How to Grow Your Soil with Mycorrhizae and Beneficial Bacteria (Video)

| 9/7/2015 10:36:00 AM

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The Living Soil

What is the difference between dirt and soil? To me, “dirt” evokes an image of a dead substrate, while “soil” evokes something dynamic and alive. Indeed, millions of under-recognized organisms keep the substrate under our feet alive and evolving. Microbes comprise a world that works in synergy to create soil conducive to healthy organic agriculture. If you find this intriguing, please do read on.

First, a brief history of life on land. Aquatic plants gained a foothold on dry land some time about 450 million to 500 million years ago. Fungi have been on dry land more than 700 million years. How much longer is in debate as some scientist say more than 1,300 million years.  Either way, fungi was on dry land before plants.

Bacteria were present on dry land even before the fungi. As aquatic plants began to try their luck at colonizing the terrestrial earth, from the start they had to associate with these two established orders of bacteria and fungi.

Soil Symbiosis

Symbiosis is a relationship that benefits all parties. These microorganisms have found ways to make their relationship with the rhizosphere, or plant root zone a mutually beneficial arrangement.

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