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Biome Makers and Kimitec’s MAAVi Innovation Center Enter Strategic Alliance

Biome Makers and Europe’s largest biotechnology innovation hub, Kimitec’s MAAVi Innovation Center (IC), recently announced an alliance to identify microbiota hidden among global agricultural soils.

Kimitec currently operates in more than 90 countries and works to center the agricultural production system on “consumer health, respect for the environment and natural productivity,” according to a release.

Biome Makers’ BeCrop technology will be integrated alongside the “Discovery” area of artificial intelligence platform LINNA, which is utilized by Kimitec’s MAAVi IC. With this integration, Kimitec’s MAAVi IC will gather soil microbiology data to create a new generation of tailored probiotics that encourage beneficial soil microbiota geared toward the specific needs for each soil and crop.

“Product development is evolving rapidly. Key players like Kimitec are pivotal for growers in their search for sustainable and innovative products. This agreement will allow us to increase global access to BeCrop technology and share how soil biology plays an important role in analyzing the effects of ag inputs to verify functional claims and supporting the selection process of the proper ag input for each type of problem,” said Alberto Acedo, co-founder and CSO of Biome Makers.

BeCrop Trials powered through BeCrop technology will allow Kimitec to take advantage of the custom-designed in-field trials as it secures insights of the ag input products’ impacts on soil fertilization, the risk of disease, yield and soil microbiome pathways.

“Currently, all agricultural soils seem to be affected by microbial imbalances. This strategic alliance aims to acquire knowledge and data to restore that balance and induce a real change in agriculture,” commented Félix García, Kimitec CEO.

The new partnership will bring an innovative approach to enhance soils’ microbiological health across the globe — an issue that impacts farmers’ sustainability, productivity and profitability. The use of these technologies under a collaborative innovation strategy could be imperative to meet the challenges of an increasing population and climate change.