Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by danthony, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. danthony

    danthony LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Just wondering if any of you know much about the results from this product... or similar type products? See the attachment I uploaded. I have a client that has a very poor site and this was recomended to me. Just wanting some expert opinions.


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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    It's a crap file, that decidedto reconfigure my computer to load properly... why isn't there a website for this product? whatever it is...
  3. danthony

    danthony LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    the site is ... http://soil-biotics.com

    I didn't know there was a problem with the file.
    I put the text here but it is extremely long... maybe a little too long to post, but here it is....

    Soil-Biotics, Inc.

    Organic acids, along with 66 balanced micronutrients are the active ingredients in X-Cell

    Unlocking Minerals
    Phosphorous fertilizers bond with ions of Ca, Mg, Al and Fe that are present in soil and form inert compounds, which are inaccessible to plants.

    As a result, most soils contain large amounts of minerals that plants cannot access. Most soil tests will only show you what minerals are in the soil not what is available to the plant.

    If you have high phosphate levels, why apply more? It is cheaper and better for the soil if the phosphate that is already there is made avalailable to the plant and X-cell will do this for you.

    Repeated field study had documented and proved evidence that the addition of carbon based acid substances to soils helps to neutralize the pH of soils. Both acidic and alkaline soils are neutralized. Once the soil is neutralized, and then many trace elements formerly bound in the soil and unavailable to the plant roots, because of alkaline or acidic conditions, become available to the plant roots. CBA (carbon based acid) substances also liberate carbon dioxide (CO2) from calcium carbonates present within the soil. The released CO2 will be taken up by the plant or it may form carbonic acids. The carbonic acids act on soil minerals to release plant nutrients.

    The electrical features of CBA influence known chemical reactions. Both groups of complex organic acids, humic acids and fulvic acids have been proven to be involved in three specific chemical reactions. (1) Electrostatic (columbic) attraction (2) Complex formation or chelation, and (3) water bridging.

    Electrostatic attraction of trace minerals reduces leaching into the subsoil. The cation is readily available in the soil environment for transport into the plant roots or exchanged for another metal cation.

    Electrically charged sites on humic substances function to dissolve and bind trace minerals. This is termed chelation. Evidence for the dissolution of minerals can be supported by x-ray diffraction and infrared analysis. Chelation of plant nutrients such as iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and calcium reduce their toxicity as cations, prevent their leaching, and increase their uptake rate by plant roots.

    The chelation process also increases the mass flow of micronutrient mineral elements to the roots.

    The chelation of heavy toxic metallic elements present within the soil is also influenced by CBA being present. When toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium are chelated these organo metal complexes become less available for the plant to uptake.

    Water bridging is an important function of humic and fulvic acids. Water bridging is believed to improve the mobility of nutrient ions through the soil solution to the root. These mechanisms also help reduce leaching of plant nutrients into the subsoil.

    The CBA will grab and hold onto the newly applied fertilizer just as it frees up minerals already in the soil. This way, less is lost to the environment and more is made available to the plant.

    Fungi and fulvic acid in X-cell also greatly increase the transfer of minerals into the plant.

    There is no doubt that nitrogen boosts plant growth and of coarse growth is nothing more than cell production. As new cells form, they look for calcium to help with the cell structure and if they cannot find it they take up water instead. This is why grass and other crops generated by heavy applications of urea has no strength and is watery, producing watery excrements. Crops will be the same way and drying them out will show this as their size shrinks more than it should.

    As a result animals and humans need to eat more of this kind of growth to get the same level of goodness contained in non-N boosted plants.

    Urea is also notoriously short acting. It can leave the soil and what plants could not take up will be lost to the waterways and atmosphere. Nitrogen, along with potassium, is water soluble and easily washed out of the soil.

    In addition to polluting waterways, farm emissions of nitrous oxide—green house gas which is much more potent that carbon dioxide--account for about a sixth of our national emissions, twice what is produced by all the gas and coal burned in power stations. Agriculture gases which are about one third methane and one third nitrous oxide are just under half of our emissions in the USA.

    Perhaps the most dramatic impact of CBA is on urea because it will hold and slow release the nitrogen, leading to much higher (greater than 40%) dry matter and more
    volume of crop to be produced. You can either reduce the amount of urea you apply or get more production from your current application rate that you are applying.

    Soils have a cation exchange capacity rating that indicates its ability to hold and exchange plant nutrient cations. In simpler language, it is a measure of the soils ability to hold the fertilizer you apply (instead of it being leached) and transfer it to the plant.

    In most soils the CEC rating is 12-14 but in sandy soils it can be 1-2.

