What is the difference between enzymes and beneficial bacteria

Beneficial Bacteria are living cells which have the capabilities of consuming wastes of different types, reproducing, and producing enzymes.

Better said, bacteria are the machines that produce enzymes. When the right bacteria are present in the right quantities and in the right conditions, they produce enzymes much more economically and efficiently than they can be commercially produced.

Enzymes are not living organisms. They are effective chemicals produced by bacteria. They don’t reproduce or consume waste. They speed up chemical reactions by helping breakdown lager particles into smaller ones that can be digested by the beneficial bacteria.


Bacteria consume waste materials. When bacteria consume waste, they convert the waste into safe by products – carbon dioxide and water. When the waste materials are very complex (such as pond sludge), EnviroDEFENSE® bacteria actually produce enzymes to break down the complex waste into simple compounds that the EnviroDEFENSE® Bacteria can consume.

Enzymes are not capable of consuming waste materials, such as sludge or ammonia. Rather, all that they can do is convert complex wastes into simple wastes. Bacteria are still needed to consume the waste material – enzymes alone will not do the job. An enzyme product only has half the tools necessary to get the job done right!

Chemicals can oxidize sludge and ammonia, but only very harsh and dangerous chemicals can accomplish this job. Less hazardous chemicals are generally not effective in a pond environment for tough jobs like sludge digestion. Also, chemicals have considerable toxicity issues, and are likely to harm fish, wildlife, and the general pond health.


Bacteria contained in EnviroDEFENSE® are 100% natural, safe, and non-pathogenic. EnviroDEFENSE® bacteria are not GMO or altered in any way. Since bacteria both degrade complex waste AND consume the by-products, less pollution is discharged to the environment. EnviroDEFENSE® bacteria also consume phosphates, ammonia, and nitrates. This improves water quality in lakes, ponds, and groundwater. EnviroDEFENSE® is the environmentally friendly solution.

Enzymes are not necessarily bad for the environment, but they do not have the advantages that the EnviroDEFENSE® bacteria provide. Again, enzymes do not actually consume wastes, they simply break complex compounds into simpler compounds. Bacteria are needed to digest the waste.

Enzymes cannot help in removing pollutants such as phosphates, ammonia, and nitrate. Therefore, enzymes have limited benefits. For the complete solution, choose EnviroDEFENSE® beneficial bacterial with enzymes over a simple enzyme only product.

Chemicals are often harsh and bad for the environment, and they do not have the long term advantages provided by EnviroDEFENSE® beneficial bacteria. Chemicals can be used for some pond and wastewater treatment, such as chlorine removal, heavy metal removal, and pH adjustment. But they are neither effective, economical or environmentally appropriate for removal of animal and human waste, ammonia, nitrite, phosphorus, fats, oils greases (FOG), hydrocarbons or sludge/ muck.

JBMbio is a world leader in the formulation and manufacture of sustainable microbial products. We manufacture, blend, formulate and package select strains of 100% natural bacteria.


JBMbio Agriculture products are select strains have been chosen for their ability to thrive in the root zone (rhizosphere) of plants where they break down organics quickly so the plant can process those nutrients in a more efficient manner. Resulting in a higher yield and stronger resistance to disease.

Animal Direct Fed Microbes (DFM)

JBMbio Direct Fed Microbes products reduce and control intestinal imbalances in livestock, including swine, dairy and poultry. Our strains of direct fed microbials (DFM’s) ensure a better feed conversation rate, resulting in healthier, more marketable animals over a shorter period of time.


JBMbio manufactures blends of 100% natural bacteria and enzymes that remediate hydrocarbons, fats, oils, greases, organics, odors and starches. Our JBMbio products are formulated for specific problems found in wastewater, ponds, lakes, livestock waste, sewage, and industrial & household cleaning.

Contract Manufacturing and Private Label

JBMbio offers premium contract manufacturing – as well as private label packaging – from contract fermentation to finished good products.  Our ability to deliver top to bottom product outsourcing saves you time and money and allows you to be more efficient in taking products to market.

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