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To Peat or Not To Peat, That is the Question
December 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In the horticulture and landscape industry, peat is a ubiquitous material used in potting soils, composts, bales of straight peat, and more. It has long been considered a reliable horticultural resource, and recently, questions around sustainability, sourcing, and its role in climate change mitigation have come to light. In this presentation, peat research specialist Dr. Brian Jackson of North Carolina State University will share valuable information about using or not using peat in your landscape or horticultural practice. Talking points include peat alternatives for growing media, harvest locations and practices, and sourcing materials.
In partnership with the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association, this online lecture, part of the Green Spotlight Series, is designed for landscape and horticulture professionals. This presentation accounts for one MELNA recertification credit.
Dr. Brian Jackson is a Professor of Horticulture and Director of the Horticultural Substrates Laboratory at NC State University. Brian has studied and researched soilless substrates since 2003, emphasizing engineered wood and bark materials. In addition to being a leading global expert in wood substrates, Brian is also heavily involved in national and global initiatives, advocacy groups, substrate manufacturer consultations, and multi-disciplinary scientific collaborations. He writes and speaks frequently across various in-person and virtual platforms to educate growers and other consumers of growing media about new advances and techniques in substrate science.