Advantages of Biofertilizers
Key Advantages of Biofertilizers
There are many advantages of biofertilizers. Biofertilizers contain living microorganisms generally beneficial bacteria or Trichoderma. In this post we’ll talk about these benefits and advantages of biofertilizers;
- helping make plant nutrients more available to the plants,
- the production of plant hormones,
- biofertilizers are cost effective when compared to traditional fertilizers
- Reduce the need for traditional fertilizers
- Reduce the overall cost of the crop.
- Reduce plant shock from transplantation.
- Great Return on Investment (ROI).
Biofertilizers Make Nutrients Available to Plants
Bio fertilizers contain living microbes, generally bacteria and/or fungi. These microorganisms add nutrients to the soil by nitrogen fixation and by solubilizing both phosphorus and sulphur.
Nitrogen fixation can be achieved by a variety of microorganism including, Azotobacter and Rhizobium. Paenibacillus polymyxa is a bacteria that fixes nitrogen. Nitrogen fixation is a key component of the nitrogen cycle.
Additionally, biofertilizers solubilize phosphorus, phosphate, and sulphur. Phosphorous solubilization is performed by Bacillus subtilis, and Bacillus megaterium. Sulphur is solubilized by bacteria of the genus Thiobacillus. Solubilization of phosphorus, phosphate and sulphur make these key elements available to the plant.
Advantages of Biofertilizers – They Produce Plant Hormones
Plant hormones, also called phtyohormones regulate plant growth. An increase in plant hormones generally has a positive effect on root size and root structure.
Bigger, stronger roots make for a healthier plant. Both bacteria and fungi produce phtyhormones. Among the bacteria, Bacillus subtilis manufactures a number of plant hormones as does Bacillus licheniformus and Bacilllus megaterium. Several species of Trichoderma produce phytohormones including, Trichoderma harzianum, Trichoderma viride and Trichoderma polysporum.
Biofertilizers are Cost Effective
Generally speaking, bio fertilizers will reduce the amount of traditional fertilizers needed by growers.
As the price of fertilizers continues to skyrocket, controlling costs is a major issue for most growers. Since biofertilizers help make traditional fertilizers more effective, growers can reduce the amount of NPK used. One of the major advantages of biofertilizers is the reduced cost and the reduction in the use of other chemicals.
Overall, the use of biofertilizers worldwide continues to grow. As more and more growers realize the benefits of biofertilizers, the market for microorganisms in farming will continue to expand.
Biofertilizers Reduce the Need for Traditional Fertilizers
Traditional fertilizers such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) are expensive and are generally overused. Additionally, they contribute to a runoff problem that leads to many nutrients downstream. This is potentially a major environmental issue.
Use of bio-fertilizers, can reduce the need for traditional fertilizers by up to 30%. This occurs because the beneficial microbes within the bio fertilizer help the plant use fertilizers in a much more efficient manner.
Advantages of Biofertilizers – Reduce Plant Shock
Plant transplant shock is a major issue with today’s farmers. Moving a crop from the greenhouse to the field need not be a costly expense.
Biofertilizers are a great asset to avoid transplant shock. Application can be made in furrow or as a root drench. Both methods will decrease loss form transplant shock.
Custom Biologicals, Home of Biota Max
Custom Biological manufactures a number of biofertilizers, soil probiotics, and soil amendments for use in agriculture. Both beneficial bacteria and beneficial Trichoderma are our specialities. Here’s a list of all of our biological products.
Biota Max™ is our award winning biofertilizer. Biota Max™ contains 10 species of beneficial microbes and includes both beneficial soil microbes and beneficial soil fungi.
Biota Max is a small, biologically active effervescent tablet. Once dissolved in water Biota Max releases billions of beneficial microbes.
These microbes form a synergistic relationship with the plant’s root system. Both the plant and the microbes benefit.
CustomBio is located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA.