Probiotic Bacteria for… Trees?!

Are probiotics the best hope for removing toxins from the air, soil and groundwater? It might seem like a reach but at least one group of researchers think that this might be the answer to improving the environment in a significant way. For decades, multiple industries have used the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) to do everything from clean engines to anesthetize patients in preparation for surgery. Today, the scientific community has identified this man made chemical as a toxin that does more harm than good. TCE is a known carcinogen and toxic agent responsible for causing cancer and neurological problems. Even…. [Read More…]

Could Probiotic Covered Seeds Help Conserve Water?

Research shows that most organisms rely on an ecosystem of living bacteria to thrive, but what about plants? If you assume that plants need healthy bacteria to grow, then what effect would probiotics have on crops? That is a question that a startup company called Indigo thinks it may have answered. This Boston-based AgTech (Agricultural Technology) group is harnessing nature to optimize the health of critical crops. Welcome to the world of probiotic-covered seeds. What are Probiotic-Covered Seeds? Probiotic-covered seeds are a product created by Indigo. The goal is to use the power of microbes to allow plants to thrive…. [Read More…]

Probiotics for Plants?

Hardly a week goes by without us learning about new research on the positive benefits of bacteria. Most of it is thanks to the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) that was launched in 2008. Now, almost a decade later, researchers are delving into the microbiomes of thousands of other organisms. One particular microbiome that’s getting attention right now is the plant microbiome. If you’ve read any of our previous blogs how probiotics have helped in the animal kingdom, you’ll understand the enormous influence that Indigo, a startup company in Cambridge, MA, may have on reshaping agriculture through the use of probiotics….. [Read More…]