Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Mosaic partners with nitrogen-fixing innovator

Mosaic fertilizer company is partnering with a company marketing a product that reduces the need for nitrogen fertilizer.

Mosaic is one of two companies that dominate the market for potash fertilizer and it is partnering with BioConsortia which is researching microbial products so corn, wheat and other major non-legume row crops can fix nitrogen just as is done by soybeans, clovers and alfalfa.

The goal is to increase effectiveness of fertilizers while it reduces the need for and amount of chemical fertilizer inputs in the environment.  

The two companies are looking at both naturally occurring and gene-edited microbes around biological nitrogen fixation. 

BioConsortia CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith said “what we’re looking to do is create the same sort of natural symbiotic relationship between microbes that will convert atmospheric nitrogen for corn, wheat and other non-legume crops.”