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Specific Plant Benefits Provided by Beneficial Soil Bacteria

 Beneficial Soil Bacteria

Beneficial soil bacteria cause a number of specific plant benefits. These benefits include; larger, healthier roots, nutrient processing, and secretion of plant growth regulating substances. This post will discuss each of these plant benefits in more detail.

Beneficial Soil Bacteria Help grow Larger, Healthier Roots

There are a number of bacteria that help promote plant growth and they are sometimes beneficial soil bacteriacalled Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGBR). PGBR are defined as rhizospere inhabiting bacteria that have a positive effect on plant growth and plant health. There are several genera that are considered PGPR including, Bacillus, Azospirillum, and Pseudomonas.

Beneficial soil bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus megaterium, produce a class of chemicals called cytokinins. These cytokinins impact roots by overproduction of root hairs and and lateral roots. This, in turn, provides the plant with an increased ability to take up water and nutrients. So, as expected, a larger healthier root system provides for a healthier plant.

Enhanced Nutrient Processing

Bacteria process a wide variety of chemicals. Often times taking in inorganic compounds and metabolizing them into organic compounds. The bacteria need phosphate for DNA and RNA synthesis and for production of ATP. The benefit to the plant of this processing is the conversion of the phosphate from an insoluble form to a soluble one. Since insoluble phosphate is inaccessible to the plant, this processing by bacteria is invaluable to the plant.

Bacteria Produce and Secrete plant Growth Regulating Compounds

Along with the cytokinins, mentioned earlier, bacteria produce a number of beneficial growth compounds  that convey a plant benefit. These include plant hormones (sometimes called phytohormones) and  auxins. Together phytohormones, cytokinins, and auxins regulate plant growth, root size, and fruit formation. Ultimately, its the beneficial bacteria that either produce these compounds or induce the plant to produce these compounds.

Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of biological products for use in environmental applications. Our agricultural products include Custom B5, a blend of 5 beneficial soil bacteria that convey the specific plant benefits mentioned above. Contact Custom for more information. 

Living Organic Fertilizer

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OMRI Listed and Processed with Natural Trace Minerals and Beneficial Microorganisms

Living Organic Fertilizer is a innovative, OMRI listed, biologically active fertilizer manufactured by Mighty Grow. Made from poultry litter and processed with live beneficial microbes and trace minerals, this revolutionary product is an all purpose, premium fertilizer.

Living Organic fertilizer is a 4/3/4 product and is suitable for use in organic farming, gardening, and golf course greens.

Living Organic Fertilizer is:

  • Biologically Active
  • Naturally Time Released
  • 100% Organic, OMRI Listed
  • Safe and Natural
  • Non-Burning
  • Promoties both plant and soil health. Increases soil organic matter.
  • Replaces beneficial soil microorganisms and contains both beneficial soil fungi and beneficial soil bacteria.

An often overlooked component of soil health are beneficial soil microorganisms. In fact, beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi are largely responsible for making a wide variety of nutrients available to the plant. Additionally, soil microorganisms are responsible for mineralization and immobilization of soil nutrients.

A common element of healthy soils, is a large, diverse population of soil microorganisms. So what happens in soils that don’t have this population of soil organisms? Simple, the crops underperform and require increasing amounts of traditional fertilizers. Not only are traditional fertilizers expensive, they are environmentally suspect.

The solution is Living Organic Fertilizer containing five species of beneficial soil bacteria and four species of beneficial soil bacteria.

Living Organic Fertilizer Contains Beneficial Soil Microorganisms.

  • Beneficial Soil Bacteria
    1. Bacillus subtilis
    2. Bacillus licheniformus
    3. Bacillus pumilus
    4. Bacillus megaterium
    5. Bacillus laterosporus
  • Beneficial Soil Fungi
    1. Trichoderma harzianum
    2. Trichoderma kongii
    3. Trichoderma viride
    4. Trichoderma polysporum

Contact me for more information about Living Organic fertilizer or biologically active fertilizers at (561) 797-3008 or Bill@custombio.biz.


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Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria

Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria


Great review article about plant growth promoting bacteria. The link, citation, and author are below. The author believes, as I do, that in the not to distant future, plant growth promoting bacteria, PGPB, will begin to replace chemicals used in agriculture, horticulture,

plant growth promoting bacteria

Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria

environmental cleanup strategies, and even in home gardening. This change will not be a one size fits all solution, and no doubt some new technologies and application strategies will need to be employed.

Some of the key points:

  • In healthy soils, there are 108 to 10bacteria per gram but in stressed soils this number greatly decreases to as low as 104 bacteria per gram.
  • A number of different bacterial species are currently used in agriculture; however plant growth promoting bacteria are only used on a small fraction of available crops.
  • Bacteria are used for:
    • Nitrogen fixation
    • Phosphate Solubilization
    • Sequestering Iron
    • Producing Phytohormones
    • Producing Gibberellins,  Cytokinins,  Indoleacetic Acid, and Etylene
  • Bacteria affect plants in indirect ways like through competitive exclusion, and modulating the effects of stress.

The conclusion of the article is that the use of bacteria in agriculture has come of age. Taking advantage of microbe-plant interactions will be the future of agriculture. Additional studies will be needed, however, the commercial use of plant growth promoting bacteria will be more prevalent in the coming years.



Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 963401, 15 pages
Review Article

Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria: Mechanisms and Applications

Bernard R. Glick



Custom Biologicals, Inc.  manufactures a number of microbial products with plant growth promoting bacteria (PBPG). These biofertilizers contain both beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial Trichoderma fungi. Distributor inquires, both domestic and international are always welcome. Private formulations and protected areas are available. Contact Custom at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz.


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Sustainable Agriculture Four Differences

Sustainable Agriculture

Four Differences between Conventional and Organic Farming Practices


Sustainable agriculture is the topic. This is an sustainable agriculture articles originally published by RedOrbit under the title Understanding the Benefits of Organic Food. In  the article an advocate of

Sustainable agriculture articles

Sustainable agriculture

sustainable agriculture discusses his 4 differences between conventional and organic farming practices.


The Top Four Differences between Conventional and Organic Farming

On August 28, Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the top four differences between conventional and organic farming practices.

According to an August 9, 2013 sustainable agriculture articles published by RedOrbit, entitled, “Understanding the Benefits of Organic Food,” there are many benefits to maintaining an organic diet.
These benefits can be attributed to the more natural, resourceful approaches taken by organic farmers. Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, comments on the top 4 differences between organic and conventional farming practices.

    •     Chemical fertilizers versus natural fertilizers. “Conventional farmers utilize chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth,” van den Bossche says. “Organic farmers use natural fertilizers, such as manure and compost, in order to feed soil and plants. This allows the soil to avoid contamination with harmful chemicals used in conventional farming.”


    •     Synthetic insecticides versus pesticides from natural resources. “In order to reduce pests and disease from infecting crops, conventional farmers will spray synthetic insecticides. In comparison,” van den Bossche says, “organic farmers will utilize their natural resources, like insects and birds, or mating disruption, in order to keep pests and disease away.”
    •     Synthetic herbicides versus environmentally-generated plant killing compounds. He says, “Weeds are an obvious pain to any farmer. Conventional farmers use synthetic herbicides in order to keep weeds tame, which can be harmful if ingested. Organic farmers will practice crop rotation, manually hand-weed and/or use mulch to keep weeds in check.”
    •     Giving animals antibiotics versus giving animals organic feed and outdoor access.

“Conventional farmers will administer growth hormones and medications to their livestock in order to prevent disease and spur growth. Organic farming practices call for organic feed to be used as well as allowing livestock to graze and maintain a balanced diet in order to minimize disease,” he explains.

Many factors influence decisions on whether or not to choose organic food. “Some people prefer the organic taste while others choose organic because of concerns surrounding pesticides, additives, etc. As more people are made aware of the benefits of organic farming, the industry will continue to increase,” he says.

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11062123.htm

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1436234#ixzz2dMkcN8Fy

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Living Organic Fertilizer Press Release

Living Organic Fertilizer Press Release

This a unique organic fertilizer containing beneficial soil bacteria, beneficial soil fungi, trace minerals and has a 4/3/4 NPK value.Living Organic 4-3-4 Bulk Label OMRI-Cert-Living-Organic_4-3-4

Living Organic Fertilizer:

  • Is water insoluble so the nutrients don’t wash away.
  • Contains NPK AND beneficial microbes. You get two great products in one package.
  • Contains 70 Trace Minerals
  • helps increase Soil Organic Matter.
  • OMRI Listed™.

Contact Custom Biologicals for more information at Bill@Custombio.biz or (561) 797-3008.

