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Our Chief Soil Scientist, Sarah Pellkofer, is Dan Drazba's guest on his Green Sunshine Grower's podcast!
In this episode, join us as we explore the hidden life of microbes in soil. We’ll learn how fungi and bacteria work together with plants. Our guest is Dr. Sarah Pellkofer, PhD, founder of a company called MicraCulture."
The Green Sunshine Company website
MicraCulture Founder Sarah Pellkofer talks about Plant Probiotics and soil biodiversity on Tad Hussey's Cannabis Cultivation & Science Podcast
"Cannabis Cultivation and Science is the cannabis industry's leading podcast for growers who want real information from the horticulture industry and not marketing hype. Microbial-based products are becoming more and more popular in agriculture and horticulture. In today's podcast, Sarah Pellkofer helps explains some of the benefits of using specific microbes in your garden as well as looking at some recent studies on how microbes can impact plant growth and pest resistance. Sarah has her PhD in Plant Science and Policy at the University of Zurich, studying plant-soil interactions and publishing her work on Soil Biodiversity and the Stability of Ecosystem Functioning...." Listen to and download the the full episode here or from iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts.
May 5-6, 2018, 9am-3pm, Meridian Park, Seattle
Growing Food in Your Own Back (or Front) Yard by ELLEN ROBINSON - May 2, 2108
"...Soil also contains many microorganisms or microbes which create an underground community in the garden. I recently talked with Wallingford resident and scientist Sarah Pellkofer about a product she has developed for home gardeners called Plant Probiotics. Just as humans benefit from “good bacteria” in their food, plants can also benefit from certain microbes in their diets. Plant Probiotics stimulates the soil microbes to partner with plants to extend their roots and helps them reach more water and nutrients...."
Kombucha for Your Plants Created by Local Mom by ERICA GRIVAS - April 16, 2018
"In case you hadn’t heard, microbes rule the world as our tiny, yet all-powerful, overlords. Through complex networks of relationships, they boost or withhold health in us, in our plants, and for the planet.Dr. Sarah Pellkofer, 34, was struck by those relationships in her Ph.D. studies in Switzerland, seeing how certain bacteria and fungi extended a plant’s root development and ability to take up and use key nutrients.
Her research – which tagged nutrients with dyes and followed their progress through the plants – showed her that the greater diversity of species living in the soil, the better the plants ate.
“It was real testament that we need more diversity in the ground. That’s what we would see in a forest or natural grassland. If you look in urban or heavily farmed soils, we don’t see that diversity,” she said....."
Plant Probiotics offered as this year's giveaway at the City of Shoreline Earth Day Celebration.
MicraCulture has a booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show from February 7-11, 2018.