Bacteria as a Soil Treatment
Soil treatments have been in the news lately. There have been a large amount of studies that focus on the benefits of using individual bacteria, generally of the genus Bacillus, to increase soil productivity for a wide variety of crops.
Bacillus as a Soil Treatment
A number of Bacillus species are naturally present at low levels in most cultivated soils. However, soils treated with insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers over a number of years have been shown to have a greatly reduced natural
population of beneficial soil bacteria. It is known that the harsh chemical treatments kill the bad microorganisms, both bacteria and fungi. Unfortunately, it is now known that these same chemicals are killing off the beneficial bacteria and other beneficial microorganisms as well. Soils that have a depleted level of beneficial microorganisms, usually produce small plants, resulting in smaller crop yield and these plants tend to have more problems with plant disease.
Fortunately, these lost microorganisms can be replaced with Custom B5, a soil productivity product by Custom Biologicals. Custom B5 contains a blend of five specifically selected, all natural bacteria strains of the genus Bacillus. These bacteria have been selected because of their safety and because of their ability to improve soil conditions for plant growth.
Custom B5 contains the following bacteria:
- Bacillus subtilis including B sub GB03
- Bacillus laterosporus
- Bacillus licheniformus
- Bacillus megaterium
- Bacillus pumilus
Benefits of Bacteria as a Soil Treatment
The addition of Custom B5 to soils immediately increases the microorganism population to that of fertile soils. A great benefit found in soils treated with B5 is a increase in the rate of crop residue decomposition. This is due to the heightened production of enzymes that degrade these crop residues. Enzymes produced degrade compounds such as; cellulose, hemicellulose, chitin, and fungicides.
There are many great benefits of using the beneficial bacteria in Custom B5 and these benefits directly and indirectly effect plant growth. Plants taken from bioaugmented soils are larger, have denser greener leaves, and have a greater root mass. Some of the important growth stimulating factors produced by these beneficial bacteria are:
- The supply the plant with nitrogen that can be used biologically. In other words, nitrogen that is more readily available to the plants.
- Beneficial bacteria produce phytohormones (plant growth regulators) including cytokinin, ethylene, gibberellin, auxins, and abscisic acid.
- Improved processing of inorganic and organic nutrients like:
Microbial products have a number of different names; biofertilizers, soil amendments, soil probiotics.
Custom B5 is unique in the marketplace because it contains five beneficial bacteria in one soil productivity product.
Custom Biologicals is can be contacted at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz. Distributor and dealer inquires are always welcome.
B. sub bacteria
B sub GB03