Renewable Farming

Vitazyme study indicates it’s helpful in restoring soil microbial diversity

Research by Agricultural Reseach Service scientists at the University of Missouri has shown that the biostimulant Vitazyme is effective for restoring microbial diversity of soils which have populations of bacteria and fungi seriously distorted by accumulated glyphosate.

Jan. 25, 2018 — Dr. Robert Kremer, one of the chief scientists for this research, was among the first ARS/USDA plant pathologists to document (decades ago) that glyphosate shifts populations of soil organisms toward fungal dominance. It’s a powerful bactericide; that was an early patent for it.

We’re presenting below a poster which was prepared by the ARS-led research team and posted at a recent scientific conference. There will be several scientific journal papers arising from this and similar research. But for now, here are the main conclusions:

Soil microbial diversity was restored by Vitazyme in soils planted to corn and soybeans and treated with glyphosate. “A high microbial diversity is essential to maintain a stable ecosystem and crop productivity.”

“Results from this project demonstrate that biostimulants can be a major management factor for addressing recurrent productivity problems nd declining soil health associated with GMO crops in current crop production systems.”

We’re extracting the conclusions section of the poster, shown below, and enlarging it to make it easier to read:


Here’s the entire poster. Unfortunately we couldn’t present it in high resolution here. But if you send us an e-mail request, we can send you a PDF of the original poster that’s easy to read.