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DuPont Acquires Taxon Biosciences

DuPont acquires microbiome discovery company Taxon Biosciences, Inc. According to DuPont, this acquisition builds on its in-house capabilities and market access in seed and crop protection to discover and commercialize biological solutions for agriculture customers globally.
Based in Tiburon, California, Taxon was founded in 2000 by microbial geneticists Matt Ashby and Jasper Rine, with the objective of developing a transformational microbial genomics platform to solve critical challenges in agriculture, energy and health sciences. The company holds a broad intellectual property estate in the field of microbial consortia and microbial genomics products which will contribute to the development of new DuPont seed treatment, foliar and soil application products for important row crops, fruits and vegetables.
Crop biologicals include microbes, plant extracts and other natural substances used to control pests and improve plant health, quality and yield. As part of an integrated management approach to control pests, biologicals can provide more choice and flexibility for growers.