Berkeley Lab scientists developed chip to detect microbes fighting plant diseases

This article was just posted in the compost tea group and while it is over a year old, I hadn’t seen it before and it is amazing how little we know about plants and microbes.  However, we are making progress.
From It Takes a Community of Soil Microbes to Protect Plants From Disease

… The sugar beets’ health followed the typical arc of plants in disease-suppressive soil: they enjoyed a few good years, then they succumbed to disease, followed by healthy beets again as pathogen-fighting microbes were activated and the soil became hostile to R. solani. To return the favor, the sugar beets funnel about a fifth of their photosynthetically captured carbon through their roots into the soil to fuel the microbes.
New research reveals that it takes a community of soil microbes, not just one or two, to protect crops. The top image is a healthy sugar beet field. The bottom image is a field of sugar beets that is infected with root fungus:
New research reveals that it takes a community of soil microbes, not just one or two, to protect crops. The top image is a healthy sugar beet field. The bottom image is a field of sugar beets that is infected with the root fungus.
Disease-suppressive soils are quite common, and scientists have identified some of the microbes involved in this underground immune system. But they don’t know all of the microbes that participate.
To find out, the scientists used the PhyloChip, which is a credit-card sized chip that can detect the presence of 59,000 species of bacteria and archaea in samples of air, water, and soil without the need of culturing. It was developed at Berkeley Lab to rapidly identify not only the most common and abundant organisms in an environmental sample, but also very rare types that are present in extremely small numbers. It does this by comparing a DNA sequences unique to each bacterial species with over one million reference DNA targets on the chip. …

The discussion in the compost tea group revolved around adding microbes NOT present in your soil:

… Assuming you make your own Compost, then you’ll be using greenery from your soil. This means any bacteria missing in the soil will also be missing in the Compost.  …

This is what Tim Wilson had to say:

It is the composting process or vermicomposting which creates the microbial makeup, not just the plant material used. Of course if composting, it is necessary to provide the correct C:N ratio.
If using composting worms, just by introducing your vegetative scraps along with a carbon source like cardboard and maybe some peatmoss, one is pretty much assured of a highly diverse population of bacteria/archaea, protozoa, fungi and nematodes.

C:N ratio is the carbon to nitrogen ratio, see   I looked at our worm bins today and they have been way too wet, seriously neglected because we need to clean out the entire little adobe addition that houses the worms and all our seedlings.   All the food plants are out and I set off a bug bomb because it was infested with spiders, lately I’ve seen everything from black widows to a huge tarantula.  So now we just have to clean and organize everything.  And I’ll get the worm bins back in shape.
I’m looking forward to a clean place to start winter veggies and we’re going to have to build a better tea brewer.

9/12/12 UPDATED: You get a LOT more seeds at Baker Creek than at Peaceful Valley — NOT!

With all those coupons and deals I ended up ordering German Radish from both Baker Creek and Peaceful Valley (
We started planting root crops the other day and we got at least 10 times more seeds at Baker Creek.  While they’re not organic, I tend to limit my surcharge for organics to about 25%.  1000% — no way!
Of course we got the GrowOrganic seeds almost free because we used the $10 off coupon, but in the future I’ll use those types of coupons on OTHER products, not seeds.  In fact, I already used the last coupon to order inoculant.  They have some great stuff at GrowOrganic.
I like that Baker Creek lists the weight or number of seeds in each package.
Updated 9/12/12:
Peaceful Valley is sending us some more seeds and they wanted to know how many seeds we actually got.  So we brought out the seed box and noticed that the German Radish pack was supposed to have 250 seeds (it does also say so on the web with the details), but on the package that was CROSSED OUT.
So it looks like we accidentally got a package that was not intended for resale.  We don’t know for sure how many seeds we got since we planted a few, have about 40 seeds now.
Baker Creek states that you get 200 – 500 seeds in a package and I guess we got lucky and got a really full pack.
Isn’t that something, the one time I accidentally order duplicate seeds from different companies it turns into all this confusion just because I decide to check where you get more seeds.   Next time I’ll just compare the seed count on the web — if I really want to know.
I hope this got all straightened out now!

Video: Jeffrey Smith's GMO documentary Genetic Roulette

From Genetic Roulette Movie:

Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

Here is the trailer:

John Robbins had this to say about Genetic Roulette:
“In exposing the bullying and deceit of the biotech industry, Jeffrey Smith’s mesmerizing film shines a bright light of hope that we can reclaim our health and our food systems. Meticulously documented, thoroughly comprehensive, and rivetingly presented, this is more than an adventure story with intense drama and high stakes. It is in fact one of the most important stories ever told. Watch it and be galvanized, inspired, and engaged. Then tell everyone you know.”

Baker Creek heirloom and non GMO seeds up to 10% off

After years of NO coupons at all, Baker Creek is really trying to get our business.
I did some shopping at their site and had a few items in my cart, but I didn’t actually order.  A few days later I got an email with a coupon for 5% off.  I still didn’t order and then got another email with a coupon for 10% off.
So I made some changes to my cart and

once again I first got the 5% off coupon and then the 10% off coupon.
Now I’m finally getting ready to order and I hope this still works.

VIDEO: "WHY in the world are they spraying"

Chemtrail sunset in the Joshua Tree desert

We’ve been sprayed for many years!  I’ve seen reports of Barium poisoning in Golden Valley and I’m very glad to see that more and more people are becoming aware of this outrageous pollution of our only inhabitable planet.
From the WHY in the World are They Spraying?” website:

By Michael J. Murphy, Co-Producer of “WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SPRAYING
Since the release of the groundbreaking documentary WHAT in the World are They Spraying?”, millions have woken up to the damaging effects from chemtrail/geoengineering programs. As a result, movements around the world are being formed to address these crimes. While many who were previously unaware of these programs are now taking action, the question now that is often asked is “Why” is this happening. Michael J. Murphy, Originator and Co-Producer of “What in the World are They Spraying?” in association with Barry Kolsky have produced “Why in the World are They Spraying?” which will answer that question.
“Why in the World are They Spraying?” is an investigative documentary into one of the many agendas associated with chemtrail/geoengineering programs, “weather control”.
We are encouraging everyone who purchases a DVD to make copies and hand out for free in support of our vision of making this issue known to all. Order yours now!

Here is the trailer for the new documentary WHY in the World are They Spraying?”: Continue reading “VIDEO: "WHY in the world are they spraying"”