Results are in, after putting NanoCharge to the test in a research trial conducted at TX A&M this year NanoCharge was shown to improve nutrient uptake just as designed. The study's aim was to measure the percent plant increase of nitrogen and other important turf nutrients when nanotechnology was added to a spray solution. At issue is the known poor nutrient uptake inefficiencies of traditional foliar applications. Prior turfgrass research estimates creeping bentgrass putting green turf has only 31-56% foliar N uptake (from a 5 g N/m2 application) within 8 hours of application, with little more occurring thereafter (Steigler et al., 2013; Chang et al., 2020). Improving this rate of uptake with nano liquids would help turfgrass managers: optimize plant health, save money and reduce environmental losses.
The TX A&M trial used 15N-labeled urea (0.2 lb. N/ 1000 sq. ft.) to track and recover nitrogen in the plant along with a micronutrient solution. These nutrient solutions were applied to the creeping bentgrass foliage either with or without NanoCharge at its standard rate of 0.2 oz/1000 sq.ft.. After applying, turf samples were analyzed for percent differences between those fertilizers treated with NanoCharge vs. the fertilizer alone. The data table here clearly shows the percent increase in nutrients in the turfgrass which received NanoCharge in the spray solution. These great results will help turfgrass professionals understand the benefits of NanoCharge as a technology for improving nutrient use efficiencies when managing turf.