Biofilm technology for use in agriculture

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have invented a new method to encourage beneficial microorganisms to form growth-promoting ecosystems, known as “biofilms”, which could lead to greater crop yields for farmers.

Crop plants naturally form associations with microorganisms that are beneficial for growth. The addition of a polymer to microorganism cultures enables the formation of stable biofilms even in microorganisms that usually do not form them, affording new opportunities for positive plant-microbe interactions. These biofilms can be deployed in crops as seed coatings.

The University of Birmingham Enterprise has filed a patent application broadly covering the biofilm technology. Under the agreement with the University, the technology has now been licensed to PBL Technology for agricultural and related applications.

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