PondZilla Pro* is an all-natural biochemical catalyst that enhances the breakdown of proteins and complex carbohydrates found in dead aquatic plants. The molecular make up of PondZilla enhances penetration of algaecides/herbicides and bacteria into target sites. PondZilla is not a surfactant, oil or stripper but it works at the cellular level for better solvency and uptake. Applicators have used it to degrade dead organic matter.
Applicators get called out to clean up dead plant material and have to tell the customer, “I cannot kill dead.” Although our products do not kill anything, the molecular make up of PondZilla will boost algaecides so they can penetrate the resting structures while it enables naturally-occurring bacteria to degrade dead organic matter. PondZilla releases specific biostimulants that allow the naturally-occurring bacteria and fungi to take over degradation of the dead flora and fixation of available nutrients.
For ponds that receive a lot of leaf matter, this is a good way to break them down. Leaves from soft maple and fast growing trees tend to degrade better than pine needles and leaves that are high in lignin (oak leaves). If leaves are already decomposed PondZilla will help degrade them further. If leaves are fresh PondZilla will complete the degradation over the course of a summer. PondZilla also degrades pollen from pine trees, cottonwoods or others.
NOTE: PondZilla DOES NOT kill aquatic plants or algae.
The Science Behind It
The cells of algae and aquatic plants can be thought of as a series of well-engineered structures. These structures are made of complex proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and minerals. Chlorophyll is stored within the chloroplasts in the cell, and chlorophyll is how a plant gets it energy to grow from sunlight. This intricate framework allows algae and aquatic plants to grow and thrive while aiding in resistance to chemical treatments.
Contact algaecides (copper products, peroxides, and diquat) must contact the cell wall and enter the cell to be effective. Lack of penetration and intercellular movement of these chemistries reduces their effectiveness. PondZilla Pro degrades dead plant cell walls and weakens cellular integrity when used with an algaecide formulation. Killing all susceptible cells reduces the risk of algae developing any resistance to chemical treatments.
Some filamentous algaes, Pithophora for example, use akinetes (“survival cells”) to store vital growth components and protect themselves from distress. These cells are characterized by thick cell walls. The reinforced outer cell wall pictured above is visible by its opacity in comparison to adjoining cells. This helps the cells resist chemical attack and allows for regrowth when conditions become more favorable. PondZilla Pro dissolves the walls of dead cells and akinetes and breaks down stored carbohydrates when combined with contact algaecides.
Pondzilla Pro lyses and dissolves dead plant material quickly
Systemic herbicides (i.e. glyphosate, imazapyr, or triclopyr) travel through the cell disrupting processes such as amino acid synthesis, cell division, and photosynthesis. Systemic herbicides tend to work slower, but they do translocate into multiple parts of the plant (1). However, herbicide resistance has been studied in detail (2) and can reduce overall treatment performance and consistency. For this reason, we focus on a complete degradation of the dead plant structure and aquatic herbicide dispersion to all susceptible cells.
When combined with systemic herbicides, PondZilla Pro speeds movement into the cells by breaking down the cellular framework of dead cells, promoting rapid nutrient recovery, and decomposing dead plant material from the inside out. PondZilla Pro works synergistically with systemic herbicides and ensures thorough and complete degradation of dead aquatic plants.
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