Our products fit in the group of plantfoods that help excelerate growth potential by activating great nutrient uptake from healthier soils. One key difference between our products is inclusion of our unique chelation system.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A NORMAL CHELATION PROCESS IN SOIL ARE:
1. Increase the availability of nutrients.
Chelating agents will bind the relatively insoluble iron in high pH soil and make it available to plants.
2. Prevent mineral nutrients from forming insoluble precipitates.
The chelating agents of the metal ions will protect the chelated ions from unfavorable chemical reactions and hence increase the availability of these ions to plants. One example is iron in high pH soil. In high pH soil, iron will react with hydroxyl group (OH-) to form insoluble ferric hydroxide (Fe(OH)3) which is not available to plants.
Fe+3 + 3 OH———>Fe (OH)3
Chelation will prevent this reaction from happening and hence render iron available to plants.
3. Reduce toxicity of some metal ions to plants.
Chelation in the soil may reduce the concentration of some metal ions to a non-toxic level. This process is usually accomplished by humic acid and high-molecular-weight components of organic matter.
4. Prevent nutrients from leaching.
Metal ions forming chelates are more stable than the free ions. Chelation process reduces the loss of nutrients through leaching.
5. Increase the mobility of plant nutrients.
Chelation increases the mobility of nutrients in soil. This increased mobility enhances the uptake of these nutrients by plants.
6. Suppress the growth of plant pathogens.
Some chelating agents may suppress the growth of plant pathogens by depriving iron and hence favor plant growth.
THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE CONVERTE CHELATOR
The Converte Chelator transfers the minerals it holds far more effectively to plants than other chelators, as it has a similar footprint to the plant surface structure – integrating with it during the transfer process. The Converte Chelator is released from the plant surface after mineral transfer – for repeated re-use. The spent Converte Sequestrant System components and the Converte Chelator feed soil organisms to increase soil fertility.
The Converte polysaccharides are a potent microbial stimulant; thus the number of microbes present determines the duration of their activity. In fertile, biologically active soils, the Converte ligands and sequestrants will be devoured by microbes in around the time it takes to deliver the minerals with which they were applied. However, in carbon deficient, infertile soils, the Converte ligands appear to function for considerably longer periods, and in these conditions their ongoing benefit is incalculable.
The chelator in Converte is a major breakthrough in chelation nutrition. In conventional chelation chemistry, agents like EDTA or Ligno-Sulphonates carry the desired trace element through the outer cell walls into the plant. By contrast, the Shuttle system involves much more than a one-way journey, and the chelator never actually enters the plant. A suite of natural, polysaccharide-based agents are utilised in a two-step process where the selected elements are sequestered (held in reserve) in structures called Nano clusters. A shuttle-ligand chelator then transports the nutrients to the plant surface where it docks and unloads its cargo before returning to the pool of sequestered clusters to repeat the exercise again and again. The net effect is a greatly enhanced uptake of the applied nutrients.