Acronym for frequently askesd questions. The internet-era equivalent of Q&A.
|Why sell microbial products?
Microbial products are environmentally friendly, nonhazardous alternatives to disposal methods and chemical treatments that are becoming increasingly restricted or even banned by regulatory agencies. Biologicals:
How do microbial products work?
Culture products aid plant production by providing hormonal stimulus and changing the microenvironment so that it favors plant root growth rather than fungal growth.
What is the difference between enzymes and bacteria?
How quickly do microbial products work?
Why add large numbers of organisms if they start multiplying right away?
Why add microbes when other microorganisms are present naturally?
In sewage treatment, in addition to these problems related to the dynamics of flow, the organisms naturally present in the treatment plant produce compounds which tend to hold water next to the sludge. This water retention has two effects which greatly influence the sewage treatment process: it slows the settling of the powders and it increases the volume which they occupy. Acorn microbes split the compounds that cause water retention.
In the case of hydrocarbon contaminants, studies have shown that petroleum applied to normal soils at low levels is degraded very quickly (and with an apparent increase in soil fertility). Yet there is a problem with petroleum degradation in soil or there would not be the large amounts of petroleum-contaminated soil present in this country. Sometimes the problem is merely that of insufficient soil moisture to support growth. Sometimes, however, there are insufficient organisms present to initiate the degradation process. This occurs particularly when the soils in question are subsurface soils as those around underground storage tanks or when the soil has been killed as in production fields receiving highly saline production water for years.
In agricultural applications, loss of advantageous microflora in the root zone can lead to decreased or lost plant production following environmental disruptions such as drought, flooding, and temperature extremes.
How often do microbial products need to be applied?
In organic waste treatment systems which manage a continuous stream of incoming pollutants, daily or weekly additions of highly-efficient organisms ensure continuous pollutant and odor reduction and optimization of the handling characteristics of the waste.
When treating surfaces such as carpeting for pet stains and spoiled food odors, the culture product is applied once and the surface is kept wet for 24 hours.
Root-zone microbes often need be applied only at planting or after an environmental disruption. In situations of constant stress, such as golf-course turf, monthly applications give best results.
What about anaerobic organisms?
Can liquid products be diluted?