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Tiny Microbes Are Next Big Thing in Farming

“That insect’s dead.” Shawn Semones holds up a little plastic cup in which a little worm-like insect lies in repose, sprouting a fine white coat of mold. That fungus not only killed the insect pest, the white coat is producing spores that will blow in the wind to infect another insect. “This is a naturally occurring microorganism,” said Semones, head of agricultural research and development at the biosciences company Novozymes. “We’ve just come up with a way to produce it at an...

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