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PROTON-DAYS™ are a single value daily numerical index of metabolic activity. Just as DEGREE-DAYS give a measure of the stimulus that the plant experiences due to the weather, PROTON-DAYS™ give a measure of the response of the plant to this weather stimulus. PROTON-DAYS™ accumulate each day just as do DEGREE-DAYS.

The PHYTOGRAM™ proton assay can be used to compute the buildup of PROTON-DAYS™ at a site. The ratio of PROTON-DAYS™ to DEGREE-DAYS gives a numerical response/stimulus index of crop performance. PROTON-DAYS™ can be used to quantify performance between sites.

Technical Extract from presentation at ASEV 52nd Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, June 2001

Proton-Days™ A Metabolic Activity Indicator

William Gensler

Experimental evidence suggests the diurnal cycle of electrical potential of a noble metal sensor implanted in the extracellular region of plant tissue is an indicator of the diurnal cycle in extracellular proton concentration. Proton transfers back and forth across the cell membrane are part of a wide variety of cellular metabolic processes. The magnitude of the change in proton concentration of the extracellular fluid each day can be used as a indication of the magnitude of this activity for that day. This magnitude is termed a "Proton-Day™". A typical Proton-Day™ value for vigorous vines is 180 while poorly performing vines will have a Proton-Day™ value of 65 under the same basic environmental conditions. Proton-Days™ can be added up in the same manner as "Degree-Days" to yield a seasonal numerical index for a vineyard. Furthermore, the Proton-Day™ per Degree-Day ratio forms a quantitative response/stimulus ratio for rating vineyard performance.

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