New Scientific Insights

To All Members of Fertasa – Articles Received by Fertasa

Fertasa receives Scientific Articles from a number of sources: identified, volunteered and commissioned.

In order to make Fertasa members aware of these, and to give them the opportunity to suggest additions, and possible alterations, the Editorial Committee has decided to place them under “New Scientific Insights” on the Fertasa Website.

On receipt, these articles will be given a grammatical edit. They will be available for contributions for two months. Thereafter they will be placed under:

  • “General Scientific Articles”
  • “Articles for Inclusion in the Fertilizer Handbook, on Revision

It is especially important that these articles must need the need of Members in being inclusive, objective and scientific.

Your inputs are there for considered extremely important.

All correspondence in this regard should be sent to candice@fertasa.co.za and please Cc robin@fertasa.co.za.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Pecan Nuts

The attached article on Pecan Nuts is a comprehensive revamp of the current chapter in the Fertilizer Handbook (5.8.2) kindly provided by Dr Chris Schmidt.

Any comments by members are awaited prior to placement for inclusion on revision of the Handbook.

Placed:4 April 2022
Comments before: 5 June 2022

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Humic and Fulvic Acids

This is a comprehensive article sourced from Texas University. Your opinion on the detail of the different sections for the inclusion in the Fertilizer Handbook would be appreciated.

Placed:4 April 2022
Comments before: 5 June 2022

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Smart Soil Sampling

The above article, kindly prepared by Dr Arrie van Vuuren, focusses on a number of different soil conditions and management practices. Initial comment suggests that it could be adapted to address specific situations; with these included in different sections of the Fertilizer Handbook.

Your opinion on where this could be the most effective is awaited.

Placed:4 April 2022
Comments before: 5 June 2022

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Macadamias

This contribution is an update / revision of section 5.8.1 of the 2016 Fertilizer Handbook originally written by Kobus van Niekerk of SAMAC and Henk Kuperus of ARC-ITSC.  The inputs and contributions of Andrew Sheard (Mayomac) and Dr Alan Manson from KZNDARD (Kwa Zulu Natal Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development) in reviewing this Chapter are gratefully acknowledged.

It has been internally reviewed, but is now available for any additional comments/contributions.

Placed: 31 March 2022
Comments before: 31 May 2022
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Biostimulants

This topic, with its opportunities and challenges, does not currently feature in the Fertilizer Handbook.

The attached article, with a Section a) on Seaweeds, was compiled by Tom Mason. Other topics are planned for inclusion in this category.

Suggestions in this regard are welcome.

Placed: 31 March 2022
Comments before: 30 June 2022
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The Inclusion of Phytohormones within Biostimulants

Note: The above document has been prepared by Martin Botha as Chair of the Technical Committee for providing clarity among industry and regulatory officials on realistic, rational, scientific registration requirements for products in the emerging Biostimulant market. Comments will be appreciated.

Placed: 29 March 2022
Comments before: 31 May 2022

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Role of Phosphite in Plant Growth and Development

General Article: Comments before: 31 May 2022