The Leading Position in the Microbe “Land Grab”
At AgBiome, we have used our expert knowledge of the crop microbiome and an extensive network of field-sampling partners to build a proprietary microbial strain collection that is both diverse and large—larger, in fact, than the major public strain collections. Unlike many programs, which only use metagenomics surveys, the AgBiome platform is focused on fully sequenced microbial strains, which gives us unparalleled insight into the detailed genomic composition of crop-associated microbes. We use this collection, which we continue to expand, as our primary resource for discovery of new biologicals and trait genes.
Microbial Strain Diversity
Despite the size of our ever-growing collection, we are still discovering novel isolates at a steady rate. Using both selective and broad isolation techniques, we continue to identify unique strains to feed into our downstream screening assays and gene discovery pipeline.
We target and sample from sites worldwide, specifically across latitudes, to increase discovery of secondary metabolites produced by organisms in our collection.