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Understanding the Success Formula

  • The Formula: Kocuria, Bacillus spp., Azospirillum and Arthrobacter
  • Nitrogen fixation: Arthrobacter & Azospirillum : works well in soils where moderate doses of N fertilisers have been applied and to a lesser extent at higher doses.
  • Phytohormone production: Azospirillum also has IAA production ability. Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) is an auxin like phytohormone, which promotes germination / increased growth rates of seedlings / root formation & nutrient uptake.
  • Phosphate mobilisation: Bacillus spp.
  • Potassium mobilisation: Arthrobacter, Kocuria, Bacillus spp.
  • Siderophore production: Iron is present in the soil in limited quantities mainly in an insoluble form. Arthrobacter mobilise the iron whilst inhibiting replication of pathogen.
  • EPS: Exopolysaccharides - Kocuria / Arthrobacter form a film that creates a protective capsule surrounding the soil aggregates, bacteria and plant roots to heighten drought resistance.
  • Natural mechanisms for defence: Reefsaver elevates plant growth and the production of bioflavonoids, carotenoids, tannins and terpenoids to counter fungal and bacterial pathogens. Further to this, high health plants produce organic compounds or “Antifeedants”(4) , which inhibit plant cell attack by insects & promote longevity.
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