So there is some preliminary data showing that in seaweed extracts, so different types of seaweed plants that are harvested and then they are taken and basically emulsified and there are compounds within seaweed that mimic a lot of natural plant phytohormones especially those involved with stress response and stress tolerance. And so there is a little bit of data on turf showing that if turf grass plants receive seaweed extracts they then can increase their tolerance to droughts stress, to heat stress. I’ve even seen some for cold stress, for salt stress and so these would be put on as an extract as a foliar layer spray they are absorbed into the foliage and then in time they are build or trans-located, the exact mechanism, I don’t know, I haven’t looked into it that fully.
Our stage of looking at, we have a number of compounds and one that was actually developed here through our international business accelerator program, where two of our Master’s level business program students came up and developed what they think is a superior seaweed extract blend and so that’s initially how we got involved in this, because they wanted some evaluation with that. So now we have a full scale with other competitor products and controls looking at if we are going to see any response.
So with the turf grass science program, we were able to, with very good selective hiring, bringing in some very good people, we have brought the program up, the research program, the teaching program, the extension program into a lot of visibility and a very good program across the board. The thing I like about it is that we all get together very well and we work as a core group and it’s much more exciting. You learn a lot more. You are exposed to a lot of different areas. And plus right now, to solve any problems now you need a multi-disciplinary approach. There has been a lot of pesticide bans on turf, we are looking at climate change situations on there so carbon cycling and carbon storage are going to be an issue with turf. So, a lot of interesting challenges going forward and I think we are going to be there to come up with some solutions in the future.