PRESS RELEASE: Using Natural Mechanisms to Eliminate Bad Odors

No one typically enjoys bad smells. This makes life especially difficult for anyone dealing with odor problem areas such as garbage cans, restrooms, manure pits, wastewater treatment plants, and garbage processing facilities. Sometimes, an accidental garbage spill or the rotting of a hidden substance can cause odor surprises in unexpected areas. Whether or not the problem is routine or sudden, it is important to have an odor control solution that will not only cover up bad smells but also eliminate them. Bionetix® odor control products make use of natural technologies to do exactly that and more.

Tackling Odor from Two Angles
Bionetix® odor control technologies involve two main mechanisms. One aspect is to eliminate the materials that are causing the odor. This can be done both by cleaning the surface with detergent and also by introducing beneficial microorganisms that biodegrade the odor-emitting substances and continue to work even after the initial cleaning. The second mechanism works to actually bind the odorous molecules or inhibit their activity, thus reducing the concentration of odorous compounds. Products containing these odor neutralizers can be chosen based on the primary purpose of the application: odor control, cleaning, or accelerated waste digestion.

Odor Neutralizer with Cleaning Properties
When odor control is the main concern and cleaning is a side benefit, ECO-SCENT™ is a great ready-to-use technology. This liquid odor control can be sprayed in garbage pails, inside dumpsters and garbage trucks, on carpets, on bathroom surfaces, and in laundry and fitness facilities to eliminate odors and leave behind a fresh smell. It can also be added to mop water to clean floors around urinals or other areas notorious for contaminant buildup and bad odors.

ECO-SCENT™ contains synergistic bio-strains, surfactants, nutrients, stimulants, and odor-neutralizing agents that ensure excellent breakdown of starches, carbohydrates, protein, fats, and greases. While beneficial bacteria in ECO-SCENT™ work to digest odor-causing compounds even after the initial application, the natural active odor neutralizing ingredient forms a complex with odor-causing organic compounds, yielding a lower concentration of these organic molecules. This readily biodegradable, non-hazardous odor neutralizer encapsulates odorous molecules such as hydrogen sulfide, mercaptans, smoke, sweat,
and ammonia to remove bad odors and not just mask the smell. The same biotechnology is available in a pre-stabilized multiple spore blend concentrate (HYGIEA2200™) manufactured specifically for large volume accounts with formulation capabilities.

Industrial Cleaner with Odor Neutralizing Properties
HYGIEA2400™ is another multiple spore blend liquid concentrate that can be formulated into cleaning and odor control products. It also contains an odor neutralizer but is primarily designed for use in industrial cleaning applications, with odor control as a side benefit. Products made from HYGIEA2400™ can be used to clean a wide variety of organic wastes such as grease, fats, oils, starches, proteins, and cellulose while simultaneously performing efficient odor control.

Odor Control for Large Scale Waste Treatment
Wastewater treatment plants and farms that need large scale odor control but not cleaning can opt for STIMULUS. STIMULUS™ is a natural biostimulant,
surfactant, and odor control product derived from natural plant extract. It can be used to treat wastewater and agricultural waste by stimulating natural decomposition processes to work more rapidly. This naturally reduces odors by encouraging better aerobic digestion conditions and reducing the amount of waste and sludge in the system. Beyond this, STIMULUS
™ also binds ammonia and inhibits urease activity, thus decreasing the concentration of odorous compounds. STIMULUS™ can be sprayed on compost and manure piles or added directly to sludge.

Eliminate Unpleasant Odors
Unpleasant odors are just that: unpleasant, with a negative impact on both employee and public relations. Bad odors can send facility or asset owners scrambling to cover up the unpleasant smells in whatever way they are able. Often this means only masking the odor without getting rid of the underlying cause, and possibly not solving the problem at all. By taking advantage of Bionetix® natural odor control mechanisms, users can eliminate odor and not just cover it up, creating a better long-term solution for both expected and unexpected odor problems. Contact us for further assistance in choosing the right technology to eliminate unpleasant odors!

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NEWS ALERT: Bionetix® Releases Probiotic Cleaner for Garbage Disposal Maintenance!

June 6, 2022

Bionetix® is pleased to announce the release of ECO-DISPOSAL, a new foaming garbage disposal cleaner and freshener with probiotics! While standard garbage disposal cleaners often have to be used weekly to clean out the organic waste residues that can collect and produce bad kitchen drain odors, Bionetix® adds probiotics to its formula for extra, long-lasting garbage disposal maintenance power.

