As any gardener knows, it can be difficult to keep a plant alive and healthy enough to yield tasty produce. There are a number of environmental factors that make gardening, and agriculture, increasingly difficult. Organibliss™ is designed to help mitigate some of these factors, but to better understand how it works, it is important to understand what environmental stressors do to a plant and how they can be addressed. Today, we will discuss the role of water in a plant’s life and how plants adapt in water-scarce environments.
Water is one of the primary building blocks for life on Earth, and it is particularly important for plants. Plants are known as autotrophs, meaning they are self-sufficient organisms that are able to manufacture foods to supply all of their physical needs. Plants only require 17 elements to maintain normal growth, obtaining these elements through the air, soil and water.
Water is an essential component of photosynthesis, the process that plants use to convert light energy into usable chemical energy. In the photosynthetic process, plants get light energy from the sun, carbon from the air in the form of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from water. Additionally, water plays a key role in transporting dissolved nutrients from the soil to the plant. As roots soak up water, they absorb essential nutrients, such as phosphorous and nitrogen, which play a critical role in maintaining plant structures and health. Lastly, water stored in plant cells helps to maintain turgor (firmness) in the cell. Plants without sufficient water will become flaccid and wilt.
In many environments, water is a limiting factor to plant growth, so many plants develop adaptations to conserve water or find it in difficult-to-reach places. Some plants adapt to drought by storing water in fleshy, waxy leaves; these plants are known as succulents and include all forms of cacti. Other plants, like the Neem plant, adapt by developing extensive root systems that draw water from deep in the soil. Some of these plants may have root systems up to twice the diameter of the plant’s canopy. These are just two of the common ways that plants conserve water, but plants have evolved other strategies unique to their location and climate around the world.
Many agricultural crops are not designed to store large amounts of water in their leaves, but will develop more robust roots when not limited by water or nutrients. Organibliss™ is designed to promote root growth by introducing bioactive compounds from the Neem plant, which has one of the most extensive and robust root systems in the world. These compounds, when introduced to any agricultural crop, help the plant grow deeper and wider roots to absorb more water from the soil. Organibliss™ scientist us a chemical extraction process that captures 93% of the bioactive ingredients from the Neem tree. This broad array of nutrients along with citrus ingredients [all from plants] helps plants to adapt to environmental stresses, such as heat and lack of water. This transfer of biotechnology from plants in sub-Saharan Africa to our plants here is known as “bio-adaptive supplementation.”
The additional water in the plant improves turgor in plant cells, increasing the amount of nutrients the plant can absorb, and the rate of photosynthesis. Combined, this leads to healthier plants that produce more fruits and vegetables.