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