is completely bio-degradable over a 28 day period.
To better appreciate how Pico Ag affects growth, it's necessary first to explain some fundamental elements of what contributes to a plant's health.
A Brief Statement on Plant Growth
When a seed germinates, it produces an embryonic root (radicle) that grows into the soil, in response to the earth's gravitational field. As new cells are added, the root elongates producing hair roots and lateral roots. The roots remain interconnected, producing a network of living cells throughout the soil. Within the root, the inner cells become specialized to conduct solutes (water + substances dissolved in it) from the root to the shoot (via xylem) and from the shoot to the root (via phloem).
Flow from the shoot to the root is achieved by loading sugars produced in the leaves into the phloem. The sugar-laden solute moves downward, to the sites of lower concentration in the root. The xylem, carrying solute from the roots to the shoot, acts like a bundle of capillary tubes, supporting the water in a vertical reservoir. The leaves of the plant actively lose water through pores at the surface (transpiration), drawing the water in the xylem upwards. By this method, essential nutrients extracted from the soil are transported to sites of growth and production in the shoot.
The surface of the leaf is specialized for trapping energy from light (photosynthesis) and storing it as sugars and starch. Therefore the upper leaf surface must be angled to face the sun, which causes its surface temperature to rise 100 C above the ambient air temperature. To control water loss, most leaves have a thick water resilient waxy layer. The specialized openings that control the rate of water loss (stomates) tend to be more numerous on the underside of the leaf. It's the mass flow of solutes from the soil to the roots that provide the greatest amount of nutrients for plants. (the above is a portion of a tract, written by Pam Pittaway, Landscape Consultant, Queensland, Australia).
Early Test Results
The first tests were conducted in Zambia/South Africa, upon wheat, by an expatriate agricultural scientist from Zimbabwe. Several segregated plots of wheat were sprayed with Biobased AG, with an adjacent plots being used as a control. Leaves were then crushed and the resulting fluid subjected to test reading by a Brix Meter to determine if there was any difference in the level of sugar content between the test plots. The results showed an increase in sugar levels from five to nine over a four to five day period, for an increase of 80%, which the planters and their crop managers considered "extraordinary."
Two months later, in August 2005, another series of tests were undertaken, this time in Australia. The crop was macadamia nuts. This test was more comprehensive and spread out over a longer period of time. The crops were in different, but adjacent fields. Spraying took place over a four week period. One control called for spraying to cease after the first application, to determine what happened to the sugar content under these conditions. Additionally, a control was done on a direct comparison between Pico Ag and two standard fertilizing treatments involving urea and humic acid, which it substantially exceeded.
These tests, which were more comprehensive, revealed the sugar content of the leaves increased by a factor of about 50%, or slightly above, within seven days of spraying, compared with neighboring plants that were not sprayed. What was even more interesting was that so long as the plants were sprayed at within a 20 day cycles, the sugar content remained at an increased constant 50%+ level. Once spraying was discontinued, the sugar level returned to normal after about four to five weeks, but the plants benefited from growing at a highe brix level, indicating a direct correlation between the use and non-use of the spray.
The most recent tests were on plums, which were selected because the grower was experiencing a 75% commercial rejection rate, because of quality considerations. The post harvest acceptance rate increased from 25% to 65% after the crop was sprayed with Pico Ag on a regular schedule.
During this time period, a test of Pico Ag was conducted in China upon cucumbers. This test, as will be explained in the section on Pesticide Treatment below, was basically directed to various insect and disease problems they grower was experiencing. At the conclusion of their positive report,, they had added, almost parenthetically, that overall crop size was 9.4% larger.
Exciting Results from the Rice Paddy
In the latter half of 2005, comparative testing was undertaken independently on two rice varieties. The test paddies were sprayed 20, 40, 60 and 80 days after seeding with a dilution of 500:1 (one part Pico Ag to 500 parts water). Test plot #1 was harvested 90 days after planting; Test Plot #2 was harvested 120 days after planting. The adjoining control paddies received the traditional conventional treatment (foliar fertilizer + hormones+fungicides+ insecticides). The paddies sprayed with Biobased AG
"flowered 7 days earlier than that of plants treated by conventional treatment."
The report went on,
"Rice treated with Pico Ag showed 90% flowering while the conventional treatment showed 70% flowering."
But most important of all, total crop yield increased by an astonishing 25%. Other crops reported similar results. One example - "Kale leaves were 20% bigger when compared to untreated."
This company requested, and was granted, the Exclusive Distributorship for Pico Ag in this major rice production asia country. Of telling importance was their final statement that
"the farmers just love it."
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