Adding bacteria to a crop to prevent human disease could be the start of a whole new path to food safety, possibly extending beyond tomatoes to cantaloupes, spinach, sprouts and other crops that have made Salmonella and Escherichia coli headlines.The “microbial revolution” fits into a far more dramatic shift in how we grow our food, based on a new understanding of microbes in the soil and of the many ways plants and microbes depend on one another.
It is almost the opposite of the green revolution, which dramatically boosted agricultural productivity in the mid-20th century with massive inputs of fertilizer, pesticides and water. The microbial revolution aims instead to take advantage of what is already there: as many as 40,000 microbe species in a gram of soil. Until recently, this microbial community—what m ight be called the “agribiome”—was largely a mystery. O ver the past decade , low-cost DNA sequencing and other technologies have opened up the secret world of microbes. Botanists can now identify every member of the microbial community that surrounds a plant. By doing so, they have begun to understand how various microbes behave in different seasons and soil environments and have even started devising ways to tweak them to help plants grow better.
Healthier Trees From Healthy Soil
Getting farmers to understa nd the new rules of the agribiome is “going to be incredibly complicated,” says Ann Reid, director of the American Academy of Microbiology, but it will also be “very cool.” It means convincing farmers that their work is not a simple business of inputs and outputs—some water here, some pesticides there. Instead it means waking up to what farming has always been—a collaboration with the vast community of microbes. If farmers and scientists together can get that right, we will have come a step closer to feeding a hungry world. NutriBrix ® FGM is opening up this with the introduction of also adding oxygen to help the microbials grow faster and stronger while adding t he root s systems of pla nts and trees gain the necessa ry nutrients in a more consumable fashion as nature has always intended.
Use approximately 5 gallons of NutriBrix ® FGM per acre of trees.
Mix 1 part NutriBrix ® FGM to 2 parts water. It can be combined with fertilizer in application, but decrease fertilizer quantity to one half the amount normally used.
Spray foliage of trees one time per month to help trees resist insects and disease.
DO NOT USE FUNGICIDES.
(these will kill the microbials)
The soil is alive! Below our feet and invisible to the naked eye, tiny microbes–the great digesters of the earth–constantly break down organic material into more usable forms that plant roots can identify, absorb, and ultimately incorporate for new growth.
This material includes complex organic compounds, such as tannins, lignins, proteins, carbohydrates, cellulose, pectin, etc. Healthy soil should contain no less than 10,000,000 bacteria per gram.
The presence of microbes ensures that nutrients are made available to plants that are growing faster at this time and which require a stable oxygen and nutrient source. While the plants are actively growing–and requiring more nutrients–so do the microbes in the soil.
As the soil warms, both the plant and microbes respond at a similar rate. The microbes become increasingly active in their role of breaking down organic materials into forms more readily absorbed by the growing plants that need extra nutrition. Microbes also help to stabilize the soil by physically binding soil particles together. They release a by-product called glomalin that acts as a “glue,” binding mineral particles and organisms to each other. This contributes greatly to soil aggregation. Increased biological activity in the soil and the buildup of existing bacterial populations help make your plants, gardens, trees, and crops resistant to diseases, frost, and insects while maximizing the potential for growth and health. The more beneficial the bacteria and fungi are, the more “fertile” the soil is. Water retention is greatly improved in the soil also saving valuable water.
Less fertilizer is also needed due to the increase in the fertile soil.