Elson Shields, a newly hired Cornell professor, was asked to tackle an invasive insect pest in Upstate New York. Alfalfa Snout Beetle is a major alfalfa pest in Northern New York, costing the state's dairy farmers millions each year.
Elson isolated and cultivated the perfect blend of persistent nematodes that would control Alfalfa Snout Beetle and eliminate it's economic impact on New York's dairy farmers. Through the years of research, Elson held one guiding principle - the solution needed to be scalable, easy to apply, and affordable for farmers.
Those same persistent nematodes were shown to control Western Corn Rootworm and over the next 9 years, field trials were conducted in New York, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, and New Mexico to confirm this effect.