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The Use of Biostimulants in Floriculture Production
Welcome to the American Floral Endowment's Grow Pro Webinar Series! Throughout this series, our nationally recognized researchers, hosts, and speakers will offer ‘how-to’ advice based on AFE-funded and other research projects to help the industry navigate through these ever-changing growing challenges. The webinar topics are current and offer long-term opportunities for growers to focus on increased profit, greater sustainability, and improved labor efficiency. Each session includes a presentation and interactive Q&A. To see the full series calendar visit endowment.org/GrowPro.

The April 19th session of our series focuses on using biostimulants in floriculture production.

Biostimulants are products that promise a lot, but do they deliver? Biostimulants include microbial and nonmicrobial ingredients that improve plant health and resilience, leading to better quality crops with increased stress tolerance. Beneficial microbes include bacteria and fungi that can improve the efficiency of nutrient uptake and may allow growers to reduce fertilizer applications and still grow high-quality floriculture crops. These microbial-based biostimulants can also be used to maintain the postharvest quality of cut flowers and flowering plants during shipping and retailing. In this webinar, Dr. Jones will discuss how biostimulants work, how to select biostimulants, and how to set up a trial in your greenhouse to determine if you will get the desired effects in your production environment.

Speaker: Michelle Jones, The Ohio State University (see bio below)

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Apr 19, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Michelle Jones
Professor and DC Kiplinger Floriculture Chair @The Ohio State University
Dr. Michelle Jones studied Agricultural Biochemistry at Iowa State University for her BS and received her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University. Her love of Floriculture stems from an honors research project evaluating the effect of ethylene on carnation vase life. She was on the faculty at Colorado State University and moved to The Ohio State University in 2001. She is currently a Professor in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department and serves as the D.C. Kiplinger Endowed Floriculture Chair. Her current research and extension programs focus on the use of beneficial bacteria and biostimulants to increase nutrient use efficiency and improve disease and environmental stress tolerance in floriculture crops. She also works with greenhouse growers to identify and remediate ethylene damage in production greenhouses and improve the shelf life of flowering ornamentals.