The first of the BactiGro products, Bactivate is still the flagship product of the range.  With five natural soil bacteria on a carbon-rich substrate, Bactivate is the simple, practical and effective way of restoring the bacteria that the soil needs.

There are five natural bacteria in Bactivate, and they perform a number of carefully chosen functions:

Bacillus subtilis supports plant browth. As a member of Bacillus, this bacterium often plays a role in replenishing soil nutrients by supplying the terrestrial carbon cycle and the nitrogen cycle. Bacillus subtilis bacteria form rough biofilms, which are dense organism communities, at the air and water interface. These biofilms are beneficial; the B. subtilis biofilm communities form a mutualistic interaction with plant rhizome systems. The plant benefits because B. subtilis provides preemptive colonization. Bacillus subtilis biofilms found in the rhizosphere of plants promote growth and serve as a biocontroller. In this sense, B. subtilis biofilm communities form a mutualistic interaction with plant rhizome systems.

Bacillus megatherium is regarded as a ‘Phosphorus Solubiliser’ microbe. This bacterium produces organic acids, and enzymes that solubilise non-available phosphates into available forms of phosphorous for the plant, thereby improving its nutrition.

Bacillus mucilaginosus is regarded as aPotassium-Decomposingbacterium with the ability to produce organic acids that degrade the potassium minerals present in soil such as silicates, apatites and phosphorites and release available forms of potassium . Chinese scientists have extensively studied this bacterium and reported potassium increases in soils of around 33-34%. B. mucilaginosus also produces exopolysaccahrides, which may act as sorbents of heavy metal ions (Nyanikova et al. 2001).

Bacillus licheniformis is regarded as a biofertiliser and has extensive colonisation and competitive abilities.

There is evidence that Bacillus licheniformis has significantly increased the height of plants and leaf area in pepper and tomato plants under seedbed and greenhouse production conditions. The number and diameter of tomato fruits increased when the tomato seedlings grew in sand inoculated with this bacterium. What’s more, the total weight of pepper harvested from inoculated soil increased significantly with regard to control non-inoculated plants (Lucas Garcia et al. 2004).

Bacillus thuringiensis is a natural ubiquitous bacterium widely found in nature.

Both research and customer experience show that the Bactivate can help you to:

Bactivate is available in 25kg bags and 800kg bulk bags.