Utilizing Microbes with Precision to Enhance Cannabis Productivity

April 19, 2019 | 11:40 am | Room 1 | Cultivation

Plants have co-evolved with soil microbes over hundreds of millions of years. In nature, the plants interact with tens of thousands of soil microbial species throughout the plant growth stages. Soil microbes benefit plants by facilitating important nutrient cycling activities as well as many other important functions that support plant health and ultimately maximize plant productivity. However, in real world cultivation practices, it is almost impossible for growers to provide their plants with the same microbial functional diversity found in nature. Through real world case studies, Colin will illuminate the return on investment that can occur when cultivators learn how to use microbes with precision to maximize their plant health and yields.


Colin Bell, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Mammoth Microbes

Co-founder, co-inventor and Chief Growth Officer at Growcentia, parent company of Mammoth Microbes. Colin completed his Ph.D. in Soil Microbial Ecology in 2009. As a Research Scientist at Colorado State University, Colin published dozens of peer reviewed publications that were focused on elucidating microbial mediated processes that enhance plant growth. Colin left his academic position at Colorado State University in March 2015 to launch Mammoth Microbes, a young company in the Ag-Tech sector that develops microbial biostimulants to sustainably increase plant yield, and all natural biocontrol products to prevent pests. Their first product, MAMMOTH P® is a beneficial bacterial bloom stimulant that targets phosphorus cycling to maximize both quality and yield in cannabis plants. Thousands of producers across the globe are currently reporting overwhelmingly positive results, and MAMMOTH P® is now being sold in > 1200 stores worldwide.
Colin’s academic research includes long-term multidisciplinary studies in which biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of soils were measured to elucidate soil microbial and plant responses to climate variability. His more recent research efforts focused on plant-microbial relationships within the rhizosphere zone to identify mechanisms that may influence soil microbial taxonomic and functional differences among plant species. Prior to earning his PhD, Colin worked at CH Robinson Worldwide Logistics as a regional sales manager.