Why would microbes help my plants?

Microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and more) have lived and evolved with plants for thousands of years. Many microbes and plants live in symbiosis, both benefiting from their relationship with the other. 

How do I know this works?

Our products are developed through extensive research, and have been vetted by University Labs and growers across wide-ranging geographies, cultivation types and scales. You can learn more about each in the scientific paper published by University of Vermont, and in the pictures, data, and quotes shared by wonderful growers. 

We know that seeing is believing, so don’t hesitate to request a free sample, or send us your questions.

Are these products safe?

The well-being of people, plants, and our planet are our top priority and this informs all aspects of the way we develop, produce, sell, and use our products. 

All microbes in our inoculants are naturally occurring and Generally Recognized as Safe. Any research indicating that a microbe is potentially dangerous means it is immediately eliminated as a candidate to be included in any of our products.

Why are you trying to replace chemical inputs?

Ag Chemicals cause $157B in human health and environmental damage each year in the US alone. That’s the equivalent of Hurricane Sandy happening 4.5 times every year. 

The costs of using these chemicals is only increasing. They deplete our best soils, robbing them of nutrients and beneficial microbes, so you need more and more chemical inputs each year. Right now it’s estimated the the US Corn Belt is losing $2.5B/year.

The human cost motivates us even more than these huge numbers. Exposure to Ag Chemicals is linked to higher rates of cancer, respiratory disease, miscarriages and impotency. These harms are felt most by communities of color, who also suffer the most from the current and escalating damage of climate change.

What species of plants do your products work on?

We’ve validated Root and Re-Gen on a wide variety of crops and have customers using them on various grains, vegetables, vineyards, and hops. To name a few specific crops, customers use Re-Gen on corn, wheat, rye straw, hops, and cannabis crop residuals. Root has been used on an even wider variety of plants including but not limited to cannabis, tomatoes, grape vines, lavender, begonias, and grasses. If you grow something and are interested in our products, please feel free to reach out.

Is Re-Gen basically composting?

We love composting, and understanding how it works most effectively (as well as anaerobic fermentation and other organics recycling techniques) was a key part of developing Re-Gen. Traditional composting invites the microbes required to breakdown organic matter.

Imio Re-Gen directly introduces the microbes that are best at recycling plant stalks and leftover biomass which makes a huge differences in the process and the impact of the output:

  • Speed & efficiency of the process: recycling with Re-Gen takes 2-4 weeks to produce usable material, where composting stalks can take over a year
  • The impact of the output: plants treated with Re-Gen recycled material grew 40% larger than premium compost over a 2 month period

Is Root the same as the other cloning products on the market?

Root is composed of naturally occurring microbes that naturally produce plant hormones and stimulate the plant’s ability to do the same. 

Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) is a rooting and plant growth hormone naturally produced by plants and certain microbes. Popular rooting gels replicate this hormone with a synthetically derived version, 1-Napthaleneacetic acid (NAA). These compounds differ slightly as shown in the diagram to the left, resulting in less effective plant interactions. 

Synthetic rooting products impact humans as well due to carcinogenic and mutagenic components.