AF Sinergy

Highly plant-available Silicon

AF Sinergy is a micronised Calcined Diatomaceous Earth product that is a remarkably safe way of applying Silicon. It slowly complexes with the plants natural processes and can increase the health of the plant, increasing the strength of the cell walls and deepening the palisade layer. AF Sinergy is uniformly micronised to an extra fine grade so that it will quickly become available to the plant and translocate to cells within the plant where it is needed.

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Calcined Diatomaceous earth >10 – <20

What is Calcined Diatomaceous Earth and why is it better micronized?

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) consists of the microscopic, fossilised remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protist (single-celled aquatic eukaryotic organisms). Diatoms are a major group of algae, specifically microalgae, found in the oceans, waterways, and soils of the world. Living diatoms make up a significant portion of the Earth’s biomass: they generate about 20-50 percent of the oxygen produced on the planet each year, take in over 6.7 billion metric tons of silicon each year from the waters in which they live, and contribute nearly half of the organic material found in the oceans.

Diatom cell walls are made up of biogenic Silica; Silica synthesised in the diatom cell by the polymerisation of silicic acid. A large part of the plant response is based on Silicon, but DE also contains a broad range of micronutrients. Silicon is one of the most prevalent macro-elements, performing an essential function in healing plants in response to environmental stresses. The purpose of using Silicon is to induce resistance to distinct stresses, diseases, and pathogens.

Calcined Diatomaceous Earth has been treated at a temperature above 1000ºC to agglomerate the exoskeletons of the diatoms in order to create a range of permeabilities. This process causes the amorphous Silica that makes up the exoskeleton of the diatom to turn into crystalline Silica.

Modern methods of micronisation use supercritical fluids in the micronisation process. Supercritical fluids are used to induce a state of supersaturation, which leads to precipitation of individual particles and manipulates the principles of solubility. Micronisation is used to improve bioavailability of poorly soluble APIs by accelerating dissolution rates. Silicon, as AF Sinergy, breaks down quickly because of this and becomes an available nutrient to the plant faster.

The Silica washes from the plant to the root zone (rhizosphere) where it complexes with Boron in the soil to form plant available monosalicic acid which is the form that it translocates within the plant.

Application method

AF Sinergy can be applied in many situations to a variety of crops when required. Always consult with your technical advisor and carry out a jar test before adding to a new mix.

All agricultural crops: 1-2  L/ha in 60-100 L/ha water.

Pasture: 1-3  L/ha in 60-100 L/ha water.

To get the best results, apply to the seed as a drench or spray onto young plants so that the Silicon moves to the root zone where it is absorbed.