ECO-DISPOSAL™ is a foaming cleaner and freshener that contains billions of beneficial probiotics per pouch. These probiotics wake up when in contact with water and start digesting organic waste. After the initial treatment, the probiotics cling to the garbage disposal and drain walls for ongoing long-term waste digestion and garbage disposal maintenance benefits. By continuing to digest organic residue, ECO-DISPOSAL™ helps combat drain clogging and garbage disposal odors, likely reducing garbage disposal cleaning frequency.

ECO-DISPOSAL™ is easy to apply. Simply run some warm water (35- 45 °C [95-113 °F]) into an empty garbage disposal that is turned off and insert an ECO-DISPOSAL™ pouch. Next, turn on the garbage disposal for just a few seconds, allowing foam to appear. The foam will recede after turning off the water and garbage disposal. A quick rinse with water completes the process, leaving behind a fresh smell and helpful living organisms to continue waste digestion!

This new probiotic garbage disposal cleaner is great for both private homeowners and commercial food industry establishments. In addition to drain and garbage disposal maintenance, it can be used to clean and maintain septic tanks, repopulating them with a healthy microbial colony for ongoing waste digestion. Contact Bionetix® today to learn about adding ECO-DISPOSALto your garbage disposal or septic system:

Keywords: probiotic cleaner, Bionetix, garbage disposal maintenance, garbage disposal cleaner, kitchen drain odors, combat drain clogging, garbage disposal cleaning frequency, food industry, maintain septic tanks, garbage disposal odors

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It’s Time to Make the Grass Greener on Your Side of the Fence – Naturally!

Almost everyone enjoys seeing lush green grass, especially on their own property. One of the drawbacks is that this typically involves routine application of weed killers and synthetic fertilizers. While the aesthetic results look beautiful, the treatment rarely makes lawn owners feel better about their contribution to the environment. Bionetix® changes the whole picture with its natural fertilizers for healthier grass.

How Can You Get a Better Lawn Naturally?

Bionetix® natural lawn treatments harness the biological processes already existing in nature to improve grass health and turf vigor in several ways:

  • Improving water and nutrient absorption
  • Fertilizing the soil with naturally derived nutrients
  • Enhancing the overall growing environment
  • Adding beneficial microorganisms that enrich the soil via better debris decomposition

All these aspects work together to create a healthier grass root and plant even in stressed conditions. Two naturally-derived products in particular combine to make a great turf vigor support team.

ECO-TURF™ + ORGANIC PLUS™ = A Great Lawncare Team!

ECO-TURF™ ORGANIC PLUS™ are similar in many ways, but also different. Both contain humic and fulvic acids, which promote a healthy growing environment and good nutrient absorption. Both ECO-TURF™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ add nutrients to the soil to nourish the grass. Both contain natural surfactants that work as wetting agents to promote the uptake and efficient use of water even in dry conditions, thus reducing the stress of drought on plants. Altogether, these characteristics enhance root formation and plant growth by giving the grass the resources it needs to thrive.

ECO-TURF™ has an added advantage in that it contains 75 million CFU/g of beneficial bacteria that work as a microbial powerhouse to improve the condition of the soil. This “biofertilizer” promotes the decomposition of debris in the soil, making the soil richer and promoting more vigorous turf through bioaugmentation. ORGANIC PLUS™ is an excellent companion to support the process by providing additional nutrients and biostimulants that enhance bacterial activity, encourage the uptake of nutrients, and deliver other natural benefits to the soil and grass. ECO-TURF™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ can be used separately to naturally support lawn health, but they are even more powerful as a lawncare team together.

Who Can Benefit from Natural Lawn Amendments?

There are many potential people and places that can benefit from these two naturally derived lawn treatments. Professional lawn care companies can please their clients –  homeowners, businesses, and housing associations – by promoting healthy, vigorous grass. They can also have the upper hand on other lawn care service providers by emphasizing their reliance on natural treatment methods that may reduce the need for other chemicals. Sod farms stand to benefit by promoting a more vigorous, thicker crop with balanced growth. The same technologies can be used at the golf course on greens, fairways, or in the rough where lush grass is an integral part of the golfing experience. Even those tasked with sports fields maintenance can help the soccer or football field thrive by choosing these natural lawn amendments. The products are simple to apply by mixing with water and spraying thoroughly over the grass. ORGANIC PLUS™ should be applied every five days. ECO-TURF™ should be applied every two to four weeks and can be used in both warm and cool seasons.

