Product users must offer low-cost services to farmers seeking to improve their harvests
A Taiwanese biologist has developed a bacteria formula and farming technology that helps strengthen the roots of crop plants and reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers, a technology that local farmers call “an elixir for crops.”
Professor Tsay Tung-tsuan, director of the Department of Plant Pathology at National Chung-Hsing University (NCHU), has spent 18 years researching indigenous bacteria, and has developed a species named after his own family name, plus the years spent on the invention — Tsay 18 Bacteria.
He has taught farmers how to use his brand-name formula to make the roots of their crops healthy so that they are less susceptible to disease.
Some foreign companies have offered NT$60 million (US$2.02 million) to buy his patent, and several local companies are willing to pay up to NT$1 million a month for his professional advice.
Yet, Tsay has sold his patented technology to only one company, on the condition that it offers low-cost services to farmers seeking to improve their harvests with his formula and technology.
According to his own blog, Tsay 18 Bacteria Formula is a natural product made purely from his source bacteria plus soybean and sugar — nothing else.
The formula, which contains more than 10 amino acids, helps crop plants to develop healthy roots, prevents insect damage, increases the sweetness of the fruit, hardens fruit shells and lengthens storage time for the fruit, according to the inventor.
via Focus Taiwan – S. C. Chang ᔥ
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