Angela Aragon wrote:If you have ever had a root-knot nematode problem in your soil, you are aware of the devastation they can cause. I was thinking about what causes this problem. To use an analogy, about 50% of the world's human population carries the bacterium Helicobacter pilori in their gut. However, only a small percentage of these individuals experience the paralyzing gastrointestinal problems that it can cause. This is because most of the time it is in a state of balance with other microorganisms in the gut and its population never reaches the level where it can cause problems.
I suspect that something similar is happening with so-called bad soil nematodes like root-knot. The system is out of balance, allowing the root-knot population to surge above normal levels and cause problems.
Does anyone know how this process occurs in the soil and how to restore it back to a balanced system?