We design microbes for more sustainable agriculture.
Every teaspoon of soil is home to billions of microbes
By engineering the bacteria that live in soil, we aim to nurture healthy and sustainable communities—from the ground up.
Microbes have evolved alongside plants and help them grow by giving them nutrients and protecting them from pests. We are plant scientists, microbiologists, and synthetic biologists looking to the soil microbiome for solutions for today’s farmers.
Our first challenge:
Reducing the amount of fertilizer
Our goal is to reduce the amount of industrial nitrogen fertilizer needed to grow crops like corn, wheat, or rice, to dramatically decrease the fossil fuel used and greenhouse gases produced by agriculture today.
Reducing the amount of industrial nitrogen fertilizer would:
We are engineers, plant scientists, microbiologists, and synthetic biologists.
Our work combines the synthetic biology leadership of Ginkgo Bioworks with Bayer’s deep knowledge and experience in crop science and ag biologicals.
Agriculture is the original biological technology. The more we can learn to work with the soil microbiome, the more we can discover new ways to add value to farmers and return to agriculture's biological, sustainable roots.
Co-founder of Joyn Bio and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks
We launched JOYN to develop transformative agricultural products based on the latest synthetic biology technology.
CEO of Joyn Bio
The plant microbiome is one of the next frontiers in sustainable agriculture. And it may enable us to take a major leap in plant physiology: producing nitrogen fertilizer directly in the plant.
Co-Founder Joyn Bio & Head of Leaps by Bayer