Kinkel Lab Receives MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Funding

July 22, 2015

Linda Kinkel and her research team were recently awarded funding through the Global Food Ventures initiative in MnDRIVE. The research project "Microbial Inoculants for Improved Crop Productivity" was one of the six new projects receiving funds for 2015. The Global Food Ventures initiative is centered around developing new approaches that create sustainable and reliable food systems. 

Project Description:

"Microbes represent the new frontier for achieving significant and sustainable increases in crop yields. Our goal is to commercialize microbial inoculants for enhancing crop yields in diverse production systems. To accomplish this, we have developed and continue to develop microbial mixtures based upon systematic understanding of individual microbial characteristics. Commercial development also demands rigorous field data documenting effectiveness on diverse crops as well as information on inoculum production capacities. The proposed work will accomplish these tasks and, in partnership with external collaborators, provide information necessary to secure external investment and support development of a comprehensive Phase I business plan."

-Linda Kinkel

Learn more about the Global Food Ventures research projects.