Change the Microbes

By tweaking microbial circumstances, farmers are trying to change modern agriculture, Wired writes.

The agricultural company Indigo, it notes, sells bacteria to be sprayed onto seeds, potentially replacing fertilizers. Some 50,000 acres of cotton treated with an Indigo product to help the plant better grow in low-water conditions are to be harvested this fall, Wired reports.

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