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Agricultural Biological Products

  • Biological products can help improve nutrient uptake, promote growth and yield, and provide insect control and disease protection.
  • The following products are available commercially from Monsanto BioAg as a result of the BioAg Alliance between Monsanto and Novozymes.


Agricultural biological products are products derived from living organisms that are used in agriculture to enhance plant productivity and fertility or to provide protection from pests and diseases. These products offer tremendous potential to deliver sustainable, cost-effective solutions that can help farmers improve crop health and productivity while limiting environmental impacts.

Biologicals for plant nutrient availability are seed or soil inoculants that grow with or in association with plant roots to improve plant access to and use of nutrients.

  • Nitrogen-fixing microbial inoculants: Commercial rhizobia inoculants are developed to out-perform indigenous rhizobia in the soil, providing improved nitrogen fixation.
  • Phosphate-solubilizing microbial inoculants: Much of the soil and applied phosphate fertilizer can become tightly bound to the soil, making it unav​ailable to crops. These inoculants help to release some of the phosphate making it more available for the crop to use.

Some products offer the additional benefit of the LCO (lipo-chitooligosaccharide) molecule. LCO plays an important role in the rhizobia-legume nodulation system. This molecule is involved in the communication between the plant and the nodulating bacteria, rhizobia, to initiate nodule formation. The benefit of improved nodule formation is increased nitrogen availability to the plant, which supports enhanced root and shoot development.

Biologicals for fungal and insect control are microbes that can help protect plants from insects and fungal diseases. Monsanto currently offers biofungicide and bioinsecticide products for nursery and greenhouse crops and is currently developing and testing potential products for use in row crops.


Biological choices for farmers range from traditional nitrogen-fixing rhizobia inoculants to phosphatesolubilizing microbials and combination biologicals. All of these work to help improve nutrient availability for plant uptake.

Nitrogen fixation and combination products for soybeans and other legume crops:

  • TagTeam® & TagTeam® LCO: TagTeam is a dualaction product for soybean and other legume crops that combines rhizobia strains (for increased nitrogen fixation) with Penicillium bilaii, (the active ingredient in the product JumpStart® for improved phosphate availability). TagTeam LCO is a triple-action product that includes the additional benefit of the LCO molecule for improved nodule formation.
  • Optimize®: Dual-action products for soybean and other legume crops that combine nitrogen-fixing inoculants with the LCO molecule for improved nodule formation.
  • Cell-Tech®: Single-action nitrogen-fixing inoculant for soybean and other legume crops.
  • Nitragin® Gold: A seed-applied inoculant for alfalfa and other forage crops for enhanced nitrogen fixation.

Products for enhanced nutrient availability and/or nutrient uptake:

  • JumpStart®: A fungal inoculant that grows along the root helping to make more soil-bound phosphate and fertilizer phosphate available to the plant and can be used on many different crops.
  • QuickRoots®: A microbial seed inoculant for multiple crops for improving the availability of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The biologicals in this product help to release nutrients in the soil making them more available to the plant.



In 2014, Monsanto broadened its portfolio of products by adding Novozymes microbial solutions. The Monsanto BioAg Alliance leverages Novozymes’ production expertise for microbial products with Monsanto’s ability to field test, register, and commercialize alliance products. Together, Monsanto and Novozymes develop new microbial products for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the farm. These products are now available commercially from Monsanto BioAg.

Developed in partnership with Technology, Development & Agronomy by Monsanto. Monsanto and Novozymes have teamed up to establish The BioAg Alliance to discover, develop and sell
microbial solutions that enable farmers worldwide to increase crop yields with less input.

Novozymes BioAg Inc. • 13100 W. Lisbon Road, Suite 600 • Brookfield, WI 53005 • Tel. 888-744-5662 • Fax 262-957-2122

Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. BioDirect™, Cell-Tech®, JumpStart®, Monsanto BioAg & Design™, Nitragin®, Optimize®, QuickRoots® and TagTeam® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2016 Monsanto Company. 150223142639 010516MEC



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