Comparative evaluation of enzyme activities and phenol content of Irish potato (Solanum tuberosum) grown under EM and IMO manures Bokashi
International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 2014
Scientists from the University of Bamenda in Cameroon were interested in Bokashi's affects on the growth of Irish potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). Their experiment used two different types of bran Bokashi, one inoculated with TerraGanix brand EM (Effective Microorganisms) and one with IMOs (Indigenous Microorganisms). Field beds were prepared, and Bokashis were applied, separately, one week before planting, and again 5 weeks after planting. They found that the EM Bokashi increased stem length and produced heavier potatoes as compared to both the IMO Bokashi and the control group. There were also notable differences in health related phenol content and enzyme activity of the treatment groups, generally being higher in the bokashi treatments. The researchers conclude that the microbes in bokashi sped up the breakdown of the organic matter in the Bokashi and in the surrounding soil, thereby releasing nutrients and supporting increased plant growth. Bokashi is an important part of a healthy and sustainable gardening approach. Thanks Effective Microorganisms!!!!