The Incredible Power Of EM1 in Soil Building

80+ species of naturally occurring microorganisms that balance the soil and support the immune systems of healthy life.

Kaia Maeve
Mindful Roots
2 min readMay 30, 2024

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The harmonious interplay of beneficial microorganisms in healthy soil ecosystems facilitates the immune system of healthy plants. A balanced diversity of soil microorganisms mitigates the risk of soil-borne pathogenic diseases.

Many soil microorganisms form synergistic relationships with
each other and with plants, collectively breaking down organic matter into nutrient dense humus, activating biochemical hormones that facilitate healthy biological functioning in plants, and enabling minerals and nutrients to be bioavailable to plants.

In the 1980’s Dr. Teruo Higa utilized a natural fermentation process devoid of chemical manipulation or genetic synthesis to generate a diverse mixture of over 80 species of naturally occurring microorganisms, such as strains of lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, and phototrophic bacteria that encourage the homeostasis of healthy microorganisms in microbial ecosystems.

This mixture of microorganisms is categorized as Effective Microbes and has been adopted in over 100 countries for environmentally sensitive waste treatment, eutrophication control, water purification, animal health, soil health and even gut health for humans.

Effective microbes can help build a symbiotic web of life within the soil, for example: yeasts that produce enzymes that promote cellular division can utilize the amino acids, nucleic acids, and sugars secreted by phototrophic bacteria which produce growth factors for the lactic acid bacteria that stabilize nematode populations, breaks down lignified organic materials and feeds mycorrhizal fungi.

When Effective Microbes are applied to soil, water, gut microbiomes, etc. the population levels of beneficial organisms are regenerated enabling these effective microbes already present in the soil to have a competitive advantage for access to energy/resources which subsequently lowers the prevalence of pathogenic bacterial colonies that are being brought into reproductive balance. Soils dominated by high populations of effective microbes create an exceptional plant growing environment that has the capacity to become regenerative, which to me means self-sustaining and self-improving.

Effective microbes can be purchased from TeraGanix.com and applied 3 tbs per gallon of water, 5 gallons of water per acre every 1–4 weeks.

At Mindful Roots, a publication created and managed by Symbiosis TX, we aim to inspire and educate gardeners across the globe about permaculture principles, and to promote ecological harmony alongside human mental well-being.

By fostering a deeper connection with nature through sustainable and holistic gardening practices, we empower you to participate in cultivating the earth, your own health & wellness, and a healthy community.

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Kaia Maeve
Mindful Roots

I teach corporate leaders how to keep their best people happy to come to work by building a healthier company culture.