The ingredients contained in MineralMAXX allow it to be used in conventional, sustainable and organic crop production. The Montmorillonite clay used in the MineralMAXX is a phyllosilicate rich in minerals and trace minerals. It is known to have a high adsorption property and may adsorb dissolved and suspended substances, such as toxins and bacteria. Clay minerals have also a high cation exchange capacity.
Research has shown that, repeated applications of clay mineral suspensions have the potential to reduce the negative impact of soil borne pathogens.
Disease management – mode of action
Research and scientific literature have now started to explain the mode of action of clay suspensions. The adsorption of the bacteria and its removal from the surrounding environment may explain the results observed. Alternatively, the immobilization of the bacteria on the surface of clay minerals may alter certain cell-wall activities of the pathogens thus limiting its negative effect. These cell-wall activities may have a multiple impact: physically blocking regions of the bacterial surface, reducing its ion bonding capacity, interacting with some membrane proteins, chelating some essential microbial nutrients and dissipating the proton motive force.
Clay minerals are “chemical sponges” which hold water and plant nutrients weathered from other minerals. Nutrients may be made available for the plants in a unique fashion due to the high cation exchange capacity of the clay suspensions and their content of plant micro-nutrients. Recent trials have demonstrated that the clay suspensions contained in MineralMAXX may have a positive impact on the crop health and yield.
The benefits found in MineralMAXX are currently being extended to a multitude of products for the following segments:
- Trace nutrients
- Bio stimulants
- Bio fungicides
- Other product innovations
- Organic Agriculture
- Conventional Agriculture