It’s Time to Improve Turf Vigor

With ORGANIC PLUS™ and ECOTURF, there is essentially no reason why you cannot make the grass greener on your side of the fence. Even better, with the support of these two products, you can do so naturally and feel good about what you are putting into the environment. Contact Bionetix® today for further assistance to get the grass growing greener on your side of the fence:

Keywords: Bionetix, natural fertilizers, healthier grass, natural surfactants, nutrient absorption, humic and fulvic acids, biofertilizer, bioaugmentation, biostimulants, lawn care, sod farms, improve turf vigor

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PRESS RELEASE: Microbes and MICRO 14™: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Little Things for a Healthier Environment

Healthy microbial activity is one important key to a healthy environment. Microbes are an important part of the biodegradation process that breaks down waste materials into harmless substances or improves the richness of organic material for plant growth. However, these microbes will only be as healthy as their available nutrition allows them to be. Just as humans sometimes need to take vitamins and supplements to make up for nutrients lacking in their diet, microbes can sometimes benefit from a healthy nutritional supplement, too. Such is Bionetix® MICRO 14, a special blend of 14+ ingredients including minerals, vitamins, and microbial growth elements. MICRO 14™ can be used to stimulate the activity of existing microorganisms as well as those that have been added via bioaugmentation, thus speeding up beneficial natural processes in a variety of environments.

MICRO 14™ for Agriculture
While some commercial fertilizers have a few minerals in addition to nitrogen and phosphorous, none of them contain all of the compounds (such as cofactors and vitamins) that bacteria require for complete growth. In contrast, MICRO 14™ contains a full range of micronutrients, as well as cometabolites, natural growth factors, vitamins, and key amino acids to promote excellent growth. The health of soil microbes directly affects the health of the soil as microorganisms break down organic materials to improve the overall condition of the soil and, in turn, the health of the crops growing therein.

Manure and Compost Management
MICRO 14™ can also be used around the farm in manure pits and compost heaps. These waste materials are collected and left to decay into nutrient rich fertilizer and soil amendments. However, sometimes the decomposition process needs an extra boost. MICRO 14™ can help stimulate microbes in compost or manure to biodegrade the waste more quickly and potentially with less odor, especially if used in conjunction with bioaugmentation.

MICRO 14™ for Bioremediation
Soil bioremediation is another critical environmental cleanup process that relies on the activity of microorganisms to, for example, biodegrade hydrocarbons that have spilled or leaked into the ground. Naturally occurring microorganisms eventually degrade pollutants over a long period of time, so bioaugmentation with “good” bacteria that target petroleum waste is optimal. Adding MICRO 14™ can help these supplemental or existing bacteria be more active and get the
decontamination job done sooner by providing all the micronutrients needed for healthy microbial growth and activity.

MICRO 14™ for Enhanced Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater treatment also depends on tiny microbes to break down waste materials. Often, pre-existing bacteria is enough to do the job, but sometimes cool weather makes the microbes sluggish, or shock loading of waste material makes it difficult for the microbes to keep up with biodegradation. Once again, a good dose of MICRO 14™ can help existing or auxiliary microorganisms function more efficiently to speed up the waste treatment process in the secondary digester or lagoon system, or to stimulate biogas production.

Whatever the case may be, MICRO 14™ is a great supplement to nourish those microscopic but significant microbes constantly at work to enhance the soil, treat wastewater, and generally clean up the environment to the best of their ability.
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Keywords: microbial activity, soil bioremediation, bioaugmentation, Bionetix, wastewater treatment, manure and compost management, environmental cleanup, commercial fertilizers, agriculture, plant growth

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PRESS RELEASE: Harnessing Nature’s Biological Processes for Cleaner Pond Water

A common problem for ornamental ponds and fish farms is dirty water with a high amount of sediment and sludge buildup. This occurs as organic waste such as dead leaves, grass, or fecal matter accumulate. To make matters worse, a nutrient rich environment from fertilizer runoff (nutrient pollution) supports the growth of algae in the water. One problem adds to another, often leading to an oxygen-starved pond that smells bad, looks bad, and is unhealthy for fish. Bioaugmentation with BCP54™ is one exciting strategy to combat this problem by harnessing nature’s own biological processes.