May 16, 2013

MightyGrow Organics Now Offers First Living, Pelletized Fertilizer with Trace Minerals


FRUITDALE, Ala. – MightyGrow Organics, makers of poultry litter-based, living organic fertilizer, now offers its popular fertilizer in pelletized form, making it the firstever living, pelletized fertilizer on the market. The new product also makes it easier for farmers, golf course managers and maintenance crews to fertilize their land with a proven product.

“We wanted to make their jobs easier and help them get the same great results with MightyGrow,” said Michael LaBelle, owner of MightyGrow Organics. “With our pelletized fertilizer, you can apply anytime and spread it without the need for specialized equipment. Plus, it smells better, which really helps places like golf courses and estate gardens.”

Pelletized organic fertilizers are typically sterilized during the pelleting process, but MightyGrow has developed a method to maintain the “biologically active” status of their fertilizer all the way to the customer.

“Our fertilizer is anaerobically digested, which makes the nutrients more plant available,” said LaBelle. “Ours is the only pelletized organic fertilizer with over 70 trace minerals added to it, making it the best organic fertilizer on the market.”

Farmers, gardeners and landscapers have been using MightyGrow products for years and have had great results with the granulated fertilizer.

“I’ve had increased production of the long-standing crops like: tomatoes, peppers, squash and zucchini, and it’s lasted longer with less put down,” said John Bartlett, owner of Bartlett Farm in Louisiana. “I’ve used other poultry litters in the past, but MightyGrow seems to stay in the soil longer and release perfectly to the plants.”

Other farmers agree with Bartlett. A husband and wife farming team in Hammond, Louisiana, who sells their produce to Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and countless restaurants in the New Orleans area, says MightyGrow is the best fertilizer they’ve ever used.

“We have had excellent results with MightyGrow,” exclaimed C.C. Gaiennie, owner of Ole Market Lane Farm. “We’ve discontinued using the fertilizer that we were creating, and gone strictly to using MightyGrow on all our crops. Our yield has been much higher. We’ve even had fewer insects and fewer weeds. Everything has just worked a lot better since we changed over to MightyGrow.”

MightyGrow Organics manufactures a premium organic fertilizer that is especially effective for restoring the life in soil that has been sterilized by synthetic fertilizers. MightyGrow Living Organic Fertilizer contains live beneficial microbes and trace minerals for optimal soil and plant health.


Contact Custom Biologicals for more information at Bill@Custombio.biz or (561) 797-3008.  Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of biological products for use in environmental applications.


Fungi Reduce Need for Fertilizer in Agriculture

Fungi in Agriculture

This is a great article about using beneficial soil fungi to reduce fertilizer in agriculture.

Although from 2011, the idea to reduce the use of traditional fertilizers is still in its infancy. The use of beneficial Fungi in agriculture is becoming more and more popular.

Although this article mainly covers mycorrhizal fungi, the principle of using beneficial soil fungi remains the same.

Custom Biologicals manufactures and distributes a wide variety of microbial products for fungi in agricultureuse in agriculture including Custom GP, Custom B5, Biota Max and our latest – Biota Green, probiotic for golf courses.

Contact Custom Biologicals for information about how to use fungi to reduce the need for fertilizer in agriculture.

 Fungi in Agriculture

Fungi Reduce Need for Fertilizer in Agriculture

May 26, 2011 — The next agricultural revolution may be sparked by fungi, helping to greatly increase food-production for the growing needs of the planet without the need for massive amounts of fertilizers according to research presented May 23 at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans.

“The United Nations conservatively estimates that by the year 2050 the global human population is expected to reach over 9 billion. Feeding such a population represents an unprecedented challenge since this goes greatly beyond current global food production capacity,” says Ian Sanders of the University of Lusanne, Switzerland, speaking in a session entitled “How Microbes Can Help Feed the World.”

Sanders studies mycorrhizal fungi, a type of fungus that live in symbiosis with plant roots. When plants make symbioses with these fungi they tend to grow larger because the fungi acquire the essential nutrient phosphate for the plant. Phosphate is a key component of the fertilizers that fueled the Green Revolution in middle of the 20th century that made it possible then for agriculture to keep up with the growing global population.

“In most tropical soils plants have enormous difficulty in obtaining phosphate and so farmers have to spend a huge amount of money on phosphate fertilizer. Farmers have to add much more fertilizer than in temperate regions and a very large amount of the cost to produce food is the cost of phosphate,” says Sanders.

Phosphate reserves are being rapidly depleted. Increasing demand for the nutrient is driving up prices and some countries are now stockpiling phosphate to feed their populations in the future, according to Sanders.

