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.
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.
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.