Could bacteria save the planet? yes — if she can train them

Genuine concern shadows Sarah Richardson’s face when the topic turns to bacteria, though not for the reason you’d expect. “I feel bad for them,” she says in the closetlike conference room of her biotechnology startup in Berkeley, California. “I’ve worried about the bacteria for so long now.” Tired of fretting over microbes, Richardson founded MicroByre so that she could finally put those poor bacteria to good use.

Less than two years after launching the company, Richardson, 36, is inching toward her goal: domesticating bacteria. Bacteria are incredibly useful at breaking down waste, and they’re a critical part of the food chain — if they stop doing what they do best, we stop eating. Right now, though, we have no way to control how bacteria use their superpowers. That’s where MicroByre comes in. Richardson wants to “train” bacteria, the same way humans train animals to be useful — and with good reason. If we can control when bacteria break down biomass and what it turns into, we can greatly reduce the estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste collected worldwide each year. Richardson believes she can accomplish this in the next two years.

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Outstanding Cost Reduction in Waste Water Treatment

Orange Walk Town, Belize


Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI) has been producing sugar in Orange Walk town, Belize since 1967.
Since they process approximately 1.3 million tons of sugarcane per year, they have been searching for a sustainable solution to manage their waste water.
Further, they wanted to reduce cost since they were applying an aeration system that consumed vast amounts of electricity.

EM holdings tanks


Activated EM・1 (AEM) is prepared on site to be used within the waste water coming from the sugar processing plant.
They activate EM・1 and apply it once a week.


They had problems with bad odors caused by hydrogen sulfide and ammonia gases within the waste water treatment ponds as well as pollution problems that kill fish and aquatic life in nearby rivers.
They also faced problems in control COD and BOD in effluents.

Pond 1 (inlet) after five months of applying EM


After applying EM Technology for one year here are their successful results:

  1. Complete odor control
  2. Marked reduction in housefly population
  3. Complete elimination of air pumps and hence elimination of maintenance cost
  4. Significant reduction in labour cost associated with pond management
  5. Increase avian population around the treatment pond area
  6. Reduce of time in treatment labour operations
  7. COD, BOD, sludge and other physical and chemical parameter improved in waste water effluents

Wastewater treatment Pond before EM

Wastewater treatment Pond after five months of EM application

Management Cost Comparative Table (Belize $ – 1 Belize $ = € 0,43)

Reduction of 50% after EM Application

(Updated on July, 2018)


Ook in ons brein lijken bacteriën voor te komen

Mogelijk hebben onze hersenen hun eigen microbioom.

Dat hebben onderzoekers bekend gemaakt tijdens een jaarlijkse bijeenkomst van de Society for Neuroscience. Het is een behoorlijk baanbrekende ontdekking die – als vervolgonderzoek deze resultaten reproduceren kan – meer inzicht kan geven in de invloed die bacteriën op ons lichaam en gedrag hebben.

De onderzoekers bestudeerden hersenweefsel van mensen die reeds overleden waren en troffen in alle stukjes brein waar ze zich over bogen bacteriën aan. Hoeveel bacteriën de onderzoekers aantroffen, bleek wel te verschillen. Zo werden er grote hoeveelheden bacteriën aangetroffen in de hippocampus en prefrontale cortex, maar heel weinig in het zogenoemde corpus striatum (een gebied in de grote hersenen).

Natuurlijk kan het zijn dat deze bacteriën pas na het overlijden van deze mensen in het brein zijn beland. Kortom: het is nog niet direct hard bewijs dat er in het levende brein bacteriën te vinden zijn. En daarom besloten de onderzoekers nog een stap verder te gaan en de hersenen van muizen te bestuderen, kort nadat deze muizen waren doodgegaan. Maar ook in deze situatie werden er bacteriën in het brein aangetroffen, juist ook op de plekken waar de onderzoekers ze in het menselijk hersenweefsel met name hadden gezien. Het idee dat het een postmortem verschijnsel is, wordt verder onderuit gehaald doordat de onderzoekers zich ook hebben gebogen over muizen wiens hersenen kiemvrij, oftewel steriel waren. Ook deze muizen werden gedood, waarna men direct het hersenweefsel bestudeerde. In deze hersenen werden geen bacteriën aangetroffen. Bovendien wijzen de onderzoekers erop dat de bacteriën in specifieke, diepergelegen delen van het brein opduiken: nog een aanwijzing dat hun aanwezigheid niet het resultaat kan zijn van besmetting.

