Microbe soil boosters carry a rich array of soluble plant nutrients and growth enhancing compounds. When these are applied through drip fertigation, they are delivered directly to the root system of the plant. This diverse and populous consortium of microbial life is not lost through irrigation or rain and plants can then store an ongoing and reliable source of food.
When bacteria and fungi feed on organic matter they release microscopic vitamins and enzymes into the soils, as well as holding onto their own stores for energy and reproduction. Nematodes and protozoa in turn feed upon the bacteria, and the nutrients stored in the bacterial bodies are released into the soil in a plant available form. Microbe soil boosters support protozoan numbers in the order of 20,000 per million, and it is through their predation of bacteria that over 180-kg of nitrogen per acre is released. Unlike soluble plant fertilisers, the nutrients and their bodies of microbial life stored in life fungal follicles, called hyphae. They wrap around soil and organic matter particles in their search for food forming aggregates that are the basis for good soil structure. Therefore, both the fungi and organic matter are held in the soil.
The bacteria exudes sticky glues that enable them to cling to solid particles of mineral and organic matter. This ensures that they too remain in the soil, and like fungi, aid in the formation of aggregates by inoculating the soil with rich, diverse microbial life that is present in microbe soil boosters. The plant root is protected from disease and attaches by root feeding organisms. Because the diversity of microbial organisms’ aids in ensuring every organism present has a predator, organisms in the root zone are unable to reach populations sufficient to cause significant damage. Plant roots exude foods that encourage colonisation by microbial life that are beneficial to the plant, reducing the possible infection points. Many microorganisms exude compounds, inhibitory to pathogenic organisms, further reducing the chance for pathogen blooms sufficient to cause plant damage.
By using a microbe soil booster, the soil is now working as a living organism and continuously providing nutrients to the plants. This approach provides enormous benefits and advantages to the grower both in the short and long term.