Episode 98: Silicon - The Essential Nutrient with Dr. Wendy Zellner
My guest this week is Dr. Wendy Zellner.
Dr. Zellner received her Doctorate ifrom the University of Toledo in 2012 where she trained in molecular and cellular biology, focusing on the role of silicon in plant defense responses. Upon graduation, she pursued a four-year postdoctoral position with the USDA-ARS, where she continued studying the role of silicon in alleviating both abiotic and biotic stress in tomato and tobacco. Her current studies are to design standard methods for quantifying the uptake of silicon from fertilizer material in addition to identifying uptake mechanisms for silicon in model species and testing for similar pathways in other crops.
I learned a ton from Wendy in this podcast and it got me excited to do more plant trials utilizing silicon. So in conjunction with the release of this podcast we are offering discounts on the two main silica products we carry at KIS Organics, Agsil 16H and Wollastonite for a limited time.