To quote a source:

In the 1840s, W. Ross of New York reportedly obtained a severalfold increase in the yield of a field of potatoes when he buried a copper plate (5 ft x 14 ft) in the earth, and a zinc plate of the same dimensions 200 ft away. The two plates were connected by a wire above ground, thus forming a galvanic cell. In similar experiments by Holdenfleiss (1844) with battery-charged zinc and copper plates, yields increased up to 25%.(7)

The same source also claims a temporary benefit form electrified seeds and more interestingly from the application of a low-power direct current, to quote:

P.V. Kravtsov, et al., reported that the population of ammonifying bacteria (especially the sporogenous type) increases about 150% when soil or compost is exposed to continuous low-power DC.

And, as ammonifying bacteria convert nitrogen into ammonia, which in the presence of O2 and free electrons, some of the ammonia may be converted into beneficial nitrite/nitrate (see, for example, On the aqueous reactions of the aminyl radical with molecular oxygen and the superoxide anion).

The source also claims benefits due to magnetic fields as does this paper: The effects of magnetic fields on plant growth and health.

[EDIT] To quote from this controlled study:

A study was conducted to test the hypothesis that a magnetic field can affect plant growth and health. The study divided plants into three groups. The first group of plant seeds grew in a low magnetic field. The second group grew in a high magnetic field. The third group grew in the absence of a magnetic field, serving as a control group. Several growth parameters were measured, including the germination rate, plant height, and leaf size. In addition, the health status was measured by leaf color, spots, the stem curvature, and the death rate. Plant growth was observed continuously for four weeks. The results showed that magnetism had a significant positive effect on plant growth. Plant seeds under the influence of the magnetic field had a higher germination rate, and these plants grew taller, larger, and healthier than those in the control group. No adverse effects of magnetism on plant growth were noticed.

What I am trying to understanding are possible paths, that is, causation arguments. So far, my only thoughts relate to increased oxygen kinetics (see my comments and references here), galvanic cell surface wire induced magnetic field, which could promote a charge alignment leading to increased radical activity, and including, for example, associated bacteria leading to the formation of beneficial nitrite/nitrate.


First, these seem to be anecdotal claims, perhaps pseudoscience, not repeated, carefully controlled, scientific experiments.

That said,

However, all that is supposition. The best answer is to perform a controlled experiment yourself, measuring changes in plant growth, soil chemistry, etc. That seems to be safer than experimenting with Orgone Energy, though.

  • $\begingroup$ There was a definitely controlled experiment on plant growth by Edward Fu cited, paper: The effects of magnetic fields on plant growth and health, ysjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/Issue11/… . However, I obviously downplayed this study, so I will edit and place his conclusions for review. $\endgroup$
    – AJKOER
    Jun 30 '20 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ @AJKOER - hmmmm... your definition of controlled and mine don't match up very well. $\endgroup$
    – Jon Custer
    Jun 30 '20 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ I won't list world patents citing the employment of magnetic related paths to promote various reactions. I have experimented with a Magnetizer -positive results. Apparently, amazing results with magnetic electrodes in battery cells. To quote, Zou, P.; Leddy, J., 'Magnetized Nickel Electrodes for Improved Charge and Discharge Rates in Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium Batteries', Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters 2006, 9, A43-A45. To quote: "magnetized electrodes yielded higher currents than the corresponding nonmagnetic electrodes by 70 and 230 %, respectively." $\endgroup$
    – AJKOER
    Jun 30 '20 at 21:21
  • $\begingroup$ Let be honest, if you do not have background or expertise in this area, please delete your comment/answer. Having personally experimented with a Magnetizer and have reviewed the literature, I am barely able to ask the right questions. $\endgroup$
    – AJKOER
    Jun 30 '20 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ There is a minuscule chance it is not alchemy .Over 40 years ago Amoco did real chemical tests of many midwest US corn belt farm fields and found there were a few locations where zinc level in the soils was below the level for optimum corn growth. Amoco then offered anhydrous ammonia containing a trace of zinc ,I don't know if there was a charge for this and I don't remember any reports of improved yields that could be traced to zinc. Zinc was the only element that corn doctors thought was limiting. $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '20 at 2:09

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