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Seaweeds are a polyphyletic group of marine macro-algae without a common multicellular ancestor. Are known to be the fastest growing living organism and some can triple in size every 24 hours.

Their basic requirements are: 1. Presence of seawater. 2. Sufficient light to drive photosynthesis, and 3. Most but not all - some species do float freely - require a firm attachment point to grow.  

Seaweed maybe our only chance to save the world.

One of many uses of Seaweed is its use in agriculture. The observed benefits are many and some are scientifically proven.

Interest in the application of mostly liquid seaweed extracts increased considerably the last 20 years.

The better known benefits are:
Enhance germination. Root growth. Chlorophyll synthesis. Plant vigour. Reduce transplant shock. Increase nutrient uptake. Induce flowering. Induce fruit ripening. Suppress disease. Increase pest resistance. Improve tolerance to frost. 

We know that seaweed and seaweed products condition the soil by increasing its water-holding capacity and encourages its crumb structure. This improves the aeration of the soil and capillary action, stimulates the root systems of plants and enhances growth. It also stimulates the activities of all soil bacteria.

Seaweed extract fertilizers derive predominantly from kelp and provide the following mineral nutrients;

Micronutrients - iron, copper, zinc, boron and manganese;

Macronutrients - nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous.
Seaweed also contains other minor plant nutrients and trace elements;

It is also known that plants treated with seaweed products develop a resistance to pests and diseases, not only to sap-seeking insects such as red spider mite and aphides, but also to scab, mildew and fungi. 

PS: Very basic information

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