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Marilyn's Column | april/16


Topic: Plant root chemistry and Warfare.

- Who fertilizes the Redwoods?

- No one. No roto-tilling either.

What does this mean and what is really going on underground? Simple, we are influencing the wrong soil conditions in the soil, just as we are with high carbohydrate diet and promoting the wrong bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract.

The Soil Microbiome is just as important as our Gut Microbiome. The reason why conventional farmers struggle with pests is because the soil is so barren the plants do not have the appropriate microbial support to activate the plants natural defenses. Pesticides kill more than pests, they kill the soil. Healthy soils help the plant activate its natural defense mechanisms in the presence of pests. It's the same as what's going on in our gut. Each microbiome has living organisms - if theyre healthy and happy their balance will produce all the foods, micro and macro nutrients needed to stay healthy.

Our health is based on healthy biomes. i.e. Happy Soil = Happy Plant = Happy Human: A Soil Microbiome Education for Optimal Human Health. Dr. Elaine Ingham, soil microbiologist and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. has many youTube videos on soil health ... The Roots of Your Profits - Dr Elaine Ingham | Januray/2015

Note: There are more bacterial DNA in humans than human DNA. This is our human microbiome (1) (human microbiota). We live in a symbiosis with all living things.

Root Warfare: National Geographic produced a revealing show on how one species of plant invades and takes over. It is not the above ground activity and seeds, but the underground chemical warfare going on among the roots. One plant poisons the others by releasing chemicals which deters other plants from growing. i.e. another form of food allergies, "Do not eat me" and Do not come close.

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Root Symbiosis: for gardeners and farmers, there is a new book, "Teaming with Microbes" A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, by Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis. (2) Healthy Soil is teeming with life, not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.

When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life.

An estimated 70% of the plants energy goes into its roots, manufacturing chemicals that invite microbes and bacteria, exactly opposite of what Man-made chemicals do. Chemicals are salt compounds that kill off bacteria and fungus and reduces the symbiotic relationship in the soil between the soil organisms and plant roots. (3)

Again WWI, and WWII play a role, in that, we had too much capacity for producing chemicals, and turned to commercial with pesticides and fertilizers. (4): The Soil food Web.

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Image: Biology-Forums.com, Free homework help forum.(5)

Nodule development involves a series of chemical signals sent back and forth between rhizobia and their host plants.

In Defense of Food | What should I eat to be healthy?

The Soil and Farming Solution:, Michael Pollan, Wiki is a driver of a healthy environment from the Plant's Eye View. He gives a good TED talk on our soil, farming, and sustainable living. His example of our fit in this universe is the discovery that Humans only have about 23,000 gene, whereas, the Rice plant has 33,000 genes.

This raises the question of Who is the most Sophisticated Organism?. The questions like this are many and our Gut Microbime - is a big clue. Also Michael Pollan examines our worldly symbiotic connections ... TED Talk, Michael Pollan - A plant's-eye view, | march/2007, (6)

 


Notes:

  1. The symbiosis between rhizobia and plants is a partnership resulting in the exchange of nutrients between the host cell and the contained bacteroids. In addition, many other metabolite transporters located on peribacteroid and bacterial membranes are required for the extensive nutrient exchange between the bacteroids and their host cells. (3,10)
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