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Fluid Journal : Spring 2018
15 The Fluid Journal Spring 2018 Dr. Julian Smith is a member of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation Board of Directors and a managing editor on the Fluid Journal magazine’s Editorial Committee. Insecticides: • Leaf chemistry and structure • Boron, Zn. Cu, including chemical composition • SAR is real • Ultra-violet and reflectance • Physical/structural barriers • Predation, antagonism and “cidal” Biologicals, Bio-Stimulants, PGR??: • Confusion of definitions, regulations, claims—this is not GMO • Abiotic/biotic – diversity of live/dead bugs and compounds • Nutrient efficiency, plant regulation, insect/disease suppression, genetic expression, seed enhancement, stress management (water, temp), post - harvest, light utilization, xenobiotic metabolism (herbicide st ress), • Traits cross below ground (e.g. root architecture and leaf (e.g. life-span, LAI/PAR)—spectral phenotyping. Tools of the Trade: • Organisms • PGPR • Inoculants • Metabolites • Fermentation products • Synthetic extracts • Plant extracts • Oils • Hormones (seaweed) • Humics/fulvics? • Epigenetics-DNA/RNA transcription controls. Why is all this important? Agricultural Sustainability? • Serious question? Feed the world, etc... • Quality of Food and Feed • Vitamin, microelement, protein • Crop performance • Water, nutrient efficiency • Industrial • Pharmaceutical, plastic • Fiber • Fuel • Quantum physics • Real science and funding Science to Watch: • Plant/soil feedback • Roots (genes) interact with fungi and bacteria =-huge ramifications for biological inputs and NPK • Crispr-CAS9, genetic scissors--not GMO? Know over No...(R.SAIK) • Apartment buildings/office blocks-- climate control=year-round growing • 3-D printing cell-pods as home appliance • Plant cell to meal ‘cellular agriculture” • Human agriculture dated to – 12K years ago, Fijian ants shown to sow seeds and fertilize—3 million years ago.