Good Microbes vs. Bad: Antibiotics for the Soil

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In my last newsletter, I talked about how the introduction (inoculation) of new microbes can benefit poor soils and struggling crops. On the other side of the coin, devastating fungi, bacteria and other microbial parasites can contribute to a host of crop diseases. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the

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Soil Microbes Can Help Battle Heat Stress

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Drought conditions, heat stress, heavy frost and freezes all dramatically impact our crops. In California, over the Labor Day weekend, we witnessed a heat wave with temperatures soaring as high as 117 degrees in wine growing regions like the Santa Cruz Mountains. Many winemakers experienced a gut reaction of fear, especially with sensitive varieties like

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Microbes Fuel Agricultural Moonshot

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I read an interesting article from the Washington Post of few days ago talking about how agricultural practices will have to change given the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. With global population skyrocketing, plus climate change and shifting diets,  the article posed the problem as a challenge akin to a “moonshot.” The

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