Professor Teruo Higa: The Pioneer of Effective Microorganisms

Professor Teruo Higa's Story

Professor Higa grew up farming and knew that farmers often only had the choice of expensive chemical pesticides and treatments for their crops. After becoming extremely ill as a result of working with chemicals all day long on the farm, he decided to find a natural method through the use of beneficial microorganisms that would help relieve the farmers of their chemical dependencies. 

He graduated from the Agricultural Department of Ryukyus University where he also completed his doctorate in Agricultural Research. In 1970 he was invited to become an instructor at Ryukyus University and 10 years after that, he became professor of the university.

Professor Higa is best known for his discovery of EM Technology or Effective Microorganisms. However, this incredible discovery occurred by accident. In the 1960’s, microorganisms were constantly being studied, all across the globe, for many different applications. One day, Professor Higa was working in the lab and accidentally spilled microorganisms near some shrubs. A few days later, he noticed that those shrubs had grown extremely well.

Based off of this accidental discovery, Professor Higa experimented throughout the years to discover the optimal combination of microorganisms and finally create the first use of EM Technology®. EM® is a people-friendly and environmentally safe product of EMRO (EM Research Organization) that achieves synergistic effects by combining beneficial microorganisms which exist in nature, such as lactic acid bacteria, yeast and phototrophic bacteria. 

EM-1® activates local and native microorganisms that live in the soil and water and maximizes their natural power. Healthy soil and water are maintained by the diversity and balance of the community of microorganisms within them. EM 1® is a liquid bacterial product that is made up of three main microorganisms. These microorganisms are Yeast, Photosynthetic Bacteria, and Lactic Acid Bacteria.

Professor Higa has been a global leader in regenerative agriculture since 1982. Today, EM® is used in numerous fields, including agriculture, animal husbandry, environmental purification and healthcare in over 100 countries around the world. 

Professor Teruo Higa’s work is continued on here in the USA by the team at TeraGanix!