Row & Tree Crops
Mitogrow Aqua 3-IA has an EPA registered version available for use on food crops and is patented under patent no. US10836686B1.
While several studies were done on Aqua 3-IA prior to registering with the EPA, MitoGrow is currently focused on ongoing research and development with several more sophisticated, in-depth trials, including on cotton, corn, soybeans, and apples.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of Aqua 3-IA on row and tree crops.
Aqua 3-IA Studies
Fighting HLB + Citrus Trials
SUMMARY: “Many in the citrus industry say that one of the keys to being successful in the post-HLB world is to have new and reset trees grow and mature as much as possible before they become infected.
With products that enhance root growth and increase root mass, MitoGrow is able to offer the industry a means to reach production size sooner. This assertion is based on a study by Louisiana Tech University on hardwood growth rates using MitoGrow products.
In addition to increased growth rate, in vitro studies conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research in 2019, trialed MitoGrow’s patented Aqua product versus both an untreated control and a oxytetracycline (OTC) treated positive control. The Aqua product was found to be about equal (498 PPM versus 500 PPM) to OTC in reducing CLas bacteria count at the same concentration as the antibiotic.
The results indicate that the product does not directly kill the bacteria, but seems to increase the plant’s natural resistance to the disease. A paper in the Journal of Applied Microbiology (2008) indicates that some species of CL bacteria can be cleared from some species of plants using the plant hormone contained in MitoGrow Aqua. The A&M study also indicated that the Aqua formula was twice as effective in reducing the bacteria count as the hormone alone.
MitoGrow’s Aqua product for citrus has been approved Fighting HLB + Citrus Trials by the EPA for use on food crops as of April 2022, under the unconditional EPA registration number 93363-2.
Given the sufficient evidence that the product is of general benefit to citrus, MitoGrow is looking to begin field trials.”
Potatoes & Zebra Chip Disease
SUMMARY: Zebra Chip Disease is a very invasive disease caused by an alphaproteobacteria, which is vectored by the potato psyllid. This disease has also been detected in carrots, celery, eggplant, peppers, tamarillos, tobacco, and tomatoes. In the case of potatoes, Zebra Chip negatively affects growth. Chips or fries made from infected potatoes show dark stripes that become more visible upon frying, making them commercially unacceptable.
Unfortunately, crops with high levels of disease may lead to rejection of the whole harvest and occasionally leads to abandonment of the entire field. No resistance to the disease has been identified. In Texas and New Zealand, where the disease is widespread, the losses for just potatoes have been estimated at US$22 million and US$40 million per year, respectively.
Texas A&M ran a test of Aqua at 242 PPM versus Oxy at 500 PPM in the potato hairy root assay which resulted in almost equal effectiveness between the two treatments. This result indicates that Aqua’s therapeutic effect is not species limited in either host or target organism and opens up additional agricultural applications for the product.
Sources: CABI, Invasive Species Compendium
Celery Rate Response Study
SUMMARY: “The major purpose of this study was to identify the rate response of our product and to use the results to inform our application rate models. These models will be used to set dose regimens (product strength, amount per area, and ideal number of applications) by plant species. Secondary analysis of the data was extrapolated to crop yield information.
Making the reasonable assumption that shoot weight can be directly related to yield for celery it can be seen that a single application of the ideal amount of MitoGrow more than doubled the crop yield. What we believe will be of additional interest to growers is that the variation between plants was significantly reduced at this treatment rate yielding shoots of very similar size for all replicants.”
Strawberry Rate Response and Yield Study
SUMMARY: “Based on the results of this study and the application rate models we developed after the study had been started, we estimate that tested range of application strengths was about 30% below the ideal application rate for strawberries. Future efficacy studies will be designed to identify the correct rate for maximum production. It is expected based on other studies that this increase is likely to be significantly greater than the 22% found in this study.
The studied treatment protocol had significant positive results. MitoGrow treated Strawberry plants were producing significantly more marketable products well before Grower Standard (GS) plants. This resulted in an extrapolated USDA Shipping Point Market Price advantage of $1,017 per acre over GS production. There was also a total production increase from MitoGrow treated plants versus GS plants of 831 flats per acre versus 661 flats per acre. Studies results also indicate that a second of MitoGrow at 14 days may increase yields by increasing productivity in harvests 5- 10% during the growing period.”
The MitoGrow Aqua product for industrial hemp is a water soluble, dry powder containing IBA and can be mixed with fertilizer solutions and applied with most irrigation methods. This product is fortified with mycorrhizae, B vitamins, and beneficial microbes. This root growth study showed that the use of Aqua enhanced vigor and root growth. The Aqua product is designed to encourage and improve overall nutrient and water uptake, as well as increase tolerance to environmental stress.
Hemp for CBD
A CBD yield study was conducted by an independent party on field-grown hemp treated with Aqua. The test’s variability of CBD and THC percentages is a function of plant genetics and harvest schedule. It is reasonable to assume these two parameters will controlled by the industry to achieve legal THC limits. Additionally, “whole plant” versus “bud only” harvesting will significantly reduce the effective percent of both CBD and THC.
In the field tests, a 20 PPM solution, at two quarts per plant, and three applications resulted in the highest CBD yield. Given the product price of $49.95 per pound that results in an application cost per plant of $0.0042, and a total of $0.0126 per plant per season. MitoGrow’s biostimulant product is designed to help hemp achieve its true growth potential. A recommendation of three applications of 2 quarts of 20 PPM Aqua solution per plant, along with normal cultivation techniques, should increase the yield of CBD by 32% over untreated plants. Applying this percentage increase to the aforementioned hemp pricing example would increase the price per pound to $13.
It was also concluded that use of MitoGrow Aqua for Hemp would allow for earlier harvests, resulting in lower levels of THC, while still increasing the CBD percentage. Industry insiders believe there could be future guidelines dictating hemp harvest schedules. This could shorten grow cycles by weeks, making MitoGrow’s biostimulant product even more valuable to growers. This product can be sold under the vitamin-hormone exemption.
MitoGrow is currently looking for partners in the agriculture space for purposes of conducting trials and studies. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.