How can microbes stimulate the improved growth of plants?
By populating the soil with capable microbes, it is possible to enhance of the general health of the soil and stimulate beneficial responses from the plants.
The roots of the plants have an intimate relationship with the soil around them. When the roots push through the soil as they grow, the abrasion of the root surfaces leaves behind organic material in their surroundings (rhizosphere). These organic residues can provide food for nearby microbes, not always friendly types. The ENVIRONOC® 401 microbes are capable and efficient in utilizing these organics and can store them and available mineral nutrients to be released into the soil when they die, supporting both microbes and plants. Some ENVIRONOC® 401 strains release a variety of beneficial hormones and enzymes that can further benefit the plants. We refer to these strains as the "root whisperers".
Each year since 2005, two to three in-house plantings are performed to measure the impact of ENVIRONOC® 401 on a variety of plants. Most of these plantings are repeated multiple times to verify reproducibility of the results.