Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the chance to speak with Gregg Halverson, President of Black Gold Farms. Halverson will be speaking at the Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit, taking place in Salinas, CA, July 8-9.
Microbiomes are all around us—and even inside us. According to The Human Microbiome Project, tens of trillions of the little cells live on and inside humans. Representing thousands of species, microbiomes outnumber our own cells by roughly 10 to 1.
Editor’s Note: AgFunderNews recently had the opportunity to speak with The Honorable Joe Gunter, Mayor of Salinas, on the relationship between agriculture and technology both in his home town and around the world.
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.
Idaho is the latest state to announce a new agtech event, among a slew of local, national and international events cropping up across the globe.
On June 16, 2015, Idaho will host its first-ever AgriTech summit featuring local agricultural and technology sector leaders.
April 22nd – DuPont announced it’s acquisition of Taxon Biosciences for an undisclosed amount. Based in Tiburon, California, Taxon utilizes microbiome discovery to develop biological crop products. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.
Maybe scum isn’t such a bad thing.
Over the last few weeks, studies and stories from around the world have indicated that both microscopic and macro-algae may actually be great sources of biofuel.
New research says there’s a better way to make biofuel and paper.
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically modified trees to more easily break down for paper and biofuel production, significantly reducing the amount of necessary chemicals and energy for processing.
Climate change will affect just about everything, including your stomach.
New research from UC Davis shows how increased levels of carbon dioxide are harming the quality of crops, putting us at risk of eating less-nutritious food.
Scientists are working on a greener alternative for JP-10 fuel, or more commonly known as missile fuel.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have used bio-engineered bacterium to create synthesized pinene, which is naturally a plant-energy source.
Ladies and gents, bionic plants have arrived.
MIT researchers have stumbled across a trait that blows other technology outta the water. By dousing plant DNA on single-walled carbon nanotubes, (which are exactly what they sound like–tiny carbon tubes,) researchers have found a way to increase a plant’s photosynthesis productivity by three times.
Pest resistance is one of farmers’ worst fears.
Since 1990, the number of resistant-crop pests has doubled. Today, there are about 500 insects, 218 weeds, and 190 fungi pests that have shown resistance, putting some of the US’s major staple crops at risk.