ExoTerra - Frass Insect Manure
Insect Frass is the excrement of herbivore insects, similar too guano or castings but, unlike bats or birds, Insect Frass actually comes from plants. In all natural ecosystems (where there are no man-made chemical pesticides), insects feed on and digest vegetation, and give it right back to plants in the form of nature's perfect plant food. Making frass a sustainable resource , Plants benefit insects - Insects benefit plants.
Insect frass is 100% Organic plant food. Frass naturally contains the nutrition plants require, beneficial micro-organisms, and the only immediately plant-available source of chitin (pronounced “Kite-in”). Chitin fortifies a plant from the inside out, causing an "auto-immune" response that signals a plant to produce natural toxins which fend off its natural enemies like pests and fungal pathogens. The EPA says that chitin and chitosan defend against botrytis (grey mold), powdery mildew, early and late blight, fungal pathogens in the root zone (root rot) and root-feeding nematodes. Insect Frass does not cause a plant to kill beneficial insects or beneficial nematodes.
Contact with frass causes plants to secretechitinase in response to its highchitin levels.Frass is a natural bloom stimulant,and has high nutrient levels. Frass contains abundantamoebae, beneficialbacteria, andfungi. Accordingly, it is amicrobial inoculant, in particular asoil inoculant, a source of desirable microbes, that promotes the formation of compost. It is an important recycler of nutrients inrainforests, and favours plant health, making frass an amazing component for the soil