BERRY FARMERS! This one is for you! Our hearts go out to berry farmers everywhere because we have spoken with so many who have struggled with Anthracnose or gray molds. Chitosan could be a good solution for you.
- Crab and shrimp shells are made of the same material as crop destroying insects: chitin
- Chitin is not readily available to plants’ defense system, the soil microbiology has to break the chitin down into chitosan and chitinase, which IS able to be used immediately by the plant.
- When chitosan is applied, the plant responds as though it is under attack- activating the S.A.R. response.
- The S.A.R response is a plants natural defense system; it triggers a natural chemical reaction within the plant which ultimately forces the plant to react favorably.
- SAR generates phytoalexins and salicylic acid: provides greater resistance to the cell wall, and restricts the development of destructive pathogens.
- Chitosan acts as a rhizospheric conditioner: stimulating activity with beneficial microorganisms.
- Crops that are treated with chitosan display reduced transpiration, and create resistance to pathogens: extremely desirable traits in crop production.
We are happy to offer FREE SHIPPING of quarts and gallons for farms and home gardeners who are interested in harnessing the powerful and protective benefits of CHITOSAN. For drums and totes, please email [email protected] and our logistics team will coordinate shipping.
Chitosan. Strong enough to be used in the manufacture of Kevlar, yet gentle enough to be ingested as a human health supplement. Please reach out with any technical questions you may have.
Use chitosan as seed soak, foliar spray and root drench.
- Chitosan stimulates plants immune system, improves plant health, and increases plant vigor
- Chitosan is multi-functional, cost effective, and works at any stage of growth and with all nutrient programs.
The Science: Chitin and chitosan are naturally-occurring compounds that have potential in agriculture with regard to controlling plant diseases. These molecules were shown to display toxicity and inhibit fungal growth and development. They were reported to be active against viruses, bacteria and other pests. Fragments from chitin and chitosan are known to have eliciting activities leading to a variety of defense responses in host plants in response to microbial infections, including the accumulation of phytoalexins, pathogen-related (PR) proteins and proteinase inhibitors, lignin synthesis, and callose formation. Based on these and other proprieties that help strengthen host plant defenses, interest has been growing in using them in agricultural systems to reduce the negative impact of diseases on yield and quality of crops.