Plants, Pesticides & Immune Systems

May 11, 2018

Yes, plants get sick and can be infected by pathogens.  However, plants can get well just like humans after being sick.   The difference between a plant immune system and a human immune system is plants do not build up antibodies like humans do. Plants have more of a passive immune system like a plant cell wall which builds barriers to help defend against disease.  Plants also have something called surface receptors that help them to identify pathogens.  A plant's systemic defense system allows them to respond when being infected by pathogens.

So how does this all fit into a plant's immune system and also into our immune system? 

We are going to briefly discuss how pesticides affect the immune system of a plant. These pesticides include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and so on.  These things do tend to aid in pest control and increase agricultural output.  The goal of these chemicals are to be lethal to the “targeted pest” but not to any “non-target” species.

However, this is not always the case.  It has been shown that there are negative consequences and side effects from the use of pesticides on agricultural products.  Yes, pesticides have reduced losses from weeds, disease and insects, but overwhelming evidence shows that some of these chemicals do pose a potential risk to humans, the environment, and other living species. 

Pesticides have been shown to mimic natural hormones in the body and could possibly be linked to long-term exposure to cancer and reproductive abnormalities.

Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, land, and vegetation.  They could possibly be toxic to animals, birds, and fish.

If these chemicals are causing stress to us as humans, it's important for us to realize that the chemicals we may be placing on these plants are causing stress on them and disrupting their natural immune system as well. If we are ingesting these products that are chemically treated and whose immune systems are compromised, it may be logical to say that our immune systems will be affected as a result.

So what can we use that is natural and helps the plants immune system to be able to naturally fight off diseases, insects, pests, and environmental stresses?


Beneficial microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, are essential. To help improve plant growth. Soil microbes are normally found in abundance in terrestrial environments.  These microbes are important because they play a huge role in supporting plant growth.  Bacteria and fungi work together in delivering nutrients and preventing disease.  Microbes can increase soil nutrient availability and act as a biofire fertilizer when plants die.  

When we use chemicals on our agriculture, it is disrupting the natural process and depletes the soil of needed bacteria and fungi that helps support the plant and its growth along with a healthy immune system.

Microbes may also help prevent pathogen infection by increasing plants disease resistance and can help shield the plant from getting infected via invading pathogens.  Microbes help support the plant and its growth, integrity, and sustainability.

At KleanTerpenes.com we offer a variety of Plant Nutrition (https://goo.gl/VwHnUD) products that offer beneficial bacterium to help support the soil and increase enzymatic activity. Not only do our products provide building blocks to support sustainable agriculture, they will encourage Healthy Growth, Sustainability, along with a Strengthened Immune System.  Whatever type of product you may be looking for you can find exactly what your plant needs to help it to thrive!

It's important that we take a look at what we're putting in our bodies and also how we are affecting our environment that we live in.  By utilizing KleanTerpenes beneficial microbes you are not only supporting the environment but also the health of all those that live in it.

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