Strain Improvement for Sustainable Agriculture

Overview

What if agriculture could be redesigned from the ground up? Joyn Bio, a joint venture between Ginkgo Bioworks and Leaps by Bayer, is engineering plant microbes to solve growers’ greatest challenges.

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JOYN'S MISSION

Joyn Bio was founded to create sustainable, cost effective, and agronomically meaningful microbial solutions to growers. Owned jointly by Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks, Joyn Bio leverages Bayer’s expertise in plant biologics and Ginkgo’s foundry advantage to revolutionize agriculture with synthetic biology. Joyn capitalizes on the power of the plant microbiome to improve strains, from mediating resistance to crop diseases to enhancing nutrient acquisition.

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POWERED BY GINKGO

The plant microbiome is essential for global farming practices, but much of the biodiversity of microbes has not been tapped into yet. Primarily housed in Ginkgo’s lab space and backed by Ginkgo’s Foundry, Joyn’s team of microbiologists and engineers can test thousands of samples at a time with access to high throughput automation. This enables systems-level analysis of thousands of strains isolated from soil and rapid prototyping of engineered strains.

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REDUCING NITROGEN FERTILIZER

Joyn’s first challenge is reducing the amount of industrial nitrogen fertilizer used to grow crops like corn, wheat, or rice. The industrial production and application of nitrogen fertilizer uses an estimated 3% of total worldwide natural gas, as well as 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. By enabling microbes to produce nitrogen in the roots of non-legume crops that can’t fix nitrogen themselves, Joyn has the ability to dramatically decrease agriculture’s environmental and energy footprint.

Ginkgo’s foundries enable Joyn Bio to engineer plant microbes for sustainable agriculture at a scale beyond traditional genetic engineering. For more information, visit joynbio.com.