Beneficial Soil Microbes

Fertile soil is teeming with beneficial soil microbes. It is estimated that there could be billions of microbes in a gram of soil.

Bacteria, fungi, and protozoa are major players in soil microbial processes. They perform a variety of functions beneficial to soil and the plants growing in that soil. Other soil organisms of importance are nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms.

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Benefits of Microbes in Soil

  • Decompose organic matter
  • Foster soil aggregate stability
  • Recycle and regulate carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous
  • Fix nitrogen for plant uptake
  • Increase the available plant root area for nutrient uptake
  • Degrade pesticides
  • Improve soil structure
  • Help control diseases

 


Additional Information:

West

Texas – The Truth About Microbes
Texas – Soil Microbiology FAQs

Midwest

Ohio – Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Cycling