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Despite substantial research efforts the use of biological inoculants in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and bioremediation is still low. The reasons for this situtation are manyfold. There is, however, agreement among most experts in this field that in the past the problems associated with transformation of research results into practice were often neglected or at least underestimated. One of these problems is the fonnulation of the inoculants. Following mass production, inoculants must be fonnulated in such a way that they can be stored and distributed under a wide range of temperatures without loosing viability .At the user level the type of formulation must be compatible with the application equipment and the production system. After application the formulation should ideally protect the inoculant organism against environmental stresses and at the same time enhance and prolong its activity.

The COST Action 830 ("Microbial Inoculants in Agriculture and Environment") was started in 1998 with the aim to support the development of new biological inoculants. Because of its universal importance, the theme "Formulations" was selected as the topic of the first meeting of Working Group 2 of this COST - Action. The meeting was held February 5 -6, 1999 at the Institute of Technology of the Federal Agricultural Research Center (FAL) at Braunschweig (Germany). Altogether eight lectures were presented and 10 posters exhibited. Seven companies displayed commercial formulations of their products. A special highlight was a practical session during which Prof. Dr. Vorlop and his co-workers demonstrated the preparation of polymer capsules as carriers for inoculants..

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Authors: LEINONEN P (EDITORS), Elomestari Ltd, Juva (FI);KOCH E, BBLF, Institute for Biological Control, Darmstadt (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19692 EN (2001) 99pp., EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, Communication Unit, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels (BE) Fax: +32-2-2958220 E-mail: Internet:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-0226-1
Record Number: 200013224 / Last updated on: 2001-03-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en