Agriculture Microbiology News

  • AgBiome Awarded Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    AgBiome, LLC, a leader in the development of microbial solutions for agriculture, has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover biological insect control for deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations. The project, entitledRSM Systems Biology for Sweetpotato: Engineering the African Root/Soil/Microbiome for Enhanced Crop Productivity, ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • AgBiome Launches New Business Unit Focused on Delivering Innovations to Agriculture and Turf and Ornamental Markets

    AgBiome, LLC, today announced it has established AgBiome Innovations™, which will commercialize technology identified by the company through its unique Genesis™ discovery and development platform. The division is led by a highly experienced team of agricultural and turf and ornamental industry leaders and is gearing up to launch its first product, a broad-spectrum biological ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • British Crop Production Council challenges Green Alliance`s opposition to glyphosate and GM crops

    Dr Colin Ruscoe, chairman of BCPC, has contacted Keith Taylor, Green MEP for SE England, to challenge the 'Green Alliance of 46 MEPs opposed to renewal of glyphosate licences. The EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed continues to be deadlocked over renewal of licences for ...


  • Lallemand Animal Nutrition continues to support the future of agriculture

    In continued support of the future of animal agriculture, Lallemand Animal Nutrition will once again award five Lallemand Forward scholarships to North American students. Three $2,500 undergraduate scholarships, one $3,000 master’s scholarship and one $3,000 Ph.D. scholarship will be awarded to students who are excelling in their agriculture studies in the United States, Mexico or Canada. ...


    By Lallemand Animal Nutrition

  • Agrinos To Open State-of-the-Art Microbial Crop Input Production Facility in Oregon

    Agrinos, a leading biological crop input provider committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of agriculture worldwide, announces the construction of a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Clackamas, Oregon. The 28,000 square-foot facility near Portland, Ore., will accommodate increased production capacity for the Agrinos line of proprietary High Yield Technology® ...


    By Agrinos Inc

  • Syngenta and DSM to develop and commercialize biological solutions for agriculture

    Syngenta and DSM today announced an R&D partnership to develop microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants. The companies aim to jointly commercialize solutions from their discovery ...


    By Syngenta

  • MDG Announces Two New Hires

    Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) announced two recent additions to the company’s Biotifx wastewater team to meet the needs of their growing workforce and market expansion. Michael Kastel was named Wastewater Salesmen and Dan Romanek was appointed Technical Service Manager. Michael comes with experience within the field of sales, having spent past years with Cintas, RAMSCO and Dynamic ...

  • Increasing diversity through crop rotation boosts soil microbial biodiversity and productivity

    Planting a variety of crop species in rotation in agricultural fields increases the diversity of soil microbes below ground, recent research has found. This in turn positively affects soil organic matter, soil structure and aids the healthy functioning of the soil. The researchers say that rotational diversity can help farmers to grow crops in a more sustainable way that promotes soil stability. ...

  • Controlling resilient plant viruses with steam

    Combining steam with heat-producing chemicals could control pathogenic viruses in soil, finds new research. The study examined how effective different forms of heat sterilisation of soil were at inactivating three plant viruses. While steam alone was enough to eradicate two of the viruses, the highly resilient tobacco mosaic virus required the addition of exothermic chemicals to reduce it by 97%. ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA Awards Research Grants to Address the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Agriculture Production

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today (April 22, 2014) that USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $6 million to 10 universities to study the effects of climate on agriculture production and develop strategies to provide farmers and ranchers with the solutions they need to supply the nation with quality food. Vilsack made the announcement during remarks at ...

  • GWT Series Natural Zeolite Media Agricultural Applications

    Zeolite based fertilizers are known to be "smart fertilizers" due to the high cation exchange capacity (CEC) and porous crystalline structure. Zeolite is the only negatively-charged mineral in existence in the world, for these purposes it has therefore has significant uses across a wide range of applications and in particular in Agriculture applications. Zeolite has a known ability to act as a ...

  • MDG Hires New Business Development Manager

    Microbial Discovery Group LLC (MDG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ardean Veldkamp as Business Development Manager. Veldkamp’s strategic focus will be to create partner relationships, product platforms and licensing opportunities for Microbial Discovery Group. Veldkamp brings over 20 years of sales and business development experience working with microbials in the animal and ...

  • Salads and Sandwich Wraps Recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 Concerns

    Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of almost 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products. The products contain cooked chicken and ham that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The food products were shipped to distributions centers intended for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Possible Listeria Contamination in Salad Dressing Causes Recall

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2013, that there will be a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall for broccoli salad kit products, due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the salad dressing. The sum of 22,849 pounds of broccoli salad kits have been ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Microbes `cheaper, fairer` for boosting yields than GM

    Adapting microbes that dramatically increase crop yields while reducing demand for fertilisers and pesticides through selective breeding or genetic engineering could be cheaper and more flexible than genetically modifying plants themselves, says an author of a report. Microbes, such as beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses, could be ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Kansas senator honored with soil stewardship award

    A long-time champion for agriculture, research, and the United States’ soil resources, Senator Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, will be presented today (Mar. 18) with the 2013 Excellence in Soil Stewardship Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award recognizes policy makers whose exemplary leadership has strengthened the U.S. agricultural enterprise and the natural ...

  • Ceres` Richard Flavell to Become Chief Scientific Advisor

    Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced that Richard Flavell, PhD., will transition from his position as Chief Scientific Officer and an executive officer of the company to a new role of Chief Scientific Advisor. Flavell will maintain his seat on the Ceres board of directors and now serve as an exclusive consultant to the company in the ...


    By Ceres

  • Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind

    It was all too evident during the Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil. Now a new study has uncovered a less obvious, but still troubling, effect of wind: Not only can it carry away soil particles, but also the beneficial microbes that help build soil, detoxify contaminants, and recycle nutrients. Using a powerful DNA sequencing technique, called ...

  • White House Issues Bioeconomy Blueprint Reaffirming Commitment to Biobased Products

    On April 26, 2012, the Obama Administration released its National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which is intended to provide a comprehensive approach to harnessing innovations in biological research to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment. In coordination ...


    By Acta Group

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