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The Best Way to Grow Bigger Plants

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The Best Way to Grow Bigger Plants

The best way to grow bigger, better plants is to use Biota Max™ by Custom Biologicals.

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The Best Way to Grow bigger, better plants is with Biota Max.

Biota Max™

Quite simply, the best way to grow bigger, better crops and vegetables is to use a biofertilizer such as Biota Max™.

Biota Max is a small, effervescent that contains billions of beneficial microorganisms. Remarkably, each tablet contains enough beneficial microbes to cover 1/4 acre or about 10,000 square feet. These microorganisms are vital to the success of the plant.

Each tablet contains both beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial soil Trichoderma. Each of these microorganisms play a key role in the healthy soils. And every farmer knows that great plants start with health, living soils.

Biofertilizers are the way to grow

Biofertilizers work in two main ways; they make existing nutrients more available to the plant, and the produce plant growth hormones, called phytohormones.

Biofertilizers make existing soil nutrients such as phosphorus more available to plants. Particularly Paenibacillus polymyxa, a component of Biota Max™, is know to solubilize phosphorus. In addition to helping with phosphorus, this amazing microbes also fixes nitrogen.

Just as exciting as nutrient solubility is the production of plant growth hormones. These hormones are produced by the microbes and taken into the plant by the root system. As the picture above illustrates, beneficial microbes help grow bigger, stronger root systems.

Biota Max Availability

Biota Max is manufactured and distributed by Custom Biologicals and is available in our store, on this website.

Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of microbiological products for use in a number of industries and applications. We’re always looking for new distributors both domestic and international. Private labeling, customized product formulations and protected territories (international only) are available.

Contact us at (561) 797-3008 or via email at

Azos. Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria.

Azos - Azo. Nitrogen fixation

Azos. Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria.


Azos is the common term sometimes used for nitrogen fixing bacteria. And nitrogen is one of the key components in plants’ growth and plant health. In this post we’ll talk about nitrogen fixing bacteria such as Paenibacillus polymyxa and their use as a biofertilizer.


Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria

Nitrogen fixing bacteria are an important part of  the nitrogen cycle. They have the unique ability to take atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and convert it into ammonia (NH3). Ammonia is

Azos - Azo. Nitrogen fixation

Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria help grow healthier plants.

a form of nitrogen that can be utilized by plants. While nitrogen fixation doesn’t sound like much, in fact it is extremely important. Plants cannot use N2, so without nitrogen fixing bacteria, plants would quickly deplete the nitrogen in the soil.

Since nitrogen is one of the most expensive inputs for the farmer, the use of nitrogen fixing bacteria has come into standard use.

Paenibacillus polymyxa

Paenibacillus polymyxa is a nitrogen fixing bacteria and is considered a plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB). Living in the rhizosphere (root zone), this beneficial soil bacteria forms a symbiotic relationship with the plant. Paenibacillus polymyxa provides several benefits to the plant, including;

  • Helps supply nitrogen to the plant,
  • Produce plant growth hormones such as cytokinins, auxins, and gibberellins,
  • Is a biofertilizer,
  • Helps plants grow stronger, healthier root systems.

Commercial Products Containing Paenibacillus polymyxa

Custom Biologicals produces to commercial products that contain Paenibacillus polymyxa; Custom N2 and Biota Max™.

Custom N2 is a highly concentrated liquid biofertilizer and Biota Max is a unique effervescent tablet. Both products contain azos, or nitrogen fixing bacteria.

Custom Biologicals manufactures and distributes a wide variety of biological products including products that contain azos. Distributor inquires, both domestic and international, are encouraged. Contact Custom at (561) 797-3008, or via email at

Azos, azo, azo’s are another word for nitrogen fixing bacteria. The terms likely originates from azote which is French for nitrogen.

Biofertilizer Press Release

Biofertilizer Press Release

Custom Biologicals is proud to announce that two of our biofertilizers, Agriwonder and Solum Natural – Green Tabs, will be available in Europe (EU countries) beginning in July of this year.  We are currently looking for European Distributors for these products. Both of these products have European Union registrations.

Agriwonder, similar to Biota Max™, is a unique effervescent tablet containing billions of beneficial microorganisms. Each tablet treats 1Ž/4 acre (1/10 hectare). Agriwonder is a biofertilizer that contains beneficial bacteria, beneficial soil fungi (Trichoderma), and Mycorrhizae. Agriwonder is ideal for backyard gardens and commercial farms.

Solum Natural – Green Tab is a probiotic designed specifically for golf courses and sports fields. Regular use of Solum Natural – Green Tab will reduce the usage of traditional fertilizers like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. (N, P, K). Since overuse of traditional fertilizers is a growing problem, Solum Natural is great for golf courses looking to create a sustainable course.

Additionally, both products have received organic registration for the European Union.

