Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, and sold under the brand name Roundup. Today, glyphosate-based products are the most widespread herbicides. Glyphosate does not breakdown in water, air or sunlight and accumulates in many environments. There is increasing evidence that it is toxic, not only to plants, but also for animals and bacteria.
While glyphosate is harmful to many microbes, there is hope for the future. There are a number of soil bacteria and fungi which break the chemical bonds of glyphosate. We recently read an article which reviewed which soil microbes were able to break down from the journal, Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology.
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SymSoil™ Robust Compost, with over 2,000 species, includes members of the Achromobacter, Flavisolibacter, Geobacillus, Pseudosprillum, Rhodobium and Streptomyces bacteria families, as well as Penicillum chrysogenum (a fungi)
These have been shown to break glyphosate into safer compounds. This allows other parts of the soil biome to be reintroduced.
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