Jean-Marc Juteau (Ph.D.) is Director of the Biotech City in Laval, Quebec. He is also an associate professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a chairman of the board of the company Abnatura. Previously, he was CEO, senior VP and co-founder of Replicor, a spin-off from McGill university. He has held administrative positions at McGill and in the company Isotech Design. Dr. Juteau has postdoctoral training at INRS and IRCM, a M. Sc. in Microbiology from the Université de Montréal, and a Ph. D. in Microbiology from the Université Laval.

Improving soil and plant health: the role of biology

Although it may appear to be revolutionary, the concept of using plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, or PGPR, has been with us for over 30 years. In the rhizosphere, the space immediately surrounding the roots of a plant, a complex series of interactions between the plant, microorganisms and the soil is in place. This unique environment supports a microflora that includes both beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms and exerts a significant influence on the growth and productivity of plants.

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