Check Out Our Article In Garden Culture Magazine: How do microbes help during vegetative growth?

Soil microbes are AMAZING in many ways… and if you ask cultivators why soil microbes are
AMAZING, they’ll say it’s because microbes HELP PLANTS GROW!
Over the past decade, scientists have significantly advanced beneficial microbial technologies for
use in agriculture. These innovative biological solutions have proven to successfully help
cultivators increase cannabis health, quality and yield. In this article we will specifically discuss
how soil microbes interact to enhance plant vegetative growth.
In nature, early stage vegetative growth is critical for plant survival. This is mostly because the
quicker growing plants are able to out-compete neighboring plants for light (i.e. energy used to
grow). In agriculture, vegetative growth is most important because a well-developed and healthy
plant structure is able to support maximum flower development and yield potential.
Cannabis growth cycles can be broadly categorized into three stages: 1) early rooting, 2)
vegetative, and 3) flowering stage. In early vegetative growth stages, plants are mainly focused
on allocating nitrogen resources toward roots and stems as quickly as possible. Nitrogen is very
important for early stage plant vegetative growth because there are many cellular components
that require large quantities of nitrogen. Importantly, soil microbes can be synergistically
recruited by newly formed roots; where they mobilize essential nutrients for plant uptake.

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Read Our Article In Grow Mag: Utilizing the power of the microbial consortia in cultivation

When we get asked by cannabis growers why they should use microbes in their cannabis cultivation, our
answer is because they work to naturally increase plant health, crop quality and yield! Over the last few
decades, scientists have unveiled our understanding of the critical role microbes play to support plant
growth. Our research team at Growcentia has spent years exploring the specific ways in which
plant-microbe interactions affect plant development and yield. In a previous article in Grow Magazine
(July 2017) we discussed several mechanisms by which microbes can affect plant success. In this article
we focus specifically on how microbial consortia (i.e. groups of different microbial species) work
together, just like in nature, to support plant growth more effectively than any single microbial species
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Read Our Article In Garden Culture Magazine: How DO microbes work in hydroponic growing systems?

Soil microbes have been critical to plant growth since plants first evolved over 700 million years
ago. To this day, soil bacteria and fungi continue to shape soil environments, allowing plants to
thrive. Our team of PhD. scientists is dedicated to understanding how plant-microbial
interactions support plant health and development in agriculture and natural ecosystems. In
the cannabis industry, most living soil and organic growers understand the importance of using
microbes to enhance plant nutrient uptake. However, it is less clear how microbes function to
support plant growth in hydroponic growing. We often get asked: How do soil microbes work in
soilless and hydroponic growing?

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Phosphorus mobilizing consortium Mammoth P enhances plant growth

Global agricultural productivity may be constrained by the finite and limited supply of phosphorus (P), adding to the challenges in meeting the projected needs of a growing human population in the coming decades. In addition, when P fertilizers are added to soils, they can become bound to soils resulting in low fertilizer efficiency. However, P-mobilizing bacteria could potentially liberate soil-bound P, resulting in a higher plant P uptake and increased yield. Bacteria can mobilize P through several mechanisms, suggesting that consortia of P-bacteria may be more effective than single species. Species diversity can have a synergistic, or non-additive, effect on ecosystem functioning (“the whole is more than the sum of its parts”) but rarely is the microbial community structure intentionally managed to improve plant nutrient uptake. We investigated whether inoculation of soils with a four-species bacterial community developed to mobilize soil P could increase plant productivity. In wheat and turf trials, we found that Mammoth P was able to deliver yields equivalent to those achieved using conventional fertilizer applications. Herbs and fruits showed that the combination of fertilizer with Mammoth P significantly increased productivity – in some cases productivity doubled. Metabolites produced by the Mammoth P consortium led to increased yields in some cases, suggesting that microbial products (produced in the absence of plants) played a role in enhancing plant productivity. Results from these trials indicate substantial potential of Mammoth P to enhance P supply to plants, improving P fertilizer use-efficiency and increasing agricultural productivity.

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