Is beneficial bacteria the key to managing soil-borne diseases?

Soil-borne diseases cost farmers millions of dollars in lost yield every year. Chemical pesticides and fungicides may be effective but they can also deplete the soil biology and be difficult to manage with strict criteria for handling and use, as well as withholding periods and residue considerations. So could the use of beneficial bacteria be an alternative?

Preventing frost damage with bacterial help

P.fluorescens also produces antibiotics as secondary metabolites, assisting with reducing soil borne diseases and can assist with preventing infection of already damaged tissue. This microbe has been researched nationally and internationally for its potential in reducing soil borne pathogens and frost protection, with up to 80% reduction in frost damage (-4⁰C temperatures) and 25-45% increases in…

Boosting germination with biology

Attaining predictable and high germination rates is the first step in achieving a strong and profitable crop. Research over the years has documented the affect of light, temperature and moisture on germination but more recently, the effect of beneficial microbiology on germination has also begun to be understood. The ability of beneficial microbes to stimulate…