DELIVERING THE TECHNOLOGY

THE LAST MILE

FOXY T14 is isolated and cultured onto a Petri dish in a lab. Each country isolates from local Fusarium strains.

FOXY T14 is grown into a toothpick and the fungus burrows into the wood. The toothpick is sealed into a plastic straw and gets delivered to the farmer. 

The farmer cooks a pot of rice. In a sterile plastic container, the cooled rice and the toothpick are placed together. Twice a day for three days the farmer shakes the mixture, called the secondary inoculum, allowing for the FOXY T14 to grow onto the rice. 

Half of a teaspoon of the secondary inoculum is placed into each seed hill. From there, the farmer also adds fertilizer and allows the crop the grow regularly, striga free.