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Joyn Bio opens new facility to develop engineered microbes for crop protection

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Joyn Bio has opened a new greenhouse facility that will support the screening and discovery of engineered microbial strains for a broad set of crop protection applications.

The new 6,048 square feet greenhouse has been designed to ensure the right microclimate for the screening and discovery of highly efficacious engineered microbial strains that can protect against diseases of row and vegetable crops. The greenhouse is partitioned into three highly-insulated segments with independent climate control equipment, enabling testing of several diseases and crops simultaneously with dew conditions as needed.

"From our ongoing work on nitrogen-fixing microbes to our latest innovations on pest and disease management, Joyn is committed to using the latest synthetic biology technologies to create more innovative microbial solutions that benefit both farmers and the environment," said Michael Miille, CEO at Joyn Bio.
The greenhouse will support both early-stage discovery work to identify new microbes and modes of action, as well as later-stage screening work to identify and optimize the best performing microbes for field testing and commercial development.
Over the past four years, Joyn has built a microbial development platform that can produce engineered microbes with breakthrough properties, starting with its nitrogen-fixing microbes that reduce plants' needs for synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.

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