Crop Protection & Fertilizers

Crop Protection

Weeds, disease, and harmful insects and fungi rob plants of water, sunlight, and nutrients, which can have a devastating impact on food production. Farmers around the world make multiple decisions each season on how best to protect their crops.

AmebaGone is fighting persistent bacterial infections of crops using the natural predatory power of microorganisms called Dictyostelid amoeba (Dicty). Its biological approach relies on the bacterivorous nature of Dicty and their ability to penetrate and disperse bacterial biofilms while leaving the plant surface unharmed and safe to eat. With over 3,000 Dicty strains collected from diverse geographic and climatic regions, AmebaGone can select Dicty that is ideally suited to diverse growing and storage environments.


MapMyApple provides apple growers with agronomist knowledge through easy to use daily growing plans, in order to achieve higher yield and efficient apple growing.



A fertilizer is a natural or synthetic, chemical-based substance that is used to enhance plant growth and fertility. Fertilizers may also enhance water retention and filter any excess liquid, hence enhancing soil effectiveness. Fertilizers typically offer the three major macronutrients potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Fertilizers may also add secondary nutrients such as sulfur, magnesium, and calcium to the soil or growing media.

Pivot Bio, Before the advent of chemical fertilizers, microbes in the soil would provide nitrogen to crops. Using a proprietary process, Pivot has figured out a way to reawaken the genes of those microbes, enabling crops to be fertilized without the need for chemicals. Ag cred: Over the past year, Pivot has doubled the number of employees and expanded its leadership team to include a number of industry veterans.

California Safe Soil The startup with $14.8 million in funding transforms wasted food from supermarkets into a low-cost liquid fertilizer that it sells to farmers in an effort to combat declining arable land worldwide. Ag cred: The company claims the process is 720 times more efficient than composting, which usually takes around three months to complete.