Invisible Crop Allies
Invisible Crop Allies and microbial inoculants consist of living microorganisms that when applied to seeds, plant surfaces, or the soil form beneficial relationships with plants and aid in plant development. The effects of these inoculants are almost as varied as the microbes themselves. Some facilitate nitrogen fixation, others enhance nutrient uptake, reduce fertilizer demand or suppress pathogens by competing with them for the same resources. Some networks of fungi even pass immune activation signals from a stressed plant to neighboring plants.
Invisible Crop Allies: Bacilli
One of the most heavily researched bacteria, Bacillus subtilis has over 200,000 identified strains. Known to act as an antagonist against a wide variety of pathogens, including Fusarium, Pythium,
Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia and even nematodes. Utilization of Bacillus subtilis can reduce use of synthetic pesticides and insecticides in modern agriculture. Chemical fungicides and insecticides have a negative impact on beneficial soil microbes present that help to increase plant growth.
This common soil bacteria can break down resilient proteins in plant residues. Research also associates it with nematode suppression and plant hormone synthesis.
This naturally-occurring bacteria has been shown to produce a variety of proteins with insecticidal properties.
This common bacterium, produces lactic acid and other compounds to suppress competing microorganisms in its environment.
This fungus can create a symbiotic relationship with plant roots, protecting against pathogens such as Pythium and Fusarium.
This fungal strain acts as an antagonist against nematodes and other, disease-causing fungi. Research indicates it may also have positive influence on plant nutrient uptake and hormone
Not all molds are bad. Some strains of Aspergillus produce enzymes that break down hard-to- digest plant fibers, improving soil structure and organic matter, or releasing energy and nutrients for improved feed efficiency in animals.
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