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The Corn That Grows Itself

How microbes could upend America’s toxic dependence on nitrogen fertilizer.

Inside The High Tech World Of Microbes For Crops

Pivot Bio ‘re-awakens’ the nitrogen-producing capabilities occurring naturally in soil microbes by using genomic sequencing to identify these crop-associated microbes with the natural ability to produce nitrogen.

The newest food trend is in the ground

Food companies’ sustainability goals hinge on soil health.

Farmers testing new fertilizer alternative: bacteria

The bacteria will help the corn plants convert nitrogen from the atmosphere into a form the corn plants can use as fertilizer. The idea is to eventually replace synthetic nitrogen fertilizer with microbes.

Microbe product’s trials show potential for corn farmers

Pivot Bio touted its microbe technology as a way to increase production by more than 7 bushels per acre in normal soil and 17 bushels an acre in sandy soil when tested against fields with traditional nitrogen fertilizer.

We should discuss soil as much as we talk about coal

What if we could fertilize plants without releasing harmful nitrous oxide into the air? Bill Gates highlights several companies, including Pivot Bio, that are developing creative solutions.

Thrive AgTech 2019 Top 50 Report

An annual ranking of 50 leading global AgTech companies exemplifying the best in agriculture and food-focused innovation.

Billionaires are betting on a bacteria that could change the way we grow food

Nitrogen-fixing bacteria may not sound like the most alluring topic, but it’s capturing the attention of the world’s most influential billionaires, who see it as a concrete way to help save the planet.

Berkeley’s designer bacteria: The end of fertilizer?

Scientists build novel microbe that lets us re-imagine how we grow food.

Pivot Bio Named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies List

Pivot Bio makes the world’s first nitrogen-producing microbial that grafts onto corn to act as a sustainable fertilizer.

Pivot Bio’s PROVEN Microbes Can Reduce Negative Impacts of Fertilizer Overuse and Leaching

In a six-year trial, spanning 13 states, 45 different soil types, and 11,000 acres, farms using PROVEN produced on average 7.7 bushels of corn more per acre than those using traditional synthetic fertilizer.

Midwest Corn Farmers Put New Fertilizer Alternative To The Test

The San Francisco-based startup has now completed over 11,000 field trials of its microbes with Midwest farmers, bringing the company one step closer to commercialization.

8 Ag Tech Start-ups Worth Watching in 2019

As you look across the ag tech landscape, the number of companies vying for farmers’ attention seems to continuously be on the rise. It’s also creating fatigue.

From Akero to Zymergen, 20 Bay Area biotech companies to watch around JPM19

The 37th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, along with the Biotech Showcase, Startup Health Festival and other conferences in San Francisco this week, feature big names, such as Amgen Inc., Gilead Sciences Inc.,

Energy Technologies to Be on the Lookout For

The need for alternate energy and major climate change initiatives has never been more vital, now that the world’s carbon emissions have reached an all-time high.

44 Enterprise Startups to Bet Your Career on in 2019

Here’s our annual list of promising enterprise startups who did so well in 2018, they are poised for future success in 2019 and beyond.

Recession, Blockchain, Drones and Other Tech Predictions for 2019

Technology is evolving at an exponential pace and undoubtedly a year from now the landscape will look different than it does today. Here’s what tech insiders see coming around the bend.

From Alnylam to Zayner: Xconomy’s Top Innovation Stories of 2018

As the year winds down, we’re reflecting on the big innovation trends and developments that will carry over to next year.

6 Glimmers of Climate Optimism for the End of a Dark Year

It was a year of frightening reports on the future of our planet. But sustainability experts are still feeling optimistic about some of the strides we’ve made this year.

Bayer and Pivot Bio Collaborate on Soybean Inoculant

Earlier this week Pivot Bio and Monsanto Company, a member of the Bayer group, announced a collaboration they entered earlier this year to develop a new soybean inoculant. The collaboration focuses on developing

Farmers Can Now Buy Designer Microbes to Replace Fertilizer

Fertilizing is essential to yielding a healthy harvest, but it’s expensive enough that he stresses about it, and, as he’s well aware, it’s not great for the planet.

Replacing Fertilizer With Plant Probiotics Could Slash Greenhouse Gases

“If we can start reducing the pollution tied to fertilizer, then we’re literally cleaning up the planet,” said Karsten Temme, the company’s chief executive, in an interview.

Pivot Bio Gets $70M, Led by Bill Gates’s Fund, to Replace Fertilizer

Scientists at agriculture startup Pivot Bio say the key to delivering an important nutrient to crops has been at the plants’ roots all along—and the company is now preparing to offer farmers an alternative to fertilizer.

Death by Fertilizer

Nitrogen fertilizer is a disaster. Abandoning it would be a bigger disaster. Now a dozen billionaires are funding an alternative.