IALR’s life sciences work supports a broad range of industries from tobacco and food products to wood and biostimulants. Biotechnology research includes the characterization of 2,000 beneficial plant bacteria endophytes, which show promise for commercialization as natural plant biostimulants.

As agriculture and forestry are Virginia’s largest industries, IALR scientists work with growers and existing industry to solve problems and create new methods to positively impact the economy and promote the region’s agricultural assets.

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Plant Endophyte Research Center

IALR proudly champions sustainable solutions for enhanced agricultural production around the globe. The Plant Endophyte Research Center leverages private and public partnerships and funding, an elite team of scientists dedicated to the field of biostimulant research, and exclusive equipment and testing services to further their work. With a library of 2,000 endophyte strains already identified, IALR is well on its way to demonstrating the potential rewards of these natural microorganisms, or beneficial bacteria.

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