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1. (WO2018140479) COMPOSITIONS AND RELATED METHODS FOR AGRICULTURE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/140479    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/015025
Publication Date: Fri Aug 03 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Thu Jan 25 00:59:59 CET 2018
IPC: A01G 31/00
A01N 25/26
A61K 35/74
A61K 35/745
A61K 35/747
C02F 3/32
Applicants: FLAGSHIP PIONEERING, INC.
Inventors: MARTINEZ, Ignacio
ARMEN, Zachary, Garo
FRIEDLANDER, Jonathan
CEZAR, Christine
MARTIN, Barry, Andrew
AVENDANO AMADO, Maier, Steve
Title: COMPOSITIONS AND RELATED METHODS FOR AGRICULTURE
Abstract:
Provided herein are agents, compositions, and methods for agricultural use, e.g., for altering the level, activity, or metabolism of one or more microorganisms resident in a host nematode or arthropod (e.g., honeybee or silkworm), the alteration resulting in an increase in the fitness of the host. The invention features a composition that includes an agent (e.g., phage, peptide, small molecule, antibiotic, or combinations thereof) that can alter the host's microbiota in a manner that is beneficial to the host. By promoting favorable microbial levels, microbial activity, microbial metabolism, and/or microbial diversity, the agents described herein may be used to increase the fitness of a variety of beneficial nematodes or arthropods, such as bees and silkworms, utilized in agriculture and commerce.