I first became interested in the topic after reading a blog post by Dr. Stephen Schoenemann, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

Schoenemant’s post highlighted how many microbes are “uncultivated” and how they are a significant problem in the U.S. The following week, I wrote a post for the Center for American Progress outlining the problems with this theory. 

“The fact that uncultivation is a major factor in the spread of the flu virus and the emergence of the pandemic is a cause for celebration,” I wrote.

“But it also means we have to take care of the microorganisms we have, because the disease itself is a complex problem that requires us to do something about them.” 

The science of how microbes behave in environments and their impact on health is complex and far from settled. 

However, there are several important points that have emerged in recent years that could be helpful in answering the question of how microorganisms behave in the environment and how we can help them. 

These points include: 1. 

Microbial diversity increases the probability of the survival of organisms in an environment 2. 

Cultivation of microbes can increase the likelihood that they will survive in a harsh environment 3. 

An increasing number of microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses, are found in areas with more diversity and that makes them more likely to be susceptible to infections and pathogens.4. 

It has been suggested that microbial diversity can be a factor in how quickly pathogens can reproduce and proliferate.5. 

Some organisms, such a fungi, can be more susceptible to antibiotics than others, so it is important to identify the types of antibiotics that are most effective for them.6. 

While it has been proposed that microorganisms are more susceptible than they are to environmental stressors, this has not been proven yet.7. 

Many pathogens are able to grow and proliferates quickly in environments that are not as stable or as safe as they should be.8. 

Although many organisms are more prone to infection than they should, there is no clear evidence that microbes are more likely than other organisms to become resistant to infections.9. 

When you treat organisms that are more vulnerable, you are likely to help to reduce the number of organisms that become resistant. 


A good way to manage a community of microbes is to allow it to grow in areas where there is minimal risk of infections. 

I have written before about how I find it helpful to treat my house and yard with a combination of compost, manure, and some of my own soil to minimize the number and severity of pathogens in the house. 

Another way I use this technique is to make sure my house is clean and dry by making sure the walls and floors are well-damp, I don’t have damping chemicals on the ceiling, and I use a good vacuum system. 

In general, when I have a good sense of how my environment is, I use some of these techniques. 

But what do I do if I can’t manage a microorganization? 

There are a lot of factors to consider. 

If I am using compost, I would probably not want to make any new compost. 

Most home gardeners use a variety of methods to help control the growth of microbes in their gardens. 

You can use a combination (or none) of these approaches. 

For example, some gardeners recommend using organic mulch, compost, compost chips, and a combination thereof to reduce bacterial growth. 

Alternatively, you can use manure to reduce fecal matter and increase the bacterial biomass of the soil. 

And you can mix some compost and manure into your soil to increase the microbial biomass of your soil.

In either case, I think that you would want to use the best management practices you can afford. 


Even if you have a small amount of compost or manure in your house, there will be a lot more bacteria in the air than you can imagine. 


To make sure that the environment you are in is not too harsh, I often mix a mixture of sand and sand-based soil in a bag. 

After about a week or so, the bag will become a solid block of sand that will hold up in the soil without any need for the soil to be damp. 

Once the sand has settled into the soil, I can add a little bit of compost to the sand and then use a damp cloth to spread the sand. 


There is a lot going on in our bodies. 

Scientists believe that microbes can live for thousands of years, so if we can treat them well, we can extend their life. So how

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