Patent awarded for plant growth stimulation process
Agriculture biotech company Inocucor Technologies has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its patent application to protect Inocucor consortia and unique microbial products that accelerate plant growth and enhance yields on farms and in greenhouses.
This initial patent relates to Inocucor’s live IN-M1 microbial consortium and its fermentation byproducts, which are the basis of the formulation for Inocucor Garden Solution, the company’s first-generation growth-accelerator product. Garden Solution is formulated to naturally sustain robust plant growth, increase plant vigor and actively build a friable and rich soil, improving the health of the entire phyto-microbiome.
The patent applies to each of the individual Inocul-M microorganisms characterized by Inocucor and in other task-specific live consortia like IN-M1. Also protected are the biological ingredients produced during Inocucor’s multi-species manufacturing process.
“Inocucor pioneered this proprietary fermentation process that combines natural bacteria and yeasts into powerful living growth stimulants for soil, seeds and plants,” said Dr. Margaret Bywater-Ekegärd, co-founder and executive vice president of technology and innovation at Inocucor. “It is the first of numerous patents we expect to be granted for our unique approach to processes and products for bio-stimulation, bio-fertility and bio-protection.”
Inocucor’s protection extends to the delivery of these compositions to any plant part, above or below ground, anywhere a plant grows—in a farm field or in a greenhouse–including seeds and fruit. Protection covers all types of growing systems, including vertical farming, aeroponic and hydroponic systems. This means that Inocucor’s Garden Solution is now available as a proprietary technology for the protection of natural ingredient production, whether it be for cultivation of specialty food crops and high-value produce or in formulations together with plant nutrients.
Inocucor produces sustainable bio-based products that improve crop yields, shorten growing periods and create healthier, more resilient soils for organic farmers, greenhouse growers and mainstream production farmers. It recently opened a new headquarters and lab in Montreal’s bioscience corridor that is compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for the food industry. It has attracted collaborators from both the private and academic sectors in Canada and the U.S.