Our unique patented technology begins with the key ingredient, methyl glucosides. Minute quantities of methyl glucosides have been isolated from plant parts establishing their occurrence as a natural product in some plants. The presence of methyl glucosides in plants is a result of plant metabolism (Elizabeth Gout, Serge Aubert, Richard Bligny, Fabrice Rebeille, Arthur Nonomura, Andrew A. Benson, & Roland Douce, University Joseph Fourier, May 2000, Plant Physiology). It was shown in these studies that methyl glucosides are incorporated into the growth of thalloid (algae) and all green vascular plants. What this means is that your turf, ornamentals , or crops recognize methyl glucosides when they are applied because the plant is familiar with this compound, which it already produces naturally in small amounts. By a little more being added every 2-3 weeks, the green plants can convert this 7-carbon sugar molecule into energy more readily and efficiently than if it had to produce it on its own. Due to the “recognition” of the methyl glucosides by the plant, it allows it to penetrate the cell walls readily, and in the process the rest of the nutrient package in MegAleX®, Upplause®, and Upplause Plus® is also easily absorbed and utilized
Our technology keeps the window of photosynthesis open longer and reduces the window of photorespiration. Again, the primary key to this is the methyl glucosides (as the carbon source and surfactant) and the secondary key is the proprietary surfactant (or surface active spreader) in the formulations. This enables optimal penetration and longer cell hydration in the leaf tissue. The methyl glucosides maintain the processes of photosynthesis in the plants for a longer period of time and utilizes nutrients in our formulation and other foliar or granular products that have been applied for consistent but controlled growth. The formulation of MegAleX® alone will not give a flush of top growth, but it will process the carbon energy for better root growth. There is no substitute for deep and healthy roots in the middle of the heat stress of summer. This is why in growth-limiting irradiance (not enough sunlight) our technology products will help you grow better quality plants under these stressful conditions.
On the flip side, in growth-saturating irradiance (full sunlight) these formulations reduce photorespiration (wilt). As the methyl glucosides consistently “slow feeds” energy and micronutrients throughout the plant, the mild proprietary surfactant keeps the cells hydrated and thus slows the respiration process (doesn’t stop it), so photosynthesis continues longer throughout the day into the night. By reducing photorespiration and continuing photosynthesis, the physiology and turgidity of turf, ornamentals, and crops are more consistent from morning to darkness.