UD-developed beneficial bacteria part of BASF product for soil

UD1022 microbe hat helps plants form a root-strengthening biofilm. Commercializing a product often takes years, with no guarantee of success. It starts with an idea, but requires many minds — and hands — to make its way from the lab bench into products that serve the public.

At the University of Delaware, invention, innovation and entrepreneurship are considered essential to the University’s institutional mission, as well as to the prosperity and security of our society.

One UD-developed technology that has successfully made it to the marketplace is a beneficial microbe named UD1022 that helps plants form a root-strengthening biofilm. Developed by UD’s Harsh Bais, associate professor of plant and soil sciences, and Janine Sherrier, a former UD-faculty member now at the University of Georgia, the UD-patented microbe is a unique strain of Bacillus subtilis, a natural, beneficial bacterium that lives on the surface of roots and the surrounding soil, or rhizosphere. Read the full article on UDaily