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Unlock the Potential of the Microbiome

All microbes associated with a living plant is collectively called the plants microbiome. The plant microbiome is extremely important as microbes in close interaction with the plant have the most influence  and or assistance in the plant. It is these microbes that can assure you a return on investment.

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Rhizosphere

The rhizosphere ( root zone) is defined as the 5 mm of soil surrounding the roots which is under the influence of root exudates. Root exudates provided by plants serve as food source for microbes in the rhizosphere.

These microbes form part of the digestive track of the plant. When these microbes establish the interaction between them and the plant's root system they produce a slimy substance called a biofilm. The biofilm protects these beneficial microbes while simultaneously keeping out soil pathogens. 

Interesting Facts about the rhizosphere

  • The rhizosphere is crop specific, even cultivar specific

  • It has a unique pH determined by the plant not the soil

  • The rhizosphere is chemically and biochemically independent from the bulk soil

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Life inside the Rhizosphere

The interaction of microbes with the plant start with germination.

The moment seeds are put into soil microbes will respond to signals  from the germinating seeds and form an interaction with the plants. These microbes are know as Rhizosphere competent microbes

 

A prominent biofilm layer that holds soil is the first sign of microbial activity.

Microbes that have become plant associated in the rhizosphere are referred to as the Rhizosphere team or in scientific terms the Rhizobiome

Rhizosphere team

The rhizosphere team consists of different functional groups that work together to respond to the plant's needs and to ensure the plant remains in an optimal state of photosynthesis

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