Good Bacteria to the Rescue

The success of BCP54™ lies in its blend of aerobic and facultative anaerobic bacteria that work in high or low oxygen conditions. The underlying technology—bioaugmentation—involves adding microorganisms to the pond environment to speed up the decomposition of unwanted materials. The “good” bacteria present in BCP54™ produce amylase, lipase, cellulase, and protease—four enzymes involved in the digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and other organic compounds found in organic waste residues. The microorganisms consume organic wastes and excess nutrients to support their metabolism and reproduce in proportion to the level of contaminants available as a food source. The end result is a cleaner, clearer, healthier pond environment.

Counteract Nutrient Pollution

One of the exciting benefits of BCP54™ is that it can be used to naturally counteract algae growth without the use of algaecides. This is because BCP54™ goes after the heart of the algae problem: nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution occurs when excess nitrogen or phosphorous enter the waterways. This is typically due to the heavy use of fertilizers. The same nutrients that make grass grow rich and green and healthy can run off via rainwater into a pond, where they provide a rich food source to support a healthy population of algae. BCP54™ counteracts this problem by competing for the same nutrients that algae feed on. The microorganisms in BCP54™ consume nitrogen and phosphorus, reducing nutrient pollution and giving algae less reason to grow.

Other Benefits of BCP54™ Bioaugmentation

The bacteria of BCP54™ also take care of other water quality problems by reducing organic waste, sludge, ammonia, and various toxins that create bad odors and murky ponds. BCP54™ can potentially reduce higher pH and help suspended solids settle. All these advantages are especially beneficial for aquaculture
applications (e.g., fish and shrimp farms) where there is excess organic waste from fecal matter and food particles and a natural tendency 
toward higher levels of ammonia. Such an environment stresses aquatic species’ health; emits bad odors; and requires extra time and labor to drain, clean, and refill ponds at the end of the production cycle. A weekly dose of BCP54™ boosts biological processes to reduce the level of contaminants and suspended solids for important savings of time and effort in the long run.

BCP54™ in Action

But how does BCP54™ actually work in the field? Before deciding to use BCP54, it is helpful to take a closer look at the experience others have had to evaluate whether this biotechnology is worth trying. Results are exciting. In one case, a fly-fishery in Wales experienced an unprecedented algal bloom and a high level of suspended solids in April, threatening the loss of the fishing season that year. The client started adding BCP54™ to the water in May with some benefit that
suddenly backtracked in warmer weather at the beginning of June. He upped the dose and had clean water by the end of the month, but he was worried about how the lake would do in the heat of July. However, his fears proved unfounded as the water stayed clear, July fishing was the best it had ever been at those temperatures, and fish mortality dropped by 60%. In another case, a fish farm in Brazil did a trial of BCP54™ in conjunction with AQUA-FEED™ (a probiotic added to fish food). AEROBOOSTER-O2™ was also added at one point during the rainy season to boost oxygen levels. In the end, the treated pond had better fish production, odor control was excellent, and there was no need to discharge water contaminated with fish waste and clean out the tank at the end of the production period.

Achieve Cleaner Ponds and Fish Farms Naturally

BCP54™ is a natural way to clean up dirty, contaminated ponds for better aesthetics and a healthier aquatic environment. Microorganisms perform an important function simply by consuming the nutrient rich contaminants that support their natural biological processes. This promotes water clarity and, by extension, the health of the fish or shrimp that live in the ponds. BCP54™ is available in three forms: BCP54™ (standard 5 billion CFU/g powder), BCP54-20B™ (high concentration 20 billion CFU/g powder), and BCP54T™ (2 billion CFU/g tablets for dosing convenience).

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Keywords: cleaner pond water, ornamental ponds, fish farms, aquaculture, pisciculture, nutrient pollution, bioaugmentation, odor problems, Bionetix, water quality

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PRESS RELEASE: STIMULUS™: A Winning Member on Your Odor Control and Waste Treatment Team

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of wastewater treatment, manure pits, and compost heaps? It would not be surprising to hear “bad odors” as the resounding answer. All three environments have odor problems in common due to the biological breakdown of waste. Often, a high concentration of waste worsens the odors because of insufficient oxygen to facilitate aerobic processes. As a result, decomposition automatically switches to anaerobic digestion, which creates a higher volume of odorous compounds, including excess ammonia that can also lead to environmental issues. Unpleasant odors are not only difficult to work with but can cause a public relations nightmare as neighbors complain about the uncontrolled smell. Fortunately, Bionetix® International has an answer to improve the situation by naturally stimulating biological processes with STIMULUS.

