Meet Bacillus paralicheniformis, the Crop Guardian

Bacillus paralicheniformis, a powerful bacterium from the Sonoran Desert, emerges as a sustainable ally in agriculture, combating nematode threats naturally. Its potent nematicidal activity promises eco-friendly crop protection, heralding a greener future for farmers and the environment.

Meet Bacillus paralicheniformis, the Crop Guardian
Bacillus paralicheniformis: this bacterium offers eco-friendly nematode protection for farmers. Image by Ryder Richards from Pixabay

Bacteria, those tiny but mighty microorganisms, play a crucial role in our ecosystem, being present in various habitats from the depths of the ocean to the soil beneath our feet. Among these bacterial superheroes, a notable member of the Bacillus genus, Bacillus subtilis, has been crowned as the “microorganism of the year” by the Association for General and Applied Microbiology in 2023. This accolade is well-deserved, as Bacillus subtilis has proven to be an indispensable asset to multiple industries.

One of the remarkable applications of Bacillus subtilis lies in the production of enzymes used in the manufacture of beer and detergents, as well as its role as a probiotic for livestock. Additionally, it contributes to the production of antibiotics and vitamins, and even aids in healing concrete cracks in the construction industry.