Microbes represent the new frontier for achieving significant and sustainable increases in crop yields. Our goal is to commercialize microbial inoculants for enhancing crop yields in diverse production systems. To accomplish this, we have developed and continue to develop microbial mixtures based upon systematic understanding of individual microbial characteristics. Commercial development also demands rigorous field data documenting effectiveness on diverse crops as well as information on inoculum production capacities. The proposed work will accomplish these tasks and, in partnership with external collaborators, provide information necessary to secure external investment and support development of a comprehensive Phase I business plan.
Principal investigator: Linda Kinkel, CFANS