Probiotic Bacteria for… Trees?!

Are probiotics the best hope for removing toxins from the air, soil and groundwater? It might seem like a reach but at least one group of researchers think that this might be the answer to improving the environment in a significant way. For decades, multiple industries have used the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) to do everything from clean engines to anesthetize patients in preparation for surgery. Today, the scientific community has identified this man made chemical as a toxin that does more harm than good. TCE is a known carcinogen and toxic agent responsible for causing cancer and neurological problems. Even…. [Read More…]

Probiotics Could Help Honey Bees Exposed to Pesticides

As you may have seen in the news lately, there is national concern about the plight of the honey bee. Honey bees are responsible for more than just the local honey sold at farmer’s markets. You might call them ambassadors of agriculture. They are one of the most important natural assets in existence because they pollinate crops all over the world whether they are growing in your garden or are part of the seasonal harvest for farmers. The American Beekeeping Federation explains that around one-third of the food you and your family eat relates in some way to honey bee…. [Read More…]

What do Zebrafish, Probiotics and Stress Have in Common? New Research!

It might surprise you to know that the zebrafish is becoming the go-to model species for neurobehavioral studies. This is why researchers at the University of Missouri turned to this tropical freshwater member of the minnow family to determine if probiotics offered any help to people dealing with anxiety. Probiotics are proven effective in many avenues of health, especially when it comes to digestion. More and more, medical science is making connections between gut microbiota and the central nervous system, as well, which is where the little zebrafish comes into play. Why Zebrafish? In biological studies, zebrafish provide some real…. [Read More…]

Probiotics for Plants?

Hardly a week goes by without us learning about new research on the positive benefits of bacteria. Most of it is thanks to the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) that was launched in 2008. Now, almost a decade later, researchers are delving into the microbiomes of thousands of other organisms. One particular microbiome that’s getting attention right now is the plant microbiome. If you’ve read any of our previous blogs how probiotics have helped in the animal kingdom, you’ll understand the enormous influence that Indigo, a startup company in Cambridge, MA, may have on reshaping agriculture through the use of probiotics….. [Read More…]