Why Microalgae

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It's present in
all farm soil

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It's pure
organic matter

Wy Algae #2 - Is the fastest growing plant on Earth

It's the fastest
growing vegetable

Why Algae #3 - Is an essential food source for other microbes in the soil

It's an essential food
source for soil microbes

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It's a building block
for healthy soil

Why Algae #1 - Is pure organic material found naturally in farm soil

It enhances
soil properties

MyLand’s continuous delivery of microalgae rapidly improves the physical, chemical and biological traits of the soil, generating significantly healthier soil.

The Science

Why healthy soil?

Healthy soil not only produces more nutritious crops but is also more resistant to adverse events including erosion by wind and rain, excess rainfall or extreme drought and will rebound more quickly after a negative event such as harvesting under wet soil conditions or if land constraintsrestrict or modify planned rotations.

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What makes MyLand’s practice novel is the scalability of the approach and how quickly it can positively impact your soil. It is regenerative agriculture made simple.

Good Soil Tilth:

Soil tilth is a physical condition of soil, especially in relation to its suitability for planting or growing a crop. Factors that determine tilth include the formation and stability of aggregated soil particles, moisture content, degree of aeration, soil biota, rate of water infiltration and drainage.

Sufficient Depth:

Sufficient depth refers to the extent of the soil profile to which roots are able to grow and function. A soil with a shallow depth as a result of a compaction layer or past erosion is more susceptible to extreme fluctuations in the weather, thus predisposing the crop to drought or flooding stress.

Good Soil Drainage & Porosity:

Soil porosity refers to the pores within the soil and it influences the movement of air and water. Soil microbes require oxygen and water for their respiration and when soil is compacted respiration slows down and decomposition of soil organic matter slows. Healthy soils have many pores between and within the aggregates.

The MyLand Impact on Physical Traits of Soil:
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Algae produces carbonic acid and polysaccharides which loosen the soil, creating valuable soil aggregates

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Carbonic acid lowers soil’s Ph and breaks down calcium and magnesium carbonates that crust and bind the soil. This creates porosity - it loosens the soil so that roots can penetrate more deeply and broadly to access moisture and nutrients

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Polysaccharides act to collect moisture in the soil and forestalls evaporation and run-off, acting as a reservoir of moisture and nutrients in bio-available form for the plant

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Increased porosity allows for better water infiltration and oxygen to expand the microbial community

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Lower water usage, less water runoff

Sufficient Supply of Nutrients:

An adequate and accessible supply of nutrients is necessary for optimal plant growth and for maintaining balanced cycling of nutrients within the system. Excess nutrients can lead to leaching and potential ground water pollution, high nutrient run-off and green-house gas losses, as well as toxicity to plants and microbial communities.

Chemical & Toxin Free:

Healthy soils are either devoid of harmful chemicals and toxins or can detoxify and/or bind such chemicals making them unavailable for plant uptake due to their richness in stable organic matter and diverse microbial communities.

The MyLand Impact on Chemical Traits of Soil:
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Increased microbial community as a result of increased porosity (water infiltration and oxygen availability) fixes nitrogen in the soil

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Algae exudes nutrients and other valuable compounds into the soil

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Secondary metabolites release phosphorus in soil

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Significantly reduces the need for chemical fertilizer and other chemical soil amendment

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Microalgae increases production of carbonic acid, lowering the soil’s Ph and breaking down calcium and magnesium carbonates that crust and bind the soil, creating porosity

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Porosity allows sodium that accumulates in the soil from groundwater irrigation to percolate far down in the soil, away from the root zone of the plants

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When the algae cells eventually die, they are broken down by the other microbes in the soil to release their rich and important nutrients and hormones

Diverse Microrganism Population:

Soil microbes are important to the functioning of the soil. They help nutrient cycling, decomposition of organic matter, maintenance of soil structure, biological suppression of plant pests, etc. A healthy soil will have a high and diverse population of beneficial organisms to carry out these functions and thus help maintain a health soil status.

High Levels of Organic Matter:

Organic matters improve many physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, including water holding capacity, cation exchange capacity, pH buffering capacity, and chelating of micronutrients. Well-decomposed organic matter improves soil structure by increasing aggregation, enhancing biological activities in the soil.

The MyLand Impact on Biological Traits of Soil:
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Microalgae are the only microbes that do not consume other microbes but themselves are a principal food source for the other microbes. An abundant and healthy microbial community is critical to the creation of natural organics and humus in the soil

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The MyLand System generates mass quantities of living microalgae cells. After they leave the System these algae cells continue to propagate for up to two weeks before they naturally die and are consumed by microbes. It is not unusual for living algae to double its population every 24 hours

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Increased porosity as a result of the microalgae, provides more oxygen and water for microbial community to flourish

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Algae provides increased living organic content directly into the soil, and over time increases the dead organic matter in the soil, capturing and storing atmospheric carbon

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When the algae cells die, they are broken down by the other microbes in the soil to release their rich and important nutrients and hormones

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Live Native Microalgae Enhances Soil Health

A technical in-depth perspective of the agricultural uses of microalgae and their benefits to both soil health and a variety of crops.

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“A mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions”

Rattan Lal | Ohio State University

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“MyLand is at the crossroads of a major breakthrough in agricultural technology”

Marvin John | River Ranch Grower

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“Live microalgae may be the most important breakthrough in agriculture since the green revolution in 1950.”

Del Monte Farm Manager

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“Investing in soil health and regenerating our soils has numerous benefits including water infiltration, reduced pest pressure, resilience to unpredictable weather, and reducing greenhouse gasses”

Lauren Tucker | Executive Director of Kiss the Ground

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“Efforts to improve soil health and enrich biodiversity are critical to addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.”

Larry Clemens | North America Region Agriculture Director for The Nature Conservancy

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“We have been feeding families for more than 150 years and we need a strong planet to enable us to feed families for the next 150 years.  We recognize that our biggest opportunity to drive positive impact for the planet we all share lies within our own supply chain, and by being a catalyst to bring people together to drive broader adoption of regenerative agriculture practices.”

Jeff Harmening | Chairman & CEO, General Mills

FAQs

Microalgae is a soil microbe rich in both micro and macro nutrients that provides amino acids, polysaccharides, hormones, and other elements that are essential to soil and plant health.  Importantly, microalgae do not consume other living microbes, but itself act as a principal food source for all other microbes. The presence of large quantities of microalgae cells stimulates the growth and health of the soil’s entire microbiome and provides an environmental foundation for healthy and abundant crops.  The MyLand System ensures the delivery of healthy, living microalgae cells that are native to the soil into which they are infused – and in quantities that have a major and sustainable impact on soil productivity.