Engineering microbes

for sustainable agriculture

Mission

We develop high-performing biologicals that will become a new class of sustainable agriculture solutions.

Technology

Every teaspoon of soil is home to billions of microbes

We aim to provide growers with new solutions to feed and nourish the world. By engineering crop-colonizing microbes, we can develop a new class of biologicals that are sustainable and reach unprecedented levels of performance and reliability.


Microbes have evolved alongside plants and contributed to their growth by helping them efficiently access nutrients and protect against pests and diseases. We are plant scientists, microbiologists, synthetic biologists, and data scientists looking to the plant microbiome to drive the development of better and more sustainable solutions for today's farmers.


Our first challenge:
Significantly reducing agriculture's reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer


Our first product will be an engineered microbe that enables cereal crops like corn, wheat, and rice to convert nitrogen from the air into a form they can use to grow. This will significantly reduce the industry's reliance on traditional chemical fertilizer, as well as greenhouse gases produced by agriculture.


Reducing the amount of industrial nitrogen fertilizer would:

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Cut greenhouse gas emissions

3% of worldwide global greenhouse gas emissions come from the production and use of industrial nitrogen fertilizers

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Reduce water pollution

Today, runoff from excess nitrogen fertilizer contaminates water sources and has created a “dead zone” the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico

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Provide late-season nitrogen

Give growers a solution to provide nitrogen fertilizer throughout plants' maximal demand for it - without additional fertilizer applications

About us

We are plant scientists, microbiologists, synthetic biologists, and data scientists.

Our work leverages the synthetic biology leadership of Ginkgo Bioworks with Bayer’s deep knowledge and experience in crop science and ag biologicals.

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