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Where R&D and practice meet

Melspring enters into an industrial partnership with STERF (Scandinavian Turf & Environmental Research Foundation) in 2016. 

True to their vision to become leader in algae based natural solutions, reducing pesticide use, Melspring is committed to the course of sustainable turf management on the recreational turf throughout the world, starting in the Nordic countries. Therefore, Melspring has started an industrial partnership with STERF (Scandinavian Turf & environmental Research Foundation).

In order to be able to demonstrate the efficacy of the sustainable turf maintenance programme we have requested the NIBIO (Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research) in collaboration with STERF to conduct 2 large experiments for us. In the coming years we will update you regularly on the cause of these experiments. Melspring now has a full range of complementary products all of which have in common that they put turf and its direct surrounding central. 

Experiment 1 - Effect of irrigation, fertiliser type and growing media on turf quality and organic matter accumulation / thatch control on creeping bentgrass greens

By creating a turf soil that allows nutrients and moisture to be buffered for gradual release to the turf roots we give the grass plant an optimal condition to grow without stress for a longer period.

Marathon long release fertilisers will be tested against a standard mineral fertiliser on 3 different soil mixes: control, control + Matrix and control + Stor-it.

NIBIO has the possibility to simulate drought and access irrigation water on their trial station and this allows us to monitor and demonstrate the effects of our 2 growing media that have to totally opposite functions in the soil and show which product is beneficial under which circumstances. A balance in soil life and soil organic matter as well as a balance in moisture and air is of utmost importance for the well-functioning of the above ground turf grass. As after all stressless plants are less susceptible to diseases.

Experiment 2 - Effect of fertiliser type, silicon and copper on turf quality and Microdochium infection on Poa annua putting green

Poa annua is a turf species that is prone to diseases. Juicy turf, full of vitality, is even more susceptible to disease and as Poa annua likes nitrogen there is a double high chance of disease. How to cope with disease in this case? Keeping nutrient delivery at a low pace without compromising the minimum requirement through ammonium delivery to the root zone. This stimulates root hair formation allowing cations (such as calcium and micronutrients) to be taken up better as well as phosphate.

In this experiment Marathon long release fertilisers will be compared with a standard mineral fertiliser and combined with 2 liquid Melgreen products: MelgreenSi and MelgreenCu. Both micronutrient fertilisers help hardening turf internally by increasing plant tissue concentration (to be assessed with dry matter and C/N rate) making the turf less accessible for harmful organisms. The disease suppression of the micronutrient programme on top of the fertilisers plans will be demonstrated against a fungicide program as well as a programme aimed at reducing the fungicide use.