Local soil fungi and bacteria in sugarcane farming

Replacing expensive synthetic fertilizers and pesticides by local organic products from and for the sugarcane industry
Local soil fungi and bacteria in sugarcane farming

Plant Health Cure works on increasing sustainable sugar production while restoring the necessary soil  biology to grow healthier plants with a lower demand of  chemical treatments against diseases. The soil is a living organism and that has been misunderstood for too long. Time for change.

The current method of growing sugar cane is mostly beneficial for the producers of fertilizers and pesticides. The farmers pay increasingly more for these products while their crop quality decreases. The current practice of Sugar cane production makes the farmers dependent on Pharmaceuticals.

Biological components are lost

For a healthy and productive development sugarcane is highly dependent on mycorrhiza. These symbionts are heavily suppressed by the use of fungicides and their accumulation in the soil. The result of these practices is that the soil loses its biological components. This is shown by soil compaction, lack of oxygen, increase of diseases and disappearing of organic matter. Since these changes come slowly, it almost seems logic to blame these changes on monocropping. The result of losing the biological components is an unavoidable increase of diseases and decrease of complex sugar content. Insects and pathogens require simple sugars. Soil biology requires complex sugars. 

Fermentation replaces fertilizers

The use of synthetic fertilizers made it possible to grow high yielding sugar cane crop. However, due to a fundamental undernourishment from fertilizers of the crop and the high salt concentrations in the soil, the plants were no longer able to feed the soil organisms with complex sugars from photosynthesis. After many decades of modern agriculture, it becomes clear that there is a need for better soil management combined with a lower input of chemicals and salt fertilizers. 100% of the current synthetic fertilizers can be replaced by a fermentation product from sugar cane molasses. When the sugar cane molasse is fermented by adding some Ammonium and  Corynebacterium, the nitrogen level is raised. This makes the fermented product a good fertilizer. Besides this, the fermented molasse will create other by-products that are useful in many industries like cosmetics, Feed and Food.    

Water use

By providing chemical fertilizers to plants, they loose their dependency on mycorrhizal fungi. This results in a higher need for water. Often the Sugar cane fields are irrigated. This leads to waterlogging with the consequence that oxygen is replaced by water. Since root sneed oxygen, the dieback of the roots will increase, attrackting more pathogens to consume the plant. A realistic 50% on water saving can be realized in a healthy soil with sufficient organic matter and mycorrhizal fungi that are accompanied by rhizosphere bacteria.


Bagasse is a practical product to be used in the growing fiber industry.  The limiting factor might be the transportation distance of Bagasse for remote Sugar cane farms. They could choose for composting the bagasse to increase the soil quality. Increasing the soil quality immediately translates in higher water retention and disease resistance.  

All mentioned measurements contribute to a sustainable production of sugar cane while increasing the soil property qualities while offering the farmers a way out of the costly conventional production methods while the soil becomes increasingly disease resistant and the crop resilient.

About Plant Health Cure

Plant Health Cure is a specialist and frontrunner in the field of mycorrhiza technology and soil biology. PHC supplies beneficial soil fungi and bacteria among other agents that make plants and soils resilient.

With PHC products it is possible to save drastically on pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The user gets at least the same production at lower costs with a  healthier crop. The Plant Health Cure products therefore make an important contribution to a sustainability agriculture

The 12-minute movie below shows everything about how plants grow underground, and how mycorrhizas, bacteria and soil life form an inseparable system. Soil should be seen as a living organism.

​Contact details:

Plant Health Cure BV 

Pius Floris director.   www.phc.eu   mail: p.floris@phc.eu  tel: +31651328508
office: +31137200300   Address: Veldweg 7 5061 KJ Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

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