Meet the Microbes: the Science behind Amplify
Welcome to the Meet the Microbes series. Microbes are what makes Amplify such an efficient product: they work like an army to both boost and take care of your soil’s health. The result? Increased yield at a lower cost.
So, what is this diverse colony of microbial species composed of?
If you didn’t know already, nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for healthy plant growth, but without the help of beneficial bacteria, the nitrogen present in your soil isn’t always made available to plants. Azotobacter vinelandii is a free-living, nitrogen-fixing powerhouse.
It makes nitrogen readily available to your plants, in part thanks to three enzymes, known as notrogenases. What’s more, it has the highest metabolic rate of any known living organism.
Help Azotobacter vinelandii to thrive by keeping your soil aerated and full of oxygenated pockets close to your plants’ root systems. You will end up with bigger, healthier plants and more yield than you could’ve imagined.
Bacillus subtilis is a rod-shaped microbe in charge of battling plant disease and pests. It is also a key player when it comes to boosting phosphorus intake. He’ll keep your plants safe from anything that could potentially make them weaker. It is a resilient little being, that can survive pretty tough climates, as well as high altitudes. B. subtilis prefers to locate itself in the upper areas of plant soil.
Glomus intraradices is a fungi that penetrates the cells of plant roots with tree-like structured (arbuscular) organs. This microbe is vital to healthy plant growth and increased yield because it works to actively promote the exchange of sugars and nutrients with the host plant. It is especially handy at helping out with phosphorus intake. Essentially, it builds the “highways” between the plants and the sugars and nutrients available in the soil.
The great thing about this bacillus-shaped microbe is that it’s incredibly effective at repairing soil, even when that soil is full of synthetic nutrients, or situated in harsh environments. As a bonus, Nitrosomonas europaea is essential when it comes to nitrification, the process of converting nitrogen found in soils into a plant-accessible form. Remember, nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for stimulating plant growth. So, if you want to increase your yield, you need to have a strong batch of Nitrosomonas europaea working away in your soil.
To best understand how Pseudomonas fluorescens works, think of your plants as a bed and breakfast, and Pseudomonas fluorescens as a friendly guest. Your plants provide food and shelter, basically all the nutrients and environmental protection needed, and in return, Pseudomonas fluorescens destroys anything that might be potentially harmful to your plants.
This aerobic organism gets rid of toxins and pollutants, like TNT, styrene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and they can multiply very quickly. This means they can rapidly colonize a space and indirectly protect a crop. In other words, they’re like an army of ants. In sheer numbers, they outcompete and outmuscle other harmful microbes for space and nutrients, as well as promoting plant growth.