As technology and modern medicine continue to advance, the human microbiome is becoming less mysterious. Most people now understand that their bodies are populated by a variety of different bacteria, many of which support bodily functions like digestion. In recent years this microbiome has been linked to any number of conditions including arthritis and obesity. Attempts at managing this microbiome, including the use of probiotic supplements, have also seen increases despite an incomplete understanding of how or whether they are effective.
Like humans, plants also play host to a microbial community of their own. Similarly, this microbiome is believed to impact plant health in any number of ways. Some agriculture companies have noted the similarity and begun producing and selling products designed to encourage the growth of so-called good microbes. However, these products are not always effective. Continue reading