Mylnefield Research Services (MRS), the commercial arm of the James Hutton Institute, will collaborate with soil fertility and crop nutrition consultancy PenDragon Proactive Nutrition and Norwegian specialist crop inputs company Agrinos, to test its biological soil additives.
The research programme will evaluate the effects of Agrinos products on plant growth and health, and their ability to control of a broad range of plant pests and pathogens and to influence soil health and plant-soil interactions.
MRS will initially carry out 16 separate product trials on a broad range of crops including potatoes and soft fruit at its Dundee base, with produce being assessed for quality and nutritional content.
PenDragon Proactive Nutrition will coordinate the trials. Its director Neil Fuller said: "The ability to apply beneficial microbes to feed and protect the growing plant adds a new and dynamic dimension to conventional agronomy."
JHI director Professor Iain Gordon added: "Science-industry partnerships of this type are the key to the development of innovation that impacts on the economy and the livelihoods of farmers across the globe."