Courtesy H. H. Triantaphyllou, American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Living organic soils and the foods you apply to them should not only have large quantities of Beneficial Microorganisms (BM) but a large variety as well. In a few grams of good potting soil you will find hundreds of diverse varieties making up its 1,000,000,000 bacteria. Live Organic Fermented Liquid Fertilizers are bubbling with BMs, which ensure the microbe population is made up of the “good guys”. A large and divers community population will control pathogens. They compete with the pathogens for exudates, nutrients, air, water, and space. If the soil food web is a healthy one, the competition keeps the destructive microbes at bay. There are some other added benefits as well. The fungi hyphae extending around and near the plant’s roots act as an external protection to attack and defend plants and herbs roots from fugues or bacteria pathogens and other undesirable microorganisms. The photo, upper left, is a foraging, root-eating nematode, trapped by a fungal hyphae, Courtesy H. H. Triantaphyllou, American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. Microbes cover surface areas so completely, there is simply no place for pathogens to affix themselves. Should anything negatively affect the beneficial microbes and the quantities fall or disappear, the herb, flower or vegetable will most likely end up being infected.

Specific soil fungus, named mycorrhizal fungi, set themselves up in a symbiotic partnership beside plant roots, providing them not only with an external barrier but with a varied nutritional supply as well. In return for root exudates, the fungus supply groceries to the roots with fresh H2O, N and P along with several other crucial plant nutritional needs. Bacterias also provide exudates, averting pathogenic agents. The exudents of bacteria are many. To digest and break down food they excrete alkaline substances that digest complex compounds so as o absorb simpler elements such as Nitrogen into their bodies. Additionally, they produce a bio-glue to affix themselves to surface areas. Often, bacteria operate in association with fungus in order to create defensive films, not simply around plant roots in the rhizosphere but around leaf surface areas, the phylosphere. Meanwhile, the foliage generate exudates which draw in bacteria in a similar way roots do. The bacteria operate as a physical shields to attack, protecting against pathogenic microbes from getting into the leaf structure. Several fungus as well as other microbes can generate a variety of inhibitory elements, such as natural vitamins and anti-biotics. These help retain or even increase herbal overall health. We all know penicillin, is released through a fungus living in soils, while streptomycinis is an exudent from a soil bacterium.

Bacteria is the building block of all life