DOI: 10.12924/of2016.02010017 |Publication Date: 27 April 2016
An Experimental Test of a Biodynamic Method of Weed Suppression: The Biodynamic Seed Peppers
|Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC, USA|
Abstract: An experimental test of a biodynamic agriculture method of weed suppression was carried out in growth chambers to establish the feasibility of the method as a preliminary to field trials. Four generations of Brassica rapa plants were used in a randomized block design. Treated flats received ashed seeds prepared according to biodynamic indications. Seed weight and counts were measured at the end of each generation, and germination of the control and experimental seed was investigated at the end of generation four. The biodynamic seed peppers, created and applied as described here, had no effect on seed production or viability, and did not effectively inhibit reproduction of the targeted species over the course of four consecutive treatments.
Keywords: Biodynamics; biodynamic agriculture; weeds; invasive plants