How healthy plants resist insects and diseases when they have balanced nutrition
Learn about the different physiological processes that provide both passive immunity and active resistance responses at different levels of plant health. You will learn how to manage nutritional balance to produce complete pest resistance. The plant health pyramid is a diagram John developed to describe how plants can become resistant to different groups of pests at different levels of health.
This course shows how to adjust nutritional and microbial balance to achieve different levels of disease and insect resistance. In this course, John describes the different physiological processes that occur in plants, and how they are influenced by the presence or absence of key nutritional elements. This includes concepts like passive and active immunity, the difference between removing the food source for possible pests, or actively resisting them. He addresses photosynthetic capacity as the baseline of crop success and describes how to increase and measure photosynthesis in the field.
You will learn about the practical differences between reducing vs. non reducing sugars, mono- vs. polysaccharides, their impacts on plant health, as well as what enzymes actually are, what they do, and why it matters. And which nutrients are needed at different stages to produce resistance.
The Plant Health Pyramid covers soil and air-borne pathogens, fungal and bacterial diseases, simple and complex digestive system insects, and the impact that plants’ sugar, protein, lipid and PSM production has upon them. In short, this course explains why crops are pest resistant, or pest susceptible, with a deep dive into the fundamental information visually described by the Plant Health Pyramid.
If you find the Plant Health Pyramid infographic helpful, you will appreciate the more in-depth information which John discusses in this course.
You can download the infographic here.
This course includes 9 video lessons and quizzes and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. CEUs: 2.00 Nutrient Management
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