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Abridge over troubled water

Abridge Golf Club

Why the Golf Business needs Healthy Soil

With sustainability and climate change key considerations in both course and club management, Symbio’s philosophy of managing soils and turf as nature intended has never been more relevant. Here’s why soil health should be on every golf venue’s agenda.

The life beneath YOUR FEET

After linking with the GCMA as an approved supplier partner, Kerr Hunter, Symbio’s UK and Ireland Business Manager, explains soil biology and its role in golf course management…

Building Resilience to Tackle Disease Sustainably

Managing turf sustainably means working in harmony with the environment to achieve the best results

A lasting legacy in sustainable soils

Martin Ward - Three Decades of Turf Management

What Lies Beneath 2020

How better balance creates healthier rootzones

Natural Turf Maintenance 2019

24/7 natural turf maintenance. Supporting the microbial life within the soil

Alternatives to disruptive aeration and thatch management 2019

Using microbiology to reduce disruptive aeration.

Our Invisible Friends 2017

One greenkeeper investigates how nature can lend a helping hand

Biostimulants - 2016

What are biostimulants and what do they do?

Is Hollow coring really necessary? 2016

An alternative to disruptive works that reduces labour and costs

Reduce the cost of construction 2016

Qucker establishment means reduced costs and faster income.

Soil organic matter is good 2016

In a healthy rootzone, there are four types of organic matter - living, dead, very dead and extremely dead

Turf Diseases 2016

Get nature on your side to combat turf diseases

The Soil Biology Revolution 2015

How healthy soil works and remains friable, disease free and colonised by fine grasses.

Convert Poa Annua to Perennial Grass Playing Surfaces 2013

How to transition from poa annua to fine grasses.

Undoing The Myth 2012

What biology? Which biostimulant?

A Matter of Course 2009

How to improve conditions with soil biology.

Fertiliser Efficiency 2009

Using biology to improve fertiliser efficiency and costs.

Friendly Fungi 2009

Mycorrhizal fungi aids plant growth and health

Good Soil Biology 2009

Soil science is a balance of chemistry, physics and biology

Liquid Aeration 2009

Apply oxygen to the rootzone via Symbio Liquid Aeration

Poa Annua, Effects of Stress Free Change to Fine Grasses 2009

The solution lies in the rootzone

Soil Biology or Chemistry 2009

Choose biology over chemistry for sustainable results

Thatch- your friend and food for fine grasses

Use microbiology to degrade thatch and release nutrients for fine grasses

Sustainabilty Made Easy

Soil biology is the sustainable answer to sports turf maintenance

The answer lies in the soil

Using natural defence mechanisms to improve soil and turf quality

Going Organic

Environmental awareness leads to shift in demand for natural sources

Growth Potential

Growing pressure to avoid using chemicals has lead to interests in biotechnology

Research Papers

The fungal-bacterial ratio: Tipping the balance for soil health

Microbial life in the soil is dominated by fungi and bacteria. Often fungi and bacteria are associated with crop health problems. Most species, however, are a necessary part of the ecosystem and contribute in many different ways to the availability of plant nutrients and plant health

Mechanisms Employed by Trichoderma Species in the Biological Control of Plant Diseases: The History and Evolution of Current Concepts

Fungal species belonging to the genus Trichoderma are worldwide in occurrence and easily isolated from soil, decaying wood, and other forms of plant organic matter.

Growth stimulation and induction of systemic resistance in tomato against early and late blight by Bacillus subtilis OTPB1 or Trichoderma harzianum OTPB3

The plant growth -promoting rhizobacteria and fungi are known to enhance growth and induce systemic defense responses in plants.

Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling

Soil microorganisms exist in large numbers in the soil as long as there is a carbon source for energy

The Role of Soil Bacteria

Microbes in the soil are the key to carbon and nitrogen recycling. A teaspoon of productive soil generally contains between 100 million and 1 billion individual bacteria.

The Molecular Biology of the Interactions Between Trichoderma spp., Phytopathogenic Fungi, and Plants

Biocontrol fungi of the genus Trichoderma have developed an astonishing ability to interact, both parasitically and symbiotically, with different substrates and living organisms, including plants and other microbes

Induction of systemic resistance by plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in crop plants against pests and diseases

Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) belonging to Pseudomonas spp. are being exploited commercially for plant protection to induce systemic resistance against various pests and diseases. Mixtures of di!erent PGPR strains have resulted in increased e$cacy by inducing systemic resistance against several pathogens attacking the same crop.

Induced systemic resistance (ISR) in plants: mechanism of action

Plants possess a range of active defense apparatuses that can be actively expressed in response to biotic stresses (pathogens and parasites) of various scales (ranging from microscopic viruses to phytophagous insect). The timing of this defense response is critical and refl ects on the difference between coping and succumbing to such biotic challenge of necrotizing pathogens/parasites.

Microbial populations and suppression of dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass with organic and inorganic amendments

Microbial populations and suppression of dollar spot disease in creeping bentgrass with organic and inorganic amendments

Biology and management of Dollar Spot

Several biological controls for Dollar spot have been investigated

Application of rhizobacteria for induced resistance

This article provides a review of experiments conducted over a six-year period to develop a biological control system for insect-transmitted diseases in vegetables based on induced systemic resistance (ISR) mediated by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR).

Compost - Suppression of turfgrass disease

Compost: A study of the development process and end-product potential for suppression of turfgrass disease

The Potential of Rhizosphere Microorganisms to Promote the Plant Growth in Disturbed Soils

The significance of rhizosphere microorganisms, especially mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria, in polluted soils can be enormous, since they are able to increase the tolerance of plants against abiotic stress, stimulate plant growth and contribute in this way to an accelerated remediation of disturbed soils.

Impact of agricultural inputs on soil organisms—a review

External agricultural inputs such as mineral fertilisers, organic amendments, microbial inoculants, and pesticides are applied with the ultimate goal of maximising productivity and economic returns, while side effects on soil organisms are often neglected.

Chitosan in Plant Protection

Chitin and chitosan are naturally-occurring compounds that have potential in agriculture with regard to controlling plant diseases.

Biological Control of Plant Pathogens

Plant diseases need to be controlled to maintain the quality and abundance of food, feed, and fiber produced by growers around the world. Different approaches may be used to prevent, mitigate or control plant diseases.

Biological Control of Turfgrass Diseases

Biological Control of Turfgrass Diseases

Soil health and sustainability: managing the biotic component of soil quality

Soil health is the capacity of soil to function as a vital living system, within ecosystem and land-use boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and promote plant and animal health.

Plant Growth Promotion in Soil by Some Inoculated Microorganisms

The inoculation of some microorganisms into a microcosm containing soil from a barren lakeside area at Lake Paro in Kangwon-do enhanced plant growth significantly.

The importance of soil organic matter

Healthy soil is the foundation of the food system. It produces healthy crops that in turn nourish people. Maintaining a healthy soil demands care and effort from farmers because farming is not benign. By definition, farming disturbs the natural soil processes including that of nutrient cycling – the release and uptake of nutrients.

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