Jordan McDonald of Emerging Tech Brew writes about two startups that are using biology to create fertilizer.
- Nitrogen fertilizer has played an essential role in increasing crop yields to feed a growing global population with less land, but the process to make the fertilizer is greenhouse gas intensive.
- Startups including Pivot Bio and Joyn Bio are on a mission to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture by cultivating nature-based solutions.
- Joyn Bio is harnessing microbes to imitate a natural process called fixation–which occurs when bacteria in the soil pulls nitrogen from the air and converts it into ammonia, which helps the plant grow.
- Joyn has raised $200 million and is hoping to bring a product to market in the next several years.
Read the full article here.