2019 Life Sciences Innovation Seed Project Award to create healthier soil for agriculture

Ann Hirsch, Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, has been awarded this year’s Life Sciences Innovation Seed Project Award. Hirsch’s lab will use the award to identify microbes and microbial compounds in soil, that promote plant growth and protect plant roots from fungal infections and drought. Compounds identified in this process can then be targeted for commercial development to create healthier soil and enhance the growth of crops.