Biostimulants: fact or fake news?

The use of biostimulants has increased throughout the turfgrass industry over the past decade. Technically, anything that has a positive impact on living organisms can be classified as a biostimulant, but that list would become too broad very quickly. Confusion still exists about commercial product ingredients, positive effects, and expected outcomes from the application of these materials. This presentation will attempt to define the differences between the terms biostimulant and biofertilizer with examples from each category. Not all products will result in beneficial outcomes for every turfgrass species within every turfgrass environment and under every management regime; therefore, this presentation will outline proper steps to test materials at your specific location.

Presented by Dr. Gerald Henry, Athletic Association Endowed Professor, University of Georgia

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Dr. Gerald Henry
University of Georgia | Athletic Association Endowed Professor

Dr. Gerald Henry is the Athletic Association Endowed Professor of Environmental Turfgrass Science at the University of Georgia. He is the director of the Athens Turfgrass Research and Education Center, the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and the director of the UGA Turfgrass Management program. His research is focused on precision turfgrass management, weed science, and biotic/abiotic stress physiology. Dr. Henry has published over 50 refereed journal articles and 175 scientific abstracts as well as presented over 200 extension presentations related to turfgrass science both nationally and internationally

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