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Evaluation of microbes for field application in Hawaii

Authors: K.H. Wang, J. Sugano, J. Uyeda, T. Radovich, S. Ching, S. Mishra, A. Park, D. Meyer, M. Quintanilla, S. Fukuda & S. Migita
University of Hawaii, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Products Evaluated In 2014 By UH CTAHR

  • Effective Microorganisms®or EM•1® is a specific group of naturally‐occurring beneficial microorganisms formulated over 30 years ago by Dr. Teruo Higa at the University of the Ryukyu in Okinawa, Japan. EM® is made up of 3 main genera: photorophic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria, and yeast. In this trial we Extended EM•1® using molasses and fermented the product naturally under an oxygen‐free condition. pH was checked prior to use. Bokashi inoculated with EM•1® was also applied.

  • Sumagrow contains various plant‐growth promoting rhizobacteria: Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas putida, Rhizobium leguminosarum, Trichoderma virens, T. harzianum, Asobacter vinelandii + Humic acid. Suma Grow was combined with AgriGro Ignite and Agrigro Ultra for this trial.

  • AgriGro is a proprietary blend of macro and micro nutrients, enzymes, amino acids, carbon sources, and numerous growth stimulants not found in common fertilizers. Its’ properties are derived from living bacteria and fungi, and provide a superfood for indigenous bacteria and fungi. The technology contains no living organisms, a feature that allows remarkably extended shelf life.

  • Mykos Liquid: Rhizophagus irregularis (formally Glomus irregularis)

  • Indigenous microorganisms (IMO): Deliberate cultivation of indigenous microorganism collected from natural area (e.g. forest) close to farmland, to restore nutrient cycling organisms into human disturbed agroecosystem. This practice is in conjunction with minimal tillage, mulching with organic surface mulch, and foliar spray with nutrient input extracted from excess farm produce.

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