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“Through nearly a decade of research, we understand how microbes work in nature before they adapted to heavy fertilizer use. We take that knowledge and enable these naturally-occurring microbes to work as nature intended again.”

- Alvin Tasmir, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder

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UNIQUE APPROACH

Re-imagining Crop Nutrition

Nitrogen is essential to life. It’s a building block of proteins, DNA and amino acids. When plants have the right amount of nitrogen, they grow well and yield abundantly. While our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, it’s in a form plants can’t use. Instead, plants rely on microbes that produce nitrogenase, an enzyme that takes nitrogen from the atmosphere and converts it to ammonia, which is a nutrient plants can take up through the roots and turn into protein. Pivot Bio makes nitrogen fixation as natural as breathing for the microbe. Microbes inhale nitrogen gas from the atmosphere and release ammonia to plants. Enabling nitrogen-producing microbes as a crop nutrition tool for farmers will transform agriculture.

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TOUGH PROBLEM

Powerful Solution

Our science helps microbes fulfill the role they were intended – providing plants a daily supply of nitrogen.
Step 1: Identify
 
STEP 1: IDENTIFY
Collect diverse soils to isolate and identify millions of microbes. In the process, we create a sophisticated map of the soil microbiome.
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STEP 2: CHARACTERIZE
Determine if key microbes have the genetic potential to fix atmospheric nitrogen and live in a symbiotic relationship with cereal crop.
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STEP 3: FINE-TUNE
Precisely fine-tune these microbes so they release nitrogen through the roots to meet the growing crop’s nutritional needs.
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PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY

Improving Microbial Genetics for Agriculture

There are microbes existing today that have the capability to produce nitrogen, but decades of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use have silenced this natural ability. At Pivot Bio, we are re-discovering these microbes and their natural ability to sustainably feed plants. We find these microbes by scouring thousands of U.S. soil samples to find good plant partners – microbes that grow robust colonies – and have the capacity to produce nitrogen. We have pioneered a way to re-awaken these microbes’ natural ability to produce nitrogenase even in today’s highly fertilized fields. Our approach is non-transgenic and enables these microbes to spoon feed nitrogen to the plant daily. Our science has the potential to one day replace the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizer for cereal crops.

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