Mar 23, 2021Mosaic, Agbiome collaborate to develop biological alternatives to help soil health
The Mosaic Co., a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients and AgBiome, a developer of agricultural products from diverse microbial communities, announced March 23 a strategic collaboration, aiming to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility.
According to a news release, the collaboration will leverage AgBiome’s proprietary Genesis platform that comprises the world’s largest, most diverse, fully-sequenced collection of microbes coupled with innovative product discovery technology. Mosaic will lend its industry-leading expertise in soil health and product development, as well as its global distribution and sales network. Together the companies expect to find solutions that can be added to Mosaic’s soil health portfolio.
“It’s exciting to collaborate with a global agriculture powerhouse like Mosaic,” said Tracy Raines, chief innovation officer at AgBiome. “Our work together, focused on soil health, demonstrates the grower’s demand for natural, biological solutions to enhance soil nutrition – leading to better crop quality and yield.”
AgBiome and Mosaic support the development of innovative agricultural technologies that help growers increase nutrient use efficiency and ultimately minimize fertilizer loss to the environment. Both companies are passionate about offering sustainable solutions to growers that meet the needs of today without sacrificing food production for the future.
“Our collaboration with AgBiome is part of a larger, multi-partner effort at Mosaic to expand the company’s soil health offerings,” said Kim Nicholson, vice president–ag technology and innovation at The Mosaic Co. “Now more than ever, growers are interested in engaging with companies that recognize the need for soil conservation strategies. Our work with AgBiome is expected to expand our innovative products in that space.”
AgBiome partners with the microbial world to improve our planet. AgBiome discovers and develops innovative biological and trait products for crop protection. The proprietary Genesis discovery platform efficiently captures diverse, unique microbes for agriculturally relevant applications, and screens them with industry-best assays for insect, disease, and nematode control.
The Mosaic Co. is a single-source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry.