Natural Industries

Innovator | Donald Crawford 

Just like people, plants grow best in a healthy, non-constricting environment filled with plenty of nutrients. To help ensure crops have such an environment, honored emeritus faculty Donald Crawford of the microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry department developed and licensed the use of Streptomyces bacteria.

Natural Industries, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, supplies microbial inoculants which protect the root system of plants and creates a healthy growing environment within the soil. In July, 2007, Natural Industries licensed the bacteria process for degrading turf thatch.

In its commercialized form, DeThatch-9® is a high concentration of the patented microorganism that, when applied to turf, breaks down dead plant tissue and frees up soil from harmful thatch accumulation. The powerful microbe actually uses thatch as a food source and converts it to by-products that are beneficial and useable to plants and turf.

DeThatch-9® is all-natural and 100% safe to plants, animals and people. Growers and turf managers who use DeThatch-9® have seen a significant reduction of unhealthy thatch layering as well as thicker, lusher, less problematic turf.