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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.,
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
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.