- Soil Health
- Plant Growth
- Crop Yields
- Disease Suppression
- Fertiliser Utilisation
- Environmental Remediation
Nutrenics Plant Biostimulant is a collection of more than 15 different types of natural microscopic organisms (microbes) beneficial to plant and soil health. The microbes work together within the plants and soil, enhancing a very wide variety of activities critical to plants and the soil. This in turn has dramatic effects on soil health, plant growth, crop yields, disease suppression, fertiliser uptake whilst providing a wide range of environmental remediation effects.
These naturally-occurring microbes are found in excellent soils around the world and are not genetically modified in any way. They are 100% natural, non-artificially synthesised and contain no manures or pathogens.
Beneficial microbial activity in soil is critical for plant health and growth. Healthy soils contain trillions of microbes which perform a wide variety of tasks creating an ecosystem which is symbiotic with plants, providing them nutrients essential for their health, growth and yield.
Many conventional agricultural practices and norms such as the application of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or even tilling the earth can be very damaging to microbial balance and overall soil health. Enhancing beneficial microbes activity in soils is nature’s way to healthy soils.
Using Nutrenics Plant Biostimulant is easy, simply dilute it with any type of water which can be used to water plants and spray it on the all parts of the plant and soil. The microbes will find their way to where they are most needed.
“Poor farmers grow crops,good farmers grow soil” Anon.
Over the last few decades, there has been increasing awareness of the importance of microbes to plant health. There are many references to this on the internet and we have listed some of our favourites at the bottom of this section ranging from YouTube videos to scientific papers.
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The plant root zone, or “rhizosphere” is the boundary layer between the roots themselves and the soil. In healthy plants and soils, this area is teeming with microbial life and activity with the microbes feeding the plants with nutrients from the soil and the plants feeding the microbes with the products of photosynthesis. This extremely complex system is critical for the good health of the plant. Any disturbance to this will affect the performance of the plant.
A simple way to demonstrate this is to take some good soil, put it in a microwave and cook it for a short time. Physically, nothing will change much but the soil will be dead, unlike the soil that was put into the microwave to begin with. Which part died? All the bacteria, fungi, viruses and microfauna which were beneficial to the soil and plants. Putting this in the microwave will also also denature enzymes, rhizohormones and other organic complexes; many of the common treatments used today will do this denaturing to some extent. It is easy to test this by planting two plants in otherwise identical soils and seeing how the soil with dead microbes performs compared to the microbial soils.
Plants struggle to perform in soils with low microbial activity since they have limited mechanisms to dissolve, deliver and absorb the nutrients they require. Many of the conventional agricultural practices common around the world today such as high intensity fertilizing, application of agro-chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and even tilling the soil, diminish or destroy these valuable colonies of microscopic workers.
Pre-colloidal root exudates from a germinating avocado root. Secretion from the roots help form the colloid once in the soil which is the media of synergistic interaction between the plants, roots and the soil. This video very clearly shows the dynamic gel-like substance that envelopes the young roots.
Why aren’t more people using microbes?
Many farmers, especially in the organic farming sector are using a variety of microbial products from manures to compost teas, all of which contain microbes. The key question is which microbes and what do they do? This type of approach assumes many things including that all the necessary microorganisms required are already in the soil or manures and can easily be multiplied- study on the effectiveness of compost teas shows the huge variability of this approach and that this assumption is not necessarily a good one.
The other approach is to isolate certain beneficial microbial strains and use these as biostimulants and this approach demonstrated promising benefits. A key pioneer of this approach was Professor Teruo Haga of Japan in the 1980s titled “Effective Microorganisms” or EM for short. EMs have been popular for specific markets and hobbyists and continue to be so today. However it has been difficult to dramatically improve on these discoveries and much scientific research continues on in this field.
The bottom line is that selecting the right microbes is one of keys to the success of using microbes. However, even by selecting a group of microbes, which on paper complement each other, may not give predictable results on how they will work together. These microbial groups will often compete with each other to emerge with a few dominant strains. Looking at what’s commercially available on the market, it is very difficult to find products with more than 5 different types of microbes due to this. This is also one of the reasons why current laboratory tested products don’t perform as expected in the field.
The key breakthrough of Nutrenics microbes is the proprietary method of coordinating the functions of the microbes to respond to signals from the plants. This has made it possible for us to have many different microbial types for a very wide spectrum beneficial effect on the soil and the plants. Our formula contains more than 20 different types of microbes for a wide variety of functions from fixing Nitrogen to solubilising Potassium, Phosphorus and Silicon all the way to breaking down soil toxins. Please see the functions of the Nutrenics Plant Biostimulant below for a more detailed functions list.