We have been exploring the concept of application of beneficial microorganisms to seeds during priming to enhance subsequent plant establishment and growth. We have successfully achieved good survival following application through commercial seed priming and coating procedures and have examined the behaviour of the applied microorganisms on the seedlings after planting and the effect on crop development in carrot and onion.
Recent group members:
Amanda Bennett and John Whipps
Improved crop health and establishment using beneficial microorganisms (Horticulture LINK) - complete
BENNETT, A. & WHIPPS, J.M. (2007) Dual application of beneficial microorganisms to seed during drum priming. Applied Soils Ecology (in press).
WRIGHT, B., ROWSE, H. & WHIPPS, J.M. (2003). Microbial population dynamics on seeds during drum and steeping priming. Plant & Soil, 255, 633-642.
WRIGHT, B., ROWSE, H. & WHIPPS, J.M. (2003). Application of beneficial microorganisms to seeds during drum priming. Biocontrol Science & Technology 13, 599-614.