Introduction to Spirulina:
Spirulina is 100% natural and a highly nutritious micro salt water plant. It was discovered in South American and Africa in natural alkaline lakes. This spiral shaped algae is a rich source for many nutrients. For a long time (centuries) this algae has constituted a significant part of the diet of many communities. Since the 1970’s, Spirulina has been well known and widely used as a dietary supplement in some countries. Spirulina contains a wide spectrum of nutrients that include proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins,minerals, -carotene and super antioxidants apart from trace elements. The protein content is as high as 60-70% of its dry weight. Spirulina has a high concentration of vitamins and lipid in the amount of 4-7% is also present in it. The essential fatty acids – linolenic acid and 13.6% Carbohydrates are also present.
Spirulina Protein VS Amino Acid (Animal Source and Soy Protein Source)
Spirulina contains more than 60% vegetable protein, which is much higher than Amino acid (Animal source). Animal source amino acids and Soy protein Hydrolysate is a much bigger molecule than Spirulina protein, and is much harder for plants to absorb and translocation. While the animal source is the least preferred, Spirulina Protein has shown much excellent results than the Soy Protein Hydrolysate.
Spirulina Combinations and Benefits:
Spirulina as a Bio-Stimulant (Broad Spectrum Bio-Stimulant for Increasing Crop yields):
Stimul8 is a New Age Bio-Stimulant for Plants:Spirulina Contains 60-70% Proteins: (Role of Proteins in Plants)There are many stages of growth and development which take place throughout a plant’s life.If the particular plant is a crop, then producers want these stages to occur efficiently to obtain high yields.
Proteins are important macro-molecules that participate in every aspect of plant growth and development. Proteins are involved in processes such as catalyzing chemical reactions (enzymes), facilitating membrane transport, intracellular structure and energy generating reactions involving electron transport, just to name a few. Plants contain low levels of protein due to the large amount of structural carbohydrate (cellulose) that compose most of a plant’s structure. It is important to fulfill the plants requirement of proteins on a regular basis and Stimul8 is a comprehensive supplement for the same.
Spirulina contains beta Carotenes (Vitamin A): (Role of Carotenes in Plants)
Carotenes are photosynthetic pigments important for photosynthesis. Carotenes contain no oxygen atoms. They absorb ultraviolet, violet, and blue light and scatter orange or red light, and (in low concentrations) yellow light. Carotenes are responsible for the orange colour of the carrot, for which this class of chemicals is named, and for the colours of many other fruits and vegetables (for example, sweet potatoes, chanterelle and orange cantaloupe melon). Carotenes contribute to photosynthesis by transmitting the light energy they absorb to chlorophyll. They also protect plant tissues by helping to absorb the energy from singlet oxygen, an excited form of the oxygen molecule O2 which is formed during photosynthesis.
Spirulina Contains Phosphorous: (Role of Phosphorous)
Phosphorous is an important element in photosynthesis, respiration, energy storage and transfer in plants. It promotes cell division, and fruit enlargement. It promotes early root formation and growth. It improves quality of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Phosphorous is also vital to seed formation. Sufficient amount of phosphorous helps plants survive harsh winter conditions. It also increases water-use effeciency and hastens maturity in crops.
Spirulina Contains Calcium: (Role of Calcium)
Calcium is required for continuous cell division and formation. It is involved in nitrogen metabolism and aids in translocation of photosynthesis from leaves to fruiting organs. It increases fruit set. It is also known to stimulate microbial activity.
Spirulina Contains Magnesium: (Role of Magnesium)
Magnesium is the key element of chlorophyll production. It improves utilization and mobility of phosphorus. It is the activator and component of many plant enzymes. It also increases iron utilization in plants and influences earliness and uniformity of maturity.
Spirulina Contains Iron: (Role of Iron)
Iron promotes formation of chlorophyll and acts as an oxygen carrier. It is also involved in reactions involving cell division and growth.As mentioned earlier, Spirulina contains high amounts of Vitamins, Carbohydrates, yellow xanthophylls, chlorophyll, fatty acids, nucleic acids, and lipids.
At Sunraysia Research Labs we were early to notice the enormous benefits of Spirulina in optimizing crop yields by using an all Natural product. We have Pioneered, Patented and Developed various formulations and combinations of Spirulina for use in Agriculture. We firmly believe this will be the next big bio-stimulant in Agriculture Industry.
