AgBiome Granted Award to Discover Biological Solutions to Diseases Affecting African Crops

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 6, 2016) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AgBiome a new multi-year grant, entitled “Broad-Spectrum Biological Control of Fungal Diseases,” which will fund the evaluation and development of lead, proprietary biological fungicides in the fields of African smallholder farmers. The aim of the project is to identify and validate biological fungicides to control one or more of three major crop diseases of importance in Sub-Saharan Africa: sorghum anthracnose, black Sigatoka in banana, and aflatoxin contamination in maize. AgBiome’s proprietary Genesis™ discovery platform has already successfully identified multiple field-usable microbes that

Pontifax Agtech Featured in Eaton Partners Private Markets Monitor

IS NOW THE TIME TO INVEST IN AGTECH? THIS NICHE SECTOR OF AGRICULTURE INVESTING IS A MARKET THAT SOME GPS CLAIM IS OVERLOOKED BY PRIVATE EQUITY, WHICH MEANS GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE ALREADY INVESTING Despite the growing global population and demand for food, agriculture is still an under-represented sector in private equity, but several specialist firms are pursuing agricultural technology as a source of outsized returns. The thesis: ag tech will be the primary means to sustainably increase food production to meet the ever-growing demand. Privcap spoke to two PE players actively providing growth capital to the ag tech sector—New York-based Paine & Partners and California- and Israel-bas

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