The Fulvic Phenomenon
APPLICATIONS AND PROPERTIES
What is Fulvic Acid?
The majority of growers interested in improving soil and plant nutrition will now be familiar with humic acid. Fulvic acid is, in essence, the principal ‘active’ ingredient in humic acid. It is the driving force behind the performance of all humate-based materials. Humic acids are exceptional materials in their own right, but many of their beneficial features are actually related to their fulvic component.
Fulvic acid is more biologically active than humic acid. It contains more oxygen, less carbon and is markedly more acidic than humic acid. Fulvic acid has a much lower molecular weight, providing more potential for mobility within the plant, which in turn facilitates a greater influence on metabolic processes. Fulvic acid is the ‘fast food’, the ‘Colonel’s recipe’ in the success of humates in agriculture. It is far more versatile than humic acid, and it is arguably the most valuable input in biological agriculture.
The Electric Life of Plants
Fulvic acid is a powerful organic electrolyte, which can balance and energise all cells (microbe, plant, animal or human). An electrolyte is a substance, soluble in water and other mediums, which is capable of conducting electrical current. In a 1926 publication called ‘A Bipolar Theory of Living Processes’ by Dr George Crile, it was demonstrated that the physical well-being of plants, animals and microbes is determined by proper electrical potential. In Dr. Crile’s famous, much-repeated Amoebae experiment, he reduced the normal 20 Millivolt electrical potential of the amoebae to zero, and the amoebae began to disintegrate in much the same way that human cells change form and structure as death approaches. The addition of an electrolyte dramatically reversed the situation, with the amoebae immediately resurrecting and returning to its former healthy state. The significance of the restorative powers of fulvic acid in the human situation has not been overlooked. Fulvic acid is the ‘hot’ new kid on the block in alternative medicine (check the Internet). Fulvic acids contain electrolytes that are essential for the well-being of plants. They serve as tiny battery chargers, providing a constant trickle-charge for each cell. Maintaining maximum electrical potential in plants equates to optimum growth, yield and plant health. Fulvic acid can restore electrical balance that has been disturbed during stress periods (i.e. storms, temperature extremes and disease), and this can be the key to the restoration of plant health.
A Chelator And Penetrator
Fulvic acid is a highly efficient chelating agent, and the benefits of chelation are further magnified by an increased permeability of plant membranes achieved by cell-sensitizing agents in the acid. This increased permeability translates into improved uptake of all nutrients and moisture. In fact, any material that is applied in conjunction with fulvic acid, will be absorbed more efficiently. A related improvement in the efficiency of herbicides is one obvious benefit of this particular feature. There is also obvious potential for improving the performance of applied fertiliser when the desired element can be chelated, rendered more penetrative and also more efficiently transported into the plant via a piggyback on the back of the ultra-small fulvic molecule.