Unlocking the Power of African Soil Microbes

3/13/2017
Scientific American

We have heard it over and over—that microbes will revolutionizeagriculture. We have seen big investments by larger agricultural companies. We have witnessed a gradual growth in the number of companies and start-ups jumping on the wagon to produce and commercialize microbial cocktails that are useful to farmers and agriculture. We have also seen the birth of partnerships between these companies and universities in an effort to accelerate the discovery process.

As a result, several agricultural companies have released a number of microbial products that are being used across the Unites States including California and Texas. Farmers are using these products to boost crop productivity, increase yields and strengthen the resilience and ability to plants to deal with multiple stressors that are associated with the changing climate.

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