While mycorrhizal fungi typically only grow on the roots of plants, recent biotechnological breakthroughs now allow scientists to produce massive quantities of the fungus that can be suspended in high concentrations in a gel for easy transportation.

Sanders and his colleagues are currently testing the effectiveness of this gel on crops in the country of Colombia where they have discovered that with the gel they can produce the same yield of potato crop with less than half the amount of phosphate fertilizers.

“While our applied research is focused on Colombia it could be applied in many other tropical regions of the world,” says Sanders.


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Solving Golf Course Problems with Biologicals

Solving Golf Course Problems with Biologicals


Historically, golf course problems depend on their location. However, two problems occur at

Golf Course Problems

Biota Green is a Probiotic for Golf Greens

almost all courses; the cost of fertilization, and water.

The costs to fertilize golf courses continues to rise and there is no end in sight to these price increases. Along with increases in the price of fertilizers, some courses need more and more fertilizers ever year.

The second universal golf course problem is water. Some areas have too much, some areas too little, and everyone is concerned about water quality.


Biota  Green Provides Solutions

Biota Green is specifically designed to deal with both of these universal golf course problems. Biota Green revitalizes the soil, enhances fertilizer availability to greens and tee boxes, and improves water penetration. 

Biota Green is a unique, super concentrated tablet that contains billions of beneficial soil bacteria and beneficial soil fungi. Together these beneficial  soil microorganisms will help replenish the natural microbial populations that have been lost to chemicals, drought, fire, heat, cold and excess watering.

Biota Green is a probiotic for golf course. It revitalizes the soil by replenishing the beneficial microorganisms found in healthy soils. These beneficial soil microorganisms help accelerate the nitrogen and carbon cycles, processing these vital soil nutrients faster and more efficiently. Because of this processing, use of Biota Green can reduce the overall amount of traditional fertilizers used by golf courses, a significant cost savings. Additionally, since fertilizers usage is reduced, the amount of fertilizer runoff is reduced as well.

Further, it is well known that when soil microorganisms are missing, soils ability to take in water is significantly reduced. This creates the problem of needing to overwater high use areas such as greens and tee boxes. Regular use of Biota Green will increase the soils ability to retain water. 

Biota Green is a probiotic for golf courses that can help solve two important golf course problems; over fertilization and water.

Contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz for more information about Biota Green. Custom manufactures a wide variety of biological products for use in environmental applications. Private labeling and custom formulations are available.

Dealer/Distributor inquires are welcome. 






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Biological Soil Amendments Enhance Productivity

Biological Soil Amendments Enhance Productivity

biological soil amendments

Custom B5 Soil Amendment

Biological soil amendments, like Custom B5 and Custom GP, are scientifically formulated to restore soil productivity and promote plant growth. They are perfect for food crops, turf, trees, and ornamental flowers and shrubs.

Fertile soils contain a large number of beneficial microorganisms. These microbes process fertilizers making essential nutrients and minerals available to plants. They also digest thatch and other organic matter, releasing additional nutrients into the soil.

Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other chemicals can greatly diminish a soil’s natural population of beneficial microbes. This reduces the soil’s ability to support turf, crops, and other vegetation.

Custom B5 and Custom GP biological soil amendments improve soil conditions by restoring the soil’s natural microbial population. Their use will increase nutrient availability, enhance root mass development and promote vigorous plant growth.

Custom GP is a blend of 4 beneficial Trichoderma fungi and Custom B5 is a blend of 5 beneficial bacteria of the species Bacillus. Custom B% can be used independently or combined for maximum benefit. Both Custom B5 and Custom GP are available as liquid concentrates. The use of concentrated products greatly reduces shipping costs and delivery times making the overall cost of use lower.

Features and Benefits

  • Creates a more fertile soil by restoring natural microbial populations
  • Promotes vigorous plant growth which leads to significant increase in crop yield
  • Maximizes the benefits of your current fertilizer program by making nutrients more readily available to the plant
  • Provides Beneficial Microbes
  • Promotes Plant Growth
  • All Natural and Organic Formulas
  • Perfect for use on food crops, turf, trees, flowers and plants
  • Highly concentrated, safe products
  • Increase plant growth and increases root mass
  • Increases crop yield

Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of microbial products including biological soil amendments.  Dealer and distributor inquires, both domestic and international, are welcome.

Contact Custom Biologicals at (561) 797-3008 or via email at Bill@Custombio.biz




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