How It Works
The ground upon which we grow our food, is perceived in many ways. There are those who were born to view the earth as nothing more than a tool to be utilized for survival, sustainment and human proliferation. Existing without contemplation of their personal or collective impact. Then there are those of us who were born with the innate desire to protect her. From birth, our need to care for our planet has been close to instinctual. Like the body of a plant which grows to nourish, only to give itself back to the soil for the betterment of its environment.
All human organisms occupying our earth have so very much in common with the microscopic organisms living in the soils that help us produce our food. There are soil microbes which take and give nothing back to their host plant. They possess no conscience for what they have received and possess little or no regard for their soil environment or future generations. Conversely, are the soil microbes I like to refer to as the “givers”. Their life is based on what they can give to their host plant, or “planet”. They understand innately that giving will ensure the long term survival of their species and host plant.
Introducing the correct microorganism strains to soils today is faced by many challenges and disappointments. Growers have become disenchanted. The major majority of microbial inoculants contain microbes derived from plant residues or animal intestines. These microbe strains are unfortunately not soil microbes and many that were meant to live on a plant leaf do not survive more than 30 days in the harsh soil environment. So companies add food sources like molasses, humic acids, nutrients, enzymes and hormones to give these plant microbe strains a fighting chance as well as a visual variance in the crop. In the end, growers are left with multiple applications, additional expenses and varying results. This is especially true in healthy high producing soils.
I have been given the opportunity to work with 50 very unique soil microbe strains we call SC27. Over the years I have come to truly admire each one of these organisms as individuals and what they do as a group for their environment and host plant. I consider them some of the most noble “givers” of any living organism on this planet. These 50 different soil microbes are non competitive and live & work together in harmony. They do this not only with one another but with indigenous soil microbe strains. SC27 is comprised of 55% soil Fungi and 45% soil Bacteria that live in harmony. This combination has been virtually impossibility until very recently.
My admiration for these little givers stems from the fact that they were born knowing that their life is to be lived for the betterment of others. This innate virtue inspires me. What I also find fascinating is the essence of this nobility is relative to the creation of SC27 and the microbiologists who developed it. They simply wanted to give a new tool to organic farmers with the best years of their lives.
Each soil microbe in this collection of 50, has something unique that they create or make. Our microbiologists have found that it’s not what a soil microbe can achieve on it’s own that gives their host plant true health, but what they produce in combination that makes them effective.
Understanding Living Organisms
Understanding what they create is simple if you can relate to them as individual living creatures. As our microbes eat and drink, they each create their own special enzyme. When one enzyme from one microbe is mixed with another enzyme from another microbe, it forms a very special recipe for the soil and plant health. These 50 different enzymes, become one thick layer that completely coats every centimeter of the plants roots for the duration of the crop cycle. This thick layer is one of a kind and is essentially the gift that these microbes give to the plant. The main layer works primarily for plant health. This layer will keep plant roots completely white for the duration of the crop cycle. White roots should tell you something about soil health. After the “thick layer” is created, the plant then begins to communicate with our strains. As needed, some of the enzymes become an actual food source and the plant to absorbs them. Other enzymes work on the outer layer of the root and act as an acid or chelating agent to buffer salts away from macro and micro nutrients tied up in the soil right next to the root. This is especially beneficial because when the root grows into a new area where let’s say Phosphorous is too large to absorb, the thick enzyme layer which is around the roots will break it down. This makes your investment in fertilizer more effective. These givers however do not stop with white roots and exceptional nutrient absorption. When water enters the soil they elicit a communication enzyme with the root system which signals it to grow thicker in the presence of moisture to absorb more water. In an irrigated agroecosystem this communication is constant. This happens because some of the strains in SC27 are from desert regions and this is what desert microbes tell their host plant to do when it rains. Some of our Fungi strains communicate with the plant to help it create hormones for larger growth. This communication usually happens after the plant has the base of an expansive root system. Its full genetic growth potential is now possible. These living creatures create a community of trillions stacked upon one another. As the reproduce they are able to give more and more. Its really that simple. But what is truly amazing is that once they have their host plant at optimum health levels they begin to colonize and improve their surrounding environment.
Unlike Mycorrhizal strains that grow out in intricate webs, SC27 soil Fungi grow into every single available space within hard to reach soil aggregates. Their initial objective is to find food and water. As more water becomes present, they begin to grow on every piece of crop residue or organic matter that is in the soil. And then they begin to “compost” or digest it. Their goal is to create a spongy material that can hold water. This will allow them to sustain themselves for their host plant to arrive. In under 60 days old crop residue is turned into humus. Lots of it. The reason for this is not for their benefit as many of them die during this process as the carbon is digested. No they are doing this for the benefit of their host plants. After the humus is created, the SC27 soil microbes communicate with the microbes living on planet root and tell them “it’s time to grow in the direction of bioavailable nutrients and water”. The microbes on the carbon die once it is decomposed but the insoluble hydrophilic humus formation they have created will be there for future generations. It will also purify groundwater and allow more oxygen into the soil.
Roots and soil structures inoculated with our 50 strains of soil microbes grow to numbers in the trillions after only a few days. Wouldn’t it be something if we had trillions of these types of microbes living inside and outside of us? Oh wait, we do!
The circle of life continues and the life of all plants must come to an end. This means the end of our soil microbes “planet”. Upon the plants death, many of our 50 strains will die with it but many will live on. As Saprophytes, our strains will begin to turn their dead “host plant” into rich humus which as we know will retain moisture like a sponge. Their objective is to keep as much water in that humus as possible to sustain themselves so that when the next “planet” or host plant comes along, their environment is better than when they found it. This ensures the survival of their species and the health of their planet. Some humans feel that one of the greatest gifts in life is the opportunity to help another. Those individuals have a lot in common with the microscopic organisms found in SC27 soil inoculants.
At SEPIXA, we believe that the life and health of our soil is intimately connected to our own. The microbes found in SC27 are soil Fungi, Bacteria and Actinomycetes. SC27 Plus and Organic contain no Mycorrhizal strains. SC27 is not created or fermented in large tanks. Each strain is incubated by a team of microbiologists and takes 6 months to produce. SC27 contains no add ins or fertilizers whatsoever. It is also not derived from compost, animal waste or plant based materials like crop residue. Our strains were born in the soil and thrive in the soil. SEPIXA would like to welcome you to a new era in soil biodiversity.