UW Affiliate Prof. Rusty Rodriguez, who is the founder and CEO of Symbiogenics, was recently featured in a Public Radio International article regarding the role of microbes in the future of agriculture. Rodriguez and Swiss geneticist, Ian Sanders, study various fungi in hopes of developing a more sustainable alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Click here to read more.
Corn and other crops grow with the aid of introduced fungi in the Seattle greenhouse of the microbiologist Rusty Rodriguez's company. Rodriguez hopes the microbes will help crops survive growing climate stresses like droughts, floods and extreme heat and cold. Credit: Cynthia Graber