I am pleased to announce the results of our SARE Grant, “Effect of an Indigenous Soil Microbial Inoculant on Soil Microbiome, Nutrient Availability, and Leaf Nutrient Density.” Like many farmers, I was curious about Korean Natural Farming (KNF) and how microbial amendments might affect microbial communities and vegetable nutrition and found little empirical evidence. We explored the impacts of a homemade microbial spray (commonly referred to in KNF as indigenous microorganism (IMO)) on soil nutrients, leaf nutrients, and soil microbial communities.
The full report can be found here: “Effect of an Indigenous Soil Microbial Inoculant on Soil Microbiome, Nutrient Availability, and Leaf Nutrient Density.” We hope that more research will investigate the impact of microbial amendments.
Many thanks to Prof. José Amador of URI Soil Microbiology, and to Jess Tsoukalas for providing us with IMO. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number FNE19-943.
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