Pluton Biosciences to test technology that will optimize pest control

May 24, 2020 |

In Missouri, Pluton Biosciences was selected to join The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) to test technology that will optimize pest control with Danforth Plant Science Center. The selected companies share a focus on developing technologies that support the agricultural sector while reducing environmental impact.

The IN2program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Pluton Biosciences discovers new beneficial microbes in the soil for use in sustainable, natural products. Pluton used its high-throughput microbial discovery platform called Micromining to discover ten new strains of bacteria with insecticidal properties.

Agtech investing has shown great promise even with current economic uncertainties. A recent market analysis predicts investment dollars to reach $6.9 billion this year, doubling since $3.4 billion in 2017. The IN2 program expanded its focus to agtech in 2018 to address the growing impact of the agricultural sector on carbon emissions.

Pluton Biosciences will conduct research and development activities at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, a program partner and the world’s largest independent plant science institute. The company will receive up to $250,000 in technical assistance with the opportunity for follow-on funding, and access to state-of-the-art expertise and resources from the Danforth Center, Wells Fargo, NREL and other IN2 partners.

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