New Tools from the Microbial World for Agriculture and Beyond


By 2050, crop production will need to increase by more than 70% to sustain the world’s growing population. To meet this target, novel crop protection strategies must be developed and implemented. One biotech company is leading the charge in generating biological products for disease and pest control in crops.

Modern crop-protection practices employ high-quality agronomics, chemistries, and germplasm techniques to control damage due to pests and diseases. Despite these efforts, growers continue to experience crop yield losses of approximately 30% per year, and are faced with the rapid development of resistant pests and diseases after the introduction of each new tool.

Agricultural biotechnology company AgBiome discovers solutions to combat these problems based on a large and expanding core collection of fully sequenced microbes from the plant-soil microbiome. Using our innovative platform, both the microbes and their genome sequences are employed in the discovery of new traits and biological products for disease and pest control in crops. This article explains why new crop-protection strategies are desperately needed and describes AgBiome’s approach to creating the tools that will help growers reduce crop damage and enhance yields...

Author Bios: 

Kelly Smith

An experienced biotechnology innovator, Kelly Smith returned to the entrepreneurial community in 2014. She formed the fermentation and formulation research team at AgBiome, after serving as Head of Pasteuria Bioscience for Syngenta Crop Protection.Read more

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