Boosts the Growth of Vegetable Crops: Results from ASI-Sponsored
in Switzerland and Jordan
Two studies were undertaken to verify and quantify
the positive effects of using AgriBoost™ in plant growth
media and soil for vegetable culture. The studies were
conducted completely independent from each other and
have arrived at essentially the same findings:
1) AgriBoost™ boosts yield.
2) AgriBoost™ results in more efficient use of nutrients
and water by vegetable crops.
In the Swiss study, vegetable seedlings were grown
for a limited time (tomato: 68 days; cauliflower: 38
days) in various peat-based growth media typical for
production of vegetable seedlings in the greenhouse.
It was found that:
1) Growth media containing AgriBoost™ resulted in larger
plants at the end of the experiment than its equivalent
without AgriBoost™ .
Benefit: Faster growth yields
marketable plants sooner or bigger,
more attractive plants in the same amount of time.
2) Adding AgriBoost™ to the growth media increased
the availability of the plant nutrients Potassium (K),
Magnesium (Mg), Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), and Manganese
Benefit: Increased nutrient availability can
prevent deficiencies that slow plant growth.
3) AgriBoost™ boosted nutrient uptake. With AgriBoost™
, cauliflower took up more Nitrogen (N), Magnesium (Mg),
Calcium (Ca), and Boron (B). Tomato nutrient content
was increased for N, Mg, Ca, B, Iron (Fe), Zinc (Zn),
Copper (Cu), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K).
Benefit: Increased nutrient
content means a healthier, more nutritious vegetable.
4) AgriBoost™ boosted plant growth regardless of whether
the fertilization was “organic" or conventional
(with “chemical” fertilizer).
Benefit: Both conventional
and “organic” growers get increased yields
from the use of this product.
In the Jordanian study, tomatoes and lettuce were grown
to maturity under greenhouse conditions in a typical
clay soil. The results, therefore, allow judging the
effect of AgriBoost™ on the production of marketable
produce. Specific findings are:
1) AgriBoost™ to the soil increased the yield of lettuce
and tomato compared to the current fertilization practices.
Yield increased almost linearly with increased AgriBoost™
applications from 5 tons/ hectare to 20 tons/hectare.
This yield increase happened despite the fact that the
soil was already very high in plant-available Phosphorus
(P) and Potassium (K), two of the most important plant
Benefit: More marketable
product from the same land area, beyond that which can
be grown with additional fertilizer or under very high
soil fertility. This means even a grower who is already
investing in top management can still expect an increase
2) AgriBoost™ increased nutrient uptake of the plants.
Benefit: The produce is more nutritious.
3) Water use efficiency (WUE) increased with additional
applicationsof AgriBoost™ . WUE is a measure of how
much product is grown for each unit of water used. Lettuce
WUE increased linearly up to 20 tons/hectare. Tomato
WUE increased up to 15 tons/hectare then dropped again
somewhat. Benefit of increased WUE:
More produce can be grown with the same amount of water,
a big advantage for arid areas dependent on limited
sources of irrigation water and/or limited rainfall.
Even if unlimited irrigation water is available, savings
from less pumping can be significant.
Based on the results, the optimum grain size appears
to be 2 mm. The optimum application rate of AgriBoost™
could be beyond the highest rate used of 20 tons/hectare,
and may be different for each crop, soil type, and fertility
level. Our current studies will help answer these questions.
Overall, both studies agree that adding AgriBoost™ to
the soil increased yield as a result of increased nutrient
uptake by three different crops.
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