ABC News in Western Australia reports growing interest in soil microbes, and not just from organic farmers. Internationally-recognised soil scientist Dr Christine Jones travels the world giving talks on the benefits of the microscopic organisms and how they can help improve the quality of your crop — whether it be on the farm or in the garden. She said with healthy soil biology, plants have been shown to become more resilient to frosts and diseases. Soil microbes are the probiotics of the plant world.
In addition, soil becomes less susceptible to weeds and it ends up costing less for the farmer or gardener, without the added costs of inputs. Dr Jones, who has been studying microbes and giving talks for 40 years, said over the past two years interest had gone through the roof. Read more …..