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Trace Genomics and Verdesian Life Sciences collaborate on nutrient use solutions

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Trace Genomics and Verdesian Life Sciences have entered into a multi-phase partnership agreement that will use soil DNA analysis (metagenomics) to validate, verify and position biological products for nutrient management.

Verdesian Life Sciences has created a portfolio of products for a variety of crops that focus on the retention of nutrients in the soil and the addition of biological components for optimal nutrient efficiency. The company’s chief science officer, Kuide Qin, stated its top priority is sustainability through the efficient management of soil nutrients.

“Our partnership with Trace Genomics helps us better understand how and where our biological solutions work most effectively so we can deliver winning solutions to our farmers,” he said.

Trace Genomics uses a proprietary DNA database and computational pipeline called TESS (Trace Environmental Soil System) to reveal not only what microorganisms are present in a soil sample, but also their environmental roles as nutrient cyclers. By taking the biological as well as the chemical profile of soil into consideration, Trace is able to validate the impact of nutrient products and inform optimal nutrient products to use in individualized situations.

“High-performance biological solutions cannot be developed without soil intelligence,” said Poornima Parameswaran, co-founder and president of Trace Genomics. “By combining our expertise in genomics, advanced soil sciences and machine learning, with Verdesian’s biological solutions, we are measuring and modeling the entire soil environment to create the next-generation of validated nutrient use solutions.”

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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