There are a handful of microorganisms that do the majority of the work keeping our plants feed and healthy. The final author of all nutrients are bacteria and fungus. All other micro and macro organisms only prepare the decomposing plant or animal material for the final conversion. The below list of microbes come up in conversations about live organic technology. A beginner interested in the subject should have a convenient list with a short description, for easy reference and reminder. Below find the stars of the symbiotic communal players.

Important Beneficial Bacteria

Bacteria are a large group of unicellular or multi-cellular organisms lacking chlorophyll, with a simple nucleus. They multiply rapidly by simple fission. Some species develop a highly resistant resting (spore) phase; some species reproduce sexually, and some are motile. In shape they are spherical, rodlike, spiral, or filamentous. They occur in air, water, soil, rotting organic material, animals and plants. Saprophytic forms are more numerous than parasites. A few forms are autotrophic.  (Walker, 1988)

Important Beneficial Fungus

Fungi  includes some of the most important microbes, ecologically and economically. By breaking down dead organic material, they continue the cycle of nutrients through ecosystems. Most vascular plants could not grow without the symbiotic fungi that entangle their roots and exchange essential nutrients.