Microbe Food Plus is PotentGrowth's unique and proprietary microbial fermentation extract. This water soluble formula contains all the amino acids your crops need and so much more for both your plants and the beneficial microorganisms in your soil. Within days of even your first application, you will see noticeable results. Microbe Food Plus can not only be used with any existing feeding program, but will enhance their effectiveness to the fullest potential.
This product is not intended as a live culture product and does not contain a significant quantity of live cultures; any live cultures present are merely left over from the production process and are not in sufficient quantities to cause any conflicts with any known microbiological program.
- Unique formula has dozens of benefits for both plants and soil - See Product Detail for more information.
- Stimulates continuous accelerated cell production during all phases of growth.
- Fills amino acid requirements of the plant - See Amino Acid Content for more information.
- Contains vitamins, enzymes and concentrated microbial processed nutrients. Comes as a powered concentrate with a 5+ year shelf life.
Microbe Food Plus
Microbe Food Plus (MFP) contains a proprietary blend of microbial produced amino acids, the precursors of which originate from organic, Non-GMO and vegan sources. Amino acids are being sold in many amazing products; Indeed they are the reason why many of those products are amazing in the first place (input Amino link). MFP also contains a symbiotic and proprietary blend of vitamins that were meant to significantly benefit your microbes. These very same vitamins can also help benefit plant physiology as well with the potential of increasing plant cell elongation/multiplication, cell strength, and basic immunities.
This formula of microbial produced enzymes has an exceptionally long shelf life. You can get 5+ years with over 95% enzymatic activity. Proper storage is necessary to maximize shelf life, so be sure to store your product in cool, dry, dark place when not in use.
Between the benefits of enzymes, amino acids, vitamin content and its beneficial effects on microbial communities, there are very few gardening and agricultural applications that won't benefit from adding this to their feeding regiment. This product can be used with any microbial consortium in almost any medium.
Soil based microorganisms each have their own preferred environmental situation. These environments are on a micro scale. All microorganisms have certain requirements to live and thrive. These are called "niches" and they are for obvious reasons on a very small scale. So small in fact, that they are effected on a quantum level. With such effects as ionization polarities, temperature, moisture, and oxygen needs to name just a few.
Some soil bacterial consortiums have up to 80 different strains of bacteria. It is highly unlikely that all of these microorganisms found in soil would be able to find their healthy productive "niche" environments to perform at optimum levels or even just survive at all in a random soil mixture. After all, these species of microorganisms have been collected by scientists from soils in radically different climates found all across the globe. This is where MFP comes in; It helps to turn the entire zone into more of a giant "niche" environment. As many of these strains can be quite costly to procure, it is very important to get the most out of them. Microbe Food Plus builds on that , not just by helping them to survive, but also in maintaining a very productive state of growth. With MFP, you can start with more naturally living strains in your medium. Even if you started off with 100% survival rate before adding MFP. It will still benefit you considerably by all of them being as productive as possible, not just surviving but thriving. Now concentrating closer to 100% on being beneficially productive.
Amino Acid Content
Agriculture production is a very intensive business and is related to better quality and better yield, leading to better profitability. With the organic market emerging with great fortitude now is the time to look at bioenergetics and the biochemical aspects of plants.
Every plant, like any organism, needs certain components for growth over and above soil, sun, rain and air. The basic components of living cells are proteins, and proteins are formed from amino acids. Plants normally synthesize amino acids from the primary elements. The carbon and oxygen obtained from air, and the hydrogen from water, form carbohydrates by means of photosynthesis. Combining with the nitrogen from the soil leads to synthesis of amino acids by collateral metabolic pathways. If you can supply these necessary amino acids and save the plant, that energy it can put it toward things like yield, quality, strength, disease and pest resistance.
The requirements of amino acids to achieve optimum yield and quality are well documented. They are fundamental ingredients in the process of protein synthesis and are involved in the process of many other plant functions as well. Studies have proven that Amino Acids can directly or indirectly influence the physiological activities of a plant. Amino Acids are also supplied to the plant by incorporating them into the soil. This also helps to improve the micro-flora of the soil, thereby facilitating the assimilation of nutrients.
Microbe Food Plus and its ultra high quality microbial produced amino acids and enzymes provide ready-made building blocks for protein synthesis.
Effect on Plants:1. Protein Synthesis 2. Stress Resistance 3. Effect of Photosynthesis 4. Action on the Stomas 5. Chelating Effect 6. Amino Acids & Phytohormones 7. Pollination and Fruit formation 8. Equilibrium of Soil Flora 9. Miscellaneous Effects
1. Protein Synthesis Proteins have a structure function, metabolic function (enzymes, a transport function and a stock of amino acids function. Only L – amino acids are assimilated by plants. D-Amino acids are not recognized by the enzymatic locus and therefore cannot participate in protein synthesis. Hence amino acids obtained by organic synthesis are not well assimilated.
