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The BioAg Alliance, Novozymes' and Monsanto's collaboration to improve crop harvests through naturally-occurring microbes, announced results from its 2015 field trial program.
Those results included a corn inoculant product, which increased yields by an average of 4 bushels per acre in US field tests.
The product is based on a fungus found in soil and researchers from the two companies have found a way to coat the microbes on corn seeds without harming the microbes' performance or longevity.
The Alliance plans to launch the new solution in the United States in 2017.
"The BioAg Alliance is focused on identifying ways that soil microbial solutions can deliver improved harvests from existing land," said Mr Brad Griffith, Vice President of Global Microbials for Monsanto. "This work is critically important to farmers as they work to meet demands and preserve their soil system. This breakthrough collaboration is unlocking new insights into soil microbial candidates to benefit farmers and our work with this corn seed inoculant is a great example of the results of our combined research."