Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. The microbes typically used as probiotics include Lactobacillus species, Bifidobacterium species, or Saccharomyces cerevisiae biovariant boulardii. Globally, probiotics are contained in a variety of different products, including foods, dietary supplements, infant formula, medical foods, pharmaceuticals, and even devices (such as tampons that deliver probiotics).
On thousands of acres of orange groves in Florida, farmers are adding beneficial fungi and bacteria to the soil, which makes the oranges grow bigger and sweeter–and makes the soil suck up enough extra CO2 so that each acre offsets the emissions from a passenger car. Call it probiotics for soil.
“Agricultural soils are one of the world’s... Read more