Thursday, June 04, 2020

How Be-1 Works

See what growers are raving about.

From Japanese nursery professionals, Be-1 Pellets are an entirely new approach to feeding your plants by focusing on your soil microbes. Be-1 leverages advances in amino acids research to benefit your soil microbes, while feeding your plants. Literally, awakening your soil.  After all, it all starts below.

Beyond an old-school NPK ratio of 3-6-5, a very respectable macro-nutrient content for a wild-sourced and organic fertilizer, what sets Be-1 apart is its amino-acid based formulation, making it a powerful partner for beneficial microorganisms in your soil and contributing to health of your plants.

When mixed with humus, independent lab results showed exponential increases beneficial microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa. 

Most impressive are counts of the protozoa (amoeba and flagellates), which are the microorganisms that help convert nutrients into plant-available forms. Click here, for a detailed explanation of the role of protozoa from Extension Service at the University of Illinois.

What does this mean?

The symbiotic relationship of plants and beneficial microbes...the Soil Food Web.

Compost and compost teas are some of the best ways to add organic matter to soils and other mediums for plant growth and soil revitalization. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to make, while adding microorganisms that help break down decaying matter. 

Microbes are so vital that plant roots excrete a chemical called "exudates," compounds such as sugars, to attract beneficial microorganisms (bacteria and fungi).  The microbes eat the exudates, creating a symbiotic relationship with host plant by:

  1. Providing a natural defense by competing with disease causing microorganisms
  2. Building micro-aggregates to improve soil tilth through aeration and moisture retention
  3. Eating nutrients in the soil and storing them before releasing to your plants.  

However, the cycle is not yet complete. Many of these nutrients are in a form not yet usable by plants. The protozoa (including amoeba, flagellates and ciliates) eat the smaller bacteria, and even other protozoa, transforming these previously unusable forms of nutrients into forms that are available to plants.  When the protozoa release the nutrients, they are then available to plants.

Bacteria have much higher nitrogen needs than larger protozoa, so when bacteria are consumed, excess nitrogen is released in the form of ammonium (NH4+) which attracts and increases bacteria, and some immediately taken up by the host plant.

See Lab Results here.