How it works

Amplify natural plant processes with optimized microbial communities.

Why microbes?

  • 01.

    Better for plants

    Microbes have evolved alongside plants over millions of years. That means they work with plants naturally, and more effectively, than chemical inputs.

  • 02.

    Better for people

    Beneficial microbes (the only kind Imio works with) lower the cost of growing healthy crops. They're also safer to handle and non-carcinogenic.

  • 03.

    Better for our planet

    Microbes return nutrients to the soil, rather than depleting it. They can also reduce agricultural carbon emissions.


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Microbes stimulate root development

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.

Sources: Oregon State Extension; Flasińki et al 2014

Technical evaluation by University of Vermont

Experiments by Dr. Deborah Neher, 14 year Chair of Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Comparison of four prototype versions of Imio's Re-Gen vs the prior state of the art microbial inoculant for organics recycling showed Imio's Re-Gen offers superior eco-enzyme production and plant outcomes.


Greater ecoenzyme output

Questions about the process

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. 

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.

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