Life Processes Through the Elements Warmth, Light


  1. The sulphur warmth process: Ever at work at the surfaces of things, sulphur, as sulphate, infiltrates the interstices between the soil’s colloidal particles and exposes their surfaces. In short, sulphur is the ‘open sesame’ to the soil’s mineral storehouse.
  2. The silica light process: Always at work in the boundaries, silicon, along with light, is of key importance for containment and transport. In fibrous tissues, particularly in plant stems, this silica process forms the linings of capillary vessels, and these transport vessels do double duty as connective tissues—for example, in the stems of fruits.
  3. The carbon photosynthesis process: In the leaf the magnesium/chlorophyll complex that catches light is stationary, though it vibrates like a tuning fork. Via phosphorous, it sends the energy it captures to where water and carbon dioxide combine to make sugar and release oxygen. The rate of photosynthesis is determined by the transport speed of the energy boosted phosphorous, as well as the transport of sugars once they are made. The reason why brix readings for C4 grasses like sugar cane, maize or sorghum are taken from the bases of leaves or stems rather than from leaf panels is these plants rapidly move sugars away from where they are made.
  4. The boron root exudation process: When boron is sufficient and the uptake of water and nutrients from the soil is strong, photosynthesis will be productive, and root exudation will feed nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction.
  5. The molybdenum amino acid (nitrogen fixation and nitrate reduction) process: In this process microbes uses root exudates along with molybdenum to fix nitrogen. They require roughly 10 units of carbohydrates to fix one unit of amino acid.
  6. The lime digestion process: Soil animal life, starting with protozoa, provide the daily digestion and release of fresh amino acids that makes this process efficient. This is a lime process that feeds amino acids and minerals back to the plant so it can capture energy, etc.
  7. Return to the silica light process: The overall process is one of taking up amino acids and minerals from the soil so the carbon process in the leaves can capture energy and make carbohydrates for growth. This feeds root exudates to soil microbes which require molybdenum to fix nitrogen and thus to feed protozoal digestion. The nitrogen soil process requires roughly 10 units of carbohydrates to fix one unit of amino acid. Working properly, this feeds amino acids and minerals back to the plant so it can capture energy, etc. The dynamic interplay between what goes on below ground and what goes on above depends on boosting each activity at the right times, morning and evening—as if we were pumping our farms or gardens up on a swing set.

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