Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called “knee-high tropical rainforests,” support another 20 percent of all plants. Nutrient scarcity is the common denominator. In both ecosystems plants team up with soil bacteria or fungi to gather nutrients more efficiently. However, the plants’ choice of microbial teammates influences a suite of other plant-soil interactions that help explain why such different environments are so biologically diverse, say Smithsonian scientists and colleagues in the journal, Science.
This is an astounding paragraph from Science. In these nutrient deprived environments, it’s microbial diversity that supports half of all plant species in the world! How is this possible? The relationship between plants and microbes are in the early stages of understanding. As technology continues to play a larger role in agriculture and particularly in measurement, I predict that we’ll soon be able to quantify some of these complex connections – plants communicating with specific microbes through the exudation process as a means to get fed specific nutrients. If these nutrient deprived lands can support rainforest plant growth, imagine what we can do on fertile lands!
Andaman Ag offers a host of products with intense, diverse microbial structures. This is especially true for our fertilizers from Ecotech – Agrostim, Agroprime and Supergrow – that can be used as either soil or foliar application given their high solubility and diverse microbial construction. They’re designed to restore the soil’s natural biology, activating the microbial processes critical for conversion of nutrients. These proprietary formulations contain more than 130 primary and secondary elements, enzymes and coenzymes, amino acids, naturally occurring root and foliage growth promoters (Cytokinins, Auxins and Gibberellins), vitamins, carbohydrates and essential chelated trace minerals and micronutrients. All of these product’s natural raw materials are specially prepared via cold, enzymatic processing before they are ready for final blending.