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Ina2006studyentitled “Influenceofelectric fieldonplantweight 12 ,itwasproposedthat
hormones like gibberellins may be the reason for the increase in size. The size and weight
increased; yet after the removal of water by vacuum treatment, the sample weight turned
out to be less than the group without treatment. This suggests that water absorption is the
primary means by which the growth in increased. Yet keep in mind that this is just one
study, on one type of plant. Knowing that different plant species respond differently, it is
feasible to suggest that other types may exhibit an increase in plant matter (in addition to
“water weight”).
For example, in another study, onion plants ( Allium cepa L. ) were shown to increase in
weight in both fresh as well as dry seedlings 13 . In this case, it was posited that one of
the reasons for weight gain beyond the increase in water weight could be an improved
synthesisofsugars 14 . Atthesametime,increasedamountsofcellulosefoundintherapidly
growing stems and roots could also be a contributing factor.
Crop Yield
One of the most beneficial results that can be achieved through the use of
electro-horticulture is the booting of yield. With all factors being equal except for the
addition of electrical fields upon the soil or plants themselves, experiencing gains from 30
to 400 percent in certain cases is astounding to say the least.
Returning to the work of Christofleau, in his topic on electroculture, he claimed that at
three feet tall with an average of 29 grains per ear. In comparison, in his electrified field,
the average plant was four feet tall with approximately 54 grains per ear - an 86% gain! In
the same time period, other people who grew oats as well as wheat, maize, and millet saw
improvements between 75% and 100% 15 .
Some experimenters that I've been in touch with since starting my research have told me
of their own successes with yield as well. For example, tomato growers Weber & Lang
experienced to back-to-back seasons with yield increases ranging from 40% to over 50%.
has told me that preliminary experiments proved that he was able to achieve a xx% yield
increase in his grape tomato crop.
The scientific underpinnings behind the increases are two-fold:
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