Statement of the Problem
1. Can Lato (Caulerpa lentillifera) be used as fertilizer to plants? 2. Compared to usual fertilizers, will sugar help yield lato fertilizers a better result to growing of plants? 3. Can Lato seaweed and sugar complement with each other in making a crop-yielding fertilizer?
1. Lato can be used as a fertilizer to plants. 2. Sugar can help yield lato fertilizers a better result to growing of plants. 3. Lato and sugar complement with each other in making a crop-yielding fertilizer.
Significance of the Study
Over the years, land and sea farming has been a part of Filipino life. It is cored to the notion that our archipelago is surrounded both by a large body of water and land area. Amid the adamant need for our fields to gain healthy crops, we, Filipinos are indeed in need to pave ways for strategies of growing our crops which will later result to profitable harvest.
In this connection, this research aims to study the potentials of lato seaweed and sugar as fertilizers with cheap investment. This aim roots its significance to the need of Filipino farmers to use affordable, organic, and accessible fertilizers that will help them in yielding vigorous and abundant crops.
Review of Related Literature
“…those gardening for food can use copious amounts of seaweeds for mulch and fertilizer.(Traditional Irish fertilizer, see: Man of Aran, and The Field), add seaweeds abundantly to compost…” (Ryan Drum, 2012) “Seaweeds are 20-50% dry weight mineral… the elements abundant in seaweeds include: potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, chloride, sulfur, phosphorous, vanadium, cobalt, manganese, selenium, bromine, iodine, arsenic, iron, and fluorine” (Kazutosi, 2002). “Fertilizers from seaweeds result to increase crop yield probably due to the presence of growth promoting hormones (Bentley-Mowat, 1963). “Other beneficial effects include increased resistance of crop to fungal and insect pests and increase water holding capacity of the soil” (Mathiseson, 1967).
“Caulerpa lentillifera is high in minerals, vitamin A, C, and several essential unsaturated fatty acids. It is also reported to have antibacterial and antifungal properties” (https://seaweedindustry.com/seaweed/type/caulerpa-lentillifera). “Sugar added to fertilizer can influence the pH levels within the soil. Plants that are sensitive to a change in pH levels will be unable to absorb nutrients from the soil.” (www.bioiberica.com) “Sugar is a great way to get rid of weeds and keep your lawn’s eco-system balanced. Plain table sugar spread on your lawn is an organic gardening method to keep weeds at bay.” (http://www.ehow.com/about_6404819_sugar-lawn-fertilizer.html)
Scope and Limitations
This research focuses and aims only to study the potentials of lato seaweed and sugar as fertilizers especially when combined together. The researcher gathered data from surfing the internet so as first-hand observation and experiments.