Aquatrols acquires rhizosphere technology
PAULSBORO, N.J. – Aquatrols Corporation of America has acquired technology from Dr. Andrea Carminati and Georg-August-University Göttingen to improve the control of soil-plant-water relations. The commercialization agreement has been negotiated through MBM ScienceBridge GmbH, the fully owned technology transfer partner of the University of Göttingen.
Carminati is the junior professor of soil hydrology in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Göttingen. He and his team are conducting research centered on the rhizosphere, the narrow region of soil that is directly influenced by root deposition.
Under a new three-year agreement, Carminati and his team will continue their research on understanding how compounds improve water and nutrient uptake in the rhizosphere, specifically as it relates to the mucigel surrounding plant roots. The technology allows for greater influence over soil-water-plant interactions in this critical region.
“This research has the potential to change everything we know about how plants behave under abiotic stress conditions,” said Dr. Stan Kostka, Aquatrols' director of new technology and business development. “Our work with Dr. Carminati and his team may lead to major breakthroughs in water and resource acquisition for crop productivity,”
“It is exciting to explore the potential impact of our discoveries on the development of new strategies to expand the boundaries for production of more drought tolerant plants. This collaboration helps to bring the fundamental research of my group to real world agricultural applications and we are very excited to discover where this collaboration will bring us,” said Carminati.