Het onderzoek is bijzonder interessant. Recente studies hinten er namelijk op dat micro-organismen die in onze darmen leven ook van invloed zijn op de hersenfunctie en het menselijk gedrag. Maar hoe die bacteriën ons brein precies beïnvloeden, is onduidelijk. Eerder werd wel gespeculeerd dat bacteriën in staat zijn om het brein via de bloed-hersenbarrière – deze scheidt de bloedsomloop van het buiten de cellen gelegen hersenvocht – en/of via zenuwen in de darmen te bereiken. Deze studie lijkt die theorie te onderschrijven. De onderzoekers wijzen erop dat bacteriën aangetroffen zijn nabij die bloed-hersenbarrière en zenuwvezels. “Het is momenteel onduidelijk welke route de bacteriën volgen om het brein binnen te gaan, maar dat ze zijn aangetroffen in zenuwvezels en nabij de bloed-hersenbarrière onderschrijft eerdere speculaties,” zo schrijven de onderzoekers.


Aankondiging lezing EM | 26 nov | Wilgenpaard Dordrecht

Nieuw EMverkooppunt Het Wilgenpaard in Dordrecht organiseert op maandag 26 november een lezing over Effectieve micro-organismen (EM). Op deze avond leer je meer over de achtergronden van EM, Bokashi en de toepassingen voor huis, tuin en dier.

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Counting The Bugs And Bacteria, You’re ‘Never Home Alone’ (And That’s OK)

Humans would do better to accept many of the life forms that share our space, than to scrub them all away, says ecologist Rob Dunn

Een interessant Engelstalig interview met Rob Dunn, ecoloog en schrijver van het nieuwe boek “Never Home Alone”. Over alle kleine organismen in huis:

De introtekst:

You may be shocked by what’s living in your home — the bacteria, the fungi, viruses, parasites and insects. Probably many more organisms than you imagined.

“Every surface; every bit of air; every bit of water in your home is alive,” says Rob Dunn, a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “The average house has thousands of species.”

Dunn started out studying microorganisms and insects in rain forests, but his focus gradually shifted toward backyards and houses. “I eventually found myself in homes with the realization that a lot of what I’d done in jungles … we could do under the bed and showers,” he says. “And we were making the same kinds of discoveries I’d make in Bolivia or Ghana or Australia or anywhere else.”

Dunn’s new book, Never Home Alone, describes the tiny life forms he’s found living in different parts of the home, including on floors and water faucets and in basements and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Dunn warns that, too often, people attempt to scrub away all microbes — without considering that some of the organisms may actually be beneficial. Take antibacterial soaps, for instance. Dunn notes that although antibacterial soaps kill pathogens, they also tend to favor some bacteria that are harmful to humans.

“They’re really a great example of where we’ve gone too far in trying to kill everything around us, and it’s had unintended consequences,” he says.

Instead, Dunn suggests that humans would do better to accept the microbes that share our space.

“Our bodies don’t exist but for the species that live on and in them,” he says. “We can’t scrub ourselves free of the rest of life. I hope to be never alone in that sense — to be really isolated from the rest of life would be a very sad thing.”

Lees het hele artikel hier. Ook vind je hier een transcriptie van het interview met Rob Dunn.

Nog enkele ‘vintage’ Bokashi-keukenemmers te koop !

Wilde je vroeger ook al zo’n Bokashi-keukenemmer hebben, maar er nooit aan toe gekomen? Wees er dan nu snel bij, want op = op!

Er zijn nog maar enkele sets te koop!


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EM Pilot Test in Honeybee Colonies

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Pilot Test Overview and Objective

This pilot test was lauched by Campo Rural and PROFAM Group in Argentina who learnt on the benefits of EM Technology.
The proposal was to replace antibiotics such as oxytetracyclines, which can generate dangerous residue (nitrofurans that severely limited the market during 2003-2004, that had oxytetracyclines origin).
They consider the fact that applying antibiotics removes all kinds of bacteria, exposing beehives to fungal infection and virus.
Therefore, they wanted to observe the effects of EM・1 on healthy and affected beehive mainly by American foulbrood, Nosemosis and other disease that limit normal evolution of the colony.
They launched a series of tests using EM・1 and evaluate its results after testing for several seasons and in different conditions.


– Sugar cane (sucrose)
– Levudex (Corn syrup high in fructose derived from corn starch, containing about 26-29% of water, 36% of fructose and 33% of glucose)
– Water
– EM・1
– Beehives for testing

Product Activation

– Dilute the sugar in water and pour it into the container (they used two different concentrations with two different types of sugar).
– Add EM・1 into the container with the mixture of water and sugar mentioned before.
– Add water to fill the container and mix well.
– Keep the solution for a week to ferment in anaerobic conditions.
– Check change of color, smell (sower sweet) and pH below 3.5.

Results and Advantages

– Before EM・1 application, the apiary was infected with Nosemosis by 60% in high levels and American foulbrood by 33%.
After the second application, infection impact reduced to 3.33% in Nosemosis and 0% in American foulbrood.
This demonstrates that EM・1 has a bactericidal action.

Before EM Application

After 3 EM Application

Comparative Graph



– This product could be used permanently while antibiotics should be suspended for approximately two months before honeydew.
– Cost is comparatively lower than other antibiotics used in beekeeping.
– It is a no residue product. An overdose of antibiotics is dangerous since it can pass to honey.
– Not cause drug resistance because EM is living organisms.