Biostimulant Survey

Crop biostimulants are not biopesticides (suppressing pest and disease); instead, they are “substances or microorganisms that, when applied to seeds, plants, or the rhizosphere, stimulates natural processes to-- enhance or benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, or crop quality and yield”. Common active ingredients of biostimulants, which are distinct from those in biocontrol agents, comprise growth promoting bacteria and/or fungi, mycorrhizae, seaweed extract, humic substances, kelp, or plant hormones.  To better help vegetable growers with the use of crop biostimulant and implement our future research and extension programsplease spend a few minutes filling out the anonymous survey to share your experience, concerns, confusion, and hopes about an efficient use of these biologics. There are total of 8 questions. Once completed, please click “submit” to send your answers. Your response will be used for research and educational purposes only. Your participation is highly important and greatly appreciated. Questions about the survey? Please feel free to contact Dr. Zheng Wang (zzwwang@ucanr.edu)

YOU ARE GOING TO START THE SURVEY.

Questions 1-4 are about your vegetable production/business. 

Questions 5-8 are about your experience and opinions to crop biostimulants. Please make the choice(s) or select your agreement level.

5What is your understanding level of biostimulants and to how much of your vegetable crops do you apply biostimulants (Select only one)?

I apply biostimulants to most of my vegetables. I only apply biostimulants to certain vegetable crops. I only apply biostimulants limited to one or two vegetable crops. I do not use biostimulants to any of my vegetable crops.
I know biostimulants very well.
I know some about biostimulants.
I know just a little about biostimulants.
I do not know anything about biostimulants

8. How do you agree with the importance of the following actions in improving the use of crop biostimulants (Please click your choice)? 

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
“Implement more unbiased field trials to validate the efficacy of different biostimulants”
“Provide more instructions/education on selecting, using, and evaluating biostimulants”
“Offer more user-friendly resources aiding practical use of biostimulants”
“Standardize/improve product labels and manufacturer-claimed functions”