Call for Proposals
USD 200.000
Counterpart Amount:
USD 525.000
Execution time
48 Months
Total Amount:
USD 725.000
Participating countries:
Argentina Argentina Chile Chile Colombia Colombia Spain Spain Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil
Funding source:
FONTAGRO Amount 28% Other agencies 0% Counterpart Amount 72%

Executive Summary

Agriculture produces 60% of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, one of the three main greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Paradoxically, agriculture is extremely sensitive to climate change, a fact that generates the need to promote climate-smart technological innovation policies. In this multilateral technical cooperation project (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Uruguay), the traditional benefits provided by inoculants, which include nitrogen fixation, phosphorus solubilization and antifungal production, will be expanded upon. In addition, new benefits that include those with established environmental value such as N2O emission reduction, and those of high economic impact, such as development of tolerance to herbicides and abiotic stress, will be incorporated through mutagenesis (non-GMO technologies). These technological innovations will increase agricultural production by >3% and reduce N2O emissions by 35% in Latin America and the Caribbean, contributing to the agronomic sustainability and the consolidation of the region as a leader in the world market for inoculants. 

The technological solution

The project involves the  production of new inoculants as a technological package that combines three benefits simultaneously: (i) applicable to a wide variety of relevant regional crops, (ii) increases the production and quality of crops, and (iii) drastically reduces greenhouse gas emissions, especially nitrous oxide


Expected results include environmental diagnosis and genetically improved strains with lower N20 emission, projected to reduce N2O emissions in 20 different crops through genetically improved strains with higher PGPR activity

Integration of participating groups and harmonious growth of the platform is expected, as well as the publication of technological developments and agro-industrial perspectives of our team, the dissemination of  developments in the private sphere and the massive dissemination of the project results.


More than 30.000 producers, technicians, researchers and students from de Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain and Uruguay will be direct beneficiaries of this project. Main regional agricultural microbiology companies and consumers from the countries involved will be indirect beneficiaries.

Sustainable Development Goals

Decent work and economic growth Responsible consumption and production Climate action Partnerships for the goals

Main donors

Participating Organizations

  • Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
  • Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) - Colombia
  • Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO) - Chile
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable (IIBCE) - Uruguay
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) - España
  • Empresa Brasileña de Investigación Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA) - Brasil
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA) - Uruguay
  • UdelaR - Uruguay
  • Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) - Argentina
  • Instituto Anadaluz de Investigación y Formación Agraría, Pesquera, Alimentaria y de la Producción (IFAPA) - España

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Financing by country (in USD)
FONTAGRO Amount Other agencies Counterpart Amount

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Publications and resources


Project leader Argentina

Nicolás Ayub


Antonio Lagares


Oscar Ruiz


Mariangeles Hungria


Juan Sanjuán


Elena Fabiano

With the support of
Fondo Coreano de Alianza para el Conocimiento en Tecnología e Innovación (KPK)