BioConsortia “Finalist” in Agrow Crop Science Award for “Best R & D Pipeline” Joins BASF and Bayer CropScience in prestigious category
October 19, 2020
Davis, California - BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement, has been named a "Finalist" in the coveted Agrow Crop Science Awards 2020 in the category of "Best R & D Pipeline". Over 100 entries were received for the 13 categories being run this year. Each application was scored by Agrow's panel of 10 judges, enabling the Awards team to come up with the shortlist of "Finalists".
BioConsortia's R&D platform and pipeline is unique, remarkable and extraordinarily deep. The research approach is novel in the world of microbial discovery starting with an Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) that evolves the plant microbiome accumulating beneficial microbes prior to isolation. BioConsortia, then use a powerful tool kit including microbiome analysis, genomics, fluorescent tagging and an assessment of colonization robustness. All leads are tested across a wide variety of crops, soils, environments, and stresses from nutrient and drought, to pests and diseases - a comprehensive process of multi-trait screening.
According to BioConsortia Head of R&D, Hong Zhu, "I believe BioConsortia is a Finalist in this category because of our revolutionary AMS approach, which reduces by two-thirds the time and cost of new biological product discovery, and the use of a powerful tool kit to identify the best leads. As a result our hit rate of superior leads is remarkably high and pipeline is extraordinarily deep. Consequently, we currently have five new products going through the registration phase, and many more in the pipeline."
BioConsortia's pipeline of products include new fungicides, nematicides, insecticides, biostimulants for fruits & vegetables, biostimulants for row crops, and novel nitrogen fixation products (both natural and gene edited) for corn, wheat and other crops.
"Most importantly we are developing products that will have a better efficacy and higher consistency than the leading biologicals on the market today. This means greater crop yields, with lower environmental impact, and better profitability for growers." Added CEO, Marcus Meadows-Smith.
BioConsortia has a world-class team of approximately 30 agronomists and biological scientists, over a dozen of whom are PhD level, based at their global Headquarters in California, as well as a small team of 7 scientists in New Zealand. This team is making great things happen at BioConsortia.
Other "Finalists" in the "Best R & D Pipeline" category include BASF,Bayer CropScience, Corteva Agriscience, and FMC.
BioConsortia, Inc. is developing effective microbial solutions that enhance plant phenotypes and increase crop yields. We are pioneering the use of directed selection in identifying teams of microbes - working like plant breeders and selecting plants based on targeted characteristics, then isolating the associated microbial community. Our unique, patented Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process enriches the crop microbiome, allowing us to identify organisms that influence the expression of beneficial traits in plants. We have a remarkable hit rate of high quality leads, some with novel patent-pending metabolites, and an extraordinarily deep pipeline of products in development. We are focused on launching products with superior efficacy, higher consistency, and breakthrough technologies in 3 key areas:
1) Biopesticides: a pipeline of several biofungicides and nematicides with superior efficacy
2) Biostimulants: growth promoting products that further increase yields in standard, high-yielding as well as stressed, agronomic conditions
3) Nitrogen-fixation and fertilizer use efficiency: developing products for major non-legume row crops (such as corn and wheat)
Our products are foliar, drench, seed treatment, in-furrow and granule products for a wide range of crops.