is the inventor of the Sonic Bloom system. What motivates
Carlson is a horrifying event he witnessed in the early
1960s. In Korea as an enlisted soldier he was obliged
to watch, impotently, a starving Korean mother lay the
legs of her small child beneath the rear wheel of an
army truck; crushed legs created an authentic cripple,
entitled to a family-saving food subsidy.
Back home, entitled to the GI Bill of Rights, Carlson
spent many hours in the University of Minnesota library,
studying plant physiology. Struck by the idea that certain
sound frequencies might help a plant breathe better
and absorb more nutrients, he experimented with various
frequencies until, with the help of an audio engineer,
he found one range that was consonant with the early
morning bird chirping that helps plants open wider their
stomata, or mouth-like pores.
On every leaf
there are thousands of such small openings. Each stoma--less
that 1/1000 of inch across--allows oxygen and water
to pass out of the leaf, or transpire, while other gases,
notably carbon dioxide, move in to be transformed by
photosynthesis into sugars. During dry conditions, the
stomata close to prevent a wilting plant from drying
Photomicrographs show plant stomata opening wider to
Carlson's frequencies, while a Philips 505 Scanning
Electron Microscope shows substantially higher stomata
density on a leaf treated with Sonic Bloom; additionally,
the individual stomata are more developed and better
stomata normally imbibe the morning dew, sucking up nutrients
in the form of free flowing elements, why not, thought
Carlson, develop a special organic spray to apply to the
leaves along with the sound that induces stomata to open.
Even in poor soil, Carlson reasoned, plants could be well
nourished with a foliar spray containing the right combination
To develop such an effective nutrient solution
took Carlson 15 years of trial and error, experimenting
in labs throughout the country, funded by a caring "angel."
Carlson needed to find not only what elements serve to
make a plant flourish; he needed to find their proper
balance. Just the right amount of Nitrogen, Potassium,
and Phosphorus is needed, but not the overdose recommended
by the chemical companies that swamp the plant to the
exclusion of elements vital to its health. Too much of
any one element can distort or even kill a plant.
the proper balance required endless testing with radioactive
isotopes and Geiger counters to trace the elements' translocation
from leaves to stems to peak to roots. Among the first
natural substances used was Gibberilic acid, naturally
derived from rice roots, needed by every living plant.
Eventually Carlson included variety of elements derived from natural plant
products and from seaweed; he also added growth stimulants, altering the
surface tension of the water base to make it more easily absorbed. The end result was Sonic Bloom.
Inventor and agro-sonic researcher Dan Carlson, is the inventor of Sonic Bloom. This is a technology that combines the use of sound (in the range of birdsong frequencies) to open the stomata of plants with the application of an organic foliar nutrient to realize the plants' genetic potential.
The sound (which is essentially a synthesized version of birdsong), causes the stomata or breathing holes under the leaves to open wider, thus allowing in more carbon dioxide and nutrients. Better results can be obtained by using the proprietary organic foliar nutrient spray that takes advantage of the open breathing holes to feed the plant more effectively.
Using this technique Sonic Bloom often produces yields from 50 to 700% greater than normal. Carlson's own purple passion vine that typically grows 18 inches is now 1350 feet and growing, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
The technique is the number one project for the government of Indonesia and Carlson expects Sonic Bloom to solve the problems of world hunger. In this interview he talks about the resistance he has met with when trying to convince the industry and government that sound might have a role to play in improving our lives.
Sonic Bloom is a proprietary
audio, organic nutrient plant growing process that was developed
by Dr. Carlson to assist the farmer, particularly with low
water availability and poor soil conditions. When properly
applied, sonic stimulation affects plant metabolism at the
cellular level and increases the size and number of stomata
on each leaf, resulting in a greatly increased absorption
rate of moisture and nutrients - an effect that is quickly
reflected in root growth, seed-germination, plant growth,
The second discovery is the development of
a natural organic nutrient formula which is most effective
when applied at the same time as the sonic stimulus to the
leaves of plants and trees as a fine spray, or to seeds as
a carefully timed soak.
The use of the Sonic Bloom system produces greater yields,
higher nutrient levels, shorter growth cycles and greater
shelf life for the produce and has been shown to generate
at least three (3) times the revenue over the additional cost
of the process.
Dr. Carlson has proven these facts over
time. During a six (6) year program in Indonesia, starting
with the Senior Research Agronomist of each separate Government
Institute, Institute of Rice, Institute of Cocoa, etc, and
then with eight (8) universities, laboratories, and commercial
growers involving rice, cocoa, palm oil, tea, coffee, corn,
soybeans, tobacco, vegetables, orchards and ginger.
in the United States, record yields have been harvested of
alfalfa in Pennsylvania, barley and tomatoes in Idaho and
soybean in Iowa. These are examples in a long list of
During a drought in the Sudan,
where Sonic Bloom was used, the treated plants grew productive
plants at 130 degrees daytime temperatures with 2 inches of
annual rainfall. Wherever Sonic Bloom wasn't used, the crops
Sonic Bloom is marketed in forty (40) countries. It
is approved in 48 states and is recognized by the Northeast
Organic Farming Association of New York, the Research Institute
of Organic Agriculture in Switzerland, OMRI, Organic Material
Review Institute, OGBA, Organic Growers and Buyers Association,
and Eco Cert. Dan Carlson Scientific Enterprises, Inc.
holds patents in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico,
New Zealand, Spain and the European Patent Convention.
To provide more bountiful,
more nutritious crops that can be grown in any kind of soil
and under the most adverse conditions for the purpose of improving
the life of people in emerging countries, particularly improving
the mental acuity and increasing the ability to learn among
the youth in those countries.