Development of a biofertilizer based on phosphorus solubilizing bacteria - INT-0013

Desired discipline(s): Biochemistry / Molecular biology, Life Sciences, Microbiology / Immunology, Agriculture, Natural Sciences
Company: OCP Group
Project Length: 6 months to 1 year
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: Flexible
Location(s): TBD, Morocco
No. of positions: 6

About the company: 

A world leader in the phosphate market, OCP is a key actor on the international market, since its creation in 1920. Present along the entire supply chain, OCP extracts, prices and commercializes phosphate and phosphate products, in particular phosphoric acid and fertilizers. OCP is the first worldwide producer and exporter of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid. It is also one of the largest fertilizer producers in the world. OCP exports raw phosphate, phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizers worldwide. They have 20,000 employees and run four mining sites and two chemical complexes. For more information visit their website at https://www.ocpgroup.ma/en

Please describe the project.: 

The project aims to develop a formulation based on phosphorus solubilizing bacteria. The target bacteria are Bacillus or Pseudomonas. Mycorrhizal fungi may also be a choice.
The possibility of associating the bacteria with OCP fertilizers will also be studied.
The project is part of an integrated service, starting with the selection of microorganisms and ending with the development of the production process book and the study of bacteria stability, while passing through efficiency. The project can be structured as follows:
- isolation and screening of strains;
- phosphorus solubilization tests;
- molecular identification of strains;
- efficacy tests in pots (growth stimulation monitoring, etc.) and dose effect determination.
- optimization of fermenter production and formulation;
- stability study;
- field trials
NB: it is possible to test a product / strain directly without going through a screening operation if its effectiveness is already validated.

Required expertise/skills: 

Academic researchers with graduate students in the following disciplines are encouraged to contact us to discuss the research project, approach and methodology.

Biotechnology / Microbiology-Agronomy