2. Stress Resistance Stress such as high temperature, low humidity, frost, pest attack, hailstorm, floods have a negative effect on plants metabolism with a corresponding reduction in crop quality and quantity. The application of amino acids before, during and after the stress conditions supplies the plants with amino acids which are directly related to stress physiology and thus has have a preventing and recovering effect.
3. Effect of Photosynthesis Plants synthesize carbohydrates by photosynthesis. Low photosynthesis rate implies a slow growth leading to death of the plant, and chlorophyll is the responsible molecule for the absorption of the light energy. Glycine and Glutamic Acid are fundamental metabolites in the process of formation of vegetable tissue and chlorophyll synthesis. These Amino Acids help to increase chlorophyll concentration in the plant leading to higher degree of photosynthesis. This is what makes crops the lush green color associated with healthy plant life.
4. Action on the Stomata Stomata are the cellular structures that control the hydric balance of the plant as well as the macro and micronutrient absorption and the absorption of gases. The opening of the stomata is controlled by both external factors (light, humidity, temperature and salt concentration) and internal factors (amino acids concentration, abscisic acid etc). The stomata are closed when light and humidity are low and temperature and salt concentration are high, when stomas are closed photosynthesis and transpiration are reduced (low absorption of macro & micronutrients) and respiration is increased (Carbohydrate destruction). In this case the metabolic balance of the plant is negative. Catabolism is higher than anabolism, this implies slow metabolism and stops the plant growth. L-Glutamic acid acts as a cytoplasm osmotic agent of the “Guard Cell”, thus favoring opening of the stomas.
5. Chelating Effect Amino acids have a chelating effect on micronutrients. When applied together with micronutrients, the absorption and transportation of micronutrients inside the plant is easier. This effect is due to the chelating action and to the effect of cell membrane permeability. L-Glycine & L-Glutamic Acid are known to be very effective chelating agents.
6. Amino Acids & Phytohormones Amino Acids are precursors or activators of Phytohormones and growth substances. L-Methionine is precursor of ethylene and of growth factors such as Spermine and Spermidine, which are synthesized from 5 – Adenosyl Methionine . L-Tryptophan is precursor for Auxin Synthesis . L-Tryptophan is used in plants in L-Form only. L-Tryptophan is available only if hydrolysis of Protein is carried out by enzymes. If hydrolysis is carried out by acid or alkali, as done in many European countries, L-Tryptophan is destroyed. L-Arginine induces synthesis of flower and fruit related hormones.
7. Pollination and fruit formation Pollination is the transport of pollen to the pistil, so fecundation and formation of the fruit is possible. L-Proline helps in fertility of Pollen. L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Glutamic Acid are also essential amino acids for pollination. These amino acids increase the pollen germination and the length of the pollinic tube.
8. Equilibrium of Soil Flora The equilibrium of the microbial flora of the agriculture soil is a basic question for a good mineralization of the organic matter and also for a good soil structure and fertility around the roots. L-Methionine is precursor growth factors that stabilize the cell walls of the microbial flora.
9. Miscellaneous Effects L-Glutamic Acid & L-Aspartic Acid, by transamination, give rise to the rest of the amino acids. L-Proline & Hydroxyproline act mainly on the hydric balance of the plant strengthening the cellular walls in such a way that they increase resistance to unfavorable climatic conditions. L-alanine, L-valine & L-leucine improve quality of fruits. L-histidine helps in proper ripening of fruits.
The recommended application rate for Microbe Food Plus is 1-4 tsp/gal of your watering solution. Any amount of MFP will create positive benefits; even just a quarter teaspoon per gallon. We strongly recommend applying MFP both as a foliar feed and as a root drench. Many amino acids can only be absorbed by plant stomata on the surface of the leaves making the foliar application of MFP very important. The application to all parts of the plant will create noticeable benefits within days.
Given how many different factors are involved in each individual scenario or program, we recommend starting with 1 teaspoon per gallon, once a week. Then move up from there based on performance/cost effectiveness in your own situation. We always recommend using additional carbohydrates to help make sure you can sustain the above stated "higher microbial counts" until they grab hold of their niche.
Microbe Food Plus is also very beneficial to a compost tea. The key to creating better compost tea is higher microbial counts of as many strains of beneficial microorganisms as possible. MFP will help establish all of these strains into living, productive colonies upon application to the media. Just add 4 teaspoons per gallon at the end of your brew, right before application. Improper or inadequate food sources for too long a period of time can cause premature die-off due to the extreme hyperactivity that MFP creates. Due to this fact we stress that MFP should only be added to your compost tea at the very end of your brew to assure optimal results regardless of your particular methods or recipe.