By definition, low MW water soluble products produced by breaking down macromolecular organic materials are collectively called “Fulvic acid”, or “Fulvate”, but this very old terminology encompasses a wide range of products.
The nature of the fulvate produced by OHD depends on (reflects) the nature of the original input:
- Aliphatic rich feedstocks produce low MW aliphatic products
- Aromatic feedstocks produce low MW aromatics
- Carbohydrate-rich feedstocks produce sugars and related products
Different feedstocks produce fulvates with different properties that can be used for different purposes, or which can be further refined or processed into higher value products.
- Independent testing of the efficacy of fulvates produced by OHD of lignite for growing tomatoes found yield increases of up to ~50%
- Early results with broad acreage crops such as wheat are also promising, but further testing is needed.