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Prehistoric compost could aid hydroponic plant growth

One Southwest Michigan biotech company wants to leverage a little-known chemical compound to capitalize on the hydroponic and cannabis industries.

When AgTonik LLC incorporated in 2014, the company initially produced fulvic acid for use in the nutraceutical industry. Recently, the Kalamazoo-based biotech has started to branch out to new markets as more people discover the molecule’s beneficial properties.

Essentially, fulvic acid acts as a nutrient delivery system to the plants, allowing growers to increase yields through a naturally-occurring compound derived from ancient composted biological material. In its products, AgTonik uses fulvic acid sourced from the Southeastern U.S. that’s about 34 million years old. The company owns the undisclosed out-of-state property where it extracts the fulvic acid and ships the material to Michigan for processing, according to Bruex.

For growers, fulvic acid offers a highly concentrated dose of nutrients since the compound can absorb approximately 60 times its molecular weight from the source material.

The company has targeted the hydroponics and cannabis markets because they’re better suited to using fulvic acid compared to other traditional agricultural sectors.

Read more at MiBiz

Publication date: 1/10/2017

 


 

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