By Kaitlyn Ersek on Feb 23, 2017 6:42:00 AM
When looking at microbial products, like Holganix’s Bio 800+ (the liquid, refrigerated products), it’s not uncommon to be stumped by the ingredients. After all, the product is living and changing; how can you really be certain that you are applying a viable product?
That’s one of the reasons why Holganix performs DNA fingerprinting to ensure that batches of product contain the appropriate species of microorganisms, each time it’s produced.
That begs the question, what really is in a jug of Bio 800+? How much life can Holganix possibly stuff into a jug?
It turns out that Holganix can stuff quite a lot of life into a single jug of product… more than 800 species of microorganisms to be exact.
More than 800 species of microorganisms are in Holganix Bio 800+
Bio 800+ products (Lawn, Golf, Tree and Shrub, Bloom and the Agriculture Blends) provide the complete ecosystem of microorganisms needed for soil and plant health. Containing more than 800 species of beneficial microorganisms, microbe food and nutrient enhancers, Bio 800+ is changing the soil at a fundamental level to build strong roots and resilient plants.
Why do microorganisms matter?
Microorganisms found in the soil include archaea, bacteria, protozoa fungi and beneficial amoeba, with bacteria leading in species, count and density. In fact, in one gram of soil, there are up to 1 billion bacteria, representing as many as 700,000 species.
These microorganisms create healthy soils that feed the plant with nutrients, defend the plant from pathogens and increase the plant’s ability to perform under stress.
How does the process start?
Holganix Bio 800+ products begins as a patented green compost extract from one of 11 climate zones across the United States, containing 296 genera, more than 800 species of microorganisms that foster a diverse soil ecosystem.
When it comes to microbial products, the microbe count is important, but diversity is even more crucial. By having a product filled with a diversity of life, 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.
Looking at bacteria in Holganix Bio 800+
Many of the bacteria species found in Holganix Bio 800+ products are plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB). These PGPB provide plant hormones (auxin, gibberellin and cytokinin) to stimulate growth, make nutrients available to the plant, protect the plant from disease and produce biosurfactants (wetting agents).
Looking at fungi in Holganix Bio 800+
Holganix Bio 800+ products also include several species of fungi, including Trichoderma, Penicillium and Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae. Trichoderma Fungi colonize roots, attack fungi and induces the plant’s natural defense system. Penicillium Fungi break down organic matter, releasing organic acids and nutrients, while Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae assist with water, mineral and nutrient uptake.
Other sources of life in Holganix Bio 800+
Additional types of microorganisms include protozoa and beneficial nematodes.
Microbe food is also a key ingredient
Just as microorganisms play an important role in plant health, so do microbe food, albeit in a more indirect way. Microbe food provides the resources needed to nourish the soil microorganisms, creating an ideal habitat for both the microorganisms and the plant.
Examples of some of the microbe food contained in Holganix Bio 800+ include Gluten, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Brewer’s Yeast), Auxins, Kelp, Yucca and microorganisms.
Looking at nutrient enhancers
Nutrient enhancers stimulate better uptake of nutrients by the plant, allowing you to optimize your fertilizer use, reduce fertilizer use and contribute to less nutrient run off to the environment.
Nutrient enhancers in Holganix Bio 800+ include Humic and Fulvic Acids, Amino Acids, Kelp and PGPB. Many of these PGPB act as bio fertilizers because they can fix nitrogen, solubilize phosphorus and potassium and create chelates (solubilizing agents) of micronutrients.
“Better ingredients? Better Turf!” – Dr. Cale Bigelow
In a previous Holganix Webinar, Dr. Cale Bigelow of Purdue University stated, “Better Ingredients? Better Turf!” While the quote was not in reference to Holganix products, we can’t help but steal the quote to sum up our article.
When looking at microbial-type products (Plant and Soil Probiotics), the better the ingredients in the product, the better the result. With the power of more than 800 species of microorganisms, microbe food and nutrient enhancers, we are willing to bet that Bio 800+ products contain the most diverse life in a single product on the market.
Still don’t believe us? Check out our ingredient list: