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Protists, microbes & photosynthesis

With regard to plants, the most important and perhaps the most amazing relationship is between bacteria and other ancient life forms which resulted in the ability of these organisms to use photosynthesis.

We know about the ability of plants to turn water, carbon dioxide and sunlight into sugars via photosynthesis, but plants were not the first to do this. In fact, photosynthesis evolved in bacteria and is still found in a number of these organisms. What is thought to have occurred is that somewhere about 1.5 billion years ago, bacteria were eaten by organisms called protists (single-celled organisms), and photosynthetic bacteria were part of the meal. Instead of digesting these bacteria, they formed a relationship and the bacteria provided the protist with sugars via photosynthesis. 

Over time, bacteria that were living within the protist lost the ability to live outside of the host, so its DNA shrunk, as the host provided many of the functions normally carried out by the bacteria. So what plants are left with is what’s called a chloroplast, which is where photosynthesis occurs.  Chloroplasts are essentially a cut down version of a bacteria – its DNA is a small circular molecule, and chloroplast divide and grow within plant cells in the same way bacteria still do today.  In fact, chloroplasts are not the only thing which is thought to be bacterial in origin – mitochondria (the cell’s powerhouse) are also thought to be captured and subverted bacteria.

So what does this have to do with soil microbes and plants?

We don’t truly understand the full extent of the relationships of plants and bacteria so the idea is if you can keep the microbiology in your soil diverse and active then you have the best chance of the plants benefiting.  Having all of these microbes around is an insurance policy, and really covers all the potential benefits that may be derived by these interactions.

This is why it’s important to use a product such as GOGO Juice to inoculate your soil and increase the diversity of soil microbes. Coupled with some good organic pellets such as Seamungus you really are covering your bases. When it comes to what bacteria and fungi can do for your plants the possibilities are endless. Who would have thought that much of the life on this planet was so dependent on that ancient symbiotic relationship between a protist and a bacterium?

GOGO Juice is literally teeming with beneficial micro-biology and is essentially a pro-biotic for your soil and plants. GOGO Juice combines the “catalystic” power of providing a wide diversity of beneficial bacteria and fungi with the well documented benefits of applying kelp and humates. Applications of GOGO Juice provide a huge boost of the living micro-biology necessary for your soil and plants to perform at their optimum level, increasing their ability to resist pest and disease and to withstand &/or recover from, heat stress and frost.

Seamungus is a soil and plant conditioner, manufactured by combining the very best of composted raw materials – seaweed, fish, humic acid and manure. It is also a health tonic and planting food for all plants including natives, lawns and bare-rooted roses. Seamungus undergoes a unique composting process, specifically developed to stabilise the nutrients, maximise nutrient availability and to ensure the product is free of any parasites, pathogens and weed seeds. Most importantly, the resultant product retains the microbiology necessary for a ‘living’ product.

Whilst Seamungus contains a wide range and good levels of plant nutrients, it is perhaps the additional unique properties contained within seaweed that provide the catalyst for providing higher yields of sustained quality. Seamungus will help your plants resist heat, drought and frost, along with pests and disease. It will retain up to 70% of its own weight in moisture – significantly increasing the soils ability to hold onto water and nutrients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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