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Spin-off companies

McGill’s Department of Plant Science conducts both basic and applied research in environmental botany and production agriculture. As a result, some of our research has direct industrial application. To date the department has produced two spin-off companies.

The first, Bios Agriculture Inc., produced inoculants for legumes and other crops that utilized bacteria-to-plant signal compounds that stimulate crop growth. It was eventually taken up by a large international company that is now selling high-quality inoculants based on technologies developed by Dr. Donald Smith and his research team at the Plant Science Department of McGill University.

The second, Sarritor, is now in its rapid growth stage. Sarritor provides a biocontrol solution for dandelion weed control. This comes at a time when many jurisdictions are banning the use of chemical herbicides to control weeds in lawns, and so has a clear market niche to fill. Sarritor is based on a technology developed by Dr. Alan Watson and his research team at the Plant Science Department of McGill University.