Sep 27, 2022
Biome Makers, Syngenta join tech to improve soil biodiversity

Biome Makers BeCrop technology is used across the globe to deliver insights into soil biology and sets the standard for soil health. Syngenta’s research and development-led LivinGro program will use BeCrop to make science-based decisions to support the production of safe, healthy food while preserving and improving biodiversity and soil quality in agricultural ecosystems

LivinGro is a platform that comprehensively assesses biodiversity and soil health parameters in farming ecosystems. It fosters scientific research in the most effective regenerative farming protocols to help growers improve on-farm biodiversity and safeguarding soils for future generations. This is accomplished in collaboration with globally recognized biodiversity, ecology, soil science and agronomy specialists.

“Anybody can sequence the DNA of the soil microbiome and produce vast amounts of data through next generation sequencing,” Gina Swart, global head of product biology disease control at Syngenta, said in a news release. “The real value is in understanding what the data shows and what you do with those insights.

“Biome Makers’ BeCrop Technology makes sense of the data and generates actionable soil health metrics,” Swart said in the release. “This data is highly valuable to our customers as it enables them to produce more sustainably while revitalizing soil functionality and improving soil health.”

Biome Makers’ independent and patented BeCrop technology has the largest global database of 10 million taxonomic references of soil microorganisms from more than 120 crops, using proprietary DNA sequencing workflow and intelligent computing to decode soil biology. One of the distinctive benefits of BeCrop is how it can translate complex data into user-friendly and actionable reports.

Data privacy and security are a top priority of Biome Makers’ BeCrop Technology, making BeCrop a trusted and resourceful choice for partners like Syngenta and the farmers they work with, according to the company.

“Collaborations like LivinGro are extremely important to advance towards real personalized agriculture,” Alberto Acedo, co-founder and chief science officer of Biome Makers, said in the release. “It is also vital to restore the balance of the ecology of our soils and reduce the risk of diseases and malnutrition for plants growing on imbalanced soils.”

This joint effort is inspired by Syngenta and Biome Makers’ shared mission to support soil health management and sustainable farming practices and ensure quality soil and food for generations to come, according to the release.

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