Research thus far has led to the identification of a number of product leads for early vigor traits including accelerated growth of roots and foliage in corn, wheat and forage grasses. Accelerated and enhanced growth offers many downstream benefits, including rapid establishment of young plants, reducing susceptibility to disease and adverse climatic events.
Microbes contribute to the harvestable yield of crop plants through a variety of interacting mechanisms including plant growth stimulation, enhanced nutrient acquisition, increased resilience to abiotic stress and disease resistance. These traits are seldom the result of one single microbe, but rather, are the product of interacting communities of organisms. We are currently trialing consortia products for corn and wheat that cover a wide spectrum of microbial processes, providing a more complete solution to improved plant productivity and yield.