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Connor N. Sible

Biological Products, What Are They and Where Do They Work?

What are biologicals? There has been an explosion of biological product offerings on the agriculture market purported to increase plant health, crop quality and yield. These “biologicals” are typically living microbial organisms of bacteria or fungi. How do they work? Microbes in our agriculture fields exist as a complex community. A single gram of soil can contain between 108-1011 individual microbes from 6,000 to 50,000 unique species. As such, microbe species fill certain niches and perform unique functions. You may have heard of ones that fix nitrogen (Bradyrhizobium in soybean for example) or solubilize phosphorus, in turn increasing soil [...]

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