Valent BioSciences and Kansas State University Form Agreement to Study Soil Health and Carbon Smart Farming

Valent BioSciences LLC is working with Kansas State University in a formal, long-term agreement to advance critical research in soil health and carbon smart farming. The project will be spearheaded by Dr. Charles W. Rice, a distinguished professor at Kansas State.

Valent BioSciences is a worldwide leader in the research, development, and commercialization of highly effective low-risk, environmentally compatible technologies and products for the agricultural, public health, forestry, and household markets. Their research develops biorational products including bioinsecticides and plant growth regulators of all kinds. 

The partnership with the university will increase the potential to study the complex interactions that control soil carbon stability and carbon and nitrogen dynamics. The main focus for research is on the efficacy of MycoApply ® brand soil inoculants and soil conservation management practices combined and their impact on soil health. Soil cores from the university’s studies will be analyzed at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – another organization in collaboration with Valent BioSciences. 

“This private/public partnership leverages global strengths for both organizations to address significant climate change research needs,” said David V. Rosowsky, Kansas State University Vice President for Research. “Dr. Rice’s unmatched expertise in soil health will be invaluable to this initiative, as will the tremendous assets our corporate partners can provide. This is a model for how the nation’s land-grant universities can address global issues.”

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