Forewarning, this post has a little bit of discussion about what lead me to this post. If you care to skip it, the real content will be in the 2nd post.
So, I don’t know where the rabbit is that makes these holes all over the internet, but I ended up falling into another one today. After a good bit of reading and thinking, I did a search on here and RIU and didn’t see any mention of this topic. To tell the truth I’m very excited to bring this “new” topic to everyone’s attention here.
Like many of us here, I am a probiotic farmer. I try to get a healthy, diverse population living and thriving in my soil. I am successfully growing using only local materials, and making my own brews based on these materials. I have posted some of my use of these inputs in this thread (Local materials
). I brewed random aerated teas for a while. Then I discovered LABs. I enjoy my experience growing them and they have given me a greater appreciation for knowing the microbes.
This lead me to seek out other microbes we can easily cultivate from the wild. If we look at a EM-1 recipe it contains
- Photosynthetic Bacteria
The Yeast I have experience with from wine brewing and baking. I haven’t really figure out how having a bunch of yeast is a good thing yet, but I haven’t looked to much into it either. If anyone has some good information on this please share it.
The Photosynthetic Bacteria
were completely new to me though. I knew they existed, but I didn’t recognize how beneficial they are to the soil. Further research lead me to Rhodopseudomonas palustris
. This organism is AMAZING! It has 4 different modes of metabolism. Meaning it can live off a wide variety of materials, and in any environment. It even generates an electric charge. My mind was blown for a second there! After settling back down, I stated to look into how to get this thing into my soil. It’s remarkable adaptivity means we’re likely surrounded by it.
Onto the next step, how do we isolate and cultivate this organism? I have a background in biology, I have worked with agar numerous times for cultivating different species of bacteria and fungi. However, aside from taking a few swipes from my phone, or hand, or whatever I have always started with known inoculants. I know that would be the proper way to approach this. Unfortunately, I don’t know where to find those materials where I’m living, and I’m looking for something less involved. I am also not an expert in microbiology, especially identification.
Down this rabbit hole I came across Sergei Winogradsky
. This is one cool dude, and I’m really surprised his name hasn’t been mentioned in all of this Probiotic/KNF buzz. He discovered lithographic bacteria way back in 1887. These guys chew up rocks and other minerals, and excrete them in more plant friendly forms. Of course we need some of those! He also discovered nitrogen fixing bacteria, photoautotrophs, and chemoautotrophs. If my boy Sergei could do it with what he had back then, surely we can do it today? And for real, why aren’t we giving this guy more props!