Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Amino Acids



In the early 1970s, two labs in Japan sought to figure out what it is about fish that made them benefit plants when thrown into pots, gardens and fields. The catalyst component they determined was the amino acids content.

Amino acids are found in every living organism, and the labs then set their sights on determining whether any amino acids might be more beneficial than others.

Over the next twenty years, hundreds of trials were conducted on a variety of plants, and using a number of metrics, including root mass, yield, color, size, weight and taste were used to gauge benefits in all kinds of plants. 16 amino acids were found to have an especially significant impact. However, they also learned that while certain amino acids are beneficial at later stages, too much could be toxic to seedlings in some plants. The key is moderation and in precise proportions, which returned exceptional results in metrics studied. It is this proportion we put into our Be-1 pellets.

Completely natural and wild-sourced, amino acids are fermented three weeks using a laborious and process to create a liquid concentrate, which provides a secondary function in helping congeal all the natural ingredients in the final dry pellet form.


Advances in understanding amino acids & benefits to plants

Many amino acids are chelating / complexing agents for cation nutrients, attaching to a variety of nutrients, making it easier for plants to absorb.

Independent lab tests show that the amino acid combination in Be-1 Pellets exponentially increased beneficial microbes in composts and soils, especially protozoa.

Improve plant stress resilience, i.e.
Good plant nutrition = strong plant = plant better able to cope with stresses (transplant, salinity, cold, drought, oxidative conditions and pest pressures)

Increase chlorophyll concentration, facilitating higher degrees of photosynthesis

Nitrogen source

Stimulate carbon and nitrogen metabolism and to increase nitrogen assimilation

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and of all cell formation. Only amino acids can form the proteins that make up the human body and plant tissue.  They are essential for growth and repairing tissue and they are a vital part of many processes in plants, including photosynthesis. They are also sources of energy, containing nitrogen, whereas other energy sources, such as fats and carbohydrates do not.

In agriculture and plant health, the chelating and complexing ability of amino acids facilitate the delivery of minerals to plants, prevent nutrient deficiencies, while improving the overall health of plants.

**Chelating and complexing of indigenous minerals is may be one of the components that gives wines, coffee, etc. the added tasting dimension of Terroir.


In California, we are required to use the term Hydrolyzed Protein, not Amino Acid.  So what's the difference between proteins, amino acids and hydrolyzed proteins?

Proteins are made up of hundreds of amino acid types, held together by peptides.  On the other hand, Hydrolyzed Proteins are smaller fragments of proteins.  Amino Acids are even smaller still.

Symbiotic Relationship with Beneficial Microorganisms

Microbes, including bacteria, protozoa (amoebas, flagellates, ciliates) and fungi already in the soil are attracted to amino acids. This reaction in the rhizoshpere greatly increases the amount of absorbable nitrogen cycling potential and other nutrients available to plants.  

This natural, symbiotic relationship, this process is often suppressed in typical greenhouse and home-growing environments, where applying conventional salt-, commercial-, chemical-based fertilizers, slowly deteriorate soil quality over time, killing any microbes and making more frequent replanting and replenishing of soil necessary, i.e. necessitating more conventional fertilizer to achieve the same results.

On the other hand, Be-1 increases soil quality by encouraging the natural proliferation of these natural micro-organisms, and air, moisture and nutrition are maintained. Plant quality will show marked improvement, ultimately requiring less fertilizers, while improving plant health.

Further Reading:
Interested in learning more about Amino Acids and latest research?  Simply enter "Amino Acids" and "plant" into: Google's Scholar