Trifecta Crop Control is a FIFRA (25b) exempt pesticide, fungicide, and miticide made from non-toxic, food grade essential oils that are blended with a nano-saponified emulsifier (soap).
The flavonoids that make up essential oils are called terpenes and terpene alcohols.
On the cellular level fungi and their spores have a lipid shell that protects the cells from external agents. The terpenes and terpene alcohols in essential oils weaken the lipid shell on the cellular membrane of the molds, mildews, and their spores. This allows naturally occurring external agents to break those cells down from the inside out inhibiting respiration, energy production and spore reproduction.
Why then wouldn’t everyone spray their crops with essential oils? The first obvious answer is cost, essential oils are prohibitively expensive.
In addition, Essential oils also are not miscible, in layman terms meaning they do not mix with water, so if you just sprayed essential oils all over your plants you would inhibit the mold and mildew problem, but you would also kill your plants because you would inhibit their ability to take up water and photons (light).
Trifecta uses a proprietary nano-emulsifier which is made from the saponification of Coconut and Palm oil fatty acids makes the essential oil fully miscible, which means more action with less oil.
The essential oils having been made miscible can’t cling to each other as great gobs of oil, but exist in the water as individual nano-sized particles that randomly and ceaselessly repel each other…
…This means that a lot less oil can do a lot more work with much greater effect, and also that the particles break down rapidly because they are in such a tiny aggregate state.
This also enables your plants to fully function (ie. breathe, take up water, and photosynthesize despite the action of the essential oils) The terpenes, terpene alcohols, vinegar and fatty acid surfactant molecules are all hydrocarbons. Sunlight and bacteria act on them in the aqueous phase and they degrade off of the plant as CO2 and hydrogen. Testing and pilot projects with Trifecta shows no residual from the product within 48-72 hours of use.
Due to the fact that our product enables such a small particle size, when fully diluted less than 2% of the applied diluted product is Crop Control, the rest is water. That 2% is spread evenly throughout the water matrix, and is held in such a small suspension that the hydrocarbons portions of the molecules, both the soap and the essential oils occur as delicious food for beneficial microorganisms on the plant and in the soil.
The combined action of bio-degradation from resident bacteria, and the degradation action from the intense photons hitting the plant everything is broken down and gone within 48-72 hours.
Sunlight, photons helps speed up the process, but even in the dark bacteria will be hard at work breaking the residuals down. By the time the medicine is dry the product should be fully degraded and the bacteria should all be dead. Bacteria thrive on warm moist surfaces, so as the plant dies they die, but since it takes 7 days plus to cure your medicine even if the product was applied as it was being cut bio degradation would be complete by the time the curing process was completed.
Part of the beauty of Trifecta is that it has a partially systemic nature in that the extremely small micelles formed with our essential oils and our nano-emulsifier allows the product to penetrate to the cellular level where systemic gray mold spores try to hide.
The essential oils used to manufacture Trifecta Crop Control were also chosen for their ability to mitigate and repel pest insects.
Similar to the action that occurs on the lipid shells of molds and mildews, terpenes and terpene alcohols break down the chitin in insect’s exo-skeletons. Using our technology the particle size of the essential oils in the water become so small that the respiratory systems of pests is also impacted by contact, essentially suffocating them.
Most commercially available insecticides affect the endocrine systems of pests, and over time pests evolve resistances to these molecules. The respiratory system is different; there is no evolving a resistance to something that prevents the ability to breath.
Trifecta Crop Control works on molds, mildews, and pests, using food safe essential oils, and does it in novel ways using a nano sized soap molecule as a delivery vehicle to allow it to do its work.