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SGTX Custom Blends Follow Road Map to Match Biology with Desired Plant Growth

SGTX promotes the use of Fungi-to-Bacteria ratios as a key to understanding how a below-ground soil foodweb succession parallels an above-ground plant ecological succession.  The following chart illustrates this concept.  Early-successional plants (invasive weeds and annual crops) are bacterial-dominated while late-successional plants (prairies, trees, and forests) are fungal-dominated.  The numbers in the chart are based on soil biology lab tests.  They are reported as Total Fungal Biomass : Total Bacteria Biomass (F:B) in micrograms per gram.

The soil biology test provides a practical glimpse of which kinds and how many soil critters make up the existing soil foodweb on a farm, ranch, yard, park, etc.  This chart guides SGTX work...

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Seven Functions of a Healthy Soil Foodweb

  • Retain nutrients – nutrients are complexed via living biomass and clay-humus; nutrients do not leach and pollute groundwater, retention of fertilizer nutrients
  • Cycle nutrients – nutrients are made available to plants in the right form at the right time during the growing season; via plant-microbe feedback
  • Build soil structure – soil aggregates formed thru bacterial and fungal interaction with clay particles; creates porosity and habitat for roots and soil organisms, reduces compaction, improves water-holding capacity
  • Suppress diseases and pests – disease-causing organisms are suppressed thru bio-control mechanisms like competition; insect pests are suppressed during soil-dwelling phase via bio-control
  • Colonize plant surfaces – root (rhizosphere) and leaf (phyllosphere) surfaces are coloni...
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