|Breakthrough Technology to Improve Plant Production|
Objective: USDA-ARS is currently seeking a cooperative partner to assist in furthering research to evaluate the validity, safety and utility of endophyte transfer via in-vitro co-cultivation as a means to increase productivity of various crops.
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Overview: This technique, believed to transfer symbiotic microbes (endophytes) from callus to the seedling, has increased productivity of wheat, sorghum, tomato, chile, strawberry, watermelon, black grama grass, sand dropseed, sideoats grama grass, and poplar trees in preliminary screening studies. The tendency for transferred endophytes to persist in subsequent generations of recipient plants, currently under investigation in native grasses, probably varies by species. In cases where transferred endophytes persist, plant improvement via endophyte transfer may prove faster and more cost efficient than either traditional plant breeding or genetic engineering. Productivity increases can be observed in a single growing season.
Industry Type: The ideal partner(s) will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: evaluating plants for increased yields or improved quality; detecting Microscopic and/or molecular bacteria and fungi in plants; and/or possessing expertise in natural products chemistry and toxicology.
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