KGS Bio-Inoculant Strains

The effects of climate change, coupled with the rising costs of land, machinery, fuel, pesticides and fertilizers, have agricultural producers looking for alternative, innovative solutions to increase yields. Bio-inoculants, natural micro-organisms applied to soil or plants to improve soil health, may be one such solution. KGS Group in collaboration with University of Manitoba researchers have developed two bio-inoculant strains, KGS-2 and KGS-3, to help farmers tackle the many challenges they face today in an environmentally friendly way.

KGS-2 and KGS-3 are naturally occurring organisms isolated from Manitoba soils that help plants access phosphorus, an essential nutrient for plant growth. The use of KGS-2 significantly increased the yield in crop trials within Saskatchewan and Manitoba (with an average yield increase of 6%-24% in wheat and 18% in a small plot tomato trial). KGS-2 has the potential to improve yield in a variety of different high value crops such as vegetables, onions, hemp, cannabis, flowers, cereals and other commercial grain crops. KGS-3 is also a bio-fungicide, as well as growth promoter, with demonstrated ability to reduce various crop diseases including blackleg, fusarium head blight and black scurf. In addition, unlike traditional chemicals used to stimulate plant growth and decrease diseases, bio-inoculants can be easily produced with substantial safety and environmental benefits.

The two bio-inoculant strains (KGS-2 and KGS-3) are patented in Canada and the US and are available for licensing. KGS Group is interested in developing relationships with agriculture companies who wish to partner in the commercialization of these technologies. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.

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