Welcome to Our Bugs in a Jug Webpage

… Your Portal to reliable Research- and Experience-based Information regarding Microbial-based Biostimulants(MBBS) and their Use in Commercial Vegetable Production

The team responsible for this page will offer resources to help commercial vegetable growers, especially sustainable-organic, make the best use of MBBSs. However, as a grower, MBBS manufacturer or supplier, grower advisor, researcher, educator, agricultural journalist, or organizational representative, you can help. The shared goal is to improve the reliability with which MBBSs are selected, used, and evaluated. Some approaches to meet this goal are listed below.

View information about active research projects happening in the VPSl by clicking on the project links below.

Application Timing Effects of Microbial Biostimulants on High Tunnel Vegetable Production
The Timing and Rate of a Single Application of Microbial Biostimulants and Their Effects on Tomato and Butternut Squash

Join the MBBS listserv (http://u.osu.edu/vegprolab/microbial_inoculants_in_vegpro/) to start, contribute to, or learn from conversations with others interested in these important products.

Check out online MBBS databases (http://u.osu.edu/vegprolab/links/microbe-containing-bioproducts/) and submit feedback on their improvement. MBBS manufacturers, especially, are encouraged to provide links to reports describing the performance of their products.

Listen to and review summaries of the six call-in conversations hosted by the VPSL by clicking here.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Transitions Program under award Number 2016-51106-25714 and also under award number 2016-38640-25381 through the North Central Region SARE program under subaward number LNC16-380. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Project team members Kleinhenz, Taylor, and Wang also contribute to the Microbial-based Solutions for Agriculture (MBSA) Team within the OSU Center for Applied Plant Sciences.


Our Conference Abstracts

Our Journal Articles

Fruit Yield and Quality in a Strip Till Tomato Systems as Influenced by Grafted Plants and Crop Biostimulants

Researchers Share Five “Fast Facts” to Help Growers Understand Biofertilizers

Big Claims, Big Questions, and Big Potential in Small Packages: Tips for Using Microbe-Containing Crop Biostimulants

What is in Your Microbial-based Crop Fertilizer

Getting the Most From Microbe-containing Crop Biostimulants

Microbial-based Biostimulants: Big Potential in Small Packages

Microbial Biostimulants in Grower Toolboxes

Online Tools


Microbe-containing Biostimulants Database

Microbial-based Biostimulants in Vegetable Production ListServ

Other Websites

Organic Farming Research Network

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Matthew Kleinhenz
Vegetable Extension Specialist
The Ohio State University
Christopher Taylor
Plant Pathology
The Ohio State University
Subramanian Kumarappan
The Ohio State University
Bonnie Ownley
Plant Pathology
University of Tennessee
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Nicole Wright
Program Coordinator
The Ohio State University
(330)202-3555 ext. 2717
Stephanie Short
Program Assistant
The Ohio State University
(330)202-3555 ext. 2687
Carol Goland
Executive Director
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
(614)421-2022 ext. 202