STIMULUS™ is a natural biostimulant, surfactant, and odor control product derived from natural plant extract. STIMULUS™ inhibits the formation of odors while enhancing microbiological activity by supplying bacteria with a food source rich in macro- and micro-elements that encourage the composting process. The major components of STIMULUS™ can bind ammonia to form complexes and reduce the level of ammonia in waste. The active ingredient in STIMULUS™ also inhibits urease activity, therefore prohibiting the release of ammonia and reducing environmental impact.

There are many individuals and entities that can benefit from the use of STIMULUS:

  • Farmers
  • Landscapers
  • Industrial compost sites
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Food processing facilities
  • Fisheries

Following is a closer look at the situations where STIMULUS™ could be of help.

STIMULUS™ for Compost and Manure Management
Farmers, landscapers, and industrial compost sites have to deal with the buildup of dead grass, landscape products, and other organics piled into compost heaps. STIMULUS™ effectively controls the odors resulting from this decomposition. One application of STIMULUS™ to the compost windrow when the material is first set out and again when the pile is first turned is typically enough to get the desired effects. The second dose is recommended to help with the possible anaerobic bacteria buildup in the center of the pile. Further treatment is usually not needed. STIMULUS™ is great for neutralizing the musty odors from yeast and molds that form in leaf piles stored over the winter for composting. It also helps stabilize the decomposition process in wet or dry seasons. STIMULUS™ can help prevent odor development in early spring or late fall when operating conditions in the compost pile may be poor due to excess moisture. In dry weather, there is an increased need for sufficient moisture to keep the compost process going. Adding STIMULUS™ to the processing water helps reactivate the compost and also helps water and oxygen penetrate deeper into the pile by natural surfactant action. In similar ways, adding STIMULUS™ to manure storage pits accelerates decomposition and minimizes bad odors for better manure management and natural fertilizer production.

STIMULUS™ for Enhancing Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater environments at food processing facilities and municipal plants are another great candidate for STIMULUS. Using STIMULUS™ in lagoons and clarifiers helps boost the decomposition process, keep ammonia levels in check, and reduce odors. It has also been found to control volatile fatty acid buildup in anaerobic digesters, thus increasing process stability and reducing the need for supplemental caustics such as lime. STIMULUS™ can be added to sludge prior to dewatering to control odors and sprayed onto the sludge drying bed for additional odor reduction benefits. Adding STIMULUS™ to the wastewater stream can also reduce sludge buildup early in the process.

STIMULUS™ for Deodorizing the Waste Environment
Another huge challenge with waste and wastewater is that it not only smells bad itself, but it leaves behind a bad odor on everything it touches, resulting in putrid facilities and equipment. These are a few potential problem areas:

  • Concrete floors, loading ramps, docks, truck bays, and wall
  • Tile surfaces
  •  Dumpsters, bins, and containers
  • Grit chambers
  • Sewers and lift stations

The good news is that STIMULUS™ is extremely effective at deodorizing surfaces contaminated by urine, feces, garbage, and other organic waste substances. It can be diluted and sprayed onto concrete, metal, and tile to solve the problem. It can also be metered into sewers, tanks, lift stations, and grit chambers to help with the ever-present odor in those areas of sewage exposure.

STIMULUS™ for Ammonia and Odor Control at Fisheries
Another great place to use STIMULUS™ is in ponds and lagoons at fisheries. These have a naturally high level of waste and ammonia content from fish excrements, making the addition of STIMULUS™ for odor control and binding of free ammonia perfect for some of the key problems in this environment.

A Great Team Member in the Waste Treatment ‘Game’
If waste treatment were viewed as a game, the microbes would be the team players and STIMULUS™ would be both a cheerleader and a referee—a cheerleader because, although it does not contain microbiology itself, it stimulates bacteria in the surrounding environment to do the best job possible; a referee because of its natural actions to keep unwanted compounds in check (i.e., binding ammonia and inhibiting urease). Contact Bionetix® if you would like to invite this winning member onto your waste treatment team:!

Keywords: wastewater treatment, compost heaps, manure pits, odor problems, biostimulant, odor control at fisheries, compost and manure management, deodorizing the waste environment, ammonia and odor control, Bionetix

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PRESS RELEASE. Bionetix® Presents Biological Farming Technologies for Better Fruit and Vegetable Yields

As the Northern Hemisphere growing season approaches, it is important for fruit and vegetable growers to reevaluate their crop maintenance techniques and consider new ways of fostering healthy crops. Instead of using pesticides, fungicides, and inorganic fertilizers, farmers can opt for more natural methods of boosting crop health. Bionetix® International helps growers do so through the use of biological farming technologies to boost fruit and vegetable growth.

