Microbial DNA maker Zymergen recently announced a $42M Series A led by Data Collective, with a group of investors participating, including AME Cloud Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurveston, HVF, Innovation Endeavors, Obvious Ventures, True Ventures, and Two Sigma Ventures.
Boost Biomes uses DNA-sequencing to study microbiomes and identify interactions that have desired outcomes -- in this case, combatting common crop threats.
The startup is building a database of healthy peptides found in agriculture byproducts for use in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and supplement markets.
The biological crop protection startup is the first agtech equity investment by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will look at all technologies that can play a role in increasing productivity for smallholder farmers, a spokesperson told AgFunderNews.
A group of researchers conducting project Fish SCALE at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are using DNA sequencing to combat seafood fraud.