Montana State University and the University of Montana High-Tech Work Incubates Innovative Businesses

In a lab down the hill from Rebecca Mahurin’s Montana State University office , scientists recently created a special seed coating that may allow young crops to survive drought.

Mahurin, who has contracted the technology to a major farm chemistry company, is excited about what the research might mean to African famine, which is saying something. The technology transfer director’s research-stuffed hard drive is as maxed out as an undergrad’s iPod.

Browse the technology broker’s files and you’ll find crib notes for would-be miracle drugs, recipes for biofuels, secrets for landing combat helicopters safely in desert sandstorms, solutions for trapping coal pollution underground.

By TOM LUTEY Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette

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