Inocucor Study About How Plant Microbes Interact Published In Scientific Journal

By Maggie Bywater-Ekegärd

Our collaboration with Dr. Don Smith, head of Inocucor’s Scientific Advisory Board and a distinguished professor in McGill’s Plant Science Department, has grown over three years and reaches from the bench to the field. This body of work builds on Dr. Smith’s and his team’s unique understanding surrounding plant/microbial interactions combined with Inocucor’s knowledge of multi-microbial consortia.

Our work has yielded some important realizations about how plants growing in a field rely on harmonious connections with their microbial communities to thrive, especially when threatened by drought or other extreme weather conditions. It’s all about mutual survival in an ever-changing environment.

The results of our study, published in Frontiers in Plant Science (“Signaling in the phyto-microbiome: breadth and potential,” Sept. 2015), will help us develop better approaches to using beneficial microbes on farm crops, ultimately improving plants’ ability to adapt to soil and climatic conditions, leading to enhanced crop yields.

Just like people, plants rely on active social lives to be healthy. They use molecular signals to engage in constant cross-talk with thousands of microbes in their ecosystem.

These plant-microbial relationships started about 400 million years ago and have become more sophisticated and complex through time. Microbes in the soil, on the root surface and in the cells between the roots release “signaling compounds” to communicate with each other and the plant they live with, in a collective effort to survive.

Understanding more about the complex nature of the phyto-microbiome and how messaging occurs between its microorganisms is fundamental to improving plants’ ability to adapt to various conditions.

Our research, funded through Mitacs, a nonprofit national research organization that manages and funds research and training programs in partnership with universities, industry and government in Canada, will help us develop effective, low-cost, eco-friendly crop inputs that reduce fossil-fuel-intense inputs on farms.

I encourage you to check out the abstract of the peer-reviewed article, “Signaling in the phytomicrobiome: breadth and potential,”at


Inocucor Technologies Inc., based in Montreal, is an ag biotech company that develops sustainable biological products for agriculture targeting the phyto-microbiome—the seeds, plants, root systems and the soil surrounding them. Inocucor’s first-generation product, Garden Solution®, soon to be re-branded as Synergro, employs live microbes to actively improve the health of the entire phyto-microbiome. Its second product, Synergro Free and future generations of Inocucor products are powerful biological formulations for bio-stimulation, bio-fertility and bio-control targeting mainstream production agriculture.

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