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I'm starting a new journal. This one is specifically going to be for documenting any future experiments I try out, as well as a place to share interesting research that I read about, whether cutting edge and new, or just things that I'm researching at the moment...and keep track of it all in one place.
 
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Here's a recent article talking about research into statin herbicides. It's possible one may be developed to eventually replace glyphosate as a second generation of nonselective "miracle" herbicides. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's at least 5-10 years off.


Another article on the same topic. This one is geared toward agricultural readers:

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Fertilizer physical properties fact sheet:

Study:
Biochar and nitrogen fertilizer increase Glomus synergism and abundance and promote Trifolium pratense growth while inhibiting pollutant accumulation:


Plasma fixated Nitrogen fertilizer:

Patents by Anuvia Fertilizer:
 

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Here's a recent article talking about research into statin herbicides. It's possible one may be developed to eventually replace glyphosate as a second generation of nonselective "miracle" herbicides. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's at least 5-10 years off.
Looking over the paper, 20–5120 µM rosuvastatin is used. That is a /lot/.

Sadly, since these were more or less in vitro there's no telling if it has downstream effects (ie: what's the half life of it in soil?)
 

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Looking over the paper, 20–5120 µM rosuvastatin is used. That is a /lot/.

Sadly, since these were more or less in vitro there's no telling if it has downstream effects (ie: what's the half life of it in soil?)
Good question. By comparison, glyphosate has a fairly short to moderate half life. Most of it is usually gone after a year or so, and then tiny amounts can hang on for a number of years. You would hope the statins would be similar, but who knows. If they do end up checking all the boxes, I bet there will still be people against using it as a glyphosate replacement because it's also a medication. Not to mention if drug companies would allow such use of their existing formulas, or the FDA, etc.
 

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Article on Tall Fescue breeding (title mistakenly says fine fescue)
"Turf Varieties: Breeders Refine Fine Fescue's Disease Resistance"
-very interesting to read; turns out turf breeders cross-breed Fescue and Ryegrass often, and your grass cultivars may have Genes from both; gray leaf spot addressed in article.
 

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Urea Nitrogen has long been assumed to require hydrolysis by urease enzyme in soil (produced by bacteria) before it can be root absorbed by plants. This study shows that some limited direct root uptake may also be possible, with internal conversion to usable N by urease produced by the plant once inside. (This study is not specifically about grasses):



Composition analysis of urea-triazone in this study:
"The analyses show the presence of 72-76% triazone as a six-membered ring, 8-12% free urea, and 4-5% methylene urea components, and about 0.3-0.5% biuret."


Effects of humic acid on fertilizer apps:
 

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"Impact of Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers on Microbial Populations and Biomass Carbon in Paddy Field Soil"


What they found: Organic fertilization resulted in increased microbial biomass and diversity versus unfertilized plots. So did non-organic fertilization (however, not as much).

Takeaway: Fertiliziling correctly improves soil microbial populations, regardless of whether the fertilizer is natural or not. Natural fertilizers do this best. Man-made fertilizer did not kill microbial life versus control plots, as some claim it can. Look at the graphs.
 
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