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Pivot Bio has transformed the way fertilizer is produced and used by the world’s farmers. From their environmentally sound fermentation production process to their zero waste and zero footprint, Pivot Bio’s microbes offer farmers a more efficient and sustainable nitrogen to fuel their crops.


A Better Nitrogen

We have solved one of the toughest challenges facing modern agriculture - how to replace synthetic nitrogen with something better. Our microbes empower the world’s farmers to be more productive, profitable, and sustainable.
Karsten Temme, Ph.D.
Karsten Temme, Ph.D.
Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder

The Nitrogen Paradox

Nitrogen fuels the world’s food supply – it’s estimated that synthetic nitrogen has doubled food production since its introduction nearly a century ago. However, the use of synthetic nitrogen has had unintended consequences. Farmers have had no other choice but to use synthetic nitrogen, until now.

Why Now?

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Solutions from the soil

Over the past decade, Pivot Bio has focused on developing its proprietary microbial technology that supplies the daily nitrogen cereal crops require. By mapping the trillions of interactions of soil microbes and identifying the rare few that have the most robust internal DNA software to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form plants can use, our microbes reliably provide nitrogen to crops throughout the growing season.

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With a growing population to feed and pressure on natural resources, growers need nitrogen that is reliable, predictable, and better for the environment. Growers also need to be confident their nitrogen delivers what is needed. That’s why Pivot Bio collaborates with leading agricultural universities and research organizations to conduct structured trials that demonstrate how our breakthrough technology maintains or improves yield while delivering on our promise: helping growers achieve better profitability, predictability, and sustainability.


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Better For Farmers

Pivot Bio microbes are specially designed to work on cereal crops, some of the most nitrogen hungry crops we grow. Corn, wheat, and rice account for about half of the applied synthetic nitrogen globally. Farmers can confidently replace synthetic nitrogen with microbes and know their crops are receiving the nutrition they need.

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Healthier Tomorrows

Working alongside farmers, Pivot Bio has developed products that are healthier for farms and our planet. With microbes as a source of nutrition for crops, there is no harm to the soil; nitrous oxide emissions, a highly potent GHG; or nitrates into waterways. These are the first products that simultaneously address profitability, simplify operations, and help ensure cleaner air and water for generations to come.

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