The “bio-active ingredients” common to many biostimulants/soil amendments can be placed in the following categories:
Kelp Extracts: Extracts of deep, cold water kelps are excellent sources of plant growth hormones, including gibberellins, cytokinins, auxins, manitols, to name just a few. These compounds enhance turfgrass and plants by promoting cell division and elongation, resulting in improved root depth, mass and density, thus increasing the plant’s nutrient and water absorption capabilities. ·
Beneficial Soil Microorganisms: Naturally occurring soil microorganisms are nature’s most effective fertilizer producers. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria make atmospheric nitrogen available
to the plant. Certain soil and rhizosphere bacteria produce enzymes that solubilize phosphorus and potassium from insoluble mineral sources. Other species produce a variety of chemicals, such as plant hormones mentioned above that stimulate root and shoot growth.
The numbers of bacteria species and their various roles are vast, but they provide multiple benefits to sustained plant growth and overall soil productivity and disease suppression.
Humus : Active humus, extracted from decomposed plant and animal organic matter, is composed largely of three organic acids-humic, ulmic and fulvic. These large organic molecules provide an excellent food source for beneficial soil microrganisms, help to improve soil structure and permeability, enhance soil water holding capacity and naturally chelate unavailable micronutrients.
Intermediate Metabolites: This category includes carbohydrates, peptides, simple and complex sugars, amino acids, lignin, organic-mineral chelates and cellulose fiber. Derived from naturally fermented plant and animal solubles, these ingredients can provide an immediate source of energy for plants and soil microbes, help to break up soil compaction and improve the soils cation exchange capacity.
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