One startup’s plan to grow more crops: put the germs back in

Ultimately, the company says it collected data on over 40,000 symbiotic microbes from 36,000 samples of more than 700 plant species. It then used machine learning techniques to identify important microbes that are less common in modern agriculture. The company claims to have grown crops within these “renewed” microbiomes over four plantings and achieved yields 10 percent higher than comparable seeds.

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