Scientists at MIT have developed a metal-organic coating to optimize bacteria for plant protection, aiming to replace chemical fertilizers in agriculture.
While biofertilizers containing beneficial microorganisms are considered environmentally friendly, they lack protection against pests. The newly developed coating shields bacteria from environmental harm, making them ideal for protecting plants. The coated bacteria can withstand high temperatures, up to 132 degrees Fahrenheit, and improve seed germination rates.
This innovation offers a sustainable and safe alternative to chemical fertilizers, with potential benefits for regenerative agriculture. The technology’s affordability may make microbial fertilizers more accessible, particularly for small-scale farmers lacking the necessary infrastructure.