Not really relevant to this topic perhaps, but a couple of Q’s for you…I am a medical patient here in Canada, looking into growing my own as cannot afford to keep purchasing at 8 – 15 bucks a gram…are you familiar with using cinnamon to retard (prevent) mould from forming around a plant, and would it be OK for marijuana growing do you think? It works beautifully in the garden when growing pumpkins, and I use it on my hibiscus plants (indoors) to keep mould from forming on the top of the soil. Second Q, just read about coconut water (on ) and it was suggested that coco water is a great boost for plants. Thoughts? Cheers from still-snowy Chelsea, QC…Mel
I manage the diverse algae research projects performed by PhD and honours students working with Schenk Lab. My main interests centre around the production and processing of microalgae for nutraceuticals such as omega 3 fatty acids, carotenoids and pigments.
I have extensive experience in large scale low cost algae cultivation, the main focus being production of biomass as a high protein feed supplement for livestock and aquaculture. The long term vision for microalgae is the sustainable production of biofuels, this is what sparked my initial interest in microalgae.
Seed treatment is a useful practice for healthy plant growth. Seed priming through controlled hydration and dehydration enhances early germination of mustard seed in less time, even in compacted soil [ 8 ]. The soaking of mustard seeds in % aqueous pyridoxine hydrochloride solution for 4 hours improved germination. The combination of pyridoxine + N 60 P 20 + N 15 P 5 (top dressing) accelerated the crop performance by enhancing seed yield and oil yield by and %, respectively, over the control [ 9 ]. The differential response of varieties for imbibition gives advantage to some of them to germinate early as compared to others. At Hisar, maximum rate of imbibition was reported in “NRCDR-2” (%) and minimum in “NRCDR-509” (%). Such drastic difference in rate of imbibition is important for identification of suitable varieties under abiotic stress conditions namely drought, frost, and temperature abnormalities.