How & Why it Works
Ferticell products are a concentrated solution of cells and cell extracts including algae and bacteria which are naturally occurring single cellular plants. The unique characteristics of the different types of all cells used in Ferticell is their ability to store very large amounts of nutrients such as amino acids, microelements, and vitamins within their cell walls and then transfer these nutrients to the plant.
Cytoplasmic streaming, or Inter-Cellular Exchange (ICE), is the mechanism by which nutrient movement from Ferticell occurs into the plant’s cells. ICE is most active in young living cells, particularly those found in leaves and roots. The conditions required for cytoplasmic streaming are:
- A functional connection system between two cells – plasmadesmata (strands of cytoplasm)
- A surrounding medium of lower concentration than the two cells. Either the dilute inter-cellular space or the soil solution
- A difference in concentration of plasmas in two adjacent cells – Ferticell cells and plant cells
Graphic View of Inter-Cellular Exchange
If we magnify the leaf and picture it in a three-dimensional section we would see that it is composed of cells, pores and space for air and water. If we concentrate our view on a leaf pore, or stomata, the Ferticell cell is smaller than the stomata and thus can enter the plant leaf when foliar applied. It passes through the stomata into spaces around the various leaf cells known as the spongy layers. These spaces are occupied with a diluted solution of nutrient and air. It is here that the unique benefits of Ferticell are realized, as nutrients are transferred to the plant.The transfer is a phenomenon known as the Pressure Transference Phenomenon or cytoplasmic streaming.
Graphic View of Cytoplasmic Streaming
Nutrients will flow from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration (source to sink) to achieve a balance. The nutrient rich Ferti cell cells transfer cytoplasm to the nutrient depleted leaf cells, which in turn are transferred to other cells and parts of the plant for storage, growth, regeneration and reproduction.
Nutrient Transfer in Soil Applications
The Ferticell cells in the soil will also unlock any nutrients in the soil and transfer them to the plant. The result will be a diffusion of water into the Ferticell cell from the leaf cell. The Ferticell cell, containing cytoplasm with its nutrients, will be carried along in a mass flow to the leaf cell. The mass flow will cease when enough nutrients have been moved from the Ferticell cell to the leaf cell to balance the concentration of both solutions. The likely scenario, following the achievement of this balance is that the Ferticell cell will die and release its remaining nutrients into the inter-cellular medium or soil solution. These nutrients become available for diffusion through the cell membrane by active transport.
Why Ferticell Should be an Integral Part of Your Program
Not only is Ferticell a nutrient source, it helps the plant utilize existing nutrients in the leaf tissue and soil more effectively. Inter-Cellular Exchange ability within plant cells means that it’s response rate, in terms of plant growth is enormously enhanced. You will see better root structure, more top growth and increased yields with more homogeneous fruits and increased shelf life with Ferticell.