European Union distributors for both of these products are wanted. Interested companies should contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or via email at

Biofertilizers contain beneficial soil microorganisms and can significantly reduce the amount of traditional fertilizer needed. Additionally, biofertilizers help plants grow stronger healthier root systems. Biofertilizers contain living, microorganisms. These organisms reproduce and multiply in the root zone of the plant. Regular use of biofertilizers will help grow healthier roots, healthier plants, and produce better fruits and vegetables.

Biofertilizer press releaseCustom Biologicals manufactures a wide range of biological products for use in environmental and agricultural applications. We’re  always looking for new international distributors.

If either of these products are of interest to you, please contact me at (561) 797-3008 or via email at for additional information.

Additional Biofertilizer Press release will be made available periodically.

April Spring Sale

All Online Products – 20% Off for April


April Sale for Online Products!

Spring is in the air and its planting time!

For April, all of our online products are 20% off! Use the code APRIL at checkout. If you Custom GP label

have issues at checkout, contact me at

Just so we’re clear this sale includes ALL of our online products; Biofertilizers, septic products, and Biota Max ™.

Biota Max

Biota Max™ is great for home gardens. Biota Max is a small effervescent tablet containing billions of beneficialmicroorganisms. Each tablet treats 1/4 acre.

Biota Max

Custom GP

Custom GP is a biological soil amendment containing 4 strains of beneficial soil Trichoderma. Custom GP helps inprove soil conditions by increasing the population of beneficial soil microorganisms.

Septic Fizzytabs –

Septic Fizzytabs are a once a month septic tank treatment. Keep your septic system running properly – use septic fizzytabs!

Other Biofertilizers

Here’s a link to a list of all of our biofertilizers.

Other Custom Products

Here’s a link to all of our products.












Biological Seed Treatment

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Biological Seed Treatment

Biological seed treatments can greatly enhance a plants’ root structure, overall plant health, and the plant yield. Biota Max™ can be effectively used as a biological seed treatment. In fact, the use of Biota Max™ in this manner has some specific benefits for plants.

What is Biota Max™?

Biota Max™ is a unique soil probiotic designed and marketed by Custom Biologicals. Biota Max™ is an effervescent tablet containing billions of beneficial soil microorganisms. These microorganisms help plants grow larger, healthier root systems. Biota Max™ is unique because its an effervescent tablet that contains ten different species of beneficial soil organisms. Both Bacillus bacteria and Trichoderma fungi are contained in Biota Max™. Each Biota Max™ tablet contains enough microbes to treat 1/4 acre or one bag of seeds.

Here’s a brochure about how to use Biota Max™ as a seed treatment.

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Advantages of Biota Max™ as a Biological Seed Treatment

Using Biota Max™ has several distinct advantages. First, less Biota Max is required when using as a seed treatment, saving money. The reason you can use less product is simple. You’re applying directly to the seed and then the seed goes into the ground. Biota Max needs to be in the root zone to be effective. A seed treatment gets Biota Max directly to the roots. In fact, you use about 90% less Biota Max under these conditions.

Secondly, Biota Max is extremely easy to use. When you use a tablet, there is no waste.

Finally, Biota Max contains both beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial soil fungi. Here’s the list of organisms:

Biological Seed Treatment Crops

Almost any crop will benefit from using Biota Max™ as a seed treatment. Here’s a partial list of crops:

    • Soy Beans
    • Green Beans
    • Peanuts
    • Tomatoes
    • Wheat
    • Pumkins
    • Carrots
    • Flowering Plants
    • Rice
    • Peppers
    • Corn


Biota Max™ is manufactured and distributed by Custom Biologicals. Contact Custom at (561)797-3008 or via email at

Microorganisms for Plants

Microorganisms used by Custom Biologicals


I’m often asked how we choose the microorganisms for plants that we use in our products. I’ll use this post to describe the process we use to choose our bacteria and fungi used in our biological products.

Microorganisms for Plants Criteria

Custom Biologicals uses six criteria when choosing microorganisms for our products. Microorganisms for plantsHere’s the list:

  • Safety First – ALWAYS
  • Non- Pathogenic – do not cause disease
  • Natural – Not GMO (NOT genetically modified organisms)
  • Non-Opportunistic
  • All from the ATCC (American Type Culture Collection)
  • Proven Benefits on 40+ crops

Safety is always our first concern and you’ll notice that the first four points touch on safety. We don’t use any known human pathogens. All of our products contain microorganisms that are non-opportunistic. That means that they don’t cause disease even in a compromised host.

All of our products are derived from microorganisms we have received from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC). The ATCC is a repository for microorganisms. Many of these have been studied by universities and companies worldwide. This allows us to choose the species that are most beneficial for the task at hand. It also allows us to monitor thousands of field trials on these organisms around the globe greatly expanding our knowledge base.

Finally, we choose our organisms based on their proven benefit to crops. We then test the products both in our laboratory and in our own field tests.

