Mar 20, 2020
Controlling disease and pests in hoophouses can be challenging. We had noticed that recently some flower farmers in the U.S. have adopted "in-ground soil steaming" to tackle this challenge. In the course of investigating in-ground steaming further, we came across research into a new technology that works with soil organisms to achieve pest and disease control, rather than sterilizing the soil. The technology is called Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation (ASD).
One of the first and most helpful resources we encountered during our research was a series of 2 webinares put on by Dr. Francesco Di Gioia of Penn State. We were beyond delighted when we reached out to Dr. Di Gioia and he agreed to chat with us AND he persuaded his research colleague, Dr. Erin Rosskopf, Research Microbiologist with the USDA, to join in on the conversation.
In this episode Dr. Di Gioia and Dr. Rosskopf explain the history and science behind soil steaming and anaerobic soil disinfestation.
Dr. Di Gioia's two webinares on ASD can be found here:
The excellent paper mentioned by Dr. Di Gioia that includes calculations for ASD can be found here Implementation of Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation in Florida Tomato Production.
The link to the University of Florida's Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems webpage on ASD, that Dr. Rosskopf mentioned can be found here U of Florida ASD webpage
Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum and audio editing was completed by the uber talented Laura Eccleston.