Episode 105. Researching and Using Biostimulants

In this episode, Omar Rodriguez, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, has a conversation about biostimulants with Meerae Park, a master’s degree student in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of California Davis.

Omar, who works out of NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, and Meerae give an overview of biostimulants – which are generally described as substances that aren’t fertilizers, pesticides, or growth regulators but can affect plants’ yield, quality, and vigor.

They discuss categories of biostimulants, how they may affect plants, the sometimes difficult task of defining which substances are biostimulants, how farmers can research which biostiumulants might be helpful for their crops, and other aspects of Meerae’s research.

For more information on this topic, contact Omar Rodriguez directly at omarr@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Sources of Organic Fertilizers and Amendments

Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production

Understanding the Soil Microbiome with Nicole Masters

Other Resources:

Biostimulants: What are they and do they work?

Crop Biostimulants

Plant Biostimulants: Definition, concept, main categories and regulation

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