AgBiome Awarded Phase II Grant to Combat Major Pest of African Subsistence Crops - West Coast Nut

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AgBiome Awarded Phase II Grant to Combat Major Pest of African Subsistence Crops


Published: September 12, 2019 • 122 views


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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., September 12, 2019 — AgBiome, Inc., a leader in harnessing the plant microbiome, has received Phase II grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue the discovery of microbes that target sweetpotato weevils (SPW) and to move lead strains into early product development for future deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations.

This is the second step in a multi-phase project focused on developing a biological treatment for SPW. Research from Phase I demonstrated that AgBiome’s innovative microbial capture and screening program could identify microbes with insecticidal activity against SPW. Over 25,000 new microbes were isolated for screening, including seven bacteria and 15 fungi with activity against SPW. Phase II will move this work forward by testing these lead strains in greenhouse and field trials.

Read the full press release here.

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