Inocucor’s Ingenious Scientists Get Creative

By Ananda Lynn Fitzsimmons

We make a point of hiring very smart scientists, but sometimes it takes more than scientific competence to get the work done.
This summer, Dr. Fazli Mabood, Inocucor’s Manager of New Biological Entities, and his assistant, Associate Microbiologist David Sanchez, have had to use their ingenuity and creativity to get the job done. With delivery of our new growth chamber delayed, they remained determined to get their planned experiments completed on time.

They set about planting their potatoes in pots outside in Inocucor’s parking lot. They put on their sun hats, built shelves and a fence and created the experiment to collect data on the efficacy of their new potato scab control product. Last week, a huge thunderstorm threatened to drown the poor potatoes with a heavy downpour and hail. The next day the intrepid scientists were out there again, pouring out the excess water, re-inoculating and building a tent to protect the plants from another dunk.

When deer and gopher threatened to wipe out their soybean field trial, the pair returned to the site multiple times to reinforce their fence, saving the trial from animal pests.

Persistence, creativity, good humor and some carpentry skills have gone a long way to making our summer trials productive. Thanks to the persistence of this ingenious pair, there is a strong likelihood we will get some solid data at the end of the growing season.


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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