Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

We are developing advanced microbial biostimulants that enhance plant growth in the face of increasing abiotic stress.  Our products will increase crop yields under a wide range of conditions, lower input costs, and reduce risks associated with climate variability for the farmer.

The global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, and agricultural yields double over the next 20 years to meet increasing global food demands without expanding the amount of land under cultivation.  Microbial biostimulants will need to play an important part in feeding the world in the coming decades, as it is clear that improvements in agrochemicals and crop genetics cannot meet this challenge alone.

Our novel platform combines high-throughput phenotyping to discover nature’s most effective bacteria and fungi for promoting plant growth, nutrient uptake, and stress resistance with advanced molecular analyses to understand their modes-of-action.  Our rapid functional screening assays were developed to be highly predictive of microbial performance under field conditions, trimming years off of traditional microbial isolate screening programs that are standard in the industry. Following rigorous verification in greenhouses and in field trials, we are scaling these products for global implementation in agriculture.

Agricultural biologicals today represent roughly $2.3 billion in annual sales and have for the last several years posted double-digit percent revenue growth annually. 


Matthew David Wallenstein, PhD
Natural Resource Ecology Lab, B258
Colorado State University
1499 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins CO, 80523-1499
(970) 491 - 1623