AgBiome/Syngenta partner on microbial research
The US agricultural biotechnology company, AgBiome (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina), has entered into a research partnership with Syngenta subsidiary Syngenta Biotechnology. Syngenta will fund a multi-year microbial discovery research programme at AgBiome and will select development candidates based on successful technical milestones. "AgBiome's ever-growing collection of microbes and sequence data, coupled with our proprietary screening capabilities, provide a powerful engine for trait discovery," says AgBiome's chief science officer, Dan Tomso. The company is applying genomics and screening technologies to identify plant-associated micro-organisms that enhance plant health, pest resistance and yield. The start-up firm raised some $14.5 million from multiple investors in 2013 and later raised that figure to $17.5 million. Investors included Syngenta, Monsanto and Novozymes.