Organic Foliar Spray
What is CropBioLife?
CropBioLife is a foliar spray that contains naturally occurring flavonoids that stimulate a biosynthetic pathway in plants, improving their overall health. A healthier plant means better resistance to the elements an disease, increased nutrient uptake, higher yields and many other benefits that vary by type of crop.
How is CropBioLife Different?
Many foliar sprays contain simple variations of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous (NPK). Though some NPK fertilizers are effective, they are not 100% efficient. CropBioLife improves the efficiency of fertilizer applications through the improvement of soil health.
CropBioLife contains flavonoids which are secondary metabolites that help plants that are using fertilizers by improving nutrient uptake. It provides benefits beyond nutrient uptake by stimulating secondary metabolites (flavonoids) that are already in the plant. The combined benefit of improved nutrient uptake and more flavonoid activity leads to a much healthier plant - completely naturally.
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Flavonoids and Plants
Flavonoids are polyphenolic secondary metabolic compounds, universally distributed in the green plant kingdom and are located in cell vacuoles. Flavonoids play a variety of biological activities in plants, animals and bacteria.
There are over 6,000 kinds of flavonoids in plants that are involved in important biochemical reactions including immunity, photosynthesis, taste, color, flavor, UV protection, germination, reproduction, growth, and more. This category includes phytoalexins, detoxifying agents and antimicrobial defensive compounds.
Some research reflects that flavonoids also have roles in frost hardiness, drought resistance and may play a functional role in plant heat acclimation and freezing tolerance.
With the selection and development of crops for higher yields, plants have lost their ability to produce important flavonoids. Applying CropBioLife helps return crops to a more sustainable and natural state.
What Does CropBioLife Do?
CropBioLife's unique formulation activates the metabolic signals in plants causing the rates of flavonoid production to increase.
Treated crops have healthier root systems. Surplus carbon-compounds are excreted through the roots into the soil which then serve as an increased food source for oil microbes that live in symbiosis with the plants root systems.
The increased numbers of beneficial microbes has a positive effect on the suppression of various pathogens and nematodes as well as making available minerals that previously were not available for plant use.
CropBioLife therefore has an indirect positive effect on soil health by inducing overproduction of flavonoids and improving the release of carbon into soil.
Role of Carbon in Soil
Carbon sequestration refers to the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere by plants (photosynthesis) which then stores it in the soil as organic carbon through root exudates.
Since organic carbon is one of the main food sources for beneficial microbes in the soil, increased carbon levels lead to increased numbers of microbes. This organic carbon serves as buffer against unfavorable situations in the soil such as drought, adverse pH or excess salts such as sodium or bi-carbonate.
CropBioLife stimulates chemical attractants and deterrents,
modifies the immediate vicinity of the plant roots, and improves beneficial symbiosis which changes the chemical and physical structure of the soil.
Flavonoids and Insects
Sucking insects, like aphids, feed on the phloem sap, which normally contains low concentrations of flavonoids.
One natural defense mechanism of plants is to form a barrier of flavonoids around cells between the epidermis and the phloem-the periderm. These flavonoids can be poisonous, have a bad taste and form a physical barrier that repels insects.
It was also found that higher calcium levels (improved when CropBioLife has been applied) could block the sucking tubes of insects.
Flavonoids are natural compounds found in all plants. They are known to inhibit biotic and abiotic stress and improve soil health.
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Plants and Soil Microbes
All plants growing in soil together are interrelated with roots and organisms in the root zone intimately related. Billions of bacteria, fungi, algae, cyanobacteria and protozoa occur in the area immediately around the root surface.
This symbiosis begins with the roots feeding the microbes with organic compounds that are excreted by the roots. In exchange for food, the microbes benefit the roots in various ways, including making minerals in the soil and protection against pathogens and nematodes.
Flavonoids and Nematodes
Plant roots produce border cells, which behave exactly as normal plant cells. They form a sheath around the root hair.
Border cells contain high concentrations of flavonoids. When nematodes penetrate border cells, flavonoids have been shown to render certain species immobile within 30 minutes. This prevents the bad nematodes from further attacking the root and benefits non-root feeding nematodes.
Plants with deficient levels of flavonoids product almost no border cells and are thus more susceptible to nematode attack.
Flavonoids and Pathogens
Flavonoids are an integral part of the natural defense mechanisms of plants. Various flavonoids have been identified that possess anti-fungal and anti-bacterial traits, such as narengine and tangerentine in citrus.
Flavonoids are produced and store in the periderm. From here they can be translocated by the plant to any places where infection is taking place. Research suggests that flavonoids can inhibit pathogenic development by blocking veins to prevent rapid movement of disease in the plant.