NCRCRD: Farm-Based Biocontrol Seed Treatments Improving Soybean Yields

Date: March 28, 2013
Location: Webinar
Contact: Webinar info: John Mann NCRCRD 517-432-4408 mannjoh3@anr.msu.edu Registration info: Rosa Soliz NCRCRD 517-355-3373 soliz@msu.edu

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Farm-Based Biocontrol Seed Treatments for Improving Soybean Yields

Summary: Beneficial bacteria exist in all agricultural soils. However, their natural distribution does not allow maximum benefits to be conferred to the crop. Treating seed with beneficial bacteria can help to ensure proper root colonization and expression of beneficial activities. All soils also harbor some plant pathogens, but protection from these detrimental microbes can be afforded by treating seed with bacterial biocontrol agents. Here, we describe an inexpensive and organically acceptable formulation of a widely-distributed biocontrol bacteria for use as a yield-enhancing seed treatment on soybeans.

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