The roots of cotton, soy and corn plants are attractive sources of nutrients for pests. Voracious threadworms bore their way into the plants' nutrient pipelines, sucking up nutrients and interrupting the crops' metabolic activities. The result: reduced crop yields and billions of dollars’ worth of damage. Young plants are especially susceptible. Their tender roots are easy meal for the tiny pests.
Bacteria protect the roots
This is why researchers at Bayer CropScience have now developed a new defense system that protects the roots, in particular in the early growth phase. Specially optimized bacteria form a biological film around the seed. They protect the plant against the troublesome pests and even improve uptake of nutrients.