How it Works

Our nitrogen producing microbial product, Pivot Bio PROVEN®, is applied in-furrow at the time of planting. As the seed germinates and roots grow, Pivot Bio PROVEN® microbes adhere to the epidermis of the roots, forming a mutualistic relationship with the plant. The microbes feed off the exudates of the plant and delivers nitrogen daily throughout its growth cycle. 

Managing soil fertility is important, and nitrogen is a critical nutrient in crop production, especially in corn. With synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, unpredictable weather and other environmental factors can prevent up to half of the nitrogen applied from being efficiently used by plants.

Pivot Bio addresses the nutrient absorption issue through its naturally-occurring microbes that deliver nitrogen in a timely and efficient manner through biological nitrogen fixation — resulting in more productive and predictable crop yields for farmers without nutrient degradation, leaching, or runoff into waterways.

Colonization of Corn Roots

Pivot Bio Plant Roots Graphic

Pivot Bio microbes attach to the epidural root tissue and colonize around the root structure throughout the growing season. The numbers (above) of colonization density expressed in log10 Colonization Forming Units per gram root weight at the V4 stage (left) and V10 stage (right).

Studies for Root Colonization


The data from this fluorescent scan demonstrates how Pivot Bio delivers sufficient and viable microbes to ensure robust colonization. Pivot Bio microbes feed off the exudates of the corn plant and deliver nitrogen to the plant daily and throughout its growth cycle.

Nitrogen Utilization

Nitrogen Utilization Chart

Corn plants need nitrogen every day throughout their growth cycle. The plants’ demand for nitrogen correlates with the nitrogen production the microbes from Pivot Bio deliver. Unlike traditional synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, these microbes provide the daily nitrogen corn requires to produce abundant yield.