Collateral reading on pelletized seeds
- Hi Everybody,
Here are some collateral readings to bring us up to date on both the commercial and non-commercial use of pelletized seeds or seedballs:
Dr. Richard Leep--search on google.com for [Dr. Richard Leep-"Coated Alfalfa Seed"]
can come to no conclusion on the efficacy of coated seeds (seedballs). Note that the balls he is studying contained mycorhizal innoculants but only one kind of seed--alfalfa. Leep's references are valuable but do not include Fukuoka. Leep sees seedballs as a continuing tradition in agriculture since Egyptian times.
The Albright Seed Company is selling their SPICE seedballs, customized to each farmer's needs--including "inoculus" and "Mycorhiza fungus spores" at
http://www.albrightseed.com/Spice.htm . These feature a synthetic shell; no mention of Fukuoka here either.
Takahiro Ino, University of California, Berkeley student, reports on his 2002 seeball work in plant restoration; just search on google.com for [Ino "Muir Woods"] and Ino's "Effects of Seedballs on Native Plant Restoration" should pop up.
Ino's references are extensive, and he gives Fukuoka plenty of credit, but doesn't describe anything like the complex seedballs presented in "Ultimatum."
An ingenious development is StrawNet's pelletized straw mulch, which can be used to protect seeds and seedlings. Sounds like the straw in "One Straw Revolution" has been
pelletized, but no credit given to Fukuoka here either.
Bob Monie, south Louisiana
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