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Fungi Reduce Need for Fertilizer in Agriculture

Fungi in Agriculture

This is a great article about using beneficial soil fungi to reduce fertilizer in agriculture.

Although from 2011, the idea to reduce the use of traditional fertilizers is still in its infancy. The use of beneficial Fungi in agriculture is becoming more and more popular.

Although this article mainly covers mycorrhizal fungi, the principle of using beneficial soil fungi remains the same.

Custom Biologicals manufactures and distributes a wide variety of microbial products for fungi in agricultureuse in agriculture including Custom GP, Custom B5, Biota Max and our latest – Biota Green, probiotic for golf courses.

Contact Custom Biologicals for information about how to use fungi to reduce the need for fertilizer in agriculture.

 Fungi in Agriculture

Fungi Reduce Need for Fertilizer in Agriculture

May 26, 2011 — The next agricultural revolution may be sparked by fungi, helping to greatly increase food-production for the growing needs of the planet without the need for massive amounts of fertilizers according to research presented May 23 at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.

“The United Nations conservatively estimates that by the year 2050 the global human population is expected to reach over 9 billion. Feeding such a population represents an unprecedented challenge since this goes greatly beyond current global food production capacity,” says Ian Sanders of the University of Lusanne, Switzerland, speaking in a session entitled “How Microbes Can Help Feed the World.”

Sanders studies mycorrhizal fungi, a type of fungus that live in symbiosis with plant roots. When plants make symbioses with these fungi they tend to grow larger because the fungi acquire the essential nutrient phosphate for the plant. Phosphate is a key component of the fertilizers that fueled the Green Revolution in middle of the 20th century that made it possible then for agriculture to keep up with the growing global population.

“In most tropical soils plants have enormous difficulty in obtaining phosphate and so farmers have to spend a huge amount of money on phosphate fertilizer. Farmers have to add much more fertilizer than in temperate regions and a very large amount of the cost to produce food is the cost of phosphate,” says Sanders.

Phosphate reserves are being rapidly depleted. Increasing demand for the nutrient is driving up prices and some countries are now stockpiling phosphate to feed their populations in the future, according to Sanders.

While mycorrhizal fungi typically only grow on the roots of plants, recent biotechnological breakthroughs now allow scientists to produce massive quantities of the fungus that can be suspended in high concentrations in a gel for easy transportation.

Sanders and his colleagues are currently testing the effectiveness of this gel on crops in the country of Colombia where they have discovered that with the gel they can produce the same yield of potato crop with less than half the amount of phosphate fertilizers.

“While our applied research is focused on Colombia it could be applied in many other tropical regions of the world,” says Sanders.

 

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Solving Golf Course Problems with Biologicals

Solving Golf Course Problems with Biologicals

 

Historically, golf course problems depend on their location. However, two problems occur at

Golf Course Problems

Biota Green is a Probiotic for Golf Greens

almost all courses; the cost of fertilization, and water.

The costs to fertilize golf courses continues to rise and there is no end in sight to these price increases. Along with increases in the price of fertilizers, some courses need more and more fertilizers ever year.

The second universal golf course problem is water. Some areas have too much, some areas too little, and everyone is concerned about water quality.

 

Biota  Green Provides Solutions

Biota Green is specifically designed to deal with both of these universal golf course problems. Biota Green revitalizes the soil, enhances fertilizer availability to greens and tee boxes, and improves water penetration. 

Biota Green is a unique, super concentrated tablet that contains billions of beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial soil fungi. Together these beneficial  soil microorganisms will help replenish the natural microbial populations that have been lost to chemicals, drought, fire, heat, cold and excess watering.

Biota Green is a probiotic for golf course. It revitalizes the soil by replenishing the beneficial microorganisms found in healthy soils. These beneficial soil microorganisms help accelerate the nitrogen and carbon cycles, processing these vital soil nutrients faster and more efficiently. Because of this processing, use of Biota Green can reduce the overall amount of traditional fertilizers used by golf courses, a significant cost savings. Additionally, since fertilizers usage is reduced, the amount of fertilizer runoff is reduced as well.

Further, it is well known that when soil microorganisms are missing, soils ability to take in water is significantly reduced. This creates the problem of needing to overwater high use areas such as greens and tee boxes. Regular use of Biota Green will increase the soils ability to retain water. 

Biota Green is a probiotic for golf courses that can help solve two important golf course problems; over fertilization and water.

Contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz for more information about Biota Green. Custom manufactures a wide variety of biological products for use in environmental applications. Private labeling and custom formulations are available.

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