Key Factors Affecting Plant Growth and Health
To understand how Bionetix® biologicals work, it is good to think about the keys to a healthy crop. Water, soil, and nutrients are some of the basic ingredients that support plant growth. However, many underlying issues can affect the ability of fruits and vegetables to take advantage of these resources. For instance, drought may put a strain on plants by limiting the amount of water available. Soil may be deficient in organic matter and nutrients by its nature or from excessive farming. In addition, excessive use of fertilizers affects soil quality by the accumulation of excess nitrogen and phosphorus, which also reduces water quality and leads to eutrophication of lakes and rivers. Sometimes, existing nutrients are simply not in bioavailable form for plants to use.

Natural Biotechnologies in Action
Bionetix® employs naturally-derived ingredients to counter these problems. In addition to using natural fertilizers and soil amendments to stimulate microbial activity (biostimulation), Bionetix® adds beneficial non-pathogenic bacteria and enzymes to the soil (bioaugmentation) to help fertilize it in three ways:

• By digesting debris
• By creating more humic/fulvic acids
• By increasing bioavailability of macro and micronutrients
• By increasing nitrogen fixation

The same bacterial action can also improve soil structure for better root aeration. Other natural ingredients Bionetix® has used in agricultural products include beneficial fungi (e.g., mycorrhizae) that form a symbiotic relationship with roots, natural PGPR (plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria) that help plants grow, and natural wetting agents to reduce surface tension so plants can use water more efficiently under stress. The exciting benefits of Bionetix® biologicals go on to many other natural mechanisms that may show signs of improving disease resistance and boosting crop health.

Biostimulation with ORGANIC PLUS
One highly effective all-natural plant biostimulant and soil microbial enhancer is ORGANIC PLUS. It boosts the natural fertility of the soil by adding a high concentration of humic and fulvic acids, marine plants, and other micronutrients, which help stimulate bacterial activity and play other beneficial roles such as

• Fertilizing soil
• Enhancing seed germination
• Promoting plant health
• Chelating and colloidalizing fertilizers (to promote better nutrient uptake)
• Enhancing root formation
• Enhancing bacterial activity
• Improving water availability

ORGANIC PLUS™ is also available with rhamnolipids (RH version), which add their own beneficial natural mechanisms to tackle various crop threats. Rhamnolipids have been shown to fight some fungal diseases in plants. ORGANIC PLUS™ should be applied early in the crop growth cycle as well as at five-day increments throughout the growing season for best results. It can also be used as a seed soak/dip or added to hydroponics water.

Bioaugmentation with SOIL-BAC
SOIL-BAC™ takes a more proactive approach to agriculture health by adding both beneficial microorganisms and nutrients directly to the soil to increase active biomass and ensure healthy growth. As the microorganisms digest raw organics in the soil, more nutrients become available to help the plants grow, causing SOIL-BAC™ to function as a biofertilizer. SOIL-BAC™ contains mycorrhizae, fungi that form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots to improve nutrient and water absorption, and PGPR. SOIL-BAC™ can also help with nitrogen fixation and phosphorus solubilization and provides many other benefits to support plant production, health, and disease resistance. Eight applications of SOIL-BAC™ are recommended throughout the season with the option of increasing the frequency and rate of SOIL-BAC™ additions for even more benefits.

In the summer of 2018, a soybean and potherb mustard farmer in Japan decided to trial SOILBAC™ and ORGANIC PLUS. The farmer was used to planting two crops per year, which put a strain on the soil and resulted in a very low 30 percent overall production rate on 12 acres (4.9 hectares) of land. The farmer
wondered if SOIL-BAC
™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ could suppress replant failure and chose half an acre (0.2 hectare) of a particularly bad field on which to test the two products.

Treatment of the field resulted in a finer, more stable soil aggregate with a higher oxygen content. Fewer weeds and no mold-like microorganisms were found growing. The soybeans in the test zone had extremely good germination and growth rates in spite of high temperatures, excessive drought, and soybean blight in other fields. Approximately seven acres (2.8 hectares) of soybeans withered outside the test zone, and replant failure was approximately 40 percent. In one field, replant failure was so high that 60 percent of the crop had to be discarded. These factors made it all the more amazing that the biologically treated area produced a 100 percent yield in a similar environment.

