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Gustavo González Anta: “It is necessary to transform Science into Technology”

Within the framework of the plenary meetings of the AAPRESID Congress 2016, Rizobacter had the opportunity to inform the participants about its perspective and its entrepreneurial policy oriented towards the promotion and deepening of  research and development of agricultural microbiology-based technologies in order to continue adding value to agriculture.

Gustavo Gonzalez Anta, director of the Research, Development and Technical Service department of the company, explained about the scope of the relationships that Rizobacter has with public institutions, such as national universities or INTA, and the studies and developments that are carried out with associated companies of which it is a member, such as INDRASA and SEMYA; He asserted that the “relationship between the industry and the academy is necessary to transform Science into Technology”.

The future of microbiology is exciting. Finding life in its minimal expression and opening infinite windows of exploration, encourages the team led by Gonzalez Anta to explore the research horizons and to imagine the future with complexities such as genetic modification of microorganisms, the microbial consortia or alternative repairing actions of bacteria to combat climate change.

Currently, with Semya (created in a joint venture with Bioceres) the objective is to find new microorganisms to boost yields, whether through nitrogen fixation or the generation of hormones, antioxidant activity or pathogen control.

With INDRASA (created with a group of researchers at the UNRC) work is being carried out along two main lines, one which aims at achieving greater bacterial resistance to avoid desiccation, and the other, oriented towards the microbiolization of fertilizers to improve the efficacy of these products in agricultural production.

Finally, an ambitious plan has been implemented with INTA to validate the technologies that Rizobacter brings onto the market and, in this way, verify its performance together with prestigious institutions for its seriousness and professionalism.

Thus, with genuine results, it can be demonstrated that the picture is very broad and does not restrict itself purely and exclusively to academic knowledge. Slowly but surely, new paths and technological innovations are being found to ensure more sustainable and environmentally-friendly productive approaches.