Genome Analysis Technology
We are certainly living in the ‘decade of the microbiome.’ Scientists have applied new sequencing and genome analysis technology to demonstrate that the microbes that live in and around plants and animals, including humans, have an enormous impact on health and growth. This has led to a true revolution in our understanding of biology. Crop plants are no exception to this rule—billions of microbes live closely with plants in every environment. AgBiome is exploring this diversity and screening plant-associated microbes for new solutions to agricultural problems. We have already identified hundreds of microbial isolates that can fight plant diseases, suppress insect pests, and overcome parasitic nematodes. We are also building a massive database of microbial genomes to allow breakthrough insight into the role of microbes in overall plant health and performance.