Spirulina + Amino Acids (Growth & Fruiting Stages):
Studies have proved that amino acids can directly or indirectly influence the physiological activities in plant growth and development. Also, amino acids are well known as biostimulants, which have positive effects on plant growth, yield and signinicantly mitigate the injuries caused by abiotic stresses. The regulatory effect of amino acids on growth could be explained by the notion that some amino acids can affect plant growth and development through their influence on gibberellins biosynthesis. Also, amino acids play an important role in plant metabolism and protein assimilation which are necessary for cell formation and consequently increasing fresh and dry mater. Amino acids can directly or indirectly influence
the physiological activities and the development of the plants. Amino acids enhance plant growth, yield and overall produce quality. It improves fertilizer assimilation, increase uptake of nutrients and water, enhance the photosynthetic rate and dry matter partitioning, and hence increase crop yield.
Spirulina + Seaweed Extract (Growth & Flowering Stages):
Seaweed extract is known to improve seedlings vigour, promote growth and replenish nutrient defeciency. It can overcome nutrient stress in crop plants and minimize the use of expensive chemical fertilizers. Seaweed also contains naturally occurring gibberellins that are important for cell elongation, stem elongation, germination, flowering, and fruit ripening.Further, Spirulina contains Phycocyanin which can only be found in Spirulina. Being a very new bio-stimulant the effect of these individual elements is yet to be studied on plant growth and benefits to the plant. However field trials results indicate excellent results in comparison to the many bio-stimulants. Enhanced results are due to which ingredient in Spirulina is not yet known however, Spirulina is proving to be an excellent Bio-stimulant for plants growth and yields.
Spirulina Contains Potassium: (Role of Potassium)
Potassium promotes carbohydrate metabolism and the break down and translocation of starches. It increases the rate of photosynthesis and water-use effeciency. Potassium is important for protein synthesis and fruit formation. It activates enzymes and controls their reaction rates. It is known to improve quality of seeds and fruits and also increases disease resistance capacity in plants.
Spirulina + Ascorbic Acid (Increasing Crop yields):
The application of ascorbic acid has a stimulatory effect on plants. Its application causes signinificant increase in growth parameters and total yields of Crops. It is known to enhance the metabolism processes in plant tissues. Application of ascorbic acid on tomato plants signinificantly improves stem length, dry weight of shoots per plant, number of branches, leaves, flowers and fruit, fruit set, fruit weight and number, and total yield.
Spirulina + Humic Acid (For Healthier ROOTS and Soil):
Humic Acid is known to improve the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil. It allows positive evolution of the soil, facilitating the availability of nutrients for the crop. As a result it increases the level of plant available nutrients, especially in calcareous soils which are low on organic matter. It also improves the general uptake of nutrients and reduces loss of nutrients which are sensitive to leaching. Humic Acids increases the microbial activity in the soil, making it an excellent root stimulator. It helps to aerate the soil from the inside. It also helps to lower the pH of the soil to a more neutral level and flush high levels of salts out of the root zone, all of which will help to promote better plant health. Increasing the white ROOT
system in plants and Cation exchange capacity of Soil are the major benefits of Humic Acids.
Spirulina + Yeast Extract (Fruiting Stages):
It is known that yeast is considered as a natural source of cytokinins that stimulate cell division and enlargement as well as the synthesis of proteins, nucleic acids and chlorophyll. These are the most essential elements for increasing the fruit size, color and sugar content of the fruits. Foliar application of yeast extract stimulates growth and increases amino acid, auxin and cytokinin levels leading to increased vegetative growth of plants. Yeast contains various nutrients, higher level of proteins and vitamins, especially vitamin B which plays an important role in improving growth and controlling the incidence of fungal diseases.
Direction for Use:
After extensive trials of various formulations and concentration on various crops, Sunraysia has developed the best suited formulations and concentrations to provide optimum results at the prescribed dilution ratios.
Stimul8 is recommended to be applied @ of 50 ml / Acre in Vegetable Crops and 100 ml per acre in Horticulture crops.
The product is highly water soluble and can be applied through Foliar application as well as drip irrigation systems.
For Application through drip irrigation or drenching, apply @ of 100 ml / Acre in Vegetable Crops and 200 ml per acre in Horticulture crops.
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