Re: [tomato] history of certain bio accelerator's... (
Wed, 3 Mar 1999 19:44:37 EST


I am very interested in your reply to Thomas' questions.  If you answered off-
list, I would be very happy to receive a private email response also.  Thanks!

Linda Kuczwanski

In a message dated 2/28/99 10:15:45 PM Central Standard Time, writes:

 I am curious as to what your definition is of "bio accelerators".    And
 which ones have come and gone?  When did they come?  When did they go?  And
 who was the manufacturer?  And what exactly were they?  I can think of
 certain kinds of nitrogen fixing bacteria that are inoculants that have been
 continuously available for more than 30 years.  I can think of Commercial
 Mycorrhiza products,  but all of those products are all recent year
 products... and were not available commercially ten years ago... despite
 what another poster stated to the contrary.  They have been studied at the
 university level for a number of years, but it's only been within the past 5
 years that any significant strides in their research findings have been
 I am also curious why you think manure is an inoculant.  Most manure that is
 aged and dried is just organic material.... dried animal feces.  A lot of
 people think of manure as a fertilizer, but it requires a micro-organisim (a
 soil biotic) to break down organic material.  Without those organisims,
 manure will not break down.  I remember starting a garden once in some very
 poor soil.  I added manure, but at the end of the season, it was mostly
 still there.  Perhaps you are thinking of manure that has been treated with
 a bunch of biotic ingredients?  I do know that one should never use green
 manure because it will kill off the soil micor-organisims and it is fairly
 harsh on plants.
 Thomas Giannou
 Spokane, Washington