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5 Types of Soil Microbes to Nurture Plant and Soil Health

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One year ago, we published a blog that discussed the “Top 5 COOLEST Soil Microbes Ever.” Not only was it well-received by the Holganix community – but also it was a blast to highlight some of the soil microbes found in Holganix Bio 800+ products. Our readers asked us to provide more information on the important biology in Holganix 800⁺.

Check out our blog below to learn about some of the powerful microbes found in the product.

 

When you discuss microbes – diversity is a key theme

It’s hard to pick just a few soil microbes from an ingredient list that contains over 800 species of diverse soil microorganisms. However, while the microbe count in Bio 800+ is important, diversity is even more crucial. Because Bio 800+ is filled with a diversity of life, by using the product you prepare the soil and plant for whatever hurdle it needs to face.

Think of it as your equivalent to a multi-vitamin. Instead of a magic bullet, Holganix Bio 800+ products parachute in an army of specialists, each of which is capable of filling in gaps to balance the biological requirements of the soil and plants.

 

Soil Microbe 1: Yeast

Species of yeast representing two genus are present in Holganix Bio 800⁺: Debarayomyces and Saccharomyces. Species of both these genera are known to be plant growth promoting organisms. The plant growth promoting effect of yeast in these genera include phosphate solubilizing, barriers to pathogenic bacteria and fungi, production of plant growth hormones and other effects.

 

Microbe 2: Trichoderma

Trichoderma provides proteins to the plant that produce an induced systemic resistance effect in the plant (ISR). This ISR effect triggers the plant to mount disease resistance properties and also to stimulate photosynthesis in the leaves. In addition, Trichoderma species produce and release plant growth hormones to the soil.

 

Microbe 3: Penicillium

Penicillium fungi have a plant growth effect caused by the production and secretion of gibberellins which stimulate root growth. Additionally, Pennicillium species have an induced systematic resistance (ISR) effect on plants by secreting enzymes that trigger a plant immune response.

 

Soil Microbe 4: Nematodes

It is often joked among scientists that nematodes can be found everywhere. About 90% of the ocean floor, and 80% of Earth carries populations of nematodes. They are even rumored to be one of the first organisms to develop from a single-celled organism to a multi-celled organism.

Within the nematode family, there are both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms. On the one hand, beneficial nematodes are important in mineralizing nutrients (converting nutrients into plant-useable forms), but on the other hand, pathogenic nematodes can destroy root systems, cause disease and negatively impact mycorrhizal fungi.  Other species of nematodes are “grazers” in the environment they live in. These grazers eat bacteria, fungi and/or other nematodes (dependent on the nematode species doing the grazing). This battle is playing out in the soil under our feet every day. Holganix Bio 800⁺ contains nematodes just waiting to join this battle as reinforcement upon application to the soil..

Holganix Bio 800+ contains beneficial nematodes. Check out this blog post featuring a case study showing how Holganix Bio 800+ helped Broken Sound Golf Club fight pathogenic nematodes.

 

Soil Microbe 5: Lactobacillus

Yes – we did highlight Lactobacillus in our previous blog post, but we can’t help but shine the spotlight on this lesser-known yet very important genus in Holganix Bio 800+ again. Lactobacillus is a genus of bacteria commonly found in soil and the guts of animals. In the soil, these organisms promote the decomposition of organic matter. In addition to organic matter decay, they suppress disease and perform growth-regulatory effects on fungi, yeast and other bacteria.

There are over 200 species of Lactobacillus known to science, with many more waiting to be identified as knowledge of this genus expands.

 

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