Teaming with Bacteria

The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Endophytic Bacteria and the Rhizophagy Cycle


By Jeff Lowenfels

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A must-read handbook for organic gardeners and small-scale growers. 

Thanks to research conducted over the last few decades, we know that most plants get a significant portion of their nutrients by attracting endophytic bacteria—bacteria that live inside a plant’s cells. Through a complex process, plant cells harvest the nitrogen and other nutrients in a bacterium’s cell wall and expel the bacterium’s protoplasts back into the soil where they rebuild their cell walls, start feeding again, and repeat the cycle. Interesting, you may think, but why does this matter? As it turns out, it matters a lot. The bottom line is this: without endophytic bacteria, plants get fewer nutrients and cannot develop properly.

Teaming with Bacteria not only explains the rhizophagy cycle; it shows you how to harness this amazing process to increase productivity and plant health. In addition, endophytic bacteria increase a plant’s tolerances to abiotic and biotic stresses and controlling pathogens. This is exactly what we need if we are to deal effectively with climate change, soil loss, and feeding a rapidly burgeoning population. Gardeners, farmers, and other growers must adjust best practices—and develop new ones—to ensure that the rhizophagy cycle can operate at its most efficient pace and that the right endophytic bacteria can do what they are supposed to do.

Just as Teaming with Microbes introduced gardeners and growers to the soil food web, Teaming with Bacteria adds to that science by sharing the latest research on endophytic bacteria (bacteria that live inside plants) and rhizophagy (plants “eating” bacteria)—discoveries that have profound implications for the practices of home gardeners and small-scale growers.

  • “Lowenfels digs into new science behind how endophytic bacteria supply nutrients to plants and explains how this applies to gardeners and growers.” 
    Gardens Illustrated
  • “Lowenfels’ easy style gives this dense and increasingly well-researched topic greater accessibility.”
    The English Garden
  • Teaming with Bacteria is a remarkable read. It will serve as an essential reference for organic gardeners and all those who find joy in helping plants grow.”
    David Younan-Montgomery

On Sale
Sep 27, 2022
Page Count
172 pages
Timber Press

Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels

About the Author

Jeff Lowenfels is the author several of award-winning books on plants and soil, and he is the longest running garden columnist in North America. Lowenfels is a national lecturer as well as a fellow, hall of fame member, and former president of the Garden Writers of America.

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