Bayer US: Pivot Bio, Bayer Announce Research Collaboration To Enhance Soybean Inoculant

Originally Published by Bayer U.S.

Pivot Bio and Monsanto Company, a member of the Bayer Group, announced a collaboration entered into earlier this year to develop Bradyrhizobium strains with enhanced nitrogen production for U.S. soybean growers. Widely found in U.S. soils, Bradyrhizobium strains help soybean plants thrive by fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Increased access and utilization of nitrogen supports better yields. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.


“A collaboration that brings together Pivot Bio’s microbial expertise with Bayer’s experience in developing and commercializing chemical and biological crop protection products will ultimately benefit soybean farmers worldwide,” said Karsten Temme, Ph.D., CEO & co-founder of Pivot Bio. “We are committed to finding innovative solutions that help farmers be more productive while reducing their environmental footprint. A new Bradyrhizobium solution co-created by Pivot Bio and Bayer has the potential to do both.”

“No single entity can solve the challenges farmers around the globe are facing producing food for a growing world population on fewer acres in a sustainable manner,” said Scott Bollman, microbial traits portfolio lead at Bayer. “Pivot Bio’s deep knowledge of improving natural soil microbes and their dedication to developing products that improve on-farm sustainability make them ideal partners for this research.”

Bradyrhizobium strain sourcing and evaluation is expected to begin immediately, and field testing of the first microbes could take place as early as 2021.

The Bradyrhizobium project will further bolster the significant expertise Bayer has in developing and marketing biological solutions. In the U.S., the company develops biologicals at its R&D sites in West Sacramento and La Jolla, California, as well as its R&D facility in Chesterfield, Missouri.

As a recognized leader in developing nitrogen-producing microbes, Pivot Bio will add another crop to its growing list of focus areas through the Bradyrhizobium project. In addition to launching a product for corn called Pivot Bio PROVENTM, the company is developing products for wheat and rice.

Pivot Bio and Bayer have placed environmental sustainability at the forefront of their R&D innovation engines. Founded with a commitment to create sustainable agricultural solutions, Pivot Bio’s first product optimizes microbes’ natural ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen and apply it to the corn roots daily, giving farmers confidence that their corn crop is receiving the nitrogen it needs throughout the growing season. Bayer recently reiteratedits commitments to sustainability and food security, and more information on Bayer’s sustainability strategy can be found in their 2017 Annual Report.

Latest News

girls high school sports

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Officially Bans Transgender Students From School Sports

Holding true to threats he has made in the past, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has officially signed into Texas state law a rule that would restrict transgender students from participating in high school sports consistent with their gender identity. ESPN’s Katie Barnes reported that following Abbott’s action, Texas has become…

Prince

Music Icon Prince Could Soon Be Honored With Posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

He changed music history and was the soundtrack for countless people’s lives, and now music legend Prince could soon be awarded a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal by the U.S. government. Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press has reported that “Minnesota’s Congressional delegation on Monday, Oct. 25, introduced a resolution to…

AAPI Hate

New FBI Report Estimates Anti-Asian Hate in the United States Increased by 73% in 2020

We’ve known anti-Asian sentiment increased dramatically in the U.S. since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but new government data quantifies just how shockingly severe that jump has been. Based on recently released FBI data, Sakshi Venkatraman of NBC News reported that “anti-Asian hate crimes increased more than 73% in…

map of Iowa

Black Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn Threatened With Lynching After Penning Anti-Trump Op-Ed

An Iowa Democrat has been threatened with violence simply for writing an opinion piece critical of the former president. Brianne Pfannenstiel of the Des Moines Register has reported that “Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of…

Facebook logo

Facebook Forced To Pay a Record $14-Million Settlement for Discriminating Against US Workers

October continues to be a month Facebook likely wishes it could forget. First came Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who explained in chilling detail how the site and its algorithms are designed to profit off what she called “the spread and amplification of hate, misinformation and political unrest.” Then there was…