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Our Next Show: Sunday July 27, 2014
Guest: Dr. Wesley Chun | Grower's Secret Inc.
I am broadly trained in plant bacteriology, plant disease physiology, and molecular and physiological basis of disease in plants. I received my Masters degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Hawaii developing a selective growth medium and an ELISA test for bacterial canker of tomatoes. I then received my Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Riverside, characterizing a new bacterial pathogen of tomatoes and characterizing chromosomally borne pathogenicity genes. I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, training in bacterial genetics and molecular biology at the University of Missouri under Dr. A. K. Chatterjee. In 1991, I joined the faculty at the University of Idaho as an assistant professor of Plant Pathology and Plant Bacteriology. While at the University of Idaho, I taught classes in introductory molecular genetics, biotechnological techniques, and plant pathology. I am recognized internationally as an expert in bacterial identification and food borne toxins and served several years as a subject matter expert for the NSA Department of Homeland Security immediately following 9/11.
I have guided the research of several students that lead to discoveries in biological control. These studies have resulted in several publications and two patents for biological control strains and a process for producing stable formulations of dried bacteria for biological control use. For the past two years, I served as the Director of the Core Education program at the University Program, which oversees the general education curriculum for over 1500 incoming freshmen and 4-6,000 upper division students. I currently serve as a reviewer for several national and international journals, USDA research programs. I have several publications, the most notable being the "Laboratory Guide for the Identification of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria." Co-edited with Jeff Jones and Norm Schaad this manual serves as the definitive source for bacteriologists world-wide for plant bacteriology.
I joined Grower's Secret, Inc. in December 2007, to help an ailing friend. We had developed a unique, organic, plant growth enhancer from an edible mushroom via long distance collaboration. Since that time we have developed new, organic fertilizer mixes containing our proprietary technology and have slowly worked on advertising and sales. Currently our products can be found in local retail stores in Hawai'i, certain hydroponic stores throughout the US, and agricultural distributors.
About the Host:
Since 1979 Sheri has been co-owner and vice president of ARBICO Organics. ARBICO Organics produces and markets organic and natural products for home, business, garden, lawn, farm and pets. Products include beneficial insects and organisms, fertilizers and soil amendments, weed and disease controls, composting supplies, insecticides, critter controls, horse care, traps, lures, pheromones, botanicals and more.
Sheri is on the committee for the Organic Certification of Growers of Arizona. Her memberships and associations include and are not limited to OFPANA (Organic Farm Producers of North America), the ANBP (Association of Natural Bio-control Producers), the ANA (Arizona Nursery Association), the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers Association), BIRC (Bio-Integral Resource Center), The IOBC (International Organization of Biological Control), and the AAIE (Association of Applied Insect Ecologists), and OMRI (Organic Materials Research Institute).
She works with major universities and their cooperative extensions and researchers. Speeches are made on a nationwide and international basis. She has been asked to speak at major conferences covering the topics of Biological Control, Low Input Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated Pest Management, Impact of Agriculture on the Environment, Eco System Pest Management and more. Her publications include press releases, catalogs, guides for organic agriculture, and handbooks.
ARBICO Organics specializes in Low Input Sustainable Agricultural Techniques (LISA) emphasizing organic farming inputs, bio-intensive pest controls, pro-environmental fertilizers and plant foods, composting, weed and disease control, as well as preventive management.
For over 33 years ARBICO Organics has provided professional consulting and technical assistance worldwide. As an industry leader in the implementation of sustainable and organic agricultural programs, ARBICO Organics offers natural solutions to contemporary agricultural needs. ARBICO Organics provides the way to grow lush landscapes and healthful food within the balance of nature without the use of synthetic chemicals.
When the proper nutrients and minerals are made available to the soil, it will provide the food that gives life to the plant and ultimately to us.