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Investigation into the effects on seed germination using peat alternatives. Please Check out my Page for the Accompanying Papers of the same name

Investigation into the effects on seed germination using peat alternatives. Please Check out my Page for the Accompanying Papers of the same name

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Investigation Into the Effects on Seed Germination Using Peat Alternatives Investigation Into the Effects on Seed Germination Using Peat Alternatives Presentation Transcript

    • An Investigation on the Effects of Using Peat Alternative and Peat Reduced Products on Germination of Seed
    • By
    • Joseph Clancy
    • Why Peat Alternatives Should be Used.
    • What are the Alternatives.
    • If There is a Viable Alternative to Peat.
    • If the Negative Image of Alternatives is True.
      • Ineffective, Expensive
    • Which Peat Alternative Performs the Best.
    • What are the Effects on Germination?
      • Capping, Stunted Growth, Rate of Germination, Numbers Germinated
    • Peat is a Finite Resource.
    • Peat Land Habitats Damaged/Destroyed.
    • Endangered Flora and Fauna.
    • Invasive Species (Gunnera) Thrive on Cut Peat.
    • 92% of Peat Land In Ireland Destroyed (Flora Hibernica).
      • Remaining 8% Makes up 51% of All Remaining Peat Land in Western Europe
    • 2012 Ban on Peat Extraction in U.K.
    • Formed Over Thousands of Years.
      • Fens, Raised & Blanket Bogs
    • Harvesting has led to Habitat Destruction
    • Number 1 Choice For Growers.
      • Introduced to Europe in the 1920/30’s
    • Naturally low pH. Can be Built to Desired pH.
    • Excellent Water Holding Capacity.
    • Good Soil Porosity for Root Penetration.
    • Hard to Re-Wet Once Dry.
      • Problematic
    • 50% Spahgnum Peat, 50% Loam.
    • Stepping Stone to Peat Free Alternatives.
    • High Organic Matter Content.
    • Moisture Retentive.
    • Free Draining Ability.
    • Low Soil Porosity.
      • Lower Medium Temperature
    • By-Product of Coconut Husks.
    • Higher Water Holding Capacity Than Peat.
    • Properties Vary Depending on Source.
      • Un-Standardised Treatments
    • Low C.E.C./Nutrients Washed out.
    • Very Easily Overwatered.
    • Use is Condemned by Environmentalists.
      • Imported From Sri Lanka
      • Carbon Footprint
      • Exportation of Domestic Resources
    • Use of Peat Alternatives has Risen.
    • Level of Peat use has not Fallen.
      • Destruction of Habitats
    • 2010 Target will not be Reached.
    • Coir and Loam Blacklisted From Past Trials.
      • Wrong Application & Poor Education
    • Peat Becoming Blacklisted Because of Ban.
      • Protection Of Habitats (EU Directives)
    • Need for Definitive Results and Solutions.
    • 2 Germination Trials (Seasonal Variation).
      • Rule Out Variations in Results
    • Optimum Environments for Each Medium.
      • Media Tested Outside Own Optimum Conditions
    • Recording of Growth Progression.
      • Height, Spread, Root Penetration & Comparisons
    • pH, Soil Porosity and Water Holding Capacity Tests on Growing Media.
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    • Coir is Easily Over Watered.
      • Problematic in Irish Weather
    • Loam Performs Poorly in Cold Conditions.
      • Due to low Soil Porosity
    • Weak growth is Produced Initially by Both Coir & Loam.
    • Faster Germination Than Peat.
      • Although Less Stable
    • Coir was Least Affected by Under Watering.
      • Water Retention Properties
    • Education on Management Needed.
    • Coir is not Suited to Ireland’s Maritime Climate
    • Rectify Nutrient Issues/Addition of Feed.
    • Need Alternative That Isn’t Imported.
      • Carbon Footprint
    • Peat will be Imported Into U.K. After Ban.
      • Increased Costs, Increased use of Additives
    • Peat is More Stable and Effective Than it’s Tested Alternatives......For the Moment.