    In peat it is 40-50 because there is a close correlation between the holding ability and how much carbon and humus is in the soil. Carbon based acids will generally have a CEC of 200; X-Cell has a CEC of 250.

    By adding X-Cell you will improve the holding capacity of any soil with a low CEC rating.

    Reduce Toxicity
    X-cell will stabilize and assist in the degradation of toxic substances such as: nicotine, aflatoxins, antibiotics, shallots, and most organic pesticides. In the microbial degradation process not all of the carbon in these toxins is released as CO2. A portion of these toxic molecules, primarily the aromatic ring compounds are stabilized and integrated within the complex polymer of CBA.

    Reducing Salt
    The presence of CBA within the saline soils (those soils containing high salt concentrations, e.g. sodium chloride) aid in the transmutation of the sodium ions. The transmutation reactions, a biological process that occurs within the living organisms, resulting in the combining of sodium with a second element, such as oxygen, to form a new element.

    Application of humins, humic acid and fulvic acid to saline soils in combination with specific soil organisms, results in a reduction in the concentration of sodium salts (e.g. NaCI). The reduction is not correlated with a leaching of salt, rather with an increase in the concentration of other elements. The addition of X-Cell to soils containing excessive salts will help reduce the concentration of those salts. By reducing the salt content of a soil its fertility and health can be “brought back” to provide a more desirable environment for plant root growth.

    Tackling Disease
    Harmful soil enzymes are stabilized and inactivated by CBA. Once stabilized and bound to the humic substances, enzyme activity is greatly reduced or ceases to function.

    These enzyme stabilization processes help to restrict the activity of potential plant pathogens. As the potential plant pathogen releases enzymes designed to break down the plant defenses, the pathogens enzymes become bound to the CBA. As a result the pathogens are unable to invade potential host plants.

    CBA are key components of a friable (loose) soil structure. As the humic substances become intimately associated with the mineral fraction of the soil, colloidal complexes of humus-clay and humus silt aggregates are formed. These aggregates are formed by electrical processes which increase the cohesive forces that cause very fine soil particles and clay components to attract each other. Once formed these aggregates help to create a desirable crumb structure in the top soil, making it more friable. Soils with good crumb structure have improved tilth and more porous openings (open spaces). These pores allow for gaseous interchange with the atmosphere, and for greater water infiltration.

    Clay Disaggregation
    Clay particles normally lay together flat, but are repelled by the negative charges across their face. Salt (Na+) is present in minor amounts. Soil with high clay content can become so dense and compact that they may resist plant rooting. This can happen for one or two reasons:

    First, the salt in the soil has neutralized the negative electrical charges which normally cause clay particles to repel each other.

    Second, the percentage of clay in the soil is so high that the positive charge on the edge of the clay particle combines with a negative charge on the flat surface of another, forming a tight three-dimensional structure.

    CBA will cause the clay particles to stand on end, thus allowing water penetration. It does this in two ways.

    First, it segregates salts and removes them from the surface of the clay particle. The net negative charge resulting causes the clay particles to repel each other, which loosen the soil structure.

    Second, a carbon group on the CBA (Carboxyl) group bonds with the edge of the positively charged particles; this breaks the attractive forces between the positive charge and the edge of a particle and the negative charge of the flat surface of the clay particle.

    This action called protective colloidal action loosens soil, letting roots penetrate more easily. CBA effect on clay soil is more evident as time passes. In heavy clay soils, six months or more may be needed before you will see noticeable improvement in the soil’s density.

    Water Retention
    X-cell will create a desirable soil structure that facilitates water infiltration and helps hold water within the roots zone. Because of the large surface area and internal electrical charges, CBA substances function as water sponges. These sponge like substances have the ability to hold seven times their volume in water, a greater holding capacity than sod clays. Water stored within the top soil when needed, provided a carrier medium for nutrients required by soil organism roots.

    Soils which contain high concentrations of humus substances hold water for crop use during periods of drought. This is why growers who apply CBA on fertilizers and integrated production practices which preserve humic substances, can frequently harvest a crop during dry weather.

    We can demonstrate when we mix CBA with sand it immediately becomes wet. This demonstrates the ability of X-cell to hold water and impart it to the soil around it.

    Soil temperature
    X-cell will help to stabilize soil temperature and slow the rate of water evaporation. The insulating properties of CBA substances help to maintain a more uniform soil temperature, especially during periods of rapid climatic changes, such as cold spells or heat waves. Because water is bound within the humic substances and humic substances reduce temperature fluctuations, soil moisture is less likely to be released into the atmosphere.

