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Course Overview:

On contrary to popular belief, seaweed extracts are not a significant source of plant hormones. This course dives into the science behind how seaweed extract biostimulants actually work, how they are made, and their impact on plant abiotic stress response and yield. 

Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to share with your customers:

  • How biostimulatory compounds are extracted from seaweed.
  • The science behind the mode of action of seaweed extracts and how they cause physiological responses in plants.
  • Why one of the best ways to use seaweed extracts is in combination with nutrition.
  • How seaweed biostimulants stimulate microbial activity in the soil and the impact that can have on plant growth.
  • The yield advantage of crops treated with a combination of seaweed biostimulants and nutrition.

Course Details:

  • Time: 60 Minutes Total
  • Quiz: 16 Questions
  • CEU Credits: 1 Nutrient Management

CCA – CEU Credits will be submitted to the CCA board on your behalf by ATP at the end of every month. If you would like to receive credits, please ensure you have entered your CCA number in your ATP Academy profile. If you have any questions about how to get your CCA – CEU credits please contact Jenna Kalichuk @ [email protected]

Course Instructor

Kevin Shiell, MSc., New Product Manager, Acadian Seaplants Limited
Kevin Shiell joined Acadian Plant Health, a division of Acadian Seaplants, in October 2016 as a Product Formulation Manager and Senior Soil Science Researcher. Kevin is responsible for the technical aspects of product improvement and new product development, as well as leading the company’s soil health research program.

Prior to Acadian, he worked for New Brunswick Community College, teaching microbiology and industrial fermentation technology in the agricultural biosciences program, as well as conducting applied research with regional small businesses on producing value-added products using microbial and chemical bioprocessing. He also worked for Syngenta and UAP as a crop consultant in the potato sector. Earlier in his career, he worked for Becker Underwood Microbial Division (now part of BASF) in Saskatoon as a researcher in their new products development section.

Kevin completed a BSc. (Agr.) in plant protection from Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Nova Scotia and a MSc. (Hort.) from the University of Saskatchewan.