Take the Natural Path to Healthier Fruit and Vegetable Crops
While fruit and vegetable growers aim to have the most productive crops possible, it is good to be able to reduce the amount of pesticides and chemicals used. Bionetix® ORGANIC PLUS™ and SOIL-BAC™ make that possible by going beyond the benefits of inorganic fertilizers to harness natural biological mechanisms that enhance the fertility of the soil and support natural growth and disease-resistant processes. Contact Bionetix® today to learn more about these two specific natural plant health boosters for fruits and vegetables:

Keywords: Bionetix, biological farming, better fruit and vegetable yields, natural fertilizer, natural soil amendment, biofertilizer, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, boosting crop health, mycorrhizal fungi benefits, fruit and vegetable growers

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PRESS RELEASE: Reduce Grease Trap Buildup, Odors, and Fines with ECO-TRAP™

October 27, 2021

Restaurants, cafeterias, and other food-processing facilities often face grease trap maintenance challenges. Too much fat buildup can lead to bad smells, clogged drains, and even fines for exceeding acceptable BOD or FOG (fat, oil, grease) discharge levels. Bionetix® International offers a biological solution for keeping the fat in check and grease traps under control with ECO-TRAP™.

ECO-TRAP™ is a grease trap treatment containing specialty additives that loosen and liquefy heavy grease deposits, thereby speeding up their degradation. ECO-TRAP™ reduces oil and fat accumulation, prevents emergency blockages, and reduces BOD and bad odors. ECO-TRAP™ contains biological nutrients and stimulants that boost the natural bacterial population to form a larger colony. The more beneficial bacteria are present, the more power is available to break down the fats, oils, and greases filling up the grease trap.

Keeping grease trap contents under control helps facilities avoid a variety of nuisances:

• Mechanical Problems: Scum buildup is reduced, pipe drainage is improved, and emergency blockages or grease trap overflows are avoided.
• Compliance Problems: Facilities having trouble meeting BOD or FOG requirements in their waste discharge can bring these down to an acceptable level to avoid fines and fees.
• Odor Problems: Reducing the amount of fat in the grease trap can get rid of bad odors that are offensive to workers and customers.

ECO-TRAP™ comes in three different forms to meet the user’s preference. ECO-TRAP™ L is a liquid version that is typically users’ number one choice because of automatic metering. It can be added manually to the grease trap, but it is often injected automatically with the aid of a pump like those used for restaurant dishwashers. This cuts down on the manual labor of daily application. If manual labor is not a concern, users can apply ECO-TRAP™ P, a powder version packaged in water-soluble packets that can be added directly to the grease trap in just a few minutes at the end of the day. Still, some users prefer the ECO-TRAP™ BLOC, which contains biological nutrients and stimulants in a slow-release bloc form that can be added directly to a less turbulent (but not dead) area of the grease trap for extended treatment.

There are a variety of potential users that stand to benefit from ECO-TRAP™. Restaurants and food courts are especially good candidates, as are food processing factories. One excellent example of solving fat and grease buildup problems comes from a fish canning factory that operated 24/7.Their grease trap was so overloaded that the water was completely obscured with a layer of fat. The severity of the problem may have been due to the use of seawater in factory processes slowing the digestion of fats due to high chloride content. In spite of this, just two months after applying ECOTRAP™ in conjunction with BCP22™ (a similar, extra strength treatment for FOG), the water surface had cleared up by 70%, leaving only 30% covered by a fat layer. In another case, a starch factory was able to dramatically reduce TSS and BOD5 levels in just two weeks by adding ECOTRAP™ and BCP22™ to the drain.

Grease traps can be a catch-all for many fat-related problems. Regular use of ECO-TRAP™ helps dissipate these problems so restaurants and food courts can focus on delivering nourishment to people instead of chasing drain clogging and odor problems.

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Take the Natural Path to Healthier Soil and Plants

October 19, 2021

Farmers face many challenges that can affect their final yield. Soil health is an especially key factor that directly impacts crop health. The ability of plants to get good nourishment from the soil, form healthy roots, and readily access water is closely related and works to promote healthier crops overall. This in turn encourages better disease resistance and higher yields. With these goals in mind, Bionetix® International helps farmers boost the rich organic matter and restore the healthy structure of the soil by supplying the beneficial microorganisms and nutrients of ORGANIC PLUS™ and ORGANIC PLUS™ RH. With these biological soil amendments, farmers can take the natural path toward healthier soil and plants.

