Paramagnetism is the tendency of a material to be attracted to a magnet because its atoms or molecules line up with (rotate into a new position) the external lines of force coming from the magnet
Paramagnetism is a geological occurrence in certain mineral complexes that is quite rare and geologically and geographically site specific. It is usually associated with mineral elements that have an odd number of electrons in their outer shell that may also exhibit high density (heavy), variable valence (+2, +3, etc.) and high melting points. Recently, some of these highly magnetic deposits have been mined, screened and sold for application on agricultural soils.
If you have movement in magnetic fields, then by definition and the laws of physics, you will have a current induced in any nearby conductor. This opens the door to influence biological processes that depend on ionisation (electrically charged particles). This influence sets the stage for paramagnetism of soils to have an influence on microorganism and plant growth. [Plants are diamagnetic-repelled by a magnet.]
Research and Findings
Australian research has shown that the use of paramagnetic materials such as Soilcharge, can achieve a 40-60% reduction in the need to irrigate, produce drought and frost flexibility, invigorate chlorophyll production and increase insect resistance. Water respiration, dispersion and absorption are greatly enhanced when the soil is aggregated by the magnetic inductance. In forest research, generous applications of paramagnetic minerals produced a heavy mycelium (fungal) carpet that produced nitrogen, polysaccharides and increased biomass.
Further Research over the last 10 years in Canada has shown that re-mineralization of soils with paramagnetic deposits greatly increase the feed value of fodder. Solid stems, higher protein and digestible fibre, more energy (higher brix), more diversity of proteins with good enzyme and amino acid profiles have also all been observed. Studies are also going on with direct feeding of the deposits to livestock and poultry.
In other trials it has been shown that orchards have responded with a greater diversity of fauna, increased dew points, improvement in tilth, new root growth, soil aggregation and improved fruit taste.