Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Pacific Gro is an organic based fish fertilizer developed under a unique cold process composed of hydrolysate of fish and micronized crab and shrimp shell. It’s rich in fish oil, marine nutrients and enzymes, which makes it highly bio-active in the soil. This ocean derived liquid fertilizer has a lot of plant available calcium and many naturally balanced micro-nutrients. We call it Seafood for the Soil, though it’s also used as a foliar. Unlike lower cost fish emulsion fertilizers, our product has not been exposed to heat at all. Others use heat to speed up the enzymatic digestion process and to evaporate the product to achieve higher N-P-K content. Heat improves the chemical analysis but degrades the biological activity. Because Pacific Gro is cold processed hydrolysate, it has more diverse and plentiful microbes and enzymes and higher biological activity.
The power of bio-active liquid crab & shrimp:
- Shrimp and crab shells are made of the same material as insect exo-skeletons (i.e. nemotodes). It’s a natural food for the soil food web.
- Promotes establishment of fungal populations in the soil, which are often lacking in ag. soils due to tillage and chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Stimulates soil microbial bio-activity which allows tied-up nutrients in soil to become plant available very quickly.
- Helps establish healthy soil biology, which improves the efficiency of other fertilizers and amendments, improves the soil’s water-holding capacity and improves soil tilth.
- In berries and orchards, achieves significant increase in plant leaf size and deep green color, and in fruit size, density, firmness, flavor and shelf life
Conclusion from 2013 review of chitin research:
A recent paper in the journal Agronomy reviewed 220 studies since the 1980’s and reports on the evidence for the many ways chitin benefits plant growth and pest resistance.
“Chitin and its derivatives have been repeatedly shown to protect crops from pests, pathogens and physiological disorders. A number of modes of action have been identified for the beneficial effects of chitin-based treatment on crops, including direct antibiosis and the induction of plant defenses. However, their action in stimulating beneficial microbes has proved particularly impressive, with chitin/chitosan amplifying the effect of beneficial microbes in controlling pathogens, promoting plant growth and remediating soil pollutants. Combined, these effects of chitin addition and the subsequent responses of plants and microbes have led to improvements in disease control, plant growth, and ultimately improved crop yield and quality. The effectiveness of chitin-based treatments has been found to be comparable to those achieved with current synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.”
Source: “A Review of the Applications of Chitin and Its Derivatives in Agri-culture to Modify Plant-Microbial Interactions and Improve Crop Yields”, by Russel D. Sharp (of Moulton College, Northamptonshire, UK) in Agronomy 2013, 3, 757-793; doi:10.3390/agronomy3040757 Nov. 2013, page 775 http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/3/4/757/htm
Researchers have found that chitin stimulates beneficial fungi, though somehow the pathogenic fungi are not assisted. The mechanisms for favoring plant beneficial effects are only partly understood. A 2008 study in Spain explained some ways that root pathogenic fungi were harmed by chitosan, while some types of beneficial fungi were not; for example fungi that consume nematodes are not harmed by chitosan.
Source: “Effect of chitosan on hyphal growth and spore germination of plant pathogenic and biocontrol fungi”, by J. Palma-Guerrero, H.-B. Jansson, J. Salinas and L.V. Lopez-Llorca, University of Alicante, Spain, in Journal of Applied Microbiology ISSN 1364-5072, 2007
Pacific Gro contains:
Calcium Fish oil
Nitrogen Amino Acids
Phosphorous Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9)
Sulfur Vitamins (B2, B3, B12, A)