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From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture

Photo: Erik Edgren, Root, Flickr, Creative Commons License 2.0 generic.

In this post in the Conversation, crop scientist Matthew Wallenstein, Associate Professor and Director at the Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Colorado State University, discusses the potential of natural microbes to improve agriculture and make it more sustainable. 

Wallenstein discusses a particular new microbial technology that can increase the availability of phosphorus - a critically important nutrient that can end up being bound up in soil particles when added as fertilizer, meaning that plants cannot access it. Using the new technology the microbes can help unlock the phosphorus as well as other important micronutrients helping the update by the plants.

Read the full blog-post here.

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