Biome Makers, Syngenta Crop Protection Team Up To Address Soil Health In Agriculture

Published online: Oct 01, 2022 News
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Davis, California – Biome Makers BeCrop technology is used across the globe to deliver insights into soil biology and sets the standard for soil health. Syngenta’s R&D-led LIVINGRO program will utilize BeCrop to make science-based decisions that 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.

Gina Swart, Global Head of Product Biology Disease Control at Syngenta says, “Anybody can sequence the DNA of the soil microbiome and produce vast amounts of data through next generation sequencing. 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. 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. 

Alberto Acedo, PhD., co-Founder and CSO of Biome Makers, says, “Collaborations like LIVINGRO are extremely important to advance towards real personalized agriculture. 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.

For more information, visit  Biome Makers.