By Nigel M. Grech, Executive Vice President of Science & Development at Verdesian Life Sciences
Nitrogen is a key element growers use to boost yield and plant performance, but various forms of nitrogen fertilizers come with an environmental price tag if used irresponsibly. Today’s regulatory environment is putting growers under increasing pressure to minimize soil nitrate pollution, reduce human health risks and create a more sustainable agronomic future.
A metabolic plant stimulant such as Take Off® Calci-Phite® can be the answer nut growers need to this problem.
Take Off, the patented technology in Take Off Calci-Phite, was discovered at Los Alamos National Laboratory and developed by Verdesian Life Sciences for Plant Based Industries. It is a natural plant metabolite that accelerates carbon fixation and improves nitrate uptake as well as nitrogen use efficiency. Its unique metabolic process stimulates plant establishment and crop development.
When a plant absorbs Take Off, either through leaf tissue or roots, it triggers a series of reactions within the plant that help coordinate nitrogen uptake and photosynthetic processes already ongoing within the plant. The plant responds to metabolic signals that indicate how much nitrogen has been taken in and how much carbon dioxide can be channeled for more efficient carbon fixation and improved nitrogen availability.
This unique formulation originated with an investigation of carbon and nitrogen metabolic interactions that led to the discovery of a natural plant metabolite - an amino acid that coordinates two vital processes:
• Nitrogen uptake
• Photosynthesis (conversion of carbon dioxide into organic molecules or carbon dioxide fixation)
Take Off stimulates a plant to fix more carbon dioxide, setting in motion a cyclic cascade of events. The cycle begins with increased carbon metabolism, which stimulates the plant to take up more nitrogen from the soil and enhances fixation. The plant begins to grow faster. The increased nitrogen stimulates metabolism, which increases protein and reduces nitrate in the leaves. The plant makes more of its own natural metabolite, further stimulating carbon dioxide fixation and causing the cycle to begin again.
Take Off technology in nut production
Take-Off Calci-Phite is a concentrated nutrient solution containing certain elements, including calcium, in highly soluble forms beneficial to plant growth, flowering, crop development, crop quality, yield, fruit set, rooting, root development and transplant establishment when applied as a properly timed foliar or soil application. A recent University of California cooperative study on the effects of Take Off Calci-Phite on walnuts revealed a greater than 20% increase in yield over non-treated trees. Not only was there a significant increase in yield, but the study also proved a 60% decrease in defects including brown shrivel and oilless nuts in the same trees.