Actinomycetes

Definition - What does Actinomycetes mean?

Actinomycetes are a class of bacteria. They are highly beneficial. Numerous antibiotics are created from the bacteria. The bacteria also form a symbiotic relationship with many types of plants. Together with the plant, the Actinomycetesbacteria successfully fix nitrogen in the soil, which the plants use to live, which enables the bacteria to continue to thrive.

Actinomycetes also help to break down organic material to enrich soil. Bark, plant fiber, and the exoskeletons of numerous insects are readily consumed by the bacteria, which makes them optimal natural decomposers in the garden.

MaximumYield explains Actinomycetes

Actinomycetes bacteria form long filaments. The filaments stretch through the soil. The Actinomycetes bacteria is almost fungi-like and work together to control harmful or unwanted soil bacteria.

When scientists discovered that Actinomycetes bacteria controlled harmful bacteria, they promptly designed an antibiotic from the bacteria on October 19, 1943. The bacteria-laden antibiotic has the ability to control many penicillin-resistant bacteria. The antibiotic was named Streptomycin and was the first drug ever used to cure tuberculosis. Further antibiotics were developed from the bacteria, such as Erythromycin, Neomycin, Tetracycline, and Cefoxitin.

The use of beneficial bacteria in gardening is considered an organic approach to gardening, and its application is becoming more popular as gardeners race to become more organic and sustainable.

An easy way to add some of these beneficial bacteria to your garden is to look for some bokashi, a type of compost. Bokashi typically contains tons of actinomycetes that boost oxygen levels in soil systems and even in hydroponic systems, which typically have a low microbial diversity.

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