From the Field

Your Own Personal Biological Dictionary

It’s safe to say that every industry is full of jargon specific to one sector or another of their business. It’s no different in agriculture or, more specifically, biologicals. This may be the most challenging part of the message I’ve been delivering since day one: there is much misunderstanding when it comes to biologicals, and there is still much to learn.

When researching biologicals, it becomes less of the question “How do I get this information?” and more of “How do I sift through this information?” To help you out, we’ve put together some commonly used biological terms to help you sift through information:

Colony Forming Units (CFUs): Noun. These are the basic particles of a biological from which more of that organism can be grown.

When looking at biologicals, it’s important to look at not only the application rate, but the CFU level. By looking at both the CFU level and application rate, you can understand how many CFUs, or functional particles, you’re delivering to the seed.

Active or AI: Noun. Active ingredient in a formulation; the component of a product that confers the desired trait or performance.

When you hear the term AI, does your mind immediately jump to artificial intelligence? Well, not in the chemistry or biological realm. Here, you need to be thinking of the active ingredients in a formula.

…click below to read the full article on Dr. Molly Cadle-Davidson’s insight on learning the lingo within our industry.

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