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BioConsortia further expands nitrogen-fixing microbial products for row crops

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BioConsortia has announced that the company has further developed its nitrogen-fixing products in row crops, demonstrating through hundreds of field trials conducted in 2023 that the products effectively displace meaningful levels of nitrogen fertilizer and deliver yield gains.

‘Always-N’ microbes exceed performance expectations and demonstrate fit in a wide variety of crops 2023 field trial results have confirmed that levels of nitrogen-replacement from BioConsortia’s seed treatment products met or exceeded performance expectations when evaluated in row crops like corn, wheat, rice and cotton. This step confirms the potential market for BioConsortia’s nitrogen-fixing products and their impact in addressing the environmental impacts of fertilizer runoff and overuse in crops around the world.

According to Marcus Meadows-Smith, Bio Consortia CEO, “This technology, based on proprietary microbes that effectively colonise the roots of a wide variety of crops, enables growers to optimise their fertilizer use strategy. Since the microbes remain in the root zone throughout the growing season, they ensure there is always nitrogen available to influence crop yield. Even when synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has dissipated, these microbes are still working to convert nitrogen from the air to a form easily taken up by plants.”

BioConsortia’s nitrogen-fixing seed products are shelf-stable and seed-stable for more than two years, setting a new standard for nitrogen-fixation products.

“We can offer the extended shelf- and seed-life products because our platform is focused on Gram-positive microbes,” explained Dr. Hong Zhu, SVP of R&D at BioConsortia. “We made our job as microbial product designers much more complex because Gram-positive microbes are not generally known for their nitrogen-fixing functionality. We used our proprietary R&D platform to discover and improve the nitrogen-fixing capabilities of Gram-positive microbes. We have demonstrated they are inherently stable and reliable root colonizers, making them ideal for seed treatment products.”

The stability of BioConsortia’s proprietary microbes when applied to the surface of fertilizer granules has now been shown to extend beyond 40 months. This opens new application opportunities including in-season side-dress or in-furrow uses.

BioConsortia believes the platform represents the technological breakthrough in microbial seed and fertilizer treatments that will enable the ultimate promise of easy-to-use and highly effective nitrogen-fixation microbes. CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith added, “Products that are delivered in the seed bag or alongside fertilizer give the grower ultimate ease to increase yields without increasing synthetic nitrogen.”

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