Soil enhancing microbes are a group of beneficial microorganisms that play a crucial role in improving soil health and fertility. These microbes can be classified into several categories, including bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, such as archaea and protozoa.
These microorganisms contribute to the improvement of soil structure, nutrient cycling, and overall plant growth. They help to break down organic matter in the soil, releasing nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that are essential for plant growth. Additionally, soil enhancing microbes can form symbiotic relationships with plants, where they exchange nutrients for carbon.
Some examples of soil enhancing microbes include mycorrhizal fungi, which form symbiotic relationships with plant roots and improve nutrient uptake, and nitrogen-fixing bacteria, which convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form that plants can use. Other beneficial microorganisms in soil include plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria, which produce plant hormones and enzymes that enhance plant growth and root development.
Biovirid has its main focus on making these beneficial microbes available for everyone and is developing multiple strains in the years to come.
TrichoderMAX. Function: Biostimulant
Trichoderma harzianum is a species of filamentous fungi that belongs to the genus Trichoderma. It is known for its ability to promote plant growth and provide protection against plant diseases caused by other fungi.
Trichoderma colonizes plant roots and are able to grow on the roots as the root system develops. They have evolved numerous mechanisms for plant enhancement and allowing plants to develop bigger root systems making the plant more adaptive to abiotic stresses such as drought. In addition, Trichoderma solubilizes nutrients present in the soil supporting the plant in nutrient uptake while receiving energy in return.
This species of Trichoderma has been extensively studied for its beneficial role in agriculture. It can produce several plant growth-promoting compounds, such as indole acetic acid, gibberellins, and cytokinins, which can enhance root and shoot growth, increase nutrient uptake, and improve plant health.
In addition to its agricultural applications, T. harzianum has been studied for its potential in bioremediation, as it can degrade a wide range of pollutants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated compounds, and pesticides. T. harzianum is a ubiquitous fungus found in soil and can be easily cultured in the laboratory. Its genome has been sequenced, and several genetic tools have been developed to study its biology and molecular mechanisms.