There is still a lot that scientists, the academic community and turf managers don’t understand about microorganisms and their interaction with soil and turf. But a number of respected members of those groups are convinced of one thing: bionutrition is now an accepted – and proven – form of fertility.
“They’re misunderstood and often misrepresented by both the academic community and the industry,” Dr. Roch Gaussoin, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said of the microorganisms that make up the emerging category of bionutrition, or as some prefer, biofertility. “But recent studies are beginning to clarify and substantiate their importance in the soil ecosystem.”
In its simplest form, bionutrition is the enhancement of beneficial microorganisms in the soil to facilitate nutrient availability and uptake. Exactly how that process works through the many different forms of microbial activity has mystified even those who have devoted their careers to plant science.