Microbes can influence many crop traits, giving phenotypic responses that are also seen through plant breeding. The AMS process allows for rapid identification of these teams of microbes and can work as an alternative or complement to conventional efforts by breeders and GM traits.
BioConsortia is currently researching microbial consortia that deliver trait improvements for enhancing abiotic tolerance. The AMS process can be tailored to find solutions and improvements to a variety of different plant traits.
Cold and Wet Tolerance in Early Season
The development of microbial products that reduce early stress in corn is one of our key targets. To achieve this we are applying our AMS process to select cold-tolerant microbes that contribute to rapid and vigorous growth following cold stress and wet conditions.
Salt and Drought Tolerance
Drought and salinity tolerance are becoming increasingly important traits for many crops worldwide. We have identified product leads that contribute to drought and salinity tolerance in wheat and forage crops. Further work is currently under way to bring these leads through to field testing.
The AMS process provides an effective means for selection of microbes that confer resilience to root diseases. These products are not a focus of our in-house research today, but are available for further development under collaboration agreements with partners.
Repetitive Cropping Solutions
We believe that microbes can help combat the yield decline typically associated with repetitive cropping practices such as corn following corn. This will provide farmers with more options when it comes to maximizing farm productivity and profits.
Enhanced Metabolite Expression
We have demonstrated that we are able to positively impact almost any crop trait with our microbial consortia in a similar way to plant breeding. Two examples from proof-of-concept trials are increased sugar content and improved coloration.