Using this method, we determine which microorganisms for plants to use in our products. Currently, we use both beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial soil Trichoderma species.

Custom Biologicals

For more information about this important topic, contact Custom Biologicals at or at (561) 797-3008.

Custom Biologicals is a manufacturer of biological products for a wide variety of applications including agriculture, farming and gardening. Here’s a list of our agriculture products. Additionally, Custom is involved in the bioremediation, wastewater, maintenance supply, and restaurant supply industries. Here’s a complete list of our products for agriculture.

Benefits of Biofertilizers

Benefits of Bioferilizers


Benefits of Biofertilizers

There are many benefits of biofertilizers. Biofertilizers contain living microorganisms. In this post we’ll talk about three benefits of biofertilizers;

  1. helping make plant nutrients more available to the plants,
  2. the production of plant hormones,
  3. biofertilizers are cost effective when compared to traditional fertilizers
  4. Reduce the need for traditional fertilizers

Biofertilizers Make Nutrients Available to Plants

Biofertilizers contain living microbes, generally bacteria and/or fungi. These microorganisms Benefits of Biofertilizersadd 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 both phosphorus and sulphur. Phosphorous solubilization is performed by  Bacillus subtilis, and Bacillus megaterium. Sulphur is solubilized by bacteria of the genus Thiobacillus.

Biofertilizers 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, biofertilizers 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 benefits 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.

Custom Biological manufactures a number of biofertilizers, soil probiotics, and soil amendments for use in agriculture. Contact Custom via email at or at (561) 797-3008 for additional information.


Crop Rotation has Effect on Soil Bacteria

Crop Rotation has Effect on Soil Bacteria

Crop rotation is a well known way to improve soils. This article discusses the relationship between crop rotation and soil bacteria. In summary, soils that are rotated have a more diverse, heather population of soil bacteria.

The complete article on soil bacteria is below.


Crop Rotation has Effect on Soil Bacteria

Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature’s The ISME Journal reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa.

“Changing the crop species massively changes the content of microbes in the soil, which in turn helps the plant to acquire nutrients, regulate growth and protect itself against pests and diseases, boosting yield,” says Prof. Philip Poole from the John Innes Centre.

Soil was collected from a field near Norwich and planted with wheat, oats and peas. After growing wheat, it remained largely unchanged and the microbes in it were mostly bacteria. However, growing oat and pea in the same sample caused a huge shift towards protozoa and nematode worms. Soil grown with peas was highly enriched for fungi.

“The soil around the roots was similar before and after growing wheat, but peas and oats re-set of the diversity of microbes,” says Poole.

All organisms on our planet can be divided between prokaryotes (which include bacteria) and eukaryotes (which include humans, plants and animals as well as fungi). After only four weeks of growth, the soil surrounding wheat contained about three percent eukaryotes. This went up to 12-15 percent for oat and pea. The change of balance is likely to be even more marked in the field where crops are grown for months rather than weeks.

Analysis has previously relied on amplifying DNA samples. This limits scientists to analyzing one taxonomic group at a time such as bacteria. It also means that everything present in that group is analyzed rather than what is playing an active role. Every gram of soil contains over 50,000 species of bacteria so the task is enormous.

There are relatively fewer actively expressed genes, or RNA. It is now possible to sequence RNA across kingdoms so a full snapshot can be taken of the active bacteria, fungi, protozoa and other microbes in the soil. The research was carried out in collaboration with the Univ. of East Anglia and The Genome Analysis Centre on Norwich Research Park.

“By sequencing RNA, we can look at the big picture of active microbes in the soil,” says PhD student Tom Turner from the John Innes Centre.

“This also allows us to work out what they are doing there, including how they might be helping the plants out.”

“Our work helps explain the experience of farmers in the field,” says Poole.

“The best seed needs to be combined with the best agronomic practices to get the full potential benefits.”

“While continued planting of one species in monoculture pulls the soil in one direction, rotating to a different one benefits soil health.”

Seeds can be inoculated with bacteria before planting out, just like humans taking a dose of friendly bacteria. But this does not achieve the diversity or quantity of microbes found in this study.

The scientists also grew an oat variety unable to produce normal levels of avenacin, a compound that protects roots from fungal pathogens. They expected the soil to contain higher levels of fungi as a result, but instead found it contained a greater diversity of other eukaryotes such as protozoa.

The findings of the study could be used to develop plant varieties that encourage beneficial microbes in the soil. John Innes Centre scientists are already investigating the possibility of engineering cereal crops able to associate with the nitrogen-fixing bacteria normally associated with peas.

“Small changes in plant genotype can have complex and unexpected effects on soil microbes surrounding the roots,” says Poole. “Scientists, breeders and farmers can make the most of these effects not only with what they grow but how they grow it.”

The research was made possible with funding from the Earth and Life Systems Alliance at the Univ. of East Anglia and from the core strategic grant to the John Innes Centre from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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