Nutrients such as nitrogen and minerals get taken up by the root of plants. Just growing plants in the soil will provide organic matter for microbes to eat. “plants lose the microbes once people mess with them” – that is not true. Mycorrhiza are fairly sensitive to high temperatures. If the container holding them gets too warm, like sitting on a truck too long, they die. Fungi are usually considered microbes, even though they can take single-celled or multicellular forms and produce both visible and microscopic parts above and below the ground. How do you do that? The answer is NO. I’d like to see the facts that back up Dr. Ingham’s work. The action of boar and pigs, chickens and moles all contribute to the turning over of soil. Mycorrhiza is a type of fungi that is very important for plant growth. There is no problem to solve with new products. As a reservoir of biodiversity, soil microbiota has enormous functional potential in healthcare. Actually science doesn’t either. The discussion focuses mainly on the rhizophagy cycle. I never said “Mycorrhizal and other microbial inoculants are “very expensive, useless white powder and the producers and sellers of these products just want to fleece you of your money?.”. Robert, I had just read an article by a gardening product retailer, discussing soil microbes and beneficial bacteria. Mychorrhizal fungi spores may well be ubiquitous, however my plants seem to benefit from the ‘generalist’ mychorrhiza fungi of commercial preparations. Feed them. I will shortly make a comment on your post. As soil microbes decompose organic residues, they slowly release nutrients back into the soil for the winter cover crops or for the preceding crop. Algae play a minor role but will not be discussed in this post. The soil microbiome is important for the establishment and productivity of crops. The Rhizophagy Cycle with Rutgers professor James White. You have not finished your quiz. Thank you Robert for inviting me to join the discussion on your excellent blog. Many products contain fewer types. Hoe as little as possible for the same reason. I would urge everyone who wants to Learn more before making up their mind. Compaction is bad for soil because it reduces oxygen which anaerobic bacteria growth. Good if you want a quick flush of nutrients, bad if you want to preserve your organic matter, My friend Peter who I am always quoting or reproducing his articles on my blog is not only a skilled and dedicated gardener (whoops he digs too) is a microbiologist who has specialised in mycorrhiza and other soil organisms agrees with me that adding organisms from a packet is highly dubious. Keeping Soil Microbes Happy. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Agriculture is man’s first attempt to harness solar energy and we still don’t quite know how we do it. Who needs to buy them?? She also advises you learn to use a microscope or send a sample in to a lab to have your brew/compost tested. Extremophile bacteria are found in sulphur pools of volcanoes and deep in rock cracks of Antarctica. They are a combination of microbes that you buy and add to your soil. The bottom line is that your soil contains thousands of different microbes already. What is naturally in the soil and essential for the productivity of crops? This contributes, in my opinion, for our farmers to lag behind the no till methods in other parts of the world. Soil contains thousands of species of bacteria, most of which the experts in the field have not even identified, and it is now suggested that a non-expert can learn to use a microscope to do this? I don’t think so. I think a complete post on this question is in order–some day. They can double in number every 20 minutes. Microbes in the soil and associated with plant roots provide a multitude of benefits, from improving the nutrient content of our crops to enhancing their resistance against diseases. However, the term is used commonly to denote to any of the bacteria that are harmful, pathogenic. Even if he did, I want to see the published papers. Definition noun: microbes Any of the microorganisms, especially those causing diseases or infections Supplement The term microbe was coined to refer collectively to the microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. A good job we no longer have dinosaurs. Mycorrhizae are symbiotic partnerships between plant roots and specific soil fungi. Your soil already has lots of microbes. To understand soil microbiology, think sour dough bread. Do Marigolds Stop Cabbage Worms – Is this Good Companion Planting? I agree that rototilling or hoeing will alter the soil structure and this can lead to serious problems in some climates. Advice?? I think fungi, with their long filaments will certainly be damaged–but are they killed–not sure. Thank you. How do you do that? I hope he just meant that many die off! Soils are teaming with microbial life. I would suggest that air is being mixed into the soil when it is dug or hoed – adding air is something that we are encouraged to do with compost to keep it aerobic and increase the population of aerobic microorganisms. A healthy soil is the first step to a healthy environment. No rototilling–it destroys microbes. It is something many people say, but is it true? Microbes in soil are extremely important for plant growth and for the functioning of ecosystems. Anyone who is using false advertising to create a market for their product is trying to fleece you out of your money, and I think it is wrong. Other soil microbes help break down organic matter from dead plants and animals and incorporate it into the soil, which increases the soil’s organic content, improves soil structure, and helps plants thrive. Probiotics for soil is just another way to fleece you of your money. However, it’s a fascinating interview, which touches on LOTS of things related to microbes. I’ve added microbes to the Garden but I don’t buy them. Unfortunately – there are so many of them and only one of me! These organisms play important roles in the food web and nutrient cycling within soil. Thank you for posting and asking your question–it is a good one. You have no way of knowing that the product you buy actually contains living mycorrhiza.