Victus is a complex of natural substances, long-chain polymers, bio-nutrients and synergistic growth promoting compounds, derived from non-hazardous plant extracts.
Victus contains a common nitrogen-containing polymer that is food for some bacteria and fungi, and is abundant in soil.
These naturally occurring entities are usually broken down by a group of enzymes called 18 glycoside hydrolases.
Long-chained linear, neutrally charged polymeric polysaccharide are used to construct mechanical and physical barriers that provide structural stability. However, unlike cellulose, an innate rigidity is promoted.
The repeating saccharide monomers are a modified form of glucose with an amino group substituted at carbon-2 as is the case with the cellulose in plant cell walls. These polysaccharide are combined with other compounds to produce strengthened tissues.
Both polysaccharides form microfibrils which differ in length and construction .
Mode of action
Victus is an elicitor that stimulates the natural defence response system in treated plants.
Poly-D-glucosamine, one of the active ingredients in Victus binds to fungal receptor sites, mimicking an attack of fungal spores.
This, in return, results in signals being sent to the nuclei of the plant cells eliciting multiple genetic and biological responses, including the production of phytoalexins (antimicrobial compounds produced in plants), aimed at inhibiting fungal infections.
Multifaceted Modes of Action
- Microbial nutriment
Promoting and sustaining a balanced rhizosphere microbiome
- Chelating electrolytes
Enhancing nutrient availability
- Stimulating integral ‘Systemic Resistances’
Reducing the impact of pest and diseases
- Naturally occurring surfactants
Creating even distribution of soil moisture and nutrients
- Increasing cell wall permeability and liquids dispersal
Higher tolerances to drought, heat and cold stress
- Increases Legume nodulation mass
Improved Seed germination and establishment
- Benefits extended in the soil for subsequent crops
It has been affirmed that Victus stimulates the production of the phytoalexins that leads to lignin synthesis and promotion of ethylene formation. Lignin strengthens the cell walls and ethylene performs many different functions.
Other noted effects
- Accelerated decomposition of previous crop residues
- Observed reduction of insect pests, maybe due to the reduced crop debris acting as a habitat
- Positive yield responses in:
- Cereal crops (Wheat and Barley)
- Oil Seed Rape
- Apply Post Harvest or Pre-sowing in the autumn or spring
- Compatible with glyphosate (see compatibilities for details)
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