ABOUT PROFESSOR TERUO HIGA
Like many discoveries, EM® (Effective Microorganisms®) Technology emerged almost by accident when Professor Teruo Higa the father of EM turned to the study of microorganisms after being poisoned by agricultural chemicals.
Professor Higa, working out of the Department of Agriculture at the University of the Ryukyus, collected 2,000 species of microorganisms. Through an exhaustive process in which harmful or malodorous microorganisms were eliminated, he managed to identify 80 microorganisms of benefit to humans. Then serendipity stepped in. Professor Higa disposed of a mixture of microorganisms near some bushes. Returning some days later, he found grass there were growing in abundance. This lead to research in the best combinations of microorganisms until EM® was formally introduced as a soil conditioner.