The influence of biology, a systems approach
Our trials have shown examples of what’s well-known about the importance of biological inputs in farming, and that Pacific Gro is a very effective input.
Less leaf disease: Most plant problems are due to nutrient deficiency. Good nutrition makes plants more resilient to pests and disease. Biology improves nutrient availability in the soil, and helps translocate nutrients through the Xylem and Phylum of plants. We saw this in the grape trial and also in the corn in Iowa.
No insect pressure: Well-nourished plants with high brix (sugar content) don’t attract insects. Brix above 12% deters sucking insects from feeding on plants. Ample calcium and nitrogen in amino acid form support higher brix. Nitrate N lowers brix and attracts insects.
Better grape clustering: The balance of natural plant growth regulators, auxins and cytokinins, determine the shape and growth rate of plants. Auxins promote stem elongation and inhibit growth of lateral buds. Cytokinins promote cell division, produced in growing areas. It’s interesting that vines treated with the Pacific Gro biological program produced better grape clusters, though auxins and cytokinins were not supplied by the inputs. The plant and its microbiological ‘partners’ produced them to fulfill the plant’s potential.
Higher soil biological activity: We documented a 214% increase in carbon respiration rate, which is produced by soil microbial activity. These microbes fix nitrogen and other nutrients and will increase soil organic matter (carbon).