    X-cell will greatly improve the strike rate and speed growth of seedling germination.

    In order for the germination to occur the humic substances must be present within the cells of the seeds. As the humic substance enters the seed cells, respiration rate increases, and cell division processes are accelerated. These same respiratory processes enhance root meristem development and activate other growing points within the seedlings. Humic substances have been demonstrated to increase mitotic activity during cell division. Placement of these humic substances within the seed furrow will significantly improve seedling development.

    X-cell has a very pronounced influence on the growth of plant roots. When humic or fulvic acids are applied to soil enhancement of root initiation increased root growth is significant.

    Plant root growth is stimulated to a greater extent compared to stimulation of above ground plant parts. Numerous trials have been conducted to measure plant responses. For example, replicated treatments of plant growth within the greenhouse, with and without humic acid and fulvic acid have illustrated how humic substances influence plant growth.

    In repeated trials the treated root weighs average from 20 to 50% heavier compared to the weights of non treated roots. The type of humic substance applied had the significant influence on the percent of increase. Not all humic substances contain a desirable molecular mixture of humins, humic acid and fulvic acid capable of rapid stimulation of root growth. Some humic substances, because of their large molecular sizes, failed to stimulate plant root growth development.

    Root stimulation occurs when the smaller molecular components within the fulvic acid occur at the concentration which ranges from 10 to 100 mg/liter of solution. Growth is further stimulated when the fulvic acids are used in combination with humic acids and other required plant nutrients. That is why CBA with all the active ingredients, is the best for plant stimulation and why it is necessary to have high quality CBA with strong levels of both humic and fulvic acid.

    Foliar sprays
    Liquid forms of X-cell with, humic acid and fulvic acid are excellent foliar fertilizer carriers and adjuvants. Their application in combination with trace elements and other plant nutrients, as foliar sprays will improve growth of plant foliage, roots, and grains.

    By increasing plant growth processes within the leaves an increase in carbohydrate content of the leaves and stems occur. These carbohydrates are then transported down the stems into the roots where they are in part released from the root to provide nutrients for various soil microorganisms on the rhyzoplane and in the rhizosphere. The microorganism will then release acids and other organic compounds which increase the availability of plant nutrients. Other microorganisms then release acids and other organic compounds which increase the availability of plant nutrients. Other microorganisms release “hormone like” compounds which are taken up by the roots.

    Foliar fertilizers containing, humic and fulvic acid in combination with nitrogen potassium, phosphorus and other trace minerals have proven to be 100 to 500% more effective compared to applications of similar fertilizers to the soil. Foliar fertilizers are also more economical because smaller quantities of fertilizers are required to obtain significant plant responses.

    Plant nutrients within foliar fertilizers are rapidly absorbed by the plant leaves. Within 8 hours after the CBA substances are applied many different metabolic processes are detected. Enhanced carbohydrate production can be detected within 24 to 48 hours after foliar feeding by use of a refractometer. Enhanced carbohydrate production can either result in improved product quality and increased yields.

    Foliar applications can be timed to meet the needs of specific plant growth requirements such as to activate vegetative growth, flowering, grain filling and plant health.

    Energy metabolism is accelerated and the chlorophyll content of plant leaves is enhanced by the presence of CBA substances. When applied to the plant leaves the chlorophyll content of those leaves increases and the chlorophyll concentration increases there is a direct increase in the uptake of oxygen for the plant.

    Chlorophyll development within the plant leaves is more pronounced when fulvic is present in the foliar fertilizer. Humic acids and fulvic acids also increase the concentration of messenger ribonucleic acids (RNA) in plant cells. Messenger RNA is essential for many biochemical processes within the cells. Activation of several biochemical processes results in and increase in enzyme synthesis and an increase in protein of the leaves. During these metabolic changes and increase in the concentration of several important enzymes are detected. Some of the enzymes which are reported to increase are catalase, peroxidases, diphenoloxidase, polyphenoloxidases, and invertase. These activate the formation of both carrier and structural proteins.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Using organic acids to nuetralise pH is always a good idea... but that would take a lot, wouldn't it?
    Also 'a lot', for the CEC to improve...

    There seems to be promises made , moreso than science of what it is and "Why" it works...
    It actually sounds a lot like 'humates'...
  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    As it should, since it clearly states It’s comprised of Humic, Fulvic, and Ulmic acids
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    So did you ever figure out what "x-cell' is supposed to mean? and why they didn't say humate? and I don't remember humates claiming to nuetralize pH...
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    All I know is what I read on the link provided.

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