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Effective Microorganisms

I’ve been doing a lot of research on “good microorganisms” after learning how important of a role they play in our world. My intention was not for this post to look like an ad so if it still does, it isn’t. I will never post anything that I do not wholeheartedly believe in. The reason I chose TeraGanix as a source is because it is directly associated with the Dr. who discovered this combo of microorganisms, Dr. Higa. I included an excerpt about Dr. Higa’s philosophy after the video about the agricultural use of EM’s.

Even though EM’s have been around for quite a long time, I’m somehow just learning about them now thanks to my dentist. So I’d like to give a quick shout out to my dentist, Dr. Swidler here in Tucson. Thanks Doc!

Microorganisms in EM

When hearing the words “microorganisms” or “bacteria”, one may imagine harmful germs. However, there are many useful microorganisms which have been used by humans. Microorganisms used in EM•1® production (Lactic Acid Bacteria, Yeast, Phototrophic Bacteria, etc.) exclude any pathogenic and genetically modified microorganisms that are harmful to humans, animals and plants. EM•1® consists only of safe microorganisms that have been used, either intentionally or unintentionally, since ancient times.

Lactic Acid Bacteria

Lactic Acid Bacteria is, a generic term for a category of bacteria that convert sugars into lactic acid through lactic acid fermentation. One characteristic of lactic acid bacteria is that it can relatively easily co-exist with other bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria are widely used in the production of fermented foods such as cheese and yogurt that can be naturally preserved for a long period of time.

Ever since Louis Pasteur discovered lactic acid bacteria in 1875, it has been noted for its beneficial effects on health and longevity. Recent research indicates that besides regulating the intestines, lactic acid bacteria are also known for being involved in immunostimulatory activity, for having antioncotic properties, for their antimutagenicity, for lowering cholesterol and for having a hypotensive effect.

Lactic acid bacteria in EM・1® suppress harmful micro-organisms while producing lactic acid which lowers the pH in EM・1® and encourages rapid breakdown of organic substances. Lactic acid bacteria can also suppress the reproduction of a harmful fungus, Fusarium.


Known as a fermentation starter, yeast is a microorganism necessary for the brewing of alcohol and the making of bread. Yeast was discovered by the Dutch merchant Antony Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), who first discovered the world of microorganisms. Taxonomically, yeast is a eukaryote. It differs from other fungi in that it generally is unicellular throughout its life. Within the microbial world it is a small group of microorganisms, yet it is essential for human life.

Yeast live in sugar-rich environments such as nectar and the surface of fruits. Yeast produces many biologically active agents such as amino acids and polysaccharides which will become the feed for other microorganisms in EM•1®

Phototrophic Bacteria

Phototrophic bacteria (also known as photosynthetic bacteria) are an ancient type of bacteria which have existed since a time before the Earth had its present concentration of oxygen. As its name indicates, these bacteria utilize solar energy to metabolize organic and inorganic substances.

Phototrophic bacteria exist in rice fields, lakes and everywhere on Earth. In practical terms, the potential of phototrophic bacteria is particularly seen in the environmental fields. Because it decomposes organic materials well, among these applications is its use in wastewater treatment. Research has also reported on its effectiveness in applied use in agriculture, aquaculture and animal husbandry. Research is also underway in its use in hydrogen production and its ability to decompose persistent substances.

Photosynthetic bacteria are an essential element of EM・1®. The efficacy of EM・1® is determined by the populations of photosynthetic bacteria found in EM・1® solutions. Phototrophic bacteria are involved in various metabolic systems, and play a major role in nitrogen cycling and carbon cycling. They contribute to better conversion of sunlight or, in other words, better photosynthesis.

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