Enhance the Natural Fertility of Soil
ORGANIC PLUS™ is a highly effective natural plant biostimulant and soil microbial enhancer. It contains high concentrations of humic and fulvic acids, marine plants, and micronutrients. It helps to increase crop yield by amending the soil with nutrients and microorganisms that enhance the natural fertility of the soil. It is also available as ORGANIC PLUS™ RH, a rhamnolipid version that provides added natural benefits to plants. ORGANIC PLUS™ / RH promotes plant health in many different ways:

• Fertilizes soil
• Enhances seed germination
• Chelates and colloidalizes fertilizers (to promote better nutrient uptake)
• Enhances root formation
• Enhances bacterial activity
• Improves water availability

In addition to direct application to soil and young crops, ORGANIC PLUS™ can also be used for hydroponic plants or as a seed soak/dip.

Positive Results from Field Testing
ORGANIC PLUS™ was applied in conjunction with SOIL-BAC™ to a half-acre (0.2-hectare) soybean test field in the summer of 2018. The goal was to suppress replant failure where the stress of two crops per season had resulted in a crop yield of only 30 percent. Soil analysis found a more stable and finer aggregate after product application. While surrounding fields experienced heavy crop losses (approximately 40% replant failure) because of excessive drought and blight, soybeans in the test zone experienced an extremely good germination rate and normal growth with a 100 percent yield.

ORGANIC PLUS™ RH (rhamnolipid version) was tested on an 86-acre (35-hectare) potato field in 2019 where potato scab had severely affected previous crops. Potato scab was virtually eliminated in this test area. The results were credited to the synergistic action of rhamnolipids and other naturally derived ingredients in ORGANIC PLUS™ RH helping control the problem through natural mechanisms.

While the normal path to healthy growth and disease resistance is sometimes to pour on excess fertilizers and pesticides, ORGANIC PLUS™ takes a more natural approach by replenishing the soil with beneficial microorganisms and a smart balance of nutrients to improve crop health and fertility.

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PRESS RELEASE: Clear the FOG with Bionetix® BCP22™!

October 12, 2021

FOG means more than a low hanging mist or a state of mental confusion. In wastewater treatment, it stands for fats, oils, and greases. These waste materials tend to build up excessively in certain types of industrial wastewater, particularly effluent/influent from food-related industries. High levels of FOG produce bad odors, may cause wastewater plant upsets, and can make it difficult for industries to meet wastewater discharge standards, often resulting in surcharges. Bionetix® International makes it possible to bring FOG levels under control with BCP22™, a biological treatment for high grease applications.

Benefits of BCP22™
BCP22™ is a blend of facultative anaerobic bacteria targeted specifically to digest FOG. BCP22™ accelerates the biological degradation of high FOG wastewaters, making it ideal for food industry applications. This helps lower sludge production, reduces unpleasant odors, and improves treatment plant performance. As BCP22™ loosens and liquefies grease deposits, it makes it easier to clean away heavy buildup of fat in holding tanks, sewers, drains, and aeration basins. Since high FOG represents a higher biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and a higher level of total suspended solids (TSS) in wastewater, BCP22™ can also be used to help reduce these levels in order for facilities to meet acceptable discharge limits and avoid unwanted fines. These benefits translate into a wide range of possible applications: 

• Restaurants
• Meat processing facilities
• Dairy industry
• Municipal wastewater treatment plants

When to Apply BCP22™
There are four main times to add BCP22™ to a waste system.

1) FOG Overload: The most obvious time to use BCP22™ is when a FOG overload occurs. This can be the case in a grease trap that is beginning to overflow or cause odor problems. It can also take the form of shock loading at a wastewater treatment plant when a sudden increase in high FOG influent is too much for the system to handle.

2) Startup of a New Wastewater System: It takes time to establish a healthy colony of naturally occurring microorganisms that are able to digest wastewater contaminants. Adding bioaugmentation products can significantly reduce the time needed to create biomass. In some cases, it is a cost-effective and more efficient alternative to the conventional approach of importing sludge from other wastewater treatment plants.

3) Treatment After Shock: BCP22™ rapidly restores biomass activity after shock to ensure a healthy system. This is most commonly needed after process interruption, planned shutdowns, pH excursions, and sudden loading of toxic compounds.

4) Maintenance: BCP22™ can also be used as a recurring maintenance dose in grease traps or wastewater treatment applications where a high load of FOG is expected and/or has caused past problems.

In all four cases, BCP22™ helps the system function effectively and efficiently by adding a boost of FOG-digesting microorganisms that can speed up the biodegradation process. For further assistance taking advantage of bioaugmentation with BCP22™, contact Bionetix® today:

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