Reliable Research and Experience-based Information Regarding Microbial-based Biostimulants (MBBs) and their Use in Commercial Vegetable Production

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Microbial-based Biostimulant Content

Organic Applications to Enhance Stress Resistance and Vigor in the Vegetable Garden

Setting Ground Rules – Organic Grower Magazine, Spring 2023

Tips for Using Microbial-based Products – Organic Food & Farming Education and Research, 2020

Fruit Yield and Quality in a Strip Till Tomato Systems as Influenced by Grafted Plants and Crop Biostimulants – VegNet News, 2018

Researchers Share Five “Fast Facts” to Help Growers Understand Biofertilizers – Organic Broadcaster, July 2018 pg. 5

Big Claims, Big Questions, and Big Potential in Small Packages: Tips for Using Microbe-Containing Crop Biostimulants – OEFFA News, Spring 2018

What is in Your Microbial-based Crop Fertilizer – OEFFA News, Winter 2018

Getting the Most From Microbe-containing Crop Biostimulants – OEFFA, Autumn 2017

Microbial-based Biostimulants: Big Potential in Small Packages – Growing Produce, 2017

Microbes in Your Toolbox? Let’s Talk! – Video from 2018 Indiana Small Farm Conference


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-38640-25381 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number LNC16-380 and by the Organic Transitions Program grant no